Categories: accommodation

You know what they say – variety is the spice of life. So if you’re planning a break, why not try something new? There are some amazing new places to stay here, just waiting to welcome you. So if you’ve always gone quirky, give tradition a go. Or if you’re an ardent hotel fan, maybe you’re ready to glamp. Have a look at these suggestions, then let your sense of adventure run wild.

1. The Grand Central Hotel, Belfast 

Stunning is the only word for the Grand Central Hotel, the latest offering from Hastings Hotels. Standing tall in the up and coming Linen Quarter, it couldn’t be more convenient for exploring Titanic Quarter’s history or Cathedral Quarter’s charming cobbled streets, pubs and eateries. Check out the sky-high 23rd floor Observatory. An awe-inspiring cocktail lounge with unbeatable views of Belfast and beyond. 

2. AC Hotel, Belfast 

Down on the Waterfront, AC Hotel does urban retreat in an exceptional riverside location. There’s fantastic luxury inside. And outside – well, Titanic Belfast, City Hall, SSE Arena and Victoria Square shopping centre are just a short walk away. So is yours to explore Belfast on foot. 

3. The Flint, Belfast 

Clean-cut, modern guest accommodation, designed by renowned interior architect Sarah McLorn of Terry Design, The Flint is right in the middle of Belfast city centre. All the top attractions, shops and restaurants are within easy walking distance. Deanes, James Street South & Howard Street are quite literally on the doorstep. 

4. Maldron Hotel, Belfast 

Modern, stylish and budget-friendly, the Maldron Hotel perfectly positioned, just minutes from popular tourist attractions. With 237 beautifully furnished rooms, and 5 modern conference and meeting rooms, it’s the ideal choice for business or pleasure. 

5. Hampton by Hilton Hotel, Belfast 

Hampton by Hilton Hotel Belfast has modern well-appointed rooms with free Wi-Fi and secure discounted parking near the hotel. And a lobby that features individually styled zones such as styled as the Welcome Zone, Work Zone, Gathering Zone and the Hub - spaces that guests can use to relax, work or socialise in. 

6. Killeavy Castle Estate, Killeavy, County Armagh 

A full restoration programme has returned this magnificent castle to its original glory. So now you find a marriage of past traditions with the individual charm of a modern boutique hotel, full of charm and elegant comfort.  

7. The Salthouse, Ballycastle, County Antrim 

A luxury eco hotel, The Salthouse has 24 stylishly appointed bedrooms and suites, a soothing spa and a laid back bar and restaurant. Sounds pretty perfect. It also stands in its own private grounds in the middle of the spectacularly beautiful County Antrim countryside. With jaw dropping views of the coastline to Fairhead and beyond. What more could you want? 

8. Bishop's Gate Hotel, Derry~Londonderry, County Londonderry 

At the heart of Derry~Londonderry's Cathedral Quarter, the Bishop’s Gate Hotel sits within the historic city walls. Built in 1899, and sensitively restored, it blends stunning Edwardian architecture with a stylishly appointed interior and luxurious facilities which have to be seen to be believed. 

9. Dunadry Hotel & Gardens, Dunadry, County Antrim 

Built on the site of an ancient fort, Dunadry Hotel and Gardens (4*) is bursting with character and traditional features. Impeccable design and a fascinating history co-exist here, creating a tranquil rural spot that’s just thirty minutes from Belfast City Centre and a forty five minutes from the Giant’s Causeway. 

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10. Finn Lough Resort, Aghnablaney, County Fermanagh 

Welcome to your bubble home! These hip rooms take you back to nature in a 

Forest Bubble Dome. Find four-poster beds, Nespresso machines, Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Along with transparent walls for star gazing. 

11. Waterfall Caves, Limavady, County Londonderry  

Subterranean luxury with everything on tap, including fresh spring water, is all yours at the extraordinary Waterfall Caves. They sit just at the foot of Binevenagh Mountain, on the shores of Duncrun Fishing Lakes. Perfect for a weekend in the outdoors, you’re surrounded by private fishing lakes, forest walking trails and natural springs in this very unique space in a prime location on the Causeway Coastal Route. 

12. Aurora, Bushmills, County Antrim 

Hewn from majestic Canadian cedar, Aurora's unique and luxurious log cabins come complete with wood burners, supersized beds, outdoor hot tubs and private verandahs. Just 1 mile from the iconic Giant's Causeway and 1.5 miles from the historic village of Bushmills, they’re the perfect jumping off point from which to explore the multiple attractions of the North Antrim Coast. 

13. Carntogher Cabins, Slaughtneil, County Londonderry 

Carntogher Cabins are located on a family farm in Slaughtneil, a small townland a few miles from Maghera. With incredible views over the Sperrin mountains, these luxury glamping cabins are just thirty minutes’ drive from The Causeway Coast and Benone beach. And a short walking distance to ‘The Carntogher History Trail’ walking route. 

14. Further Space at Glenarm Castle, Glenarm, County Antrim 

These cosy pods offer a rural getaway like no other. Fully furnished with all the comforts of home - you know, electricity, running water, mini fridge and heating. They’re on the Causeway Coastal Route, so it’s stunning ocean views all the way. Plus, you’re right in the middle of the exceptionally beautiful Glenarm Estate. 

15. Twilight Bunkhouse, Carnlough, County Antrim 

The quirky Twilight Bunkhouse is family-run accommodation with two 6-person dorm rooms and two 4-person private rooms. Located in the Glens of Antrim, in the picturesque village of Carnlough, it’s directly across from the harbour.  Or the Braavos Canal, for Game of Thrones® fans. 

16. Curran Gate, Portrush, County Antrim 

This takes luxury self-catering up a notch. These three-bedroom apartments are 

finished to a very high spec They’re fitted with smart technology throughout and a dedicated concierge team are on hand 24 hours a day. And, even better, they come with breath-taking views over the North Atlantic East Strand and Royal Portrush Golf Club.  

17. Quarry Hill Church, Strangford, County Down 

Here’s a unique opportunity – a stay in a stunningly converted former Presbyterian church. Built in 1846, it’s a protected building of great architectural value, now transformed into a spectacular 5 bedroom self-catering property – right at the entrance to Strangford village overlooking Castleward Bay. 

18. Blackrock Beach House, Portrush, County Antrim 

Blackrock Beach House offers the ultimate entertainment and relaxation space for extended family, friends or groups. There are 6 luxurious bedrooms, all en-suite, one with a jacuzzi bath, an open plan living, dining, kitchen area, with sliding glass walls offering access to your choice of two sun terraces with magnificent views. 

19. The Bakers Cottages, Seaforde, County Down 

As the name suggests, Bakers Cottages was once the bakery for the local area and many original features remain. There are three beautifully furnished bedrooms with lots of storage. And a private hot tub house with its own fridge and wood burning stove. Bath robes and slippers are provided. Bring your own fun. 

So, are you ready to swap a 5* hotel for a waterfall cave? Or a bunkhouse for an eco Salthouse? Whatever you choose, you’re sure to have the time of your life. Perhaps in a new and amazing place.