Holiday Inn Belfast
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... Even current politics are represented. In Republican Northern Ireland the Palestinian flag is all over the place with Irish nationals showing support for Gaza. The Israeli flag is also prominent in British sections representing the 6 northern counties symbolizing with Isreal that they are surrounded by enemies. I met up with Martin on Saturday for a British nationalist parade. The parade wasn't til later and I had to go but before I left I had ...
... its feckn hot here, I'm sunburnt and was sweating like a fat Aussie tourist. it is so warm that when we got to our hotel, we were horrified to find it didn't have aircon. Mum is least than impressed with this hotel choice, maybe i should have taken our chances around the corner at the Europa Hotel its been awhile since shes been bombed, But on our dinner walk we discovered it too doesn't have aircon. Mother made me go down and ask about ...
... her family were completely amazing. We were able to see such cool things as Ireland's smallest church (your bathroom is likely larger), one of the places where the Game of Thrones was filmed (whatever that is), the town where Bushmills Whiskey is made (if it's anything like Guinness - yuck!), and the Giants Causeway. In case you're slow, the Giants Causeway is last because it's the most exciting of the bunch. Here's the story (embellished just a bit, naturally) . A long ...
... a light dinner and shared our stories with others. Then, after a few speakers, the building turned into a fun place for the younger members to enjoy themselves with a DJ. Although we did not dance or anything of the sort, another young ambassador Patrick and I enjoyed a Guinness on the steps of Stormont. To us, it was a great experience that not many others could share. While our other ambassadors were interested in meeting government officials, we thought it was rather ...
... the Causeway Rambler to the Giant Causeway where we had booked to spend the night at Carnside Guest House which is within walking distance to the Causeway because we had wanted to take photos of the sun setting and rising at the causeway. The Guest house was originally the owners' home which they later converted into a guesthouse. The owner was very helpful, the room & toilet was very clean. We stayed in a twin bed room ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Inn Belfast
We stayed here late october 2004 and found it to be a nice enough hotel. The downstairs lobby and bar didnt offer much so we never hung about there much . The leisure centre was very welcome addition and made the stay worthwhile. The parking around the back was a daunting thought but was perect really. Belast is a place where taxis are essential and there was never a long wait for one outside . Its in a really great cntral location . The room wehad was fantastic , lovely bathroom and grea big bed . Perfect.
The staff were a little slow but apart from hat it was a good hotel , no compaints . A little pricey maybe
Nice hotel let down by staff
After reading reviews on this site I was really looking forward to staying at this hotel on a business trip but it really was a disappointment from the moment we checked in. We had 5 rooms booked in advance at a cost of £125 (with no breakfast included) per room & on arrival at 6.30pm it took over 30 mins to check in despite only 1 person in front of us & 3 staff being on reception. We asked if the hotel had any deals on car parking as there is no hotel parking & a local advised us not to park on the street. This was met with a curt 'no' & no eye contact was made throughout checkin. At the same time a guest was complaining that his non smoking room stank of smoke & unbelievably the receptionist did not even reply, never mind apologise! Once we had checked in, my room was nice & spacious although I have stayed in much nicer & cleaner hotels for less money. Later that night I called room service for an iron & ironing board (one of the services advertised) and was told it would be brought right up. 25 mins later I called again, was told the same thing. I only received them after calling a third time & that was an hour & a half after original request. Overall it was really the staff who let the hotel down as the facilities were excellent.
I travel to & spend a lot of time in Belfast, & this is always the place I stay. I have stayed here at least 10 times now, & always look forward to going back. It's probably helped by the fact I get a 'special rate'..but it's a quality place non the less. The location is excellent, a stones throw from the city centre (5 min walk max), & surrounded by some nice pubs, bars & restaurants. The bar in the hotel itself is nice enough, & a great meeting place. The rooms are smart, modern, & clean. The beds are really comfy, & the facillities (Gym, Pool...etc) 1st class. The breakfasts are top nosh too.
Great Hotel, great service
Just back from a fabulous weekend stay in the Holiday Inn in Belfast. The room we had was spotlessly clean with REALLY comfortable beds and luxurious white linen. The full Irish breakfast has a great seletion and was served with a smile by the friendly staff. The hotel location on Ormeau Avenure is ideal for either shopping or partying. My girlfriend and I can't wait to go back.
A good place to stay
Stayed here for one night on the Advance Rate, which was very good value for money.
