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Belfast International Youth Hostel

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Very Good
9925 Total Reviews
Perfect Location
Superb Staff
Excellent Cleanliness

Property Description

" Belfast International is a HI - YHA Hostel: but you don't need a membership card to stay.

Belfast's biggest, longest established hostel: no gimmicks, just clean, safe accommodation. A perfect base from which to explore the city and its history, ideally located for a walk through the university area, along the river to the ever-changing waterfront and Titanic Quarter, or to the shops in the city centre.

We have rooms to suit all budgets, from a basic cheap dormitory bed to a double with private shower/toilet: it's hostel facilities though so on TVs and kettles!

Hostels come in all shapes and sizes: we are not a 'party hostel': our hostel quiet time is 23.00 to 7.00: food and alcohol are restricted to the kitchen/dining room area on the ground floor. We are unable to accommodate stags, hens, teams (apart from school and junior teams) so that we can provide a quiet, comfortable and relaxing place to stay.

We welcome guests of all ages (from 2 to 92!!!) from all over the world, including solo travellers, couples, groups of friends, families with children and school and study groups. Only registered guests have access to the hostel.


As a big, city centre hostel our booking and check in policies are quite strict and in place in order to keep hostellers, hostel and staff safe.

ID and DEPOSIT POLICY: All guests are required to register and show a photo identification on check in. A cash key deposit of £5 is taken from every guest on check in: this is returned with an on time check out and return of keys: we do not have change so please be prepared on arrival

GROUPS: Online bookings are limited to 6 people: this includes bookings made under different names or on different websites. Please contact us directly to book for more than 6 people, otherwise check in will be refused.

MAXIMUM STAY per calendar year: 28 nights. Maximum number of nights per visit: 7. No return visits within 14 days of a 7 night stay. No more than 7 nights total are permitted in any 14 night period

CHECK IN starts 13.30: CHECK OUT before 11.00: Check in to shared dorms closes at 23.00

UNDER 18s: must be accompanied by their legal guardian: parent, teacher etc

FAMILIES: please book a bed for all children aged 4 and over travelling with you. Children under 4 stay free if they share a bed in the room booked. Under 16s are not permitted to share dormitory rooms with strangers, so please book a private room (all of the beds in a 4 or 6): contact us after booking to let us know you are travelling as a family so that all of your beds are allocated together.

16 and 17 year olds can only share a dorm when accompanied in the same dorm by a parent or legal guardian.

BREAKFAST is not included, but may be purchased at Causeway Cafe on the ground floor after 8am.

WiFi is free and now available, with limited access (basic browsing and emailing), throughout the hostel: WiFi is not available upstairs after 23.00.

PAYMENT: payment in full is required on arrival in cash (GBP) or by credit/debit card. We are not able to process refunds. No shows are charged for the first night of a stay less the corresponding deposit amount for one night. A late cancellation charge is applied to all bookings where a full day's notice of a cancellation is not given: the late cancellation fee is also the amount for the first night less the corresponding deposit for one night.

**Please note if you have booked with a card which expires before arrival you must contact us with the updated expiration date or rebook with a different card. Otherwise your booking may be cancelled.**

We reserve the right to refuse to accept a reservation from anyone with repeat last minute cancellations and no shows.

CAR PARK: we have limited spaces: guests park on a first come first park basis and space cannot be guaranteed.

If you have any additional needs please contact us and we will do our very best to accommodate them: however as facilities and resources are limited this may not always be possible.

LOCATION: Just off Shaftesbury Square (bus route 8 or 9) in the city centre.

We are located between City Hall and Queens University, a short walk from both.

We are the closest hostel to the Europa Bus Station and just around the corner from Botanic Rail Station, for direct connections to Titanic Quarter.

ROOMS: All of our rooms have bunk beds, apart from our en-suite twins and doubles.

