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
Upmarket hostel is best way to describe this place and as for cleanliness - yuk! I didnt even want to use the shower. Check in was unprofessional and poor but we didn’t mind that so much.Bar service in the evening was poor - the guy hadn’t a clue. But breakfast service was excellent and the food was really great. I wouldn’t stay again. Good place for groups like hen nights.
Had a meal here on Friday whilst visiting a friend, not staying in the hotel but we had a meal in the restaurant. I chose the lamb and feta burger and it was absolutely delicious! It came with lovely chips and a tomato / Middle Eastern dipping sauce that was to die for! Also has a coffee at the end which was also really lovely. Would definitely come back!
This hotel was fantastic. Super modern and clean. The location couldn’t be more perfect - it is just a few minutes from the bars and restaurants of central Belfast. There is a car park opposite that charges £10 for 24 hours when you stay at the hotel which was really helpful. The hotel does great drinks and has it’s own buzz and night life. The staff were helpful and friendly.
Quirky place and great potential but room dusty and ours smelled of puke when we went in . In a rush so just dropped bags and got out. Bit mean on the breakfast front too - u get a voucher for a bun but buy ur own tea coffee etc .
After wanting to stay here for so long, I finally got the chance to this past weekend and I was not disappointed! The hotel is easily located (extremely close to Victoria Square), down the side-alley entrance, you are greeted by the courtyard which has a lovely sculpture. Check-in was efficiently done by Adam, who was the most lovely person and took an interest in what our plans were for our time in Belfast.
We had a dinky room on the first floor, and while I was expecting it to be small based on what I've read in other reviews, it was bigger than expected. As we arrived after the working day was finished, I was cautious of the music being played down below and if we'd hear it but my worries weren't needed! The bed was extremely comfortable and the room had Sky TV which was a nice bonus compared to other hotels. The bathroom was spacious and the shower was amazing! I quite liked the breakfast bag that you could put out in the evening and left in the morning.
Overall, I'd highly recommend this hotel for its amenities, location, staff and atmosphere.