Last week while we visited Belfast in Northern Ireland, we stayed six nights in the Hilton Belfast hotel.
We loved the hotel’s location — allowing us to walk to the Belfast City Hall, Victoria Square Mall, the Titanic Museum, and all of the main shopping, dining and entertainment areas of Belfast. The hotel is also a short walk to the Belfast Central Train Station.
Because we arrived early on a Sunday morning when the hotel was fully booked, we couldn’t get in a room until 1:30 pm. (Normal check-in time is 3 pm, but the staff gave us the first available room, number 902.)
Belfast, we learned, has a lot of public art. The art in room 902 is a photo of the Thanksgiving Statue, a 64-foot public art sculpture by Andy Scott that is located in Thanksgiving Square near the Hilton Belfast hotel. The sculpture has several nicknames including the Beacon of Hope and the Nuala with the Hula. We liked her flying ponytail.
Our Hilton Honors Diamond Status gave us access to the 11th floor Executive Lounge. We enjoyed the views across Belfast City (when the sky wasn’t overcast), and the breakfast and complimentary wine, beer and snacks each evening. Paul and Mary, two evening staffers in the Executive Lounge, were two of the best we’ve ever encountered in Hilton properties. They were friendly, and very knowledgeable about restaurants to recommend and other useful information. We also noted that they remembered all of the regular guests, which was very impressive.
Hilton Honors members with Diamond Status could also choose to have complimentary breakfast in the hotel’s Sonoma Restaurant overlooking the River Lagan, which we tried on several mornings.
After a long day of touring Northern Ireland, we also enjoyed a light meal and cocktails in the popular Cables Bar on the hotel’s ground floor.
Our bottom line on the Hilton Belfast Hotel in Northern Ireland:
- We loved the location, convenient for visiting all of Belfast’s main attractions on foot.
- The hotel offered easy walking access to the Belfast Central Train Station, for taking day trips up the coast.
- From the front desk to the concierges to Paul and Mary in the Executive Lounge, the hotel’s staff was top notch.
- The hotel is popular with both business travelers and conventions/conferences, so it can be quite busy.
- The hotel is a Hilton HHonors Reward Category 5 hotel, which we considered a good use of points. (We used points for 4 nights and paid for 2 nights of our stay.)
What’s your favorite hotel in Belfast? Please share in comments below.
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- A Look Inside the Milan Hilton Hotel
- A Look Inside the Hilton Panama Hotel
- A Look Inside the Wit Hotel, Chicago
- Views from the Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge in Alaska
- A Peek Inside the Hilton Antwerp Old Town Hotel
- A Look Inside the JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square Hotel
See more hotels that we’ve stayed in via our Hotel board on Pinterest.