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The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast 4.5

Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

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Pros

  • Smart, super-contemporary hotel in Belfast's center
  • Close to many of the city's attractions
  • Coordinated rooms have Egyptian cotton sheets and duck-down duvets
  • Modern, mellow restaurant serves unfussy fare
  • Ultra-chic destination bar serves finely-crafted cocktails
  • On-site parking (though on pricey side)
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Attentive staff with reputation for friendliness

Cons

  • Breakfast not included
  • Some rooms show signs of wear
  • Elevator noise leaks into nearby rooms

Bottom Line

This upscale, über-contemporary hotel has gone to every effort to wow with a focus on funky chic design and a modern, moody vibe. Its smart and snazzy rooms haven't scrimped on comfort, with Egyptian cotton sheets and duck-down duvets. In-room tech also leaves nothing wanting. The hotel's low-lit restaurant is a design gem, while its stylish bar serves excellent cocktails. The location is right in Belfast's city center, and is thus within walking distance to many attractions and transport links. All in all, it's pretty well priced for a property of this caliber, though if it's just a little too hip, check out the Europa Hotel round the corner.

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Scene

Hushed oasis of contemporary design and funky furnishings

Built in 2009, this smart and shamelessly urbane hotel stands on a street corner overlooking a busy Belfast junction. Past the revolving door and top-hat-and-tails doormen, however, the reception area is a serene space with a relaxing vibe and funky furnishings. Lingering in the lobby is positively encouraged, with bookshelves and snug banquettes flanking a contemporary gas fireplace. The mood of hushed modernity continues into the hallways, with bold monochrome carpeting and low lighting. Clientele tend towards business guests during the week, with young couples coming in on weekend city breaks

Location

Set on a busy junction in central Belfast, five minutes from Cathedral Quarter

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Fitzwilliam Hotel is located on the intersection of two busy streets -- Great Victoria and Grosvenor -- in the buzzing center of Belfast. Right next door is the beautiful Grand Opera House, and most of the city center attractions are within walking distance or a short drive away. Case in point: The Cathedral Quarter and Belfast Waterfront entertainment venue both can be reached in a few minutes by car. The nearest train station is Great Victoria Street, two blocks southwest, while Belfast International Airport requires about a half-hour drive.

Rooms

Super smart rooms with Egyptian cotton bedspreads and duck-down duvets

The 130 rooms at the Fitzwilliam are ultra-smart contemporary, with coordinated designer fabrics, American walnut paneling, and great funky touches like Op Art prints and vintage-style telephones. Beds are topped with Egyptian cotton sheets, duck-down duvets, and pillows aplenty. In-room tech covers all the bases, with 26" flat-screen TVs, CD/iPod players, and free Wi-Fi.

Suites really have a “wow” factor with spacious open-plan layouts and floor-to-ceiling windows with views over the city. Bathrooms also impress with moody black and patterned mosaic tiling, as well as powerful showers, anti-mist mirrors, and large towels.

Features

Beautifully designed restaurant and chic cocktail bar

Dining at the Fitzwilliam comes in the form of an über-cool, low-lit room decked out in polished wood and crimson high-backed seating. The menu is comprised of uncomplicated dishes made with locally-sourced foods. The hotel's ultra-chic destination bar features copper-clad lighting and finely-crafted cocktails served in real crystal glasses, while afternoon tea is offered in the lobby library by the open fire. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property and guests also have access to a small gym. Unusual for Belfast, the hotel has its own car park.

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Address

1-3 Great Victoria Street, Belfast BT2 7BQ, United Kingdom

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