If you’re coming to Belfast, you’re going to need a place to stay. Here is a quick rundown of what I recommend looking for, and some of the places I have recommended.
I always advise friends who are doing their bookings through a website and not an agent to read lots of reviews. Look at pictures of the room and see what it looks like—not just the words they use. Luxury linens might mean silk sheets to you, and to them, it might mean 300 thread count. Also, consider the location. If you’re going to be spending a lot of money to stay somewhere, be sure that it is near the places you want to go. There are great, unique places to stay that I love recommending, but they’re outside of Belfast itself, which can be an issue for people who don’t want to hail a cab everywhere they want to go. Decide what’s important to you and plan accordingly.
If you want 5-star class all the way, check out hotels with great concierge service. To me, that is the real measure of 5-star service. A good concierge can be invaluable on a vacation. He or she will help you book excursions, give you directions, make dining reservations, or anything else your trip may require. If you’d like to be in Belfast City, you can’t go wrong with the Fitzwilliam Hotel. It is a great place that’s at a wonderful location, giving youeasy access to places like the Crowne Saloon, the Grand Opera, and City Hall. The rooms range from a standard hotel room to the Penthouse suite (complete with a private butler). They offer complimentary WiFi for guests and Bluetooth speakers in your room. If you’re going on a once-in-a-lifetime trip, or you have the money to spare, I recommend staying here. I’ve never had a client come back disappointed.
4-staraccommodations don’t necessarily have to feel like a step down if you choose the right place. These can also be amazing places to stay with a lavish feel. They may just be older or have fewer amenities in the room, possibly they are lacking a high rated restaurant or an in-room minibar. A great 4-star accommodation is the Tara Lodge. They offer some wonderful sightseeing packages right from their website, making it easy to plan a complete vacation. The rooms are phenomenally decorated and comfortable. Plus, breakfast is included in the rate of your room. It is an easy way to have a stress-free trip.
If you’re looking for a great mid-range hotel, the Jurys Inn Belfast is a good bet. It is located right in the middle of the action in Belfast City, and the rooms are still good quality. You’ll still get a well-appointed staff, too. It’s really easy to get to from the airport, and the breakfast comes very highly recommended by my clients who have stayed there.Mid-range hotels are great, and something I often recommend to clients. They don’t cost a lot, they have the necessities, and they are usually near things that tourists want to see. If you plan on doing a lot of sight-seeing, it probably won’t matter to you that your room is on the smaller side. When all you want is a fantastic night’s sleep in a nice, clean room, mid-range is the way to go.
For those of you looking for more space, there are plenty of apartment rentals. You can do something like Airbnb or a house swap. Some online apartment rentals are scams, so I really recommend you be careful if you go this route. Make sure it is on a reputable site, and use a location that has decent reviews. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is. Be sure to know what is included in your stay. Sometimes linens are included and sometimes they are not. Some places will stock the pantry for you with staples like tea and sugar, while others don’t even give you a pot to cook in. Others require you to clean the place before you leave. Just understand what is expected before you go and you’ll be fine. To that end, I have sent people to stay at Giant Serviced Apartments, and most tell me that it felt like a combination of home and a hotel–which is just what most of them are looking for.
Good luck with your booking, and let me know if you have any questions.