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Belfast and Beyond

A travel blog entry by sianna4685


Hmmm. . .Belfast. . .where to begin. Grammy (Connie) and I had a nice, short flight to Belfast International on Tuesday April 19. We were out the door of my flat by 4:30 am and to Edinburgh airport in plenty of time. After a long bus ride from the airport to Europa Station in Belfast and an almost free taxi to Helga Lodge, we dropped our bags in …


A travel blog entry by angel2014


... namedFinn MacCool, whose most fearsome enemies were the Scottish giants.
Finn was so angry, and determined to get at them, that he built a whole
causeway from Ulster across the sea to Scotland. He built it of unusual
six-sided cobblestones
One day
he shouted a challenge to the Scottish giant Benandonner, The Red Man,
to cross the causeway and fight him. But as soon as he saw the Scot
getting closer and closer on ...

Giant's Causeway, Carrickerede, Carrickfergus

A travel blog entry by alandjo


... lunch in a very small place which put through a huge volume of food in a short period of time. Then it was on a short distance to the Giants Causeway. Again the bus park was a long way from the coast, with a 30minute downhill walk or a bus shuttle. I opted for the shuttle as there were two there which appeared ready to go but in fact sat there for about 1/2 hour. The causeway consists of 40,000 basalt columns of varying height, the columns are regular polygons, almost ...

Northern Ireland Experience Continues in Belfast

A travel blog entry by terry.graue.9


... literature
Liam Nieson - In 2009, at a ceremony in New York, Neeson was awarded an honorary doctorate by Queen's University
Kenneth Brannaugh - In 1990 he received an honorary Doctorate in Literature from Queen's University

Plantation of Ulster
People from Scotland
"Belfast is a city with so much religion preached but so little practiced"

Crown Liquor Saloon Museum
National Preserve / Victorian

Grand Opera House (picture thru bus ...

Four countries in one day

A travel blog entry by jennymgg


... was smooth and soon we were in Dublin fair city. But not for long. We found the Dan Dooley Car Rentals desk at the airport, took up the offer of a sat nav system (luckily) and went out to the mini van that would take us to the car yard. The driver, Steve, was lovely and it was so nice to hear a strong Irish accent again. On the way we stopped to pick up a mother, her early 20s daughter and the daughter's friend, who had picked up their car earlier in the ...

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This hotel, located in the Queen's Quarter area of Belfast, is near Botanic Gardens, Queens Film Theatre, Escarmouche Paintball, and The Tropical Ravine House.
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    Historical Traveler Reviews CitiLodge Belfast

    Spot On


    We went to Belfast for Tennets Vitail and since Helga House was close by it seemed the prefect place. it was very quaint but clean and comfortible. the slice of ham at Breakfast was a bit weird but everything else was ok. i would go back, i felt relaxed and in good suroundings. not to bad at all, plenty of hot water and the sheets and towels where nice and fresh.



    Stayed at the Helga Lodge, (unfortunately) room tiny, decor awful, ensuite shower room so small you could not dry yourself without doing yourself an injury. Every thing including breakfast cheap and basic, do yourself a favour do not stay here. 25 per person per night is way, way to expensive.

    Avoid Helga Lodge


    I stayed in Helga Lodge for 2 nights with a group of friends. I think we all had the same complaints about it. My room was freezing cold when I got there, luckily there was a small heater in the room. The common areas were unheated which in february made them freezing. The decor in the room was really dated with clashing patterns and colours. The ensuite resembled a wardrobe with a toilet and shower. There was no hot water on the firts morning, and no shampoo or shower gel. The towels smelled of cigarette smoke which was quite unpleasant. Some of our group who were supposed to have ensuites had just a shower cubicle in their room which if you were sharing with friends would be rather awkward. The breakfast was awful - like the other reviews I was amazed to find ham instead of bacon. Luckily the toast was edible. I would not recommend staying there to anyone. £50 seems like a complete rip-off when you see this place.

    Awful. Avoid


    Under no circumstances stay in the Helga Lodge. The place is awful, run down and unpleasant. Our room was cold, damp and PINK (walls, carpet, ceiling, sheets, sink, toilet, soap, curtains, all pink) Inside of shower was covered with lino which was black and rotten at the bottom and not a place to expose your bare skin!

    Breakfast was awful (slices of wafer thin ham instead of bacon - what's that about??)

    Believe me, I can tell you more, but that should be sufficient to deter you.



    We went up for the Xfactor auditions and found the staff great, the room was like something out of the 60's all pink and all..but we loved it. There was a tv, sink, loads of storage space, and we found the tray very danty. It was clean and affordable at 30 a nite for a double room and on a Saturday nite also it was cheap and cheerful. The breakfast was small but nice.

    Awful hotel


    We booked into this hotel because one of the houses used to be my family home, so it was to be a nostalgia experience. From this point of view it was successful since the present conditions are very much like the cold, grime and general discomfort of a 1950s/1960s Belfast childhood. Do not even think of going to this awful hotel, it is absolutely the worst I have ever stayed at. The cost of 50 for a very cold (electric bar heater on the wall) , horribly decorated and grimy twin room was not cheap, particularly since we were not brave enough to attempt the breakfast. The common areas were awful too. The receptionist was very pleasant, but that was not enough. This place badly needs a re-fit .



    We made a reservation by telephone on 23 July 2005 for a double room for 6 August 2005. We at the time told the hotel management that we would be arriving late in the evening of Aug. 6 as we were taking the late afternoon ferry from Stranraer in Scotland. We were assured that this was not a problem but, just to be sure that all would be fine, we sent an email from Scotland in the morning of the 6th to inform the hotel management that we would be arriving at around 10 PM.



    I had stayed at the Helga some years ago and enjoyed a very comfortable stay in a pleasant part of the city, just a short walk from the centre. But under new ownership standards have plummeted to rock-bottom. Having booked by e-mail and confirmed by phone some weeks before, we found that our rooms had been let to others. After some half an hour standing in the lobby whilst the rather embarrassed receptionist tried to persuade my friend and I to share a room, we were asked to speak to the owner by phone. He accused me of not confirming the booking but eventually "discovered" that there were two singles available after all. We were shown to our rather scruffy rooms and directed to the shared toilet and shower facilities. The toilet seat was boken and the beds had clearly been slept in, so a quick exit was made to find more acceptable accommodation. We ended up paying £70 at the nearby Madison's Hotel instead of the anticipated £25 each, but the extra cost was worthwhile! It's generally true that you get what you pay for!

    Reasonable, but needs to do better...


    Helga was not a first option but they had space for a single traveller. I stayed 2 nights here in a twin ensuite for £37 pn, as doubles would be £50. A cooked breakfast is included- i recommend opting for scrambled not fried eggs, but hey, find out for yourself!

    TripAdvisor Reviews CitiLodge Belfast

    2.50 of 5 stars Fair