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Belfast’s Titanic Hotel Reflects Bygone Era of Shipbuilding

Located in the revitalized Titanic Quarter in Belfast, the 4-star Titanic Hotel immerses guests in a nostalgic journey back in time.

The hotel, featuring 119 rooms, is housed within the historic Victorian and Edwardian offices of Harland & Wolff, the company responsible for constructing the infamous Titanic cruise ship in 1911.

Situated adjacent to the iconic Titanic Belfast museum, designed to resemble four ship bows and clad in silver aluminum tiles, fondly known as the Iceberg, the Titanic Hotel serves as a blend of hotel and museum. It is affiliated with the Titanic Hotel in Liverpool operated by Harcourt Developments.

With an eclectic collection of over 500 original artworks, artifacts, and photographs, the Titanic Hotel transports visitors back to the glamorous ‘Golden Age of Ocean Travel.’

Central to the hotel are the twin 19th-century drawing offices of Harland & Wolff, characterized by towering barrel-vaulted ceilings and abundant natural light. Drawing office Nr. 1 now houses the hotel’s ballroom, while Nr. 2 has been transformed into The Harland, a spacious bar and lounge adorned with elegant art deco and art nouveau travel posters. The room boasts a large model of the ship and offers stunning views of Titanic Belfast and its historic slipways. Guests can enjoy signature cocktails like the Ms. Millvina Dean, paying tribute to the last survivor of the Titanic tragedy.

Above Drawing Office Nr. 2 lies the Presentation Room, where prospective buyers once viewed oil paintings of Harland & Wolff’s ships. Today, contemporary photographs adorn the walls. The original directors’ entrance hall features the iconic curved etched-glass telephone room, where news of the Titanic’s sinking was first received. Nearby, visitors can see the mahogany drawing table of the former chief naval architect, Thomas Andrews, who heroically assisted passengers before perishing in the disaster.

Decorated with nautical themes, including art deco furniture, ship lanterns, riveted panels, and maritime-inspired artwork, the hotel rooms offer a unique experience. The rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the historical shipyard where the Titanic was constructed. Industrial design elements are prominent, with ship parts as room decor and vintage iron lamps and furniture pieces.

Dining options at the Titanic Hotel include the Wolff Grill, situated in the office space once occupied by the Titanic’s designer. Guests can enjoy a gourmet menu featuring dishes like rillettes of duck, seared scallops, slow-cooked pork, and aged rib eye, followed by delightful desserts like sticky toffee pudding and baked chocolate mousse.

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The hotel’s strategic location allows easy access to Belfast’s city center, just a short stroll along the Maritime Mile. Visitors can explore various attractions, including the Titanic Exhibition Centre, Vertigo indoor skydiving facility, a marina with yachts, interesting sculptures, and the Odyssey entertainment complex, home to the Belfast Giants ice hockey team and numerous artistic performances.

Titanic Belfast, the flagship attraction, offers nine interactive galleries, a 750-seater Titanic Suite for banquets, and a multimedia exhibition space showcasing real-life cabin designs from the ill-fated ship.

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