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Last updated: 27 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Nicola Brady

If your idea of the perfect city bolthole is a place filled with dark, sexy corners and perfectly mixed Old Fashioneds, the Malmaison is for you.

While the exterior is a historic landmark (down to the stone gargoyles that overlook the entrance) the interior is a sultry affair, with a calming, chilled-out vibe that counteracts the bustle of the Cathedral Quarter right on the doorstep.

This former warehouse is an ode to lavish opulence, with dimly lit hallways and dark wooden beams. While its standard rooms are perfectly spacious, the higher-end options come with seductive extras like roll-top baths and fireplaces.

At weekends, the downstairs brasserie buzzes with locals, in for a boozy brunch with bottomless Aperol Spritz, or £6 cocktails at the Friday evening happy hour (their whiskey sours are top-notch).

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
: Nearby *
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Belfast’s Street Art

Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom (UK)[0.3 miles]

Discover Belfast’s vibrant and fascinating street art, and the stories behind them, on tours led by local artists.

Best for ages: 8+ | £15 | 1 hour

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Titanic Belfast

Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom (UK)[1.3 miles]

Standing where the Titanic was built, this moving, interactive exhibition tells the story of the giant cruiser’s construction and sinking.

Best for ages: 4+ | £20

Crumlin Road Gaol

Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom (UK)[1.5 miles]

Belfast’s imposing former prison offers a haunting peek into the city’s tumultuous history, from famous inmates to infamous riots.   

Best for ages: 13+ | £12

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Inside the Duke of York bar in Belfast

Duke of York Pub

Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom (UK)[0.3 miles]

One of the oldest pubs in Belfast, the Duke of York is a traditional boozer found down a cobbled alleyway, with well-worn seats, antique memorabilia and an old printing press in the corner. On sunny days, people take their drinks out to the flower-lined courtyard.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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External view of the cathedral during the daytime

Belfast Cathedral

Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom (UK)[0.4 miles]

This Romanesque cathedral is one of the city’s finest architectural feats – take a tour to admire the stained glass, and the 40-foot glass spire, named the ‘Spire of Hope’.

Best for ages: 18+ | £5

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St George’s Market

Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom (UK)[0.5 miles]

This historic Victorian market is filled with local crafts, the best Belfast produce and a jostling gaggle of local food-lovers.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

Side view of the city hall during the day

Belfast City Hall

Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom (UK)[0.5 miles]

Take a free tour of Belfast’s baroque City Hall, dating back to 1906, with impressive interiors to match the elegant, Edwardian frontage.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Northern Ireland, United Kingdom (UK)

Northern Ireland’s capital makes for a surprisingly arty city break, with convivial and cosy pubs, elegant architecture and cutting-edge cuisine.

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