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Even before developing its title as an emerging centre of gastronomy, Belfast was known for the fine breakfasts served up everywhere from guest houses through to five-star hotels.
At the centre of this was the famous Ulster Fry – grease on a plate, but boy does it taste good!
Rooms have mirrored wardrobes, lilac carpets and white marble bathrooms.
Room 235 is a particularly good example, with a big wardrobe that has a Hollywood dressing room-style mirror tucked inside. Of the five suites, the theatrical CS Lewis suite stands out, with a gas fire, red fabric walls and massive bed. Ribeye steaks, moules frites with chilli, and gnocchi mains are served in Berts Jazz Bar.
I set off on a mission to probe its most creative restaurants, and find some of its most talented food producers.
Led by the very entertaining Caroline Wilson, this walking tour takes you to Belfast's foodie hotspots, with lots of sides of stories and laughs along the way.
Then you have the Victorian Splendour side, in which rooms have reupholstered antiques, stripy carpets, gilded mirrors and nectarine and ruby-coloured curtains. Burgers and chicken wings are offered at the Cloth Ear pub.
Where better to start than with the Belfast Food Tour?
This is party central, with sleek retro art deco designs in the reception, wood fires in lounges, plus a magnificent dining room with gilded Corinthian columns and a massive crystal chandelier (said to be Ireland’s largest).
The Boat House is housed in one of the most unique and historically interesting buildings in North Down, dating back to 1849.
The Harbour Masters Office as it was known, has been home to The Harbour Master, Billy Caufield’s Boats, The RNLI and more recently various restaurants culminating under the Castel Brothers.
(A trip to see the apple blossoms in May - or the harvest in October - is now definitely on the cards).
Only in Belfast can you trace the Titanic story to its source, discover the passion and pride of those who designed and built her and relive the excitement of the Titanic era when the city was at the height of its powers.