The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast
What We Love
- Crisp Egyptian cotton linens and duck-down duvets
- A clubby bar whose drinks bible has 700 entries and whose wine list is largely available by the glass
- An extensive and sophisticated room service menu, with decent choices available 24/7
What To Know
- Valet parking is available for $27 per day and must be booked in advance
- There’s no spa or gym
- The 300 bus from Belfast International Airport stops less than five minutes’ walk from the hotel
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
A high-design oasis in central Belfast, the intimate Fitzwilliam Hotel has 130 rooms thoughtfully adorned with designer textures and fabrics — think checkerboard print pillows and tufted velvet headboards — and super powerful “sunflower” showers (a bigger head than the standard rain shower). The Restaurant has a philosophy as straightforward as its name: communal tables where guests share meals prepared with local products. The super-sophisticated bar has copper-clad lighting, glimpse window and real crystal glasses to hold a variety of handcrafted cocktails and interesting international wines.
In the Area
The hotel is close to all sorts of tourist attractions and local pit stops and watering holes. The historic Grand Opera House puts on shows ranging from Michael Jackson tribute shows to kid-friendly productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. The Lyric Theater skews more contemporary, putting on groundbreaking productions for all ages. A few area restaurants are challenging the perception of Ireland’s cooking being limited to bland meat and two veg: CoCo aims to serve beautifully-presented comfort food and the Potted Hen is a critics’ darling.
How to Get There
If there was such a rating as a 6 Star Hotel this would be a 6. Spacious room, walking distance to Victoria Square (the best shopping and dining area you can imagine) and walking distance to The Queens University. We didn’t use a cab the entire time we were there except from the airport to the hotel.
Good location with some nice bars and restaurants close by. Staff were very friendly. Rooms are nice but noisy, when I asked for 2 sets of ear plugs, they only provided 1. Beds are comfortable but pillows are hard. Breakfast is mediocre, coffee (supplement if you want a "specialty coffee") was very poor, staff were very nice in breakfast area. It's a reasonable 4 star.
This is a great hotel made better by the very helpful staff. In walking distance to the centre. Room 213 was spacious and very comfortable. Highly recommended. The breakfast is cooked to order and high quality.The staff were keen to assist.
Have checked out of the Fitzwilliam feeling underwhelmed and disappointed.
A few points:
-Had emailed the hotel before check-in with a few small requests. No reply and none actioned. Disappointing as it was a celebratory trip and I would have happily paid for champagne etc in the room.
-Minibar was locked - not sure why!?
-Given an accessible bathroom which was just not comfortable
-Had to call 3 separate times before more towels arrived
Positives: Room was clean and spacious.
Based on this stay, wouldn't return.
I have stayed here many times and the service is always excellent. The rooms are very comfortable and the hotel is well situated with access to everything you need in the city centre. On this occasion, we had the 4 course meal in the restaurant, which was high quality and fantastic value.