28 Jun 2012
City centre chic at Ten Square, Belfast
I’ve always loved my sleep, although as pregnancy has progressed it’s been harder and harder to get a good night’s doze. So I was even less inclined to rough it than usual on my trip to Belfast.
And boutique hotel Ten Square definitely didn’t disappoint. With a whopping 10 pillows and cushions piled on my bed, they were apparently testing the theory that it’s impossible for a hotel bed to be too comfy. Instead of lying down to sleep, you’re almost forced to burrow into a marshmallow-ey soft nest. I loved it.
The rest of the room was equally luxurious, with a silvery velvet chaise longue for me to lounge on after a long day exploring, as well as plenty of subtle minimalist glam touches like the full-length white leather framed mirror. And the larger rooms aren’t short of space, with plenty of room to spread out – or stash a travel cot perhaps – although there’s no interconnecting doors between the bedroom/living room area and the dressing area…
But best of all, you don’t have to forfeit location for personality. The hotel’s Grade I listed building is quite literally a stone’s throw (assuming you’re a reasonable thrower) from City Hall in the city centre. And that puts you in walking distance of almost everything you might want to see.
Even Queen’s University was only about a 15-minute amble and you can walk to Lisburn Road in 25 (or catch the bus from the square around the corner for a few pounds like I did).
And after a night out hitting the city – or making the most of the buzzing bar downstairs, which was packed the whole time I was there – you can refuel with one of the hotel’s impressive breakfasts, including enormous sticky muffins, oatmeal and a full cooked Ulster breakfast with potato bread.
Rates start from £65 per night, room-only, or there’s some great packages for two including dinner or tickets to the Titanic Experience.
Disclaimer: My trip to Belfast was arranged with the Northern Ireland tourist board.