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Grand Central Hotel - The Observatory

9-15 Bedford Street, Belfast, United Kingdom, BT2 7FF
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The Observatory opens from 1 pm Daily. Afternoon Tea bookings can be enjoyed at 1pm and 3pm.

Tables can be reserved for cocktails and drinks between 4pm and 11pm. Last orders are served at 12am nightly.

Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Private Dining
  • Free WiFi
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About Grand Central Hotel - The Observatory

Sublime, sky-high sips start here

Welcome to The Observatory – The Grand Central’s jewel and the most spectacular and luxurious of liquor lounges. Take a seat and marvel over never-before-seen views of Belfast and beyond. From pavement to panorama, this is the highest bar in all of Ireland and it makes for a phenomenally dreamy destination. Take in the view, pore over the dazzling menu and savour the most masterful mixology creations in Belfast’s most memorable sky-bar…

The dress code is smart attire and as with anything the management reserve the right to refuse admission. Sports tops/shorts and other such attire will not be permitted.

We permit a small number of pre-bookings each evening for the Observatory, this is to ensure there is availability for residents. Otherwise admission will be on a first come, first served basis. For information call 028 9023 1066.

Cuisine: Cocktails
Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Visited On Friday, 15 March 2019

Service is slow, more needed on bar

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Visited On Friday, 15 March 2019

1st visit Saturday day few weeks ago, 2nd Friday evening 2 compare day versus night + then returned for my 3rd visit to undertake further discussion the next afternoon = we decided it's better during daylight hours! Staff cannot do enough, so friendly + helpful, enthusiastic to answer all our inane questions? Howard u done well, ur dad would be proud of you, best wishes + good luck 4 the future

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Visited On Saturday, 16 March 2019

I reserved a table to have a celebratory drink for my friends 50th birthday. Table was lovely and staff were very accommodating. Our negatives were that the beer glass served was dirty and that the wine glass had a chip on the top rim which were both sent promptly back - not what I expected for 5*. Not sure I would recommend to friends or indeed be rushing back myself as didnt feel it was worth the money.

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Visited On Sunday, 17 March 2019

Service was a bit slow, even though the evening was quiet however, although cocktails were expensive they were equally amazing.

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Visited On Sunday, 17 March 2019

Really enjoyed the views and atmosphere. The staff were very helpful. Will definitely return.

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Visited On Sunday, 17 March 2019

Outstanding service and the staff was fabulous and extremely friendly. Will definitely be back on account of them.

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Visited On Sunday, 17 March 2019

Amazing views of Belfast

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Visited On Saturday, 16 March 2019

Amazing views fantastic staff

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Visited On Thursday, 14 March 2019

We arrived and were shown to the table then had to wait 20 minutes for our drinks order to be taken. We only were served when we called a waitress over. She said that we were left because she thought one of our party was at the toilet all that time! She had seen that there was four of us who arrived and would've saw the booking at the reception. Anyway she was taking our order and my wife was deciding on what vodka to have, I mentioned the Irish Potato Vodka; I never heard of it before that was all. The waitress stopped talking to the others and sternly said to me "sir, I'll think you'll find that all vodka is made from potatoes". It was a bit of a surprise to be spoken to like that... I wasn't sure about leaving this review, I don't want to get anyone in trouble despite the poor treatment but if this is meant to be a premium hotel charging premium prices is not good enough really. It's a unique experience in Belfast but service needs to be improved before I could recommend it to anyone.

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Visited On Thursday, 14 March 2019

Kamila and all the team were absolutely superb at their jobs!Very attentive and welcoming!

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Visited On Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Lovely place to stay , staff very attentive and pleasant. Views from bedroom amazing ! Totally recommend a stay in this new modern hotel !!

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Visited On Monday, 11 March 2019

The service was wonderful and all the staff at the hotel made the experience magical.

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Visited On Friday, 08 March 2019

We had a wonderful experience. The girl who looked after us was so professional and attentive, as were all the staff. The food looked beautiful and tasted delicious too. I look forward to returning Thank you so much. X

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Visited On Sunday, 10 March 2019

It was an excellent experience from start to finish and the views are simply amazing.

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Visited On Saturday, 09 March 2019

Really fantastic experience, food was amazing and the service was fantastic. Staff were so attentive and courteous, will definitely be back.

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Visited On Sunday, 10 March 2019

Hotel was lovely and room lovely however my meal was appalling. I have never once sent a meal back and we couldn’t eat it. Very disappointed and it was a 30th birthday stay. The meal ruined it for us.

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Visited On Sunday, 10 March 2019

Absolutely loved everything about it however can I suggest a self playing grand piano just to give it a little more atmosphere.. but everything else speaks for itself views service drinks and food all incredible well done to all’

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Visited On Saturday, 09 March 2019

Excellent afternoon out

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Visited On Saturday, 09 March 2019

Fabulous setting & delicious afternoon tea. We had a small issue with service but this was expertly & professionally dealt with by Paul Frame. Drinks are very expensive but for a special occasion this is a beautiful place to visit.

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Visited On Friday, 08 March 2019

Great views around the city! Drinks too expensive and really didn’t taste that good. I got a mojito that didn’t even have mint or crushed ice! Service from our waiter was great but 25 minutes to wait on a drink that really didn’t taste that good! Also a very loud drunk and obnoxious customer was in disturbing people we asked to be moved and that was grand, but no staff asked them to respect others. Next time I want a good view of Belfast I’ll go to cave hill for free!

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Visited On Friday, 08 March 2019

Lovely evening in the clouds watching the sunset with a loved one

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Visited On Thursday, 07 March 2019

Emma was a wonderful hostess she was able to relate very well to our group of mixed ages we were celebrating our parents 60th Wedding Anniversary and they felt very much st ease.

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Visited On Thursday, 07 March 2019

Great atmosphere

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Visited On Tuesday, 05 March 2019

Extremely friendly staff, very informatiive about tea. Lovely experience.

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Visited On Tuesday, 05 March 2019

Fantastic afternoon tea at the Grand Central Observatory Great views even though it was a rainy day. Thanks we will return again for a special occasion.

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