Fodor's Expert Review Bullitt Hotel

40A Church La., Belfast, Co. Down, BT1 4QN, Northern Ireland

This centrally located hotel takes its trendy vibes (and name) from the "King of Cool," Steve McQueen, and delivers a no-frills experience with compact rooms. Back in the 1970s at the height of the Troubles, the thought of opening a hotel in Belfast and calling it the Bullitt would have been greeted with dark humor. But since it opened in 2017, the hotel has been a hit with locals and visitors. Rooms, although on the small side, are named in three sizes: Dinky, Comfy, and Roomy have king-size beds, bathrooms with rain showers, and a daily "grub to go" bag with fruit, granola, and OJ. Beds in the extension, opened in 2018, are twins and doubles. Much to guests' amusement, the elevator delivers announcements in the Belfast vernacular: "Ground floor, so it is." The Bullitt boasts the babel rooftop bar and garden (for cocktails and the famed Typsy Tea), a ski-themed Baltic bar, an espresso bar, and a 58-seat restaurant, Taylor & Clay, named in honor of Steve McQueen's San Francisco address in the 1968 movie from which the hotel takes its name. McQueen himself entered lore when a woman tried to make off with a giant framed print of the star, valued at £15,000, from the bar shortly after the hotel opened. When it wouldn't fit into her car, she abandoned it on the street. The picture has since been secured firmly to the wall to prevent a repeat of the incident.

PROS

  • stylish with a sense of humor
  • central location
  • meet the locals in the bar

CONS

  • rooms are small
  • not many facilities
  • traffic noise from busy street

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
New
Lively
Central
Design
$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 028-9590–0600

HOTEL DETAILS

74 rooms
Rate Includes: No meals

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