Housed in a country manor house with views across Belfast Lough, Culloden Estate and Spa balances history and heritage with contemporary style to provide guests with comprehensive comfort and luxury.
A hotel with significant history yet a sleek, contemporary feel, the Europa is one of Belfast's top places to stay and a regular haunt of visiting politicians, musicians and celebrities. It was a regular target during the worst of Northern Ireland's conflict but a grand renovation returned its '70s exterior to its original and brought contemporary elegance to internal spaces with grand columns, marble flooring and chic, modern chandeliers.
Rooms at the Europa are contemporary in style with feature wallpapers, bedding in deep greens and reds, and soft Egyptian cotton sheets. The Causerie, the hotel's relaxed restaurant, serves a bistro-style menu, while the classy Lobby Bar and Piano Lounge are perfect for afternoon tea or an evening drink.
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Rooms are contemporary in style and have a sense of understated elegance with plush fabrics and soft Egyptian cotton sheets. Little perks such as iPod docking stations and rainfall showers accentuate the feeling of luxury. No two rooms are alike as each is configured slightly differently, though all include complimentary Wi-Fi and LCD TV. The smaller classic rooms are more corporate in style while larger superior rooms are more refined and come with a shower over a bath. The junior suites are the most spacious and feature a separate lounge area, 40 inch TV and separate bath and shower.
The hotel enjoys an ideal location in the heart of Belfast, within walking distance of dozens of shops and restaurants, the River Lagan and the Grand Opera House, as well as being easily accessible to the history of the Titanic Quarter by both car and public transport.
Food and drink
The Europa has several options for dining. The relaxed Causerie restaurant serves bistro-style dishes made from locally sourced ingredients while the upscale Piano Lounge and Lobby Bar serve lighter fare. The Piano Lounge also features live music every Friday and Saturday night.
Facilities and activities
Although the Europa itself does not have spa facilities, its guests may make use of the spa at its sister property, Culloden Estate & Spa, which can be reached in about 15 minutes by taxi.
The Europa’s interesting history gives it prestige, but we love its central location and deluxe rooms.
Places & hotels on the map
Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
With stylish guest rooms and an ideal location, the boutique Ten Square Hotel is a great value Belfast option that is also home to an intimate restaurant and a casual bar which offers traditional pub food and live entertainment.
Elegant and sophisticated, The Fitzwilliam Hotel offers stylish, Art Deco themed guest rooms, an intimate restaurant and a lively bar all accompanied by warm, friendly service.
An exceptional property, known for its lavish interiors and warm service, The Merchant Hotel is situated on the edge of the vibrant Cathedral Quarter within one of Belfast’s grandest and most historic buildings.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Explore Belfast's troubled past, political murals and divided communities in the company of a local expert on this black cab tour around the city's most interesting and contentious spots, learning about the political and human cost of the Troubles as you go.