Where To Stay In Belfast?

Belfast Quick Intro

Wondering where to stay in Belfast? Check out our quick guide of the best places to stay in Belfast, regardless of your budget, you will find Belfast caters for every traveller type.

Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland and is quickly becoming one of the most popular city break destinations. If you enjoy short city breaks and exploring the cities of the UK and Europe, then Belfast needs to be on your bucket list.

The city is compact and easily walkable, with worldclass attractions to explore and amazing cultures and history showcased with awesome day trips and tours to experience.

*Below we will break down each area and showcase recommended hotels based in order of 1-3 - High budget, medium and low.

Best Areas To Stay In Belfast

The Cathedral Quarter

Merchant Hotel

The Merchant Hotel is located in the middle of the Cathedral Quarter, the 5-star hotel has lots of character being a listed building and former bank. With rooftop views over looking Belfast and a hot tub for good measure, the Merchant is also home to one of the best cocktail bars in Belfast and you will feel like royalty staying here.

Malmaison Belfast

Malmaison hotel is perfectly nestled at the bottom of the Cathedral Quarter and 2 minutes from Victoria Square - Belfast's newest shopping mall, which is home to an array of restaurants, bars and a cinema should you fancy a movie.

The hotel brand is well known throughout the UK & is a popular stop with visiting celebrities. The location & unique decor of the hotel brand really makes this a top option to consider, and they also do amazing cocktails.

Ramada Encore

The Ramada Encore offers more rooms than any other hotel in the area, the hotel is located 2 minutes from the heart of the Cathedral Quarter & the main shopping districts. The Ramada brand is well known worldwide for offering fantastic rooms at amazing prices.

  • Good Accomodation
  • Lots of Bars & Restaurants
  • Near Transport Hubs
  • Near Shopping Areas
  • Near Tour Departure Points
  • In The Hustle & Bustle
  • Great Starting Point
  • Safe & Metropolitan
  • Rating

Central Belfast Hotels

Maldron Hotel

The Maldron Hotel is centrally located just behind Belfast City hall, and is a short walk away from the main transport hub of Europa bus & train station.

The area offers the perfect vantage point to the shopping districts along with an array of top restaurants and famous pubs such as the Crown Liquor Saloon, not to mention the grandest of all buildings in Belfast, the Grand Opera House being a stones throw away.

Easy Hotel Belfast

We all know the Easyjet brand well and how it became one of the leaders of cheap air travel in Europe, the Easy hotel concept aims to do the same within the overnight accomodation space.

The super budget hotel is located 2 minutes by foot away from Donegall Square West, which is next to the very beating heart of Belfast's City hall, the rooms offer excellent value for money and all the mod cons of a more expensive hotel. It is advised to book well in advance for the best deals.

John Bell House

Student roost offers exceptional value for money, the stunning white sandstone former technical college has overnight deals as well as long term options aimed more at the student market.

However don't let that put you off, the rooms offer an extremely high stardard of self-catered accomodation, making it suitable for any traveller and at fantastic prices.

With the added bonus of being located in the very heart of the city and 5 minutes from the main shopping areas.

  • Beside Transport Hubs
  • Inbetween Other Quarters
  • Beside Shopping Districts
  • Beside Tour Departure Points
  • Lots Bars & Restaurants
  • In The Hustle & Bustle
  • Perfect Starting Point
  • Safe & Metropolitan
  • Rating

Queens Quarter Hotels

Wellington Park Hotel

The Welly Park hotel is a short 5 minute stroll away from the Botanical Gardens & Ulster Museum, the hotel offers free car parking onsite unlike some more central hotels, as this may not be available.

The rooms have a high standard of comfort and mod cons at very reasonable prices, with the town centre just a 15 minutes walk away.

The Belfast hop on hop off bus passes the front of this hotel 7 days a week, with a frequency of 30 minutes between tours, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily.

The 1852 Hotel

The 1852 hotel is perfectly situated at the bottom of Botanic Avenue, facing Botanic train station. Botanic is lively with lots of restaurants and bars nearby and sits next to the Golden Mile. A main throughfare that leads to the heart of Belfast packed with nightlife and options for all ages & tastes.

Lagan Backpackers

Lagan Backpackers is perfect for those who want a cozy place to rest their heads after a busy day sightseeing, cheap and cheerful hostel style accomodation in the heart of Queens Quarter.

Rooms and shared dorms can be booked at extremely cheap prices, the heart of Belfast is easily reached with a brisk 15 minute walk. If travelling solo this can be a great place to make some new friends.

  • Cheaper Accomodation
  • Quieter Than Town Centre
  • Bars & Restaurants
  • Near Transport Hubs
  • Close To City Centre
  • Near Tour Departure Points
  • Next to Ulster Museum
  • Fair Starting Point
  • Safe & Metropolitan
  • Rating

The Titanic Quarter

AC Marriott Hotel

The AC Marriott Hotel is situated on the waters edge and most rooms offer amazing views into the Titanic Quarter and down the mouth of Belfast Lough.

The hotel is perfectly situated at the edge of the Titanic & Cathedral Quarters while offering fast access to the town centre, a short 10 minute walk away. Be sure to book early for the best prices and a room with a view.

Titanic Hotel

The Titanic Hotel really is a hidden gem, situated next door to the Titanic Museum and next to the drawing rooms used by Thomas Andrews who design the famous ship. This modern hotel has been designed to fit into the 1920s era and the staff uniforms even resemble that of the staff of the fateful ship.

Access to the town centre is easy throughout the day with the Belfast hop on hop off tour passing frequently throughout the day.

Premier Inn

The Premier Inn a well known hotel brand for having super comfortable beds and offers good value for money in the Titanic Quarter. Sitting next door to the SSE arena, home to the Belfast Giants, a 20-lane bowling aisle, Cineworld Cinema and W5 Science Museum. You definitely will not be bored staying here.

  • Decent Accomodation
  • Maritime History
  • Titanic Museum Nearby
  • Next to SSE Arena
  • Close To City Centre
  • Near Tour Departure Points
  • Good Starting Point
  • Safe & Metropolitan
  • Rating

The Gaeltacht Quarter

Balmoral Hotel

The Balmoral Hotel offers very good value for money and is located just off the M1 motorway with free onsite parking. The hotel is in West Belfast and in the Gaeltacht Quarter - the town centre is roughly 5 miles away.

  • Cheaper Accomodation
  • Onsite Car Parking
  • Public Transport
  • Irish Heritage - Culture
  • Safe & Residential
  • Rating

Belfast Airport Hotels

Maldron Hotel

The Maldron Hotel at Belfast International Airport is a stones throw away from the main terminal and next to the short stay carparks. It proves to be popular with customers flying at awkward times and taking advantage of the free car parking deals on offer.

Ashfield B & B

The Ashfield B & B is located less than 1 mile away from Belfast City Airport and has safe and secure onsite parking on site. The B & B offers all the home comforts while residing in close proximity to the airport.

  • Cheaper Accomadation
  • Close To Airport
  • Handy for Flights
  • No Need to Rush
  • Location Rating

No matter what area of Belfast you plan to stay, be sure to fully discover the city on the Belfast hop on hop off and make the most of your stay.

where to stay in belfast

Belfast is fairly safe, however like most large Cities it's always advised to be careful when travelling late at night and alone.

Some areas of North and West Belfast still have peace gates which are closed at night, making accessibility difficult.

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