Culloden Estate & Spa
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... best I've ever stayed in, of anywhere I've been). We decided to visit the Titanic exhibit the first day, then the Black Taxi Tour the next and finally take a trip to the causeway and some castles on Sunday, before bussing on to Derry. Great plan, eh? Guess what we accomplished...
Titanic tour: More like waking late and loitering about at our cozy hostel for a little too long, wandering through town (Neil came along and pointed out some important sights ...
... even included a short ride in a carriage-like cart while watching the history on screens as you moved around.
We had the opportunity to see exactly where the Titanic was built (the dry dock). Although it was built at one part of the docks in Belfast it was then transported/towed via a tug boat to another part of the docks for the finishing touches, about a 10 minute walk from where it was built. It had ...
... really close to the sea. Everyone speaks English. It is significantly colder here than in London. I guess that is because London is closer to the Gulf Stream.
Well, since these time zone changes have affected me a lot, I have to sleep so I can adjust.
... that we would do a bike tour, however phoned the operator to be told he is looking after his children so doesn't run tours on Tuesday!! We're close to Queens university here and the Botanic Gardens. We had a fish and chip supper (very irish term) this evening;we'd intended to eat it in the Botanic Gardens, but were so hungry ,ate it on the wall surrounding Queen's University! We then walked off its effects in the gardens. It has been ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
We stayed at the Culloden Estate in May of 2012. We are a family of 5 with two young children and an infant. We stayed in one of the family rooms. The room included one king bed and one single bed. Not ideal for a family with more than one child. The room was comfortably arranged and the beds were soft with down duvets. The bathroom was a bit tight with an elevated bathtub, again, not ideal for young children. Unfortunately, we stayed during a heat wave and our room was roasting hot. The family rooms are located in the addition built onto the original castle. It was not equipped with air conditioning so needless to say it was very uncomfortable. We had a garden view room so the afternoon sun soaked our room. Even with the curtains closed and two fans (graciously provided by the staff) it was hot at night and difficult to sleep.
The family room we were provided with was on the second floor of the addition. It was not convenient to get to with a stroller. From the main building you take an elevator or stairs then down another hallway. The addition does not have an elevator so up another two flights of stairs to the room. The last day of our stay we discovered a door from the dining room (in the main building) that opened up directly onto our second floor. It would have been very useful to know of this passage so we could have avoided all the stairs.
Regardless of the logistical difficulties and hot room, the hotel was very nice. It delivers an excellent full breakfast every morning. The gardens and surrounding grounds are lush and beautiful. We enjoyed walking the grounds and letting the children stretch their feet. The staff was courteous and helpful. It is within walking distance to the small downtown but make sure to take your walking shoes.
I would recommend the Culloden, especially to guests without children. If you do take children ask for a room that is easily accessible for strollers.
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