Considering a trip to Ireland? Many gravitate towards touristic Dublin in the south – but the northern capital Belfast should definitely be on your radar, too. It boasts world-class attractions like Titanic Belfast, a vibrant indie art scene, hundreds of intimate music venues and two Michelin-starred restaurants – for all its difficult history, this is a city that’s seriously on the up. And it has a host of cheap hotels to stay in while you’re exploring it all, that are guaranteed to free up more spending money on all the city’s diverse distractions. Here’s our selection of the best cheap hotels in Belfast – get booking!
Belfast's best cheap hotels
Warning: if you stay at the Crescent, you run the risk of never actually setting foot outside. Based on Botanic Avenue and surrounded by the shops, bars and venues of the university area, it’s a charming boutique hotel based in a pretty Victorian house. There are just 17 rooms here, decked out in an eclectic mix of styles; you can take your pick from contemporary or traditional Victorian. All come with free wi-fi. The brasserie and bar complete the old-meets-new styling.
Belfast’s branch of the Premier Inn empire is definitely the place to stay if you’re here for the attractions of the Titanic Quarter. Based in a modern block that overlooks the Lagan, you’ll find everything here to be smart and well-presented, from the automated check-in system to the rooms themselves. They come with TVs, air-conditioning, tea-and-coffee-making kits and free wi-fi.
Etap is a modern budget hotel that was you covered in terms of great-value Belfast accomodation: a great location, plus bright, simply styled, smartly designed rooms with free wi-fi, air-conditioning. There are cocoon en sutie rooms that sleep up to three; a lounge area has 24-hour snacks and drinks available. There’s free parking, too – the unlimited buffet breakfast will cost you a little extra.
A hotel that’s slightly out of the city centre, and in Belfast’s vibrant university area, which makes it handy if you want to visit the Botanic Gardens and independent shops on Lisburn Road. The four-star Malone Lodge is large and modern, iwth both straightforward rooms and self-catering apartments. The decor is a little dated, but come with monochrome en suite bathrooms, tea-and-coffee-making facilities, free wi-fi and parking, and a decent breakfast rate. If you don’t fancy eating out, a £20 per person supplement buys you a three-course dinner in the on-site restaurant.
This particular budget option is close to the Botanic Gardens in Queens Quarter, in a redbrick Victorian bulding that’s been extended. Rooms here offer free wi-fi and free parking. The 56 en suite rooms here are both big and functional, if a little characterless in decor (wooden floors, white bathrooms). But they all come with air-conditioning, TVs, tea and coffee-making facilities and shower rooms. A bar and restaurant add to the appeal, as does an excellent breakfast selection (admittedly for an extra charge).
Billing itself as a ‘boutique B&B’, Harpers is nicely situated in Queens Quarter, about a ten-minute walk from the River Lagan and Ormeau Park. The grand Victorian townhouse is filled with large windows that ensure the rooms get plenty of light, aided by their pale decor. Lots of original mouldings and sconces add individuality to the rooms, which come with free wifi, Egyptian cotton bedding and tea-and-coffee-making facilities. En suite bathrooms have wet room showers and underfloor heating, and it all comes in at well under £100.
As the lovely clematis that frames the front door attests to, the Roseleigh is run by owners who clearly take pride in their guesthouse. The love and care extends to the six en-suite rooms that mix old-fashioned furniture and modern, colourful soft furnishings and textiles. You’ll also find free wi-fi, parking and a full-on Irish breakfast to get your chops into – along with some other tasty-sounding options, too.
This ‘tearooms and boutique B&B’ on the buzzing Lisburn Road offers free hot cooked breakfast, parking and wi-fi. Many period features from its former life as a Victorian gentlemen’s residence have been lovingly retained in the bright en-suite rooms, which come with brass bedsteads, pretty chandeliers and bold colours in armchairs and bedding. It’s all just the right side of twee, and works like a charm.
This B&B is based in a Victorian house that’s been refurbed into a set of modern, colourful rooms that come in at terrifically good value. The rooms and bathrooms here aren’t big, but they do come in a wide range of styles, and all with tea and coffee-making facilities, as well as free cooked breakfasts, wi-fi, and a large lounge area where tea and coffee are available 24/7.