Where to Stay in Belfast – Ibis Queens Quarter

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The area around Queens University Belfast is known as the Queens Quarter. It’s a popular area because of the University, but also the lively food scene and bars around Botanic Avenue. Finding a good value place to stay in the area can be difficult and some visits to Queens nearby found me trying out the Ibis Queens Quarter principally for the decent prices, but returning because of the welcome.
Belfast Street

Ibis Queens Quarter

To City: 5m

City Airport: 15m

Restaurant in hotel

Bar in hotel

No gym or spa

75 University St, Belfast BT7 1HL, Northern Ireland

Friendly staff, warm welcome

Rooms are basic, prices fluctuate a lot

Location & Amenities

Ibis Belfast Queens Quarter is just around the corner from Botanic Avenue, the heart of the Queens Quarter, on University Street. While there’s no car park, you can park in certain areas nearby on street. Check to ensure you’re in a free zone, otherwise you’ll need to buy a ticket or use a parking app. This area is a 5-10 minute drive from most places in Belfast, or take a bus from Botanic Avenue into the city centre to explore more shopping and dining options.

The amenities are pretty basic at this Ibis: no gym or spa. However, there’s a fantastic high-end sports massage business right across the road called “The Room” and more than one hairdresser and beautician if you need some pampering.

Rooms

Like most Ibis hotels, rooms are fairly basic, with a crisply made double room the standard choice. Some larger family and interconnecting rooms are available. Keep an eye out for slightly quirkier and bigger rooms to the front of the hotel which was converted from an older building on this site.

Amenities are reasonably basic at the Ibis Queens Quarter. In the room, there’s a television, fast free wi-fi, sockets for charging your devices and a basic desk area. The bathrooms are modular and very basic – one hand towel and one shower towel are provided per guest and you’ll have to ask for any extras or replacements. A simple hand wash and shower gel are provided in pump format. There is only a shower, no bath, and water pressure is perfectly adequate. If I’m staying at the Ibis, I take my own, to be honest.

The bed is perfectly comfortable for a 3-star hotel at this price point. I would caution that the cleaning fluid used (perhaps a bleach) can leave a slightly lingering smell in some rooms. Open the window on your arrival. There’s an open wardrobe to hang up clothes, but no safe, fridge or minibar.

Food & Drink

The Ibis Belfast serves a continental or cooked breakfast and has a bar and all-day menu available from the front desk (the same member of staff usually provides check-in and the bar service). Generally, I’d choose to go Room Only at this location for one main reason – right across the road is one of the best breakfast spots in Belfast, the French Village Bakery.

For dinner, you should definitely go out. There’s so much to choose from on Botanic Avenue, from pizza to modern Northern Irish food. I like Umi Falafel for their Lebanese wraps.

Top Tip: get artisanal coffee from the University Cafe nearby called Junction Queens. Anyone can use it.

Things to Do

There’s plenty of things to do near Queens University. Right on campus, the Naughton Gallery showcases contemporary art, while the nearby Botanic Gardens is a popular and quiet park with interesting exotic plants and a Victorian glasshouse. Just beyond the Botanic Gardens is the Ulster Museum with well-curated displays on Northern Irish history, art, and science. If you’re into theatre, the Lyric Theatre is top-notch and often has local and international productions on the roster.

Plus, simply, I love to stroll around the university’s historic buildings and nearby Stranmillis Village with so many wee cafes and shops to occupy an hour or two. One more thing, a fantastic independent bookshop called No Alibis is right on Botanic Avenue. It has some of the most helpful staff who will match your preferences with book ideas like a flash. Highly recommend.

Insider Tips

  • If you have Accor membership, this location will provide you with a free welcome drink.
  • Staff are very welcoming and friendly. Simply ask if you have any location or dining questions.
  • I prefer the bedrooms at the end of the corridor on the top floor – it’s the quietest location.
  • This hotel is basic, yes, but suitable for anyone doing business or studying nearby and is friendly to solo travellers, couples and LGBTQ+ visitors.

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