Travel Blogs from Belfast
Our last couple of days exploring Belfast allowed us a little easier pace of life which was a bit of a relief. We began by basically wandering around, doing a little shopping and really noticing what a big difference in the styles here. Most women wear high heels (very high heels), and I wonder how they can even walk. Young people are similar …
Sorry, couldn't do blog last night as our hotel didn't have wifi - can you believe that? So by way of catch-up... Left Edinburgh (reluctantly) very early to catch a train to Glasgow. Checked our bags at the station and spent half a day checking out the city. So different to Edinburgh, and do they like their statues (so do the pidgeons)! jumped on …
... a nice chat. Then the next morning at the bus station we saw them again, it was really cool to recognize someone that we knew. Hopefully we'll be able to keep in touch with them in the future.
From Ennis the bus ride to Belfast would have been eight hours so we stopped at the halfway point in Sligo for a quick overnight. We had just enough time to get to the friary for a quick visit. Since we come from such a young ...
... city hall, the Masonic Temple, the Carnegie-funded library, and other pompous Imperial Victorian and Edwardian piles, dated from before the Troubles. The only later monuments that I can remember seeing were the Europa Hotel, which was bombed many times back in the day, an art deco building for the Bank of Ireland, and a tall yellow-trimmed office building dedicated by Prince Charles. At the time he commented that it was the ugliest building in Great ...
... empty train filled up. Tickets had to be reserved, so seats were allocated. We watched as a family consisting of a father, mother, baby, two young children and grandmother walked up and down the train searching for their seats, while the man appeared to grow increasingly agitated. I couldn't understand a word of their French, but it made me very glad we were in the right seats...until a man tried to tell us we were in his seat. His papers seemed to say ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hilton Belfast
After having stayed in this hotel for 5 nights on a £94($170) including breakfast buffet I can say it is good value for money.
We stayed at the Belfast Hilton for the weekend. I thought the room was quite disappointing I had stayed in better appointed hotels in Donegal.We also had the noise of the trains going past quite frequently which I didn't expect. The food in the restaurant was excellent but the waitresses left a lot to be desired- need proper training.
The bar was very quiet and dead - no atmosphere at all.The reception staff however were lovely and friendly. Car parking was expensive even with discount from the hotel.
We have have just returned from a wonderful weekend break in Belfast. Having read the negative comment posted on this site regarding the unfriendliness of staff we feel that such criticism is totally unfounded. In our experience the staff were extremely pleasant, friendly and chatty. Overall we found the hotel to be excellent and the food and service was of a very high standard. One point to note if you are intending staying in this hotel is that the hotel carpark is privately owned and costs stg£10 per overnight stay.
5 * quality for 3* prices
Stayed for 3 nights with my wife on one of the Hiltons special offers, couldn't fault the hotel or the staff at all. Nice spacious room [ odd numbered rooms have the best rooms ]. Full buffet breakfast perfectly represented the world reknown Ulster Fry, while the dinner was excellent, both in terms of value & content. Finally, 2 for 1 cocktails between 4 - 6pm with attentive waiter service [ particularly the Turkish guy ] made for an excellent short break in this fasinating city.
Overall a great stay. The view from the room was lovely. The bar and main restaurant really impressed me with their food although the bar can can get really busy during happy hour attracting many locals. The staff were very friendly and the hotel was modern and clean. The indoor pool is quite small so don't bother going down unless you want to use the gym.
Great Hotel, it has a good bar attatched & lovely restaurant for main meals. If the comments from before are relating to the Italian/Spanish staff then that is the European way -dont expect them to say "Have a nice day!" this is Europe! The room was great, high ceilings, great shower and immaculate. The porter went out of his way to find me a toothbrush - a small gesture but it made a big difference to my day!
Would definately go back on another business trip.
The final night of our stay in wonderful Northern Ireland was a disaster at this awful Hilton property. A nice looking building from the outside, and not bad within, the problem here is service - or lack of. The reception staff is nasty, curt and could care less. They did not pay attention and billed me for an HHonors free stay after I presented the certificate at check-in. It took us three attempts to find a room with A/C that worked. The bellman was the only one who cared, the front desk staff was hostile, detached and not interested.
Careful of Connecting Doors
Nice rooms, lovely hotel BUT if you have a room with an interconnecting door expect to be able to listen in on your neighbours calls...
Unfriendly poor service
Booked a romance package for honeymoon. Staff made no effort forgot champagne didnt care and remained unfriendly. Lots of people complained about food doormen more interested in entertaining locals in the bar.Atmosphere hostile. Save money stay anywhere else honestly.
This is a top-notch, relatively new Hilton. The rooms are fantastic and the food was wonderful. It was in a good location and there was ample parking (so long as you don't have a big car). It was the best value of any hotel we stayed in in Ireland (or in this case Northern Ireland). We took a great tour of the city from the hotel. President Clinton stayed there a year or two ago (they display the pictures to prove it). Extremely clean...classy and a good value. No complaints.