Standard twins are small (half the size of a standard 4) and designed for those seeking a budget room but some privacy, rather than extra space or comfort.
The shower rooms in our en-suite rooms are designed as wet rooms, with no shower doors or curtains.

Towels and soap are not provided.

The building is No Smoking in line with the law in Northern Ireland (in house fine: £200): the hostel also reserves the right to charge a fine of up to £200 for extra housekeeping, damage and so on after check out.

HEAT AND HOT WATER: There is a plentiful supply of hot water during the day, and our central heating is on from 7.00 to midday and 19.00 to midnight (please note that the building is not heated from May to September).

We are open and staffed 24 hours a day with no curfew or lockout.

There is a luggage room for storage before check in and after check out: this is also provided free.


Open on the ground floor from 8am until 2pm every day, apart from the Christmas period, if you would like to buy breakfast or brunch: freshly 'cooked to order' food. Fruit, biscuits, soft drinks, crisps, chocolate, coffee, specialty teas, hot chocolate, packed lunches, fresh sandwiches, cooked breakfasts, bagels, freshly baked croissant etc"

Check in starts at 13.30: check out is before 11.00 on the morning of departure.

ID and DEPOSIT POLICY: All guests are required to register and show a photo identification on check in. A cash key deposit of £5 is taken from every guest on check in: this is returned with an on time check out and return of keys: we do not have change, and cannot accept coins, so please be prepared on arrival.
Our check in deposit policy for groups is detailed on your confirmation.

GROUP RESERVATIONS: group numbers, and final payment, are taken 4 weeks before arrival: changes to numbers, cancellations or refunds are not offered after this point. All deposits for group stays are non-refundable.

BREAKFAST is not included but can be purchased at the cafe on the ground floor open from 8am until 2pm. If booking for a group the rate for breakfast if requested will be included in your confirmation email.

Please note that towels, toiletries etc are not provided.

WiFi is free, now available throughout the hostel (with limited access: basic browsing, email and messaging).

Reviews & Ratings

Very Good
9925 Total Reviews
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Latest Reviews

Very Good
Sep 26, 2023
Best Hostel I’ve stayed in. Good size kitchen so several people can cook; but needs to be cleaner. Spacious clean bedrooms rooms, nice on suite. Love the shower. Staff is very helpful and friendly. Has a life and laundry. Two sitting rooms and TV library room. It’s a bit off the Main Street but nice cafe next door. I’d stay again.
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Female, 41+
Sep 24, 2023
Stayed in a private room for 2 nights as a solo female, it was a fair price & fine for my needs. Pros: the location is an easy walk to most things & airport busses, lots of food options nearby, and a sink in the room. Cons: There’s no kitchen (just a kettle downstairs for tea & coffee), and very little atmosphere. Facilities were also unusual - a lot of the toilets didn’t have a sink so you had to go back to room to wash your hands, and no hand soap is provided. So make sure to bring your own!
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Female, 31-40
Sep 20, 2023
Good hostel for a fair price. I felt this place had a very sterile social atmosphere during my stay, but luckily I met roommates that were fun and made the place livelier. Bed was comfortable, room was clean, and it had a sink in it which was nice. The room lockers were pretty small, but nothing unmanageable. The kitchen was spacious enough to cook in and gather in for a beer with lots of people. Lots of other areas to hangout in, too! The only dramatic downsides I found to this place: Horrible wifi, annoyi
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Female, 18-24


  • Free

    • Linen Included
    • Free Parking
    • Free City Maps
    • Free WiFi
  • General

    • Wheelchair Friendly
    • Security Lockers
    • Key Card Access
    • Common Room
    • Elevator
    • Bicycle Parking
    • Breakfast Not Included
    • Hot Showers
    • Self-Catering Facilities
    • Reading Light
    • Parking
    • Washing Machine
    • Covid-19 safe
  • Services

    • Laundry Facilities
    • Luggage Storage
    • Tours/Travel Desk
    • 24 Hour Security
  • Food & Drink

    • Vending Machines
    • Cafe



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