Take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life and retreat to Belfast! As a teeming metropolis and the capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast combines big city hub with a village feel, and has been successful in retaining much of its Victorian and Edwardian charm. Bank buildings and ancient warehouses are crowned with stone busts depicting gods, poets, and nobility. Book yourself a stay in Belfast’s luxury hotels, and accentuate the rare quietude this lovely city has to offer.
Malmaison Hotel, more commonly known as the “Mal,” sits atop what was once the site of old seed warehouse. Setting the standard high for other Belfast accommodations, this posh hotel will pamper you with its exceptional facilities and matching service. Delight in the decadence of the Samson suite, with a feature 9-foot bed, a purple pool table, and remote-controlled Velux blinds. Lounge in the leather seats with your beau while you watch the latest films on the two plasma televisions. Enjoy local Irish and international dishes at the brasserie, or indulge in an extensive wine and cocktails collection at the bar.
Culloden Estate and Spa, one of Northern Ireland’s premier health clubs, is another ideal hotel choice for your Belfast holiday. Concealed within secluded gardens five miles from Belfast City Centre, this hotel is popular among celebrities, and it has welcomed guests such as Robbie Williams, Bono of U2, and Tony Blair. Pamper yourself at the spa with its swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and marble steam room. When you get hungry, head to the AA Rosette award-winning Mitre restaurant and sample the culinary creations by chef Paul McKnight, one of the country's famous chefs. Enjoy music from the in-house pianist as you dine on Friday and Saturday evenings, or relax to the sounds of Beethoven over afternoon tea on Sunday.
Other Belfast hotels worth your money are the Holiday Inn Belfast, the Europa Belfast, and the Hilton Templepatrick Hotel & Country Club.