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Find a luxury city stay in Northern Ireland 

Northern Ireland has some of the best 5* city escape hotels and apartments hiding away in plain sight. If you want to add a touch of chic or a spark of urban razzle-dazzle to your weekend away, here are some of the ritziest places around. 

Escape to Belfast’s bright lights 

While its former life as Ulster Bank HQ may set off an array of banking metaphors and idioms, let’s vault over those and talk about how the Merchant Hotel (5*) has a dazzling mix of Art Deco chic and Victorian pomp that will leave you awe-struck. 

Or how its stunning luxury spa, fine dining menus or glorious afternoon teas will confirm this as the best escape plan ever planned. 

If that doesn’t do it, maybe hiring the hotel’s chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce Phantom for a day out will have you purring quietly or finding an exclusive bag or pair of shoes at Harper will have the Cheshire cat looking at you jealously.

High above, you can use the rooftop gymnasium and enjoy panoramic city views as you work out – and work out how to stay an extra day. And with the Cathedral Quarter on your doorstep, another quick look to the heavens in thanks may also be in order. 

Standing discreetly in plain sight beside the Grand Opera House is five-star superstar powerhouse, the Fitzwilliam Hotel (5*). This masterpiece of elegance and design on Great Victoria Street redefines what boutique hotel chicness is all about. 

This unhidden gem is effortlessly cool. And that stuff oozing from every corner? That’s called elegance. 

As for your room - well, just wait until you get there. Talk about making a great first impression.  It then backs it up with even better second, third and fourth impressions. If you bundle five-star fabulousness in state-of-the-art splendidness and then wrap it in tactfully attentive service splendiferousness, you’d have this place summed up. 

If you want to look after your own needs, in absolute luxury and with a view to die for, then the Marina View Titanic Apartment is the one for you. This impressive 2-bedroom apartment overlooks Belfast Marina and the Titanic Quarter. From here it’s a short walk to Titanic Belfast and the SSE Arena, and a few minutes’ walk or taxi ride takes you to the city centre. Stay put and there’s all the features you need to make it your luxury home from home – open plan living and dining, WiFi, full-featured kitchen and luxury bathrooms and bedrooms. 

Venture to the Belfast suburbs for the best balance between city centre access and room to move. The Victorian elegance of Rayanne House (5*) in Holywood is a sight to behold, that’s just a short taxi ride from George Best Belfast City Airport. 

This boutique 10-bedroom gem and private restaurant enjoy a spectacular view over Belfast Lough. While its cuisine and award-winning breakfast menu are famous across Northern Ireland, its "Titanic Menu" has achieved global renown. This is a stunning, nine-course recreation of the dinner served to the First Class passengers on board the great Belfast built ship. It is as opulent as you can imagine, and served in a period dining room with views of the Lough from where Titanic sailed. A place to stay and dine that will live long in your memory.  

Escape behind Derry-Londonderry’s walls 

If you’re going to visit an historic walled city, the chance to stay in a 19th century building should appeal to just about everyone. 

Palace Street Apartments (5*) are just the ticket - luxury self-catering apartments within the old walled city, located just 150 metres from the city centre. Now you can’t get much closer to history than that. You’re less than 0.5 km from St. Columb’s Cathedral, The Diamond and Free Derry Corner. 

However, everything else about the apartments is pure 21st century – wifi, microwave, flat-screen TV, washing machine and coffee machine, and all the usual conveniences of modern life.  

Opposite the apartments, you’ll find the exquisite Bishop’s Gate Hotel (4*). This listed building built in 1899 boasts stunning Edwardian architecture which has been sensitively restored in homage to its rich heritage. 

But 21st century sensibilities and needs have been seamlessly integrated including a cocktail and champagne bar. Not surprising to learn that a Hotel of the Year gong recently made its way here. You will follow the footsteps of some illustrious visitors to the hotel, among them Winston Churchill, Field Marshall Montgomery and poet W.B. Yeats. So, maybe arise and go there. 

That’s a little taste of what a luxurious city stay in Belfast or Derry-Londonderry could be like, but there’s so much else for you to discover here, not least another little bit of luxury in the shape of our city hotels and apartments for you to discover all on your own - and all for you.