Planning a trip to Belfast? No time like the present as the inaugural Open House Belfast kicks off this weekend, running from July 17 to 19 . Scroll down to see our pick of the best?places to stay and a watch a brilliant short film that will get you in the driving seat heading north?
Mailmaison:?This is where Kylie stays when she comes to town, and the edgily opulent interiors have "rock star" written all over them.?Check out the two suites (name Samson and Goliath after the twin yellow Harland & Wolff cranes that dominate the city's skyline). Here, the beautiful old beams of this listed building have been incorporated into plush crash pads with every amenity imaginable (purple pool tabes, anyone?), while the regular rooms are decked out in scumptuously understated style. 34-38 Victoria Street, 0044 844 683 0650.?Image: ssl.panoramio.com
The Merchant:?Luxurious, five-star interiors in a listed building in the heart of the city: domed ceilings, rooftop spa, and salubrious Champagne jazz lounge included. See you there at cocktail o?clock. 16 Skippers Street, 048 9023 4888.?Image: bwmurray.com
Ten Square:?A boutique fine-dining destination with its own steakhouse (perfect for your meet-and-greets), riotous entertainment?and within walking distance of everything of note in central Belfast. 10 Donegall Square South, 048 9024 1001.
If you haven't booked any Open House Belfast tours, fear not as there are a few free spaces are left online. There is however a wealth of things to see and do regardless ??check out this beautiful new short Belfast - Design City?by Suzanne Martin if you are looking for some inspiration...
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