Clean room, great modern decor, clean bathroom. Room service food was poor.
Would stay here again. No big problems.
A BIG DISAPPOINTMENT!
I was very disappointed with the poor service AND the state of the room on a recent multi-night stay at this hotel. It's supposedly a five-star hotel, but who are they kidding? We experienced mold growing in the bathroom (I have the photographs to prove it) and a constant smell of urine in the toilet -- don't they give the housekeepers any bleach?! Eeeeww! The staff at reception don't care about problems; for example, when we reported a burnt out lightbulb, no one offered to find another one. We were simply told, 'There's no one in maintenance 'til Monday.' (This was on Friday!) Other problems were greeted with callous disregard by ignorant, misinformed and (obviously) very poorly trained staff. With a growing number of new four and five-star hotels popping up in this fast-developing city (and a lovely city it is!), why not opt for something more promising than this disappointing property? That's what I will do on the next of my several-times-yearly trips to Belfast.
Good accommodation - disappointing service
This was excellent value - especially using the advance rate. The rooms were stylish and the spa downstairs very professional and reasonably priced. It's good to note that you can't charge spa treatments to your room - so take another form of payment with you to avoid embarrassment!
The only disappointment was the bizarre attitude of the "out of hours" front of house staff who were load and aggressive. When challenged about their attitude they backed down but whispering and sniggering continued. This truly amazed me - I did report it when checking out the next morning and was promised a swift response. However this was 3 months ago and I have still heard nothing. Sad that this marred an otherwise pleasant stay.
I have to agree about the holiday inn. It is amazin. Anytime I am in Belfast I stay here. The staff are great and very friendly, rooms are really nice and modern with comfy beds and the choice of pillows is great. bathroom is always clean and very spacious. In the morning the breakfast is to die for with all the options availible. The leisure facilities whic are free of charge for guests is very modern and relaxing. I have never had a problem with the holiday inn and i have always been able to check in whenever I want. All in all I would reccomend this hotel to every1 and anyone. It is a must at such resonible prices
Great Choice - Would Recommend.
This was our first visit to Belfast. We decided on the Holiday Inn (not to be confused with the Holiday inn Express) because of the 4 star rating, location to the city centre and special offer price for February. It proved to be a very good choice. Room was excellent - it slept 2 adults and 2 children comfortably. Furniture and decoration was modern and new with tea/coffee making facilities, mini bar, cable TV, Playstation and hairdryer. Bathroom was clean with bath and power shower. Breakfast was included in the price - the best choice ever.
Cereals, yogurts, fruit, toast, juices, hot drinks, plus Irish hot breakfast served buffet style. A great way to start a day's sightseeing. Location of the hotel excellent also - 5-minute walk to the City Hall, 10-minute walk to the train station and 20-minute walk to The Odyssey Centre. The pool, jacuzzi and gym were also great - and handy for working off the huge breakfasts consumed each day. One negative point was the fact that we arrived at 12.45 and were told we couldn't check in until 2.00pm. We waited in the restaurant and had lunch - but the room still wasn't ready at 2.15pm (an hour and a half after we had arrived). We decided to leave the bags at the hotel and checked in later. It slightly soured our first impression of an otherwise great holiday. Would recommend the hotel and would stay there again - but arrive after 2pm!!
A Refreshing Change
I booked the Holiday Inn for two nights dinner, bed and breakfast as part of a special offer. It turned out to be a very wise choice:
Location:extremely central. Within reasonable walking distance of shops, restaurants and the City Hall.
Room: Clean, airy and spacious. Easy to use temp/air con controls.
Modern Japanese style shutter instead of curtains. Comfy, stylish beds with a 'pillow menu' in case you require a pillow other than the standard type. Playstation & well stocked minibar. Tea/coffee/hot chocolate. Hairdyer near a mirror.Spacious bathroom with large bathtub, fixed shower head and a separate shower hose. Dispensers for shampoo/shower gel instead of individual toiletries but then I always bring my own 'travel size' items anyway.
Leisure: A very pleasant pool with jacuzzi. Also sauna/steam room and gym which I didn't use. Beauty treatments available.
Breakfast: Probably the largest selection of items I have seen in a hotel of this star rating. Tasty fruit and continental choices as well as the standard cooked breakfast.
Staff: Friendly, helpful and efficient.
Overall I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel. It made such a refreshing change in comparison to other places I have stayed in for a similar price.