Europa celebrating 50th lead
Europa celebrating 50th lead

Europa Hotel in Belfast Celebrates 50 Years

The Europa Hotel, Belfast’s infamous building known as Europe’s most bombed hotel, celebrated its 50th birthday in 2021, offering awesome accommodation packages for its guests.
At least £8 million was spent to refurbish the iconic Europa Hotel in Belfast's city center. Photo: Tourism Ireland.

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Since then, the hotel has launched a number of additional specials.

They include a “Sip into Spring” special, which includes overnight accommodation, a seasonal cocktail in the hotel's piano lounge, as well as a full Irish breakfast.

Rates start at £73 per person.

“The Taste of Spring” promotion includes overnight accommodation, a two-course evening meal, a “Golden Mile” cocktail, and a full Irish breakfast.

Rates start at £90 per person.
The Belfast skyline. Photo: Christopher Heaney Photographic for Tourism Northern Ireland.

Find the other current offers at the Europa Hotel on its offers website page.

Over the past 30 years, the 272-bedroom hotel has been transformed and today it serves as a beacon of hope for Northern Ireland’s largest metropolis.

An interactive installation located in the hotel lobby tells the story of the hotel and its role in the peace process.

The History of the Europa Hotel

The hotel, which was built on the site of the former Great Northern Railway station, was officially opened in 1971.

a bed the Europa Hotel
One of the bedrooms at the beautiful Europa Hotel. Photo: Tourism Ireland.

Due to its convenient city center location, the Europa was a popular base for international journalists covering The Troubles and among them, it was frequently called “the Hardboard Hotel.”

The hotel was bombed anywhere from 28 to 33 times from 1971 through 1994.

The Hastings Hotel Group now owns the hotel, after the late Sir William Hastings bought it in 1993 and invested £8 million into refurbishing it.

The hotel has hosted presidents, movie stars, musicians, and fashion icons.

two glasses on a table the Europa Hotel
Enjoy a signature cocktail in the hotel's piano lounge. Photo: Tourism Ireland.

Some of the Europa Hotel's notable guests include President Bill Clinton and his wife Hilary Clinton, the former New York State Senator and the United States Secretary of State, actors Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts, as well as musicians/singers Bob Dylan, Lionel Ritchie, Victoria Beckham, and Elvis Costello.

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Read “In the Headlines: The Story of the Belfast Europa Hotel.”

The hotel is a short distance from many of the city’s top visitor attractions.

They include the Ulster Museum, City Hall, Titanic Belfast, Crumlin Road Gaol, and the SSE Arena.

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