Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Still Belfast's Christmas No.1

It’s the festive season again and as usual we find ourselves asking where has the year gone?!  Hurricane Abigail has well & truly blown any remains of our questionable Indian summer away...  Now we're getting wrapped up in our hats & scarves enjoying sunny Sunday strolls along the Lagan, under a cascade of crisp multi-coloured falling leaves.  As quick as it was, 2015 has been yet another fantastic year for Northern Ireland. A year in which 'wee' Belfast won a spot on the global edition of the board game Monopoly after being voted in the top 10 most popular destinations. Sure we knew it was only a matter of time, with endless things to do and see, the warmest of welcomes, the craic and of course, the people, we had to be up there! 

Hurtling towards the date when the big man arrives, the Christmas spirit in our beautiful city is infectious at this time of year. Belfast is transformed over-night into a spirit-warming winter wonderland with twinkling lights and the aroma of Gl├╝hwein escaping from the festive Christmas market adorning our majestic City Hall.  The market, complete with over 80 wooden chalets, reflects images of the Continental Christmas Markets we only dreamed about visiting in our darkest times. Here you can always find the perfect Christmas gift; hats & gloves, handmade jewellery, wooden toys, satchels, socks, handbags, essential oils, crystals & locally crafted paintings & sculptures and much, much more!

Your senses will be pushed to the limit with delicious gastronomic delights that include crepes from France, Belgian chocolates and an exotic selection of ostrich, wild boar and crocodile burgers for those with a taste for adventure. Plenty of photo opportunities to be had also for families & big children alike with the return of the well-loved snow globe & carousel, a popular hangout each year for those romantics who wish to get down on bended knee somewhere memorable!

Another must see is St Georges Market which is without doubt an institution in itself, built in 1890-1896 it is one of Belfast City’s oldest attractions.  Not only due to the magnificent building itself but the many personalities that work within its walls. Since its £4.5m refurbishment in 1997, this charming Victorian building offers one of the most vibrant and colourful destinations for locals & tourists alike. The atmosphere is cosmopolitan, friendly & relaxed, with foods from around the globe simmering away in the background. If it’s just kicking back for a lazy Sunday Morning coffee, catching up with friends over the ‘to die for’ raspberry & pistachio tart or routing through the numerous craft and antique stalls, St Georges Variety Market is the place for you.

So you can soak up all this wonderful festive spirit in one of the top 10 city break destinations, we have created two winter warming Christmas packages, just for you. Our first is to celebrate Tara Lodge being voted the number one hotel in Belfast on Tripadvisor for the eighth consecutive year!  The Tripadvisor’s Christmas No.1 ‘parcel’ has everything you need to make this hectic time of year a little more relaxing and fun. Perfect to get into the Belfast festive spirit and kick start that ever essential Christmas shopping!  Our second, ‘Baby its Cold Outside’ package is for all those lovebirds looking a cosy, romantic winter getaway.  All of course within a stone’s throw from the bright lights of Belfast City centre, just in-case you fancy a night on the town too.

Tripadvisor’s No.1: Enjoy an overnight stay in a beautiful Deluxe double or twin room, a la carte breakfast. A bottle of sparkling Prosecco awaits you on arrival accompanied with an exclusive £25.00 voucher for Belfast City’s most stylish indoor shopping centre, Victoria Square. Stay cosy for a little longer with a late 2pm check-out and leave your car in our secure car park until 5pm on the day of departure, just in-case there are any last minute stocking fillers to grab.

Baby it's Cold Outside: Enjoy an overnight stay in a luxurious Signature Double with a rose scattered king-size bed. A bottle of sparkling Prosecco awaits you on arrival accompanied with sumptuous chocolate dipped strawberries and a selection of romance gifts. You can stay cosy a little longer with a fabulous a la carte breakfast delivered to your room the following morning.

To book any of our packages or an overnight stay simply click on the following link or contact our reservations team directly on 02890 590900 or

Now recommended in the Michelin Guide 2016

Tara Lodge opened its doors in March 1998. Since then we have been serving the many guests who have passed through our doors, offering stylish hotel bedrooms, pristine ensuites with a tasty, locally sourced a la carte breakfast. In September 2007, after a complete refurbishment, Tara Lodge was transformed into a boutique hotel with well equipped, beautifully formed hotel bedrooms and excellent facilities including high speed WiFi and secure car parking.

In recent years we have made it our daily goal to exceed the expectations of each guest who comes to stay at Tara Lodge, Belfast. Our many online reviews and awards received in 2015 demonstrate our continued commitment to delivering a quality hotel experience for our valued customers.

In November 2015 we were delighted to receive the news that we have been included in the prestigious Michelin Guide 2016. Indeed the influential guide has seen the vibrant and trendy Queens Quarter of Belfast city attain, not one but two illustrious Michelin endorsements.  As well as our own listing, our partner restaurant Deanes at Queens has been awarded a Michelin 'Bib Gourmand'. Deanes at Queens is a modern brasserie offering tasty, beautifully presented food with professional service in chic surroundings.

Our location in Queens Quarter of Belfast with its enviable leafy location is a treasure trove of bohemian shops, cafes, theatres, restaurants, bars & galleries. The recently renovated Ulster Museum and the magnificent buildings of Queens University are the perfect backdrop for any city break and all of this is only a 15 minute stroll from the centre of Belfast City. The Botanical Gardens are perfect, whether in winter or summer for a stroll, away from the bustle of the city.

The Michelin endorsed duo Tara Lodge and Deanes at Queens, have put together the perfect mid-week hotel deal. Enjoy a luxurious overnight stay in one of our stylish Deluxe Rooms. After a warm welcome enjoy a glass of bubbly with tasty, exclusive Tara Lodge chocolates in your comfortable, relaxing room. After a while get your glad rags on for a gastronomic delight at the fabulous Deanes at Queens (£50.00 voucher).  The perfect duo for a perfect getaway….

To book your stay at our boutique hotel in Belfast contact our award winning reservations team on 028 9059 0900 or by email to Go direct and book the Michelin Queens Quarter hotel deal online at from just £63.00 per person or book a room with rates from just £78.00 for an Annex Double (£71.00 prepaid) with a full, freshly cooked breakfast, high speed WiFi and access to our secure car park. We look forward to welcoming you to Tara Lodge this winter in Belfast.