Planning a vacation in Northern Ireland with your little ones? We have you covered! Have a look at our list of the best family hotels in Belfast below.
Belfast is a great city to explore as a family – it’s not too big to get lost with your offspring in tow but large enough to keep you all busy for a couple of days.
And there’s plenty of attractions to enjoy for the whole family, too – just think of the world-famous Titanic Museum, the Ulster Museum (dinosaurs!), the zoo and the Botanical Gardens.
More good news: Belfast has some of the most family-friendly hotels in the country – expect everything from kid’s menus to fully stocked playing rooms with books, games and toys, afternoon teas with marshmallows and even inside glamping.
Sounds too good to be true? Click through our list of the best family hotels in Belfast and see for yourself!
10. The Beechlawn Hotel – for extra-spacious family rooms
A mix of modern chic and retro country house style, this hotel makes you feel at home the minute you step in. And with the city centre just a ten-minute drive away, it’s a great base for sightseeing with your kids, too.
The designated family rooms are extra-large in size including the bathroom, assuring the whole party has a great stay without morning queues for the sink.
Prices: from £89
Address: Dunmurry Ln, Dunmurry, Belfast BT17 9NP
9. The Flint – for a stylish stay with free Netflix and kids’ channels
This modern and stylish place close to attractions such as the Odyssey Arena, St. George’s Market and the Cathedral Quarter is one of the best family hotels in Belfast if you are looking for that extra bit of flexibility – each room comes with its own kitchenette, so you can prepare your own breakfast or dinner.
And if you are tired after a long day of sightseeing and want to chill at the hotel just like at home, all rooms come with a flat screen, free Netflix and access to kids’ channels – we are sure, your offspring will love that bit!
Prices: from £60
Address: 48 Howard St, Belfast BT1 6PG, Northern Ireland
8. The Merchant Hotel – if you want to spoil your family
A five-star-place in the heart of the city, The Merchant Hotel has attracted the rich and famous for decades. And while it might not be the most obvious place for a family break, we really can’t see a reason why you shouldn’t spoil yourself a little occasionally.
The rooms are spacious enough to accommodate both yourself and the kids in luxury-style. And if you are coming in summer, we especially recommend their new takeaway afternoon tea.
Just imagine yourself, your kids, a nice spot in the park and fresh scones, pastries, tea and prosecco for the adults. Sounds great? We fully agree!
Prices: from £219
Address: 16 Skipper St, Belfast BT1 2DZ
7. Wellington Park Hotel – for a special Sunday Roast kids experience
Belfast’s Botanic Gardens are a great attraction to visit with kids all-year round – and this four-star-place is just a four-minute-walk away.
Add another ten minutes and you are at the famous Titanic Museum – you get our point; this hotel really is a great base for a family sightseeing break. We also love their designated stylish family rooms, sleeping two adults and up to two children.
And if you come for a weekend break, don’t miss their Sunday lunch with a special four-courses-deal for kids (£ 13.95 or £ 10.50 for the roast) and a kid’s menu with mini sausages, chicken and fish goujons.
Prices: from £70 (from £100 for family room)
Address: 21 Malone Rd, Belfast BT9 6RU
6. Balmoral Hotel Belfast – enjoy a kid-friendly afternoon tea with marshmallows
Located at the junction of the M1 motorway, a ten-minute-drive from Belfast’s city centre, this stylish hotel is a great base if you want to get in and out of town quickly or plan day trips in the region. They have two restaurants and a cosy bar for some romantic couple time after you have put your kiddos to sleep.
We especially love the “Little Peoples Tea”, a child-friendly version of a classic afternoon tea with finger sandwiches, pastries and scones, served with hot chocolate and marshmallows (£7.95 per kid).
Prices: from £54
Address: Blacks Rd, Dunmurry, Belfast BT10 0NF
5. Holiday Inn Belfast City Centre – where kids stay and eat for free
This hotel is a great option if you want to stay centrally without breaking the bank – Holiday Inn Belfast is only a ten-minute-walk from attractions such as Ulster Hall, Grand Opera House and Victoria Square Shopping Centre and comes with great price deals, making it one of the best family hotels in Belfast.
Kids up until 17 years stay for free when sharing a room with their parents. And up to four kids ages 12 and under eat for free at the on-site restaurant.
Prices: from £67
Address: 40 Hope St, Belfast BT12 5EE, Northern Ireland
4. Maldron Hotel Belfast City – a comfy base in a top-notch location
This four-star-hotel in the heart of the city ranks among the most popular places for a family break in Belfast – and we totally get the hype.
Not only are the location close to all the attractions and the views over the whole city spectacular, they also have extremely comfy deluxe family and interconnecting bedrooms suitable for all ages.
And if you dine at their restaurant, your kids will be welcomed with a “Young Diners Menu”, featuring all the favourites from chicken wings to burgers, pizza and mini fish and chips (and there’s ice-cream, too!).
Prices: from £70
Address: 20 Brunswick St, Belfast BT2 7GE, Northern Ireland
3. Crowne Plaza – for one of the best family hotels in Belfast
Like the city but prefer to stretch your feet in a more tranquil environment? The four-star-hotel, just a 15-minute drive from the city centre, is in the heart of the Lagan Valley Regional Park, with hiking and biking trails as well as kayaking spots right at your doorstep.
One of the most family friendly hotels in Belfast, they have a free children’s playroom with books, toys, and games as well as a special kids’ menu at their restaurant featuring all the hits from chicken breast bites to cheese and tomato pizza.
And if you head to their indoor pool, make sure to check out their schedule for kids swimming times.
Prices: from £89
Address: 117 Milltown Rd, Belfast BT8 7XP, Northern Ireland
2. Titanic Hotel Belfast – an indoor glamping experience near the world’s famous ship
Kids or adults, everybody loves the Titanic museum and by staying at this hotel, you are just a stone’s throw away from Northern Ireland’s number one attraction.
And the Titanic-themed boutique hotel even has its own exhibition featuring 500 artefacts, posters and pictures of the infamous cruise ship. Their overnight family ticket for £299 includes a spacious family room for two adults and two kids, tickets to the Titanic Belfast and a Titanic sized breakfast.
The real highlight however, making it one of the best family hotels in Belfast, is a tent for the kids to set up in the room, allowing them an inside glamping experience, complete with their own sailors’ hats, milk and cookies, sweet treats and a kid’s activity pack.
Prices: from £89
Address: Titanic Quarter, 8 Queens Rd, Belfast BT3 9DT
1. Malone Lodge Hotel & Apartments Belfast – rooms come with sweet treats and Titanic tickets
Award-winning Malone Lodge Hotel is an eye-catching Victorian boutique hotel located in the heart of South Belfast’s historical Queen’s University Quarter. Guests can choose between standard and special family rooms and self-catering apartments for extra flexibility.
If you are staying slightly longer, check out their 3 Night Family Escape from £312, including a room for two adults and two kids, sweet treats, a special voucher for milk and cookies and activity packs for the little ones. On top, they throw in a two-course-meal, making it our number one of the best family hotels in Belfast.
Prices: from £67
Address: 60 Eglantine Ave, Belfast BT9 6DY, Northern Ireland