We will traveling from Belfast to the Atrium Coast. We plan on seeing the Giant's Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and Dunluce Castle. We will only be staying one night in this area. This day will be our anniversary so we would like to stay somewhere nice, but reasonable. Any recommendations? We would want to be near somewhere with a good restaurant for dinner. The following day we will be driving south towards Connemara.
The north Antrim Coast was one of my favorite places in Ireland. It is gorgeous. We stayed in a very small village enroute to the sites you mentioned called Cushendahl. The b & b we stayed in was fine altho not fancy but there were others, probably fancier, either in the village or nearby. There were least 2 great restaurants (easy to find right on the main rd running thru the village) and a wonderful friendly pub that has music on some nights. I could've stayed there forever. I believe its claim to fame is that it's where Liam Neeson grew up.
Last year we stayed at Cullentra House in Cushendall. http://www.cullentrahouseireland.com/index.html We're going back next month. It's not the fanciest place, but it's squeaky clean and the hostess, Olive, is so friendly and warm, and the rates are very decent. You can view the sea from the front yard. We really enjoyed our stay here. My review on tripadvisor: I loved this B&B! Olive met us, showed us to our rooms, and provided hot tea and cake. She was very warm and cheerful. We were interested in seeing the Dark Hedges, so she gave us some tips and also provided a large binder with tourist info. She also had some hints about where to go for a piece of pie/crumble or other treats. The setting of the Cullentra House is charming and peaceful. The living room is open, comfortable, and relaxing. A blazing fire going! The setting is modern, clean, and well furnished. A cute tray with all the fixings for tea in the rooms. The only B&B to provide a washcloth, which was a welcome, unexpected touch. Big, soft towels! A very comfy bed. A wide array of tourist info, including a couple DVDs on local attractions, and some handy maps. We sat on the big couch and planned out our next day, plugging things into our GPS. Breakfast was an Ulster Fry and I discovered I like brown sauce!
I really wished we could have stayed longer. We felt so welcome and cared for. Everything we needed was provided. I would recommend and I would come again!
There is a lot to do at the Antrim Coast. We stayed at Bush mills which we enjoyed. Check Tripadvisor for details - there are many there including some great restaurants. Do visit the Giants Causeway but be careful there - my wife fell - the rocks really ARE slippery. We saw the signs but we got careless. Our B&B hosts were very helpful and came to our rescue.