Belfast International Youth Hostel
(but don't worry, you don't need a membership card to stay)
Online bookings are limited to 6 people: email us if there are more than 6 of you so that we can take you through our group booking procedure
Our maximum stay is 7 nights (if you are coming for wpfg2013 in august 2013 please contact us to extend your stay if required - subject to availability)
Photographic id or yha membership card is required from everyone checking in - this is held at reception until check out.
Off shaftesbury square (bus route 8 or 9) in the city centre.
6 streets meet in the square:
*donegall road - where we are!
*great victoria street - europa bus station; crown bar; grand opera house
*dublin road/bedford street - the shortest walk to city hall: movie house; ormeau baths gallery; live music - ulster hall, spring and airbrake, the limelight
*donegall pass - asian restaurants; gasworks park: the lagan riverside walk
*botanic avenue - bars, cafes, restaurants; music and comedy at the empire. Botanic station for train links to titanic quarter, central station and the folk and transport museum.
*bradbury place/university road - fast food! Queen's university; botanic gardens; ulster museum; queen's film theatre; crescent arts centre; onward to lyric theatre
important booking information
Check in time: starts 1.30pm
Check out time: before 11am
Hostel quiet time: 11pm to 7am
Under 18s must be accompanied by their legal guardian
Breakfast is not included keeping the basic cost down - but may be purchased at the causeway cafe on the ground floor: there's bagels, croissants, waffles, cooked breakfast, espresso etc
Internet is provided at coin operated kiosks
5 hours free wi-fi provided every day!
Payment on arrival in cash (gbp) or by credit/debit card: payment required is a total for the reservation
We do not accommodate stags, hens, sports teams etc so that we can provide a quiet, comfortable and relaxing place to spend a night or 2. Or 3!
Hostel and the city:
Belfast's biggest, longest established hostel: no gimmicks, just straightforward, clean, safe accommodation.
Part of hostelling international, with hostels in 90 countries, a truly global network you can trust.
We are the closest hostel to bus and train stations: just 10 minutes walk from the europa bus station and 5 minutes from botanic rail station.
We are open 24 hours a day 365 days a year!
The best location in town for museums, galleries, music venues, pubs and clubs.
A perfect base from which to explore the city and its history, discover its industrial and architectural heritage, and immerse yourself in its cultures and traditions.
Take a walk through the leafy university area, or along the river to the ever-changing waterfront and titanic quarter: or a wander down to the shops in the city centre. Explore belfast's cathedrals and churches and its architecture, from victorian and edwardian to art deco and the contemporary.
Queen's university, the botanic gardens and the award-winning ulster museum are a 5 minute walk; and city hall and the main shopping area just 15 minutes away on foot.
The hostel is 2 buildings in one. The original hostel where our standard rooms are located, and the extension where we have our en-suite rooms.
We have hostel rooms to suit all requirements and budgets - from a basic cheap dormitory bed to a double with private shower/toilet. We are not a hotel though and very much embrace the hostelling ethos - so expect to make your own bed: the tv is in the tv room: the kettle in the self-catering kitchen :o)
Our experienced and well-travelled staff welcome guests of all ages (from 2 to 92!!!) From all over the world - including families with children, school groups etc
We are open to all.
24 hour staff: no curfew - no lock out
We have a secure car park behind the hostel
Our 'en-suite' rooms have comfortable beds with reading lights, some space for your luggage - and of course a private shower room/toilet (wet room). The en-suite dormitories have lockers under the beds.
Towels and soap are not provided.
Our 'standard' rooms (including those listed 'twin private shared bathroom') have bunk beds - again all with a reading light. Standard twins are small (half the size of a standard 4) and designed for those seeking a budget room but some privacy, not extra space or comfort.
Photos on this site include:
Reception; en-suite twin room; en-suite double room; standard 2 bedded room; standard 4 bedded room; causeway cafe; internet/tourist info area; reception
Furnishing and floor covering varies slightly from room to room
The causeway cafe:
Why not enjoy your breakfast or brunch in our causeway cafe - have you read our reviews? We simply offer the best value (we are up to 50% cheaper ), freshly cooked food in town, and we are one of the only cafe in belfast open for breakfast 7 days per week. We cook all our food freshly for you, to ensure it is the best. This year celebrates our 3rd birthday!!!.
We offer freshly 'cooked to order' food. The menu is extensive.
The cafe offers a wide and varied breakfast, brunch choice. A large selection of breakfast items start at uner 1.00 - what great value!!!
The cafe is open from 8 am to 11 am, seven days a week - apart from a few days at christmas.....we all need a day off....:-)
What exactly do we sell?? The cafe also sells everything from fresh fruit, biscuits, soft drinks, spring water, crisps, chocolate, freshly ground coffee, speciality teas, hot chocolate, packed lunches, fresh sandwiches, ulster fry's, speciality breakfast and brunch menu includes filled bagels, freshly baked croissant, scrambled/fried eggs with toast, beans, sausages, bacon etc
With bargain priced quality menus like this why bother cooking yourself?!
There is a tour office at the hostel for booking causeway tours (www.minicoachni.co.uk) or a freephone to contact them outside office hours.
We can book your black taxi tour for you at the hostel reception desk.
Let us book your next yha/hi hostel for you.
Fully equipped and open from 6 am to 10.30 am and 12 noon to 10pm.
Hot water: boilers are on 5am until 1.30pm - and from 6pm until 11.30pm.
Central heating: 7am to midday - 7pm to midnight; the building is not generally heated during the summer months
Luggage: there is a luggage room at reception - this service is provided free of charge.
The important stuff:
Booking terms and conditions for belfast international youth hostel:
Online bookings for groups of more than 6 people are not permitted (including those made on different websites and in different names). Multiple bookings for the same people will always be turned away on arrival - but your card will be charged.
No stag nights, no hen nights, no sports tours/teams
Groups falsely claiming not to be any of these will be refused check in or asked to leave, forfeiting any payments made.
Hostel management reserves the right to reserves the right to refuse check in on arrival
'No shows' are charged for the first night of their stay - less the corresponding deposit amount for that night.
We have no curfew - access to the hostel is 24 hours: there is always someone at reception. However 'quiet time' is 11pm to 7am. Respect and consideration for staff and other guests is expected at all times: anyone causing problems or complaints from other guests will be asked to leave.
Biyh has a strict no smoking policy, in line with the law in northern ireland.
Alcohol is not permitted in dorm rooms.
Only registered guests have access to the hostel.
To book for a group (schools, universities, church groups etc) please contact the hostel directly to make your reservation.
Student groups are only accommodated on study/field trips when accompanied in the hostel by a teacher/tutor during their stay.
Under 18s - under 18s are never checked in unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Families with children under 16 - please book a bed for all children travelling with you. Please contact us after booking to let us know you require a 'family room' as under 16s are not permitted to share dormitory rooms.
Check the details for your reservation before confirming as changes at check in are rarely possible.