The history of the Grand Central Hotel is storied. Originally opened in 1893 on Royal Avenue, the Grand Central Hotel was the social hub in Belfast through the late sixties. In 1912 it hosted the launch party for the ill-fated Titanic and hosted patrons like Winston Churchill, Billy Graham, the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones throughout the years. In 1972 it became an Army barracks during the height of the Troubles, then was ultimately demolished in the late 1980s. It reopened in 2018 in Belfast’s Linen Quarter, an area of town once full of warehouses when Victorian Belfast was the linen capital of the world.
This reincarnation of the historic hotel is modern and elegant, with 300 spacious rooms and suites. Each room has been designed with comfort in mind. Cloud Beds, soft fabrics, and ESPA bath products create a calm oasis. The Linen Suites reflect the turn of the 20th century, when the Linen Quarter was at its heyday. Each suite is named after prominent Belfast linen merchants like Workman, Ewart, and Mullholland. The grandest suite—the Sir William Hastings Suite—sits on the 21st floor and boasts the most stunning views of the city.
The contemporary Grand Café is located on the ground floor of the Grand Central Hotel. With a wall of windows allowing light to flood in, the space is elegant with a laid back vibe—the perfect place for a latte, a glass of wine, or a long lunch. The Seahorse Restaurant exudes glitz and glamour with influences from the Art Deco era, high ceilings, and lavish fabrics. Enjoy afternoon tea bathed in natural light, and a menu of savory dishes created from carefully selected local and seasonal ingredients. In the evening, head to the Observatory Bar on the 23rd floor for cocktails with a view. The sky-high bar offers the best panoramic views of Belfast in an intimate and cozy atmosphere.
From its central location, take in Belfast‘s highlights. City Hall is just two minutes by foot, and guests enjoy the theatre or shopping just outside the hotel. Nearby, explore the Cathedral Quarter’s pubs and eateries along the charming cobbled street, or explore the history of the Titanic in the Titanic Quarter.