Bishop's Gate Hotel, Derry~Londonderry
2019 was a tremendous year for Northern Ireland tourism and it was celebrated by our annual Northern Ireland Tourism Awards. In its 41st year, it demonstrated just how far we have come in terms of our world-class tourism offering.
The first half of 2020 has been a shock to us all but with six months still to go, we believe we can make fantastic memories on home soil. We are bursting with civic pride and are all keen to get holidaying and taking trips again.
There is no better way to get ourselves excited than to look back at the spectacular accommodation featured in 2019’s Northern Ireland Tourism Awards.
NI’s Best Self Catering Stay
If you want to retreat from the rest of the world and truly relax, then a self-catering stay might just be the answer for you.
Set along the Causeway Coastal Route, Ballygally Holiday Apartments are in a fabulous position to visit the Gobbins Cliff Path, Game of Thrones® filming locations and Carrickfergus Castle. Put your feet up with a glass of wine whilst taking in the outstanding views of the Irish Sea and the Glens of Antrim.
Guests to the self-catering cottages at the 600 acre Larchfield estate are in for an absolute treat. Rose Cottage is rustic, quaint and graded at 5*. It is an idyllic setting for couples enjoying a romantic weekend away in an enviable location, while the remaining cottages and Archways are great for groups of friends and family. Alongside the tastefully furnished cottages, there are a wealth of indoor and outdoor activities.
These unique, wood-panelled lodges are located within the grounds of Killyhevlin Hotel. They are modern in appearance and are nestled on the banks of Lough Erne. Guests can even request their own private jetty! The lodges are the perfect base for exploring Co. Fermanagh but if you don’t want to venture too far, there are a variety of dining options a short stroll away in the hotel.
NI’s Best Guesthouse/ B&B Stay
For those seeking a warm welcome and delicious breakfast, take a look at our Guesthouse and B&B winners:
Our winner, the 5*Peartree Hill, provides a luxuriously relaxing break. Set just outside Dundonald in the rolling hills of Co. Down, and close to Comber Greenway, it is excellently positioned to cater for those planning to explore the countryside. That being said, its location also allows for those city seekers to easily travel into Belfast which is only 20 minutes away by car. Guests can enjoy spacious ensuite bedrooms, with sumptuous beds for a perfects night’s sleep. In the morning, a scrumptious breakfast is served, with eggs from Peartree Hill’s own hens and fruit and veg from the garden.
This quaint cottage is set in the beautiful countryside, located only two miles from the historic village of Hillsborough and Hillsborough Castle and Gardens. Bedrooms are ensuite with super king size beds, and guests also have access to a fully fitted kitchen and living area.
Rooms at Rue, which opened in 2017, features comfortable, boutique bedrooms and is ideally placed in Omagh town centre. It is part of the Main Street Group, which is an exciting collection of rooms, restaurants, cocktail bars and a traditional thatched pub. All your socialising needs are easily met. For those who want to explore the local area, the famous Ulster American Folk Park and Gortin Glens Forest Park can be easily reached by car.
NI’s Best Hotel Stay
If a luxury hotel break is up your street, check out last year’s recommendations.
Built in 1899, Bishop’s Gate hotel mixes the old with the new, with its stunning Edwardian architecture alongside all the modern facilities one would expect. Ideally situated within the historic city walls, it is a perfect location for history lovers and those wishing to explore the city sites and attractions. After a busy day, guests can enjoy a well-deserved drink at the hotel's champagne and cocktail bar.
Located in the heart of Belfast City Centre, Bullitt Hotel is a great base to explore all there is to offer with many sites being accessible by foot. Bedrooms are stylish and are instagrammable. Rooms are comfortably kitted out with king size beds and rainfall showers. Bullitt has a selection of food and beverage options, but a must-do is enjoy a drink at the rooftop bar, Babel, to soak up the spectacular views of Belfast city.
Bushmills Inn is consistently featured in the Northern Ireland Tourism Awards, testament to their commitment to excellent quality, exceptional service and a warm welcome. A historic hotel, located a few minutes’ walk away from the Old Bushmills Distillery, Bushmills Inn is a stone’s throw away from the Giant’s Causeway and the world famous Causeway Coast. Guests can try out local produce in the AA Rosette restaurant or relax by the open fire in the cosy bar whilst tapping their feet to the live traditional music.