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Bunking down on a budget: Belfast’s accommodation bargains revealed

 

George Best’s home
George Best’s home
Belfast Cosy Cabin
Belfast Cosy Cabin
John Bell House
John Bell House
ETAP Hotel
LWR Ormeau
easyHotel
Gareth Cross

By Gareth Cross

Belfast has emerged as a tourist hotspot in recent years, drawing people from around the world.

From city breaks to long weekends and stag and hen parties, visitors of all kinds arrive every week.

Alongside top-class hotels, picturesque B&Bs and furnished apartments, Belfast also offers alternative options.

The Belfast Telegraph revealed yesterday that the finishing touches were being applied to the city's first 'pod' hotel.

Here we take a look at some of Belfast's cheapest spots, and places that have something a little different to offer.

Prices are based on a stay for two people in July 2019.

Budget Hotels

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Belfast boasts a wide range of cheaper hotel options for travellers on a budget.

Rooms at the recently opened easyHotel on Howard Street start from around £50.

The ETAP Hotel on Dublin Road is part of the ibis budget brand and offers a night's stay from around £60. Prices at the ibis in Belfast's Queens Quarter start at around £63.

There is another ibis hotel on Castle Street, with prices starting from £76.

Similarly priced is the Travelodge on Brunswick Street.

The Maldron Hotel, also on Brunswick Street, has prices starting at £70.

The Park Inn by Radisson on Clarence Street West and Radisson Blu Hotel in Cromac Place offer the Radisson experience from prices starting at around £72. Other budget options include Jurys Inn on Great Victoria Street, Ramada by Wyndham on Talbot Street, and the Holiday Inn on Hope Street.

Or, for something out of the ordinary:

John Bell House

You could find yourself staying in the historic John Bell House in the heart of Belfast.

The building on College Square East boasts period features with a mix of shared apartments and en suite studios.

Formerly Belfast Technical College, it was built in 1906 and was named after Belfast physicist John Stewart Bell.

Some of the apartments are used for student accommodation during the university term.

Prices range from £49-£64 a night.

Paddy's Palace

One of the quirkier options is Paddy's Palace on Lisburn Road offering beds in mixed dormitories. It features a large kitchen and sizable walled garden that includes a Second World War bomb shelter.

The hostel offers 'sleeptite' beds which feature the latest technology to help guests drift off easily.

Prices range from £12-£34 for a mixed dormitory. Twin and double rooms are also available.

LWR Ormeau Guest House

You could pamper yourself without breaking the bank at the LWR Ormeau Guest House which offers massages and facials from a trained on-site beautician. Less than a mile from the city centre, it offers off-street parking and rooms with a private entrance.

An airport shuttle is also available and the rooms have facilities for disabled guests.

Prices range from £55-£70.

Camera Guesthouse

If you are willing to pay a little extra, you could stay in a 19th century Victorian guest house in Wellington Park.

Camera Guesthouse offers bed and a breakfast and is just a short walk from the city centre. The property takes its name from the many photographers who stayed there in the 1970s and 1980s.

Prices range from £84-£110.

Queen's Quarter - Writers' Retreat

Any budding writer may wish to stay at the Writers' Retreat off Lisburn Road.

The property has played host to artists, musicians and writers such as Edna O'Brien and Jane Goodall, and even The Gladiators.

The hosts run reading groups in the house in order to explore collectively alternative modes of thinking and guests are welcome to attend.

Prices begin around the £40 mark on Airbnb.

The Music and Poetry House

Situated in the leafy Belmont area, this property was once the home of Belfast poet WR 'Bertie' Rodgers. The current owner has worked in the music industry and the house has a music room complete with a huge vinyl record collection.

Prices begin around the £75 mark at the house, which has its own history circle.

Belfast Cosy Cabin

The cabin offers guests privacy and comfort away from the hustle and bustle.

It is an open plan studio cabin with a separate shower and toilet and is based close to Cave Hill with an abundance of beautiful walks nearby. Located on the Antrim Road, the cosy cabin starts from just £45 a night.

George Best's Family Home

Manchester United fans looking for somewhere to stay could pitch up at the childhood home of one of the greatest of all-time.

The house at 16 Burren Way remained the Best family home until George's dad Dickie passed away in 2008.

See where it all began for the legend who went on to lift the European Cup in 1968 and is still fondly remembered as one of the greatest to ever play the game.

The home now belongs to charity the Eastside Partnership.

It is currently available to rent on airbnb from around £125 a night.

Forest Dome - Geo Dome at Let's Go Hydro

You could spend the night under the stars with a Forest Dome in Carryduff, just outside Belfast.

Guests can also enjoy the scenic backdrops of a forest and reservoir. Prices begin at around £90 for the domes which include king-sized beds and wood-burning stove.

Belfast International Youth Hostel

If you are looking for a cheap option close to the city centre, try the Belfast International Youth Hostel.

It is home to the Causeway Cafe serving a breakfast menu featuring local Irish food.

It also offers private or shared bathroom facilities and lounge areas for guests.

Situated on Donegall Road, private rooms begin from £26 a night, with cheaper options available in shared dormitories.

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