WHY ARE BELFAST HOTELS SO EXPENSIVE [EVEN THOUGH STERLING HAS DROPPED IN VALUE]
My comments relating to Belfast may appear to be somewhat negative but in general I would suggest Belfast as a worthwhile and interesting destination for any visitor to Ireland or the UK.
The interesting building featured in my photograph is the Malmaison Hotel and it is supposed to be very good.
In general my experience of hotels in Belfast has not been good and in some cases really bad. Based on experience I would advise visitors to avoid budget hotels in Belfast but a number of friends have suggested the the IBIS at Queens Quarter is excellent.
I should also mention that eating out in Belfast city centre is more expensive than Dublin and that may surprise many visitors from the South. There are two reasons for this: There is a special VAT rate of 9% for services in Republic compared with 20% in Northern Ireland also many restaurants in Belfast add 12.5% service charge and in theory you could refuse to pay this – even when you are charged the service charge the credit card machine will ask if you want to add a tip.
I have visited Belfast at least once per year since 2010 and up until about three years ago I could book two night stays for about Euro 100. Since 2014 I have stayed at the Ramada Encore which I do like. In 2016 I paid Euro 119 for two nights [I paid 2 Euro less in 2015] and in 2017 I paid Euro 161.36 for exactly the same room about two weeks before Brexit.
When I tried to book the Ramada for three nights in May 2018 the asking price was Euro 171 per night without the option of free cancellation] and this came as a shock considering that Sterling has dropped in value over the last twelve months.
I then decided that if I was paying that sort of money maybe I should considering other better hotels and eventually I booked two nights at the Malmaison at Euro 272 but a few days ago I discovered that the price was actually £272 [Euro 318 but with the option to cancel], I do not know how I made this mistake. I decided to look elsewhere and eventually managed to book two nights at the Bullitt for a much better price but it is still high.