What We Love
- Belfast's only après-ski bar, Baltic
- A custom-built wood-fired grill at Taylor & Clay, the open-kitchen restaurant
- Exceptionally fast—and free—WiFi
- The hotel’s expertly curated “Map of Cool," filled with off-the-beaten-path attractions
What To Know
- The hotel skips in-room fridges; instead, there’s a well-stocked snack bar at the reception desk
- A complimentary “breakfast bag” of OJ, a granola-and-yogurt pot, and fruit is included as part of your room rate
- The hotel’s Espresso Bar features Ireland’s only Kees van der Westen machine
- All 43 rooms have rain showers
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
The prolific Beannchor group, an Irish hospitality powerhouse that’s delivered award-winning destinations like The Merchant, a majestic Victorian mansion in Belfast’s storied Cathedral Quarter, let its hair down for this modish metropolitan retreat. The Steve McQueen tributes—which begins with the hotel’s name, an homage to his eponymous 1968 film—are plenty: the hotel’s main restaurant is a hat-tip to McQueen’s San Francisco address, while the reception is graced with an arresting portrait (so arresting, in fact, that a couple of thieves attempted to snatch it last year) of the King of Cool. Interiors are industrial, blending pale woods, exposed brick, and leather, though it’s the cheeky accessories, like coffee mugs emblazoned with the phrase, “Hello Brewtiful,” or the “2B or not 2B” etched on the pencils in your room, that will leave the most lasting impressions. The hotel also boasts one of the Northern Irish capital’s most popular watering holes: to get to Bullitt’s Bar, patrons pass through a bulb-lit passageway that leads to a charming courtyard beer garden, where the focal point is a Jameson barrel sculpture. Fittingly, you can order the hotel’s very own lager on tap—and like the hip-haven you’re staying in, it’s a curious but tasty brew.
In the Area
You’re a two-minute walk to the Cathedral Quarter, which is chock full of Belfast’s best pubs and restaurants, which was once the city’s literary headquarters (many 19th-century newspapers were based here). Traces of it are still visible through sites like Writer’s Square, in front of St. Anne’s Cathedral, where quotations from 27 late Irish writers have been inscribed into a succession of stones, and just five minutes from the Titanic Quarter, a recently revived waterfront sprawl that preserves its shipyard heritage through a sleek and modern museum, where the centerpiece is a multimedia exhibit that allows visitors to explore every nook and cranny of the ill-fated ocean-liner.
How to Get There
Highly recommend got a good deal for valentines night, super friendly staff lovely room & bottle prosecco & chocolates included, comfy bed & everything you would need will definitely be back, handy parking in high street car park & easy tasty breakfast in a bag😊❤️
Great central location. Great bar, nice restaurant and very friendly staff. Room was compact but great for an urban one night stay. Unfortunately phone to ring reception did not work (which I was told on checkout could be fixed by unplugging). I needed to ring reception because the TV didn’t work (which I did on my mobile). Porter tried for 15 mins to fix the issue then gave up.
Unfortunately while packing up the next day we found a condom wrapper at the foot of the bed (not ours) which obviously left us feeling a little funny about the cleanliness.
Great location and great local but just really let down by the basics.
*Stay* - Mid-week 2-night stay after coming up from Dublin...celebrating my renewed passport!!
*Location* - The Bullitt is unassumingly hidden amongst a row of shops on Church Lane, a pedestrian side-street in a shopping area. Look for the sign down the side of the building and the large wooden doors or you may miss it. Some may think this is a negative, personally I think it's pretty cool. The doors lead down a private alley and into an open courtyard with outdoor seating for the bar and automatic doors through to the reception.
*Food* - Oh. My. God...the food!! My regular travel pal (TP) is a vegetarian and I've come to realise that travelling with a vegetarian can be troublesome at times, not because she's fussy (well...maybe a little hahah), but because a lot of places tend to serve the same bland, boring and "safe" options for vegetarians. Well, not at Taylor & Clay's, the restaurant on the ground floor of the hotel. Taylor & Clay's were serving 3 menus on our first night - the main a la carte menu, a winter special sale menu and a vegan menu. I had the squid to start, cornfed chicken for main and then the pear frangipane for dessert...I love a frangipane! TP was delighted with the meat-free options and had soup to start, split pea fritters for main and a chocolate pot for dessert. Absolutely nothing disappointed our taste buds...including the delicious cocktails!!
On our second day we had a delicious vegetarian breakfast in the ground floor bar and then went up to Babel, the Bullitt's rooftop bar, for a Tipsy Afternoon Tea and, oh boy, it was a dream. Whoever decides upon the menu is a creative genius... especially with the vegetarian options - TP was delighted for no egg and cress or cucumber sandwiches, but instead an awesome mix of twists on tradition and spicy unexpected additions. The prices were more than reasonable and the 'Tipsy' part of the afternoon tea was plentiful...Frankie also kept us topped up on water, which was convenient when it became time to find our way back to our room haha.
Rooms - We stayed in room 221, an ensuite twin room with a lounge / work area. Our room was on the front corner of the building and so had triple aspect views. It was a little noisy at certain times of the evening but it wasn't overly annoying and was to be expected given the location. The room had both central heating and air conditioning, a safe, wardrobe, fridge, smart TV and extra pillows and duvets.
Service - I don't even know where to begin with the service! From the moment we walked in the staff were truly delightful and not in the kind of 'performance' way that some hotels seem to have where it appears they're reading from a script. The staff were genuinely nice and interested in our plans (or lack off) - from Karen on the main reception desk (who asked us how we were and what we were up to every time we passed by the desk) to Dearbhile in Taylor & Clays and the handsome Frankie in Babel (who told us about the night a pensioner stole a 6ft x 4ft painting of Steve McQueen from the lobby!).
An all-round great experience and we'd definitely stay at the Bullitt again!
This hotel is situated in the middle of a lane, at the end of a courtyard in the city centre. Very convenient. My first impression was that this place was quirky and unconventional. The decor in the room was a bit dull and drab, clothes rail with three hangers, awful view, 227. However the beds were comfortable, the shower was very good, breakfast hanging on the door was a bit unusual but very edible. Dinner and lunch were tasty, very small portions and expensive, drinks were outrageously expensive. Staff were friendly and the hotel is well maintained. I probably would return, purely for the location, I visit Belfast regularly and although I have stayed in worse hotels, I have also stayed in better.
Bullit is without doubt the worst hotel I have ever stayed in.
I was out for dinner with friends and I wanted them to join me back at the hotel afterwards but ‘security’ at the hotel door wouldn’t allow them in.
After I’d gone in and talked to reception, they told me I could bring my friends in but security - very aggressively - told me, in no uncertain terms, they wouldn’t be allowed in.
What followed was a situation which made me feel extremely uncomfortable and threatened by the so called ‘security’ staff. They ordered me around, were rude to my friends and overruled the hotel staff. Utterly disgraceful.
In all my life, I’ve never experienced anything like this.
I will never stay in this hotel again and I can’t recommend it.
Absolutely terrible experience.