Review: Titanic Hotel, Belfast

The new Titanic Hotel in Belfast recently opened to much fanfare and celebration. In the refurbished buildings of the old Harland & Wolff offices it’s a new iconic hotel for Belfast, the city with the most authentic and real connection to Titanic.

Expectations were high and in many ways our night in the hotel didn’t disappoint, yet there is a sizeable snag list in this unfinished hotel which still need addressed.

At 4 weeks old the multi million pounds makeover of the old drawing offices should ideally be finished for opening, the public spaces look complete (almost) but hotel guests might have a different view. Basically it’s unfinished.

Fixtures and fittings are stunning throughout and are appropriately shipbuilding focused. It all looks sumptuous and with a hint of Museum about the whole building, a luxurious modern museum acknowledging its past. But there’s just that little unfinished attention to detail with dirty marks on walls, paint splatters on windows, tiles not cleaned properly, very leaky showers; just little details that make somewhere awesome. But maybe these teething issues are all part of a snag list which will be rectified when the hotel is finished properly.

Our room was £190 B&B and the upgrade to the executive room and happy birthday card and sweet nibbles was a lovely touch and much appreciated.

Our meal in the restaurant was fantastic, we got to use the glass booth (their private dining space) and the staff in the restaurant were personable and an absolute pleasure. We’ve already booked in again for our pre Christmas night out, that’s always a good sign!

The main bar is stunning and stylish in the old drawing room. Probably the most impressive in the city.

The hotel has so much potential and once the teething problems are ironed out and tidied up it will indeed be a treat. Let’s hope they do all that ASAP because we have a beautiful hotel waiting for the final touches on its refurbishment journey to become and absolute gem in the Titanic Quarter.

Post Author: Belfast Times

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