Author: David Wilkening

Where to Stay and Eat in Belfast – Belfast, Northern Ireland

Where to Stay and Eat in Belfast

Belfast, Northern Ireland

The Causeway Hotel, established in 1836, is convenient to the Giant’s Causeway. Rooms are as low as 35 pounds, including meals.

If you want to be reminded of what US country clubs look like, the 83-room Dunadry Hotel and Country Club, only ten minutes from the Belfast International Airport, is very comfortable. Rooms are spacious and service is outstanding in this long-favorite local hotel. Rates start at about 40 pounds.

By contrast, the 64-room Malmaison is a strikingly modern retreat carved out of a landmark building in the heart of downtown Belfast. Slinky lights and plasma screen televisions are obviously of interest to the hipper set but for others the dim lighting in the rooms is a detriment. Rates start at 99 pounds.

A coming attraction is one of the city’s few five-star hotels. The 21-room Merchant Hotel is a restored 1860-circa structure that is due to open next March in the historical Cathedral Quarter of Belfast’s city center.

Nick’s Warehouse (named for the owner, Nick Price) is known as one of Belfast’s most relaxing watering holes. Warm salads with a choice of nut oils and tasty casseroles are big hits in this cool, cozy wine bar with an adjacent restaurant.

The Crown Liquor Saloon on Great Victoria Street, a city landmark built in 1826, has an ornate Victorian exterior and serves good comfort food in a pub setting.

Outside of Belfast in County Antrim, diners at the Tidy Doffer eat generous and tasty potions under the largest thatched roof pub in Ireland.