Bullitt Hotel, Belfast

Exterior of the Bullitt Hotel, Belfast

What’s the Bullitt Hotel like?

This trendy hotel is right in the heart of Belfast and boasts one of the city’s coolest rooftop bars. It prides itself on its no-nonsense ethos but has everything you need for a great stay – including fantastic food. You won’t have the chance to get bored here either as there’s always something going on, from pop-up markets to vinyl ‘Yard Parties’.

How dog-friendly is the Bullitt Hotel?

Really good. Pet owners can book into one of the hotel’s ‘Dog Dens’, which come complete with a cosy bed and a selection of treats for four-legged visitors. Pets are welcome in both the lobby and courtyard bar area, but they are not allowed in the main restaurant or rooftop bar and garden. One dog is allowed to stay per room and they must be under 13.5kg. There is no set fee for pets, but the price of a Dog Den is generally around £10 per night more than the cheapest room.

Bedroom at the Bullitt Hotel, Belfast

Tell me more about the Bullitt Hotel

The 74 industrial-inspired rooms at Bullitt come in three sizes, ranging from Dinky to Comfy and Roomy. All are decorated in soothing dark shades and have cool, customised Bullitt artwork. Some of the rooms sleep up to four people but whatever size you book, you can expect a comfy king-size bed, super-fast WiFi, tea and coffee-making facilities and Sky TV. Ours also came with a fridge and safe as well as Filbert & Mason toiletries in the monochrome shower room.

Bullitt has lots of quirky little touches, such as a recorded message in the lift that says in a Northern Irish accent: “Doors opening, so they are.” Bikes can also be hired for free and you can purchase Bullitt-branded clothing and locally-made souvenirs at reception. The hotel is accessed via a pedestrianised street, which is something to be aware of – especially if you’re arriving by car. There is no parking onsite but guests can enjoy special rates at both the Hi Park and Q Park, just a couple of minutes’ walk away.

Breakfast at the Bullitt Hotel, Belfast

What’s the food like at the Bullitt Hotel?

We only really sampled the hotel breakfasts but if they’re anything to go by, brilliant! I can definitely recommend the Veggie Bullitt, pictured above, which is generously sized and packed full of flavour. We opted to eat in the lobby, which has a lovely informal vibe. Food, drinks and snacks are served here throughout the day and you can expect everything from burgers to baked potatoes and sharing platters, as well as some of the best coffee in Belfast.

The Taylor & Clay Grill, tucked away at the back of the lobby, is the hotel’s main restaurant though. Here, you can enjoy dishes such as steak, Irish chicken and maple-smoked lamb. Food is also served at the Babel rooftop bar and garden, which has panoramic views over the city centre. At the time of our visit, there was a seasonal pizza pop-up called DoH, which was open from Thursday to Sunday. The same opening hours apply to speakeasy-esque Rattlebag, which is well worth a visit for its inventive – yet insanely strong – cocktails. Both Babel and Rattlebag can be accessed from the hotel but have their own entrances, too.

The Salmon of Knowledge sculpture - or Big Fish - in Belfast

Are there resident dogs at the Bullitt Hotel?

No, but you’ll probably see lots of other pooches out and about in the city. Bullitt hosts regular events for dogs and their owners so be sure to check if something is going on during your stay.

Where are the best dog walks near the Bullitt Hotel?

Head for Belfast’s Maritime Mile, just a short stroll from the hotel. Not only does it take in the Titanic Quarter, but it is also home to lots of public artwork, like the Salmon of Knowledge, pictured above. Click here to see some walk suggestions. For a longer leg-stretch, try the Lagan Towpath, which runs for 11 miles from Belfast to Lisburn. This peaceful, traffic-free route follows the River Lagan and dogs will be able to enjoy a good run at the Lagan Meadows nature reserve, roughly three miles from the city centre. For more ideas when it comes to dog-friendly things to see and do, check out our Ruff Guide to Belfast.

Taylor & Clay Grill at Bullitt Hotel, Belfast

What I loved about the Bullitt Hotel

The cool vibe, the great location, the delicious food

How to book the Bullitt Hotel

Rooms start from £77 per night. For more information or to book, call 028 9590 0600 or visit the Bullitt Hotel website.

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