28 April 2016

The Fitzwilliam Hotel, Belfast: Review

Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast Review

I’ve loved Belfast since my first visit to friends there. There’s something buzzy and exciting about the city and the variety of bars and restaurants on offer always impressed me – although, post-recession, I think Dublin has finally caught up.  On a recent visit around Mr Fluff’s birthday we were offered the chance to check out The Fitzwilliam Hotel, a fashionable 4-star that’s smack bang in the city centre. I’d actually walked past it on loads of occasions without ever venturing in but I have a feeling it will be a regular haunt from now on.
Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast Review

Seriously slick interiors combined with friendly, personal service mean the hotel actually feels like a five-star; it’s on par with the Dublin property, which does have that ranking. Maybe the rules are stricter in the North?

The public areas are dimly lit and have a sleek, luxurious vibe; the double-height lobby is especially nice, with its mid-century modern furniture and lamps, and that sophisticated sense of style is carried through to the restaurant and bar.

Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast Review

We were given a suite, which we were thrilled with, and it was gorgeous, complete with a massive, comfy bed, huge flat-screen TV and a double-shower and bath. My only regret is that we didn’t spend much time in it, rushing as we were to meet our pals and have dinner before a gig.  
We ate in the hotel restaurant, which has a relaxed but elegant atmosphere, all blonde wood and pink leather booths. The food was good, well presented and it’s reasonably priced - you can get a three-course pre-theatre menu for £18.95, and most wines are served by the glass as well as the bottle. Three of the four of us had the new season lamb, which was excellent, and I liked that the menu heavily features local and seasonal produce.

Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast Review

Breakfast was a tad less impressive; they were busy, so it felt a little rushed, and the tea and coffee were not a highlight of our stay. But those niggles aside, the Fitzwilliam impressed on all counts – if you’re looking for a central location that’s reasonably priced but seriously stylish,  I think that you’ll like this a lot. I know I did.

Check out the hotel website for rates and availability; Fluff and Fripperies was a guest of the hotel. 

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