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... harp and violin. After all guests had arrived we were then introduced to all of the staff that was going to entertain and look after us, in all there was only 8 of them and the 2 musicians making it 10. Here we had our first taste of the music we was going to be listening to and were pleasantly surprised to how good they were. We were then led down to the banquet hall on where me and rich snuck in another goblet of Mead on the way..naughty!! Here we were fed, spicy parsnip ...
I feel as though I should dedicate an entry in my blog to food. Yes... FOOD!
Ireland is famous for the 'Ulster Fry' loaded with fried eggs, bacon, beans, soda bread, potato bread, etc.. Basically, the largest, most greasiest breakfast out there, most definitely able to speed up the potential of clogging up your arteries. Not my cup of tea for first thing in ...
... the road from the big stone was a viking burial mound the remains of which looked like some grassy rubble with sheep on it in the pouring rain. I took the photo from the car.
We then jumped ahead to the 16th century and to bad boy Laurence Bruce, who was appointed Sheriff of Shetland, but was so corrupt and cruel that he was banished to south of the River Tay ...
... Macaela's, a little place on the Shankill. It was there we had our very first Ulster fry in Belfast. One of the ladies who works there (Margaret) grew up with Sam's nana in Argyle street, Belfast. Funnily enough, as we were walking back to Billy's car, we met another Margaret (that name thing again) who is also a friend of Sam's nana. It was great to meet them both and get a quick photo. After breakfast, Billy arranged a black cab tour with 'Smiley', a guy ...
Dublin to Belfast Hello peoples, here we are Day 3 of the wonderful mystery tour. Woke up this morning bright and early and had ordered breakfast in the room so we could hit the road early. Breakfast was grand with black and white sausage (no comments please) poached eggs mushrooms, bacon and a grilled tomato, after this start we didn't have lunch today just a cup of tea, Irish of course. It was sad to leave our castle but it had to be done, ...
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No reason ever to stay here
other than this hotel being a two minute walk to the international airport there is no real redeeming value in this hotel. The food was over priced, the rooms where small, no mini bar, the seperate rooms for the toilet were very very small. The TV had almost as many channels announcing the airport arrivals as they did actual channels. The sheets were cheap and uncomfortable and there is no internet in the rooms. There are 2 computers in the lobby for the guests to share but only one prints. But the worst part of the hotel is that it is a thirty pound taxi fare to the city. There is nothing around the hotel. The staff was marginal at best, except for the bartenders who were easily the friendliest and most helpful of anyone who worked in the hotel. Save yourself the aggrivation stay at the Belfast hilton if you have the option.
If this is what passes for a top-quality hotel in Northern Ireland then God help us and I say this as a resident of the province for almost 30 years. The room was functional at best, contained a LOCKED fridge which required a key from reception which opened but didn't actually work, and a toilet which reminded me of a holding cell. The very handle had been put on incorrectly so it required one to almost dislocate one's wrist in order to open it.
It gets worse though - on the way down the stairs from the first floor we discovered a huge pile of human excrement. Barely able to breathe due to the overwhelming stench we immediately informed a cleaner of our find only to discover that twelve hours later it had STILL not been cleaned up. An outraged call to reception later and someone finally got rid of it (I assume). The whole incident was appalling.
The bar was another farce - a wedding party were present on the day of our arrival and were being served by what can only be described as the world's worst barman. Honestly, this individual moved like he was on valium and had been sleeping for the past century. I waited a full 10 minutes at the bar for a bucket of ice before leaving in disgust as he seemed incapable of serving anyone other than those standing directly in front of him.
Overall I struggle to conceive of a hotel of this supposed standard being quite as bad as this. We didn't even risk the food, preferring to get a taxi to a rather splendid Indian restaurant on the outskirts of the airport. My honest advice would be to avoid this place like the plague, it's the stuff of Basil Fawlty nightmares.
Poor service and food
Stayed at this hotel in September 2005.
The hotel was very poor and certainly not a 4 star.
Service was particularly bad - staff didn't seem to care much. Restaurant/bar food overpriced and tasteless.
Simple things like the drinks machine not working and yet still taking money and staff not able to refund or even put a notice on the machine that it was not working !!
Try another hotel, don't go here!
A real shame
I stayed here for a night befoire flying out on a 2 week holiday. I thought it would be a good idea as the room was so cheap for the night, and it turns out that was the only good thing about my stay.
The room is of a standard size, the bathroom and toliet are in 2 different locations. The walls surrounding the toliet were not cleaned very well as they were stained, and the sink would not hold any water.
The resturaunt was very poor and over priced (2 one course meals cost more than the room did). The food i ordered was half burnt and the other half under cooked, and because our plates were not empty when we finished our meals we were asked twice why we hadnt (the senior waiter stood over us for nearly 5 minutes watching us eat) finished out food.
A terrible experience and not a mistake i will be making again with this hotel.
Spoilt by the catering
The rooms are average,be careful when using room service as it is more expensive than most 5 star hotels carries a £3 charge per tray.Breakfast is £12 and is below average with a large number of international guests a poor selection of breads and pastries at breakfast and empty bowls were items had not been topped up during service.Overall an average 3/4 star hotel with pleasent staff but over priced on the catering .
Hotel is nice, but rooms could use some newer furniture. The restaurant is extremely expensive and always seems empty, so just eat in the bar next door.
It's a minute walk to departures.
No internet access in the rooms, but the two computers in the lobby (they call it a 'business centre, but it's far from) have good high speed internet access. They say you have 15 minutes free per day, but that is enforced and you can use it all you want for free.
Buses leave every 30 minutes to downtown, which is a 35 minute ride+.
Comfortable rooms, quite okay for one night.
But, my goodness, the food in the restaurant is ridiculously expensive. They are really having a laugh, as the prices for the main meals dont include any veg or anything!! Dont eat there, eat in the bar area, as its much more reasonable and less fussy.
Good Guiness, try it!
Not quite what I expect from a 4 star
My wife and I spent two nights in the Park Plaza over Easter. It is very close to the airport (about 50m from the exit). Staff were friendly but a little slow to attend to us - no real excuse use as the hotel was very quiet that weekend.
Main disappointment was the room - the mini bar was locked and when I asked about it I was told they were no longer in use and I should order what I wanted from room service - in fairness they gave me a key so that I could make use of the fridge. The sheet had a hole in it the towels were small and thin and one of the light switches was broken.
It was the quality I would expect from a motorway motel not a 4* Hotel
Very good Hotel
