2018 Award Winners NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR 2018

Bullitt Hotel, Belfast

Bullitt Hotel, Belfast

This is always one of our most exciting awards … the ‘short list’ is anything but - and how could it be otherwise when the establishments under consideration are all fresh and new and full of enthusiasm? Dublin tends to hog the limelight, with so many new openings that it’s hard to keep up - but there’s plenty going on in other parts of the island, too, so it’s particularly pleasing to give recognition to an exciting new budget hotel in the northern capital.

The other side of the coin to The Merchant's high end style and five star luxury, its younger sister - or should that be brother - hotel is a whole new ball game.

Themed on the iconic 1968 Steve McQueen film, Bullitt is cool, chilled out and yet nostalgic - this is back to basics with a difference and it has taken Belfast by storm. Every area of the 'traditional hotel' concept is reimagined and pared down for maximum comfort, efficiency and fun: forget about baths, wardrobes and minibars, think big beds, flat screen TVs (full Sky package), wifi, a great range of bars, and local, seasonal food and drinks.

Wagyu beef from Noble House in Co Tyrone is the star of the show at Taylor & Clay restaurant, where chefs entertain customers as they rustle up big-flavoured meals on a huge custom built and sustainably fuelled Asador grill.

Accessibly priced and understandably popular with the local business community as well as leisure guests, this is great place - and not just for the young. And watch out Dublin, there’s one coming to Capel Street very soon.

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