Walpole Bay Hotel

Cliftonville's grand dame

Built in 1914, the Edwardian-era Walpole Bay is the grande dame of Cliftonville’s hotel scene. Still in possession of its flower-decked veranda (ideal for taking afternoon tea on a summer’s day), Edwardian restaurant, 1920s ballroom and original caged 1927 Otis Trellis lift, entering feels like stepping back in time.

Most unusually, it’s also imagined as a museum with curious collections of all sorts, from teddy bears to vintage wedding dresses, on all five floors. The most prized of these is The Napery Gallery, a series of art on table napkins that hangs in the dining room and includes textile masterpieces by the likes of Martin Parr and Tracey Emin.