WHERE TOSTAY

Friday - - Travel -

Cool and con­tem­po­rary with a wel­com­ing vibe and ex­cel­lent ser­vice, The Fitz wil­liam is a lux­u­ri­ous bou­tique ho­tel with a great lo­ca­tion right on Vic­to­ria Street in the heart of the city’ s Cathe­dral Quar­ter, near the Grand Opera House. The atrium is par­tic­u­larly invit­ing, all chic cosy chairs and sweep­ing cur­tains.

Stay in a stu­dio suite and you’ll have the ben­e­fit of a floor-to-ceil­ing glass wall with amaz­ing views as far as the Cave hill Moun­tains and Belfast Cas­tle, aswell as won­der­fully in­dul­gent decor in lime and black, high-speed wire­less in­ter­net ac­cess, flatscreen TV, mini Sony mu­sic sys­tem, cof­feemaker and, the ic­ing on the cake, a cut­ting-edge, won­der­fully spa­cious bath­room with a sep­a­rate wet room and stand­alone bath.

The Restau­rant is also of a very high stan­dard, with high­lights in­clud­ing smoked Ard­glass had­dock and fil­let of Done­gal salmon, aswell as a mor­eish sticky tof­fee pud­ding served with salted caramel ice cream. Break­fasts are very good, with the tra­di­tional Ul­ster Fry on of­fer for those with big ap­petites.

On a Fri­day and Satur­day night the­ho­tel is one of the places to be seen in Belfast, and there are count­less shops within easy walk­ing dis­tance. From£100per night (aboutDh420), fitzwilliamhotel­belfast.com.

Get­ting there: Flights on Bri­tish Air­ways from Belfast to the UAE start from about Dh7,000. For­more in­for­ma­tion on vis­it­ing North­ern Ire­land go to dis­cov­er­north­ernire­land. com.

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