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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Loved everything about the bullett hotel...except the loud music from the bar/garden area. We were on the 1st floor so had little sleep..the staff were amazing.. the decor is really different..rooms are small but ok..I loved the breakfast bag..a lovely touch.
Stayed 1 night and had a faboulous experience - staff were extremely helpful and very friendly - great hotel and the food was excellent. Magical place to stay. Our room was warm and comfy. Great location and would highly recommend it and will def be staying again.
My husband and I have just returned from a 1 night stay in this hotel. We arrived at about 12.30pm and were delighted to be told that our room was ready and we could check in early. We had opted for the comfy double room and although it wasn’t very large it was perfectly adequate. The bed was comfortable and the shower was lovely. We enjoyed a delicious 3 course meal in Taylor and Clay as part of the ‘Bullitt Experience’ package. We then enjoyed a cocktail each in Babel rooftop bar. Unfortunately we had a very disturbed night. Our room was located on the second floor, near the lift and we found it to be quite noisy. One guest arrived back at approximately 2.15am and was clearly inebriated! His room was located opposite ours and he played very loud music and was shouting and swearing at the top of his voice. After being wakened by this and unable to get back to sleep, at around 3am my husband phoned reception and spoke to the duty manager. The manager and his colleague came up promptly and asked the other guests to keep the noise down, explaining that fellow guests were trying to sleep. After a short time the noise subsided and we eventually got back to sleep. This experience was frustrating but we felt that it was dealt with quickly and efficiently by management. On checkout, Adam from reception further apologised and offered us complementary coffee and traybakes. I would say that the lack of consideration of other guests did dampen our experience but overall we enjoyed our night away. The hotel is lovely, food great and the staff were polite and efficient. If I was to return again I would be sure to ask for a room in a quieter part of the hotel.