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Belfast's AC Hotel reflects city's growing popularity

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Graceful seagulls and playful whiskered seals.

These are high on my list of fond memories after a short stay at the AC Hotel Belfast.

The prized location of this modern, riverside property means guests can enjoy Mother Nature up-close through floor-to-ceiling windows including creatures such as these which offered me amusing entertainment from my eighth-floor window (Room 808).

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With Northern Ireland’s flourishing capital city receiving increasing plaudits from overseas visitors, this modern hotel is poised to benefit immensely. Bordering the River Lagan, which flows into Belfast harbor and the lough beyond, it is an easy walk to many of the city’s main tourism highlights including the SSE Arena, a sports and entertainment complex hosting a multipurpose arena, the W5 interactive discovery center with interactive science, climbing and robot attractions and a shopping arcade housing a movie theatre, bowling alley and selection of restaurants.

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Ten minutes away is the city’s most sophisticated museum featuring nine interactive galleries dramatically commemorating the tragic sinking of the Titanic cruise ship; the Waterfront Hall, a performance venue; the historic Cathedral Quarter with its lively cafes, bars and restaurants; and Saint George’s market with diverse stalls selling items ranging from vinyl records to scarves and paintings.

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Being close to the downtown area, the 188-room AC Hotel has become a popular social hub. On a recent Saturday evening, it was bustling with people enjoying exotic cocktails such as dark spice storm (rum, bitters and lime) and Tanqueray gin and tonic with cucumber and anise at the ground-floor bar and dinner in the 112-seat riverside ‘Novelli at City Quays’ restaurant next to it.

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Sean Hillen

Sean Hillen has been an international journalist and editor for over 30 years and published author. His contemporary novel, ‘Pretty Ugly’ is an intriguing ride through the murky undercurrent of the lucrative cosmetic industry http://www.seanhillenauthor.com/  Sean’s writing experience spans several continents - in Ireland, for the national daily The Irish Times and in England, as foreig...(Read More)

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