For decades, Belfast has been forgotten about. Even after the Troubles ended, many travel plans still avoided Northern Ireland’s capital city as Belfast reinvented itself and recovered economically. One of the hotels leading that recovery is the hip and modern Malmaison Belfast, conveniently located in the city’s central historic district.
Like many buildings in central Belfast, Malmaison Belfast is a designated historic building. The 130-year-old building was originally a granary. While the outside of this boutique hotel may have been gorgeously and authentically restored as a look to Belfast’s past, the interior gives vibes of Belfast’s future with rich, swanky décor. Yet, the warmth one looks for in Belfast restaurants and hotels is still present, emanating from the lobby’s fireplace.
Stylish hotel rooms
Even though each of the hotel’s 62 boutique rooms oozes with modern style of dark, contemporary colors and posh mood lighting, there are still nods to Belfast’s past. The freestanding bathtubs were inspired by the city’s most famous ship, the Titanic. Like guests of the Titanic (before it sank), guests of Malmaison Belfast experience some of the finest luxuries found in hospitality today like power showers, flat screen TVs, natural toiletries that guests are encouraged to take home, and free Wi-Fi.
Rock Star worthy Suites
While the standard rooms meet the needs of even the most discerning traveler, Malmaison Belfast still offers rock star level treatment in their Mal Club level rooms and Samson and Goliath Suites. Mal Club rooms are equipped with all of the comforts found in the standard rooms plus upgraded toiletries, a larger TV complete with Sky Sports, and a Lavazza coffee machine. The twin Samson and Goliath Suites include gas fireplaces, Bose sounds systems, and pool tables. Yes, it is a look into the rock-and-roll lifestyle.
Modern Irish cuisine
The Malmaison does have both a restaurant and bar on site. Malbar is located to the right of the lobby. During the day, guests can enjoy lattes and croissants or afternoon tea. At night, the lights dim, the music goes up, and the lattes are switched out for libations. The bar covers all of the bases with both modern and classic cocktails, beer, and wine.
Brasserie is Malmaison’s restaurant. Oddly, it does not follow the same décor as the hotel. Instead, it closer resembles a country kitchen. The menu itself is a contemporary look at classic dishes. Some menu items are Malmaison classics found across all of their hotels. Yet, space is still left for seasonal and regional variety. Brasserie also serves both a continental and full breakfast
Located in the Cathedral District
Malmaison is located in the heart of central Belfast at the footsteps to the Cathedral District. The central locations allows for plenty to do both day and night. During the day, check out the Victoria Shopping Center, the Titanic Exhibit, or the city hall. At night, be sure to retrace your footsteps to see many of the same historic sites lit up with colored lights. Belfast’s best restaurants and pubs are all located within stumbling distance of the hotel. As the city is very safe, feel free to explore on foot.
Enjoy Malmaison Belfast
I personally couldn’t think of a better hotel to explore Belfast from than Malmaison. It truly has everything city visitors look for in that quintessential trip to the city from history to modern amenities to traditional Irish cuisine.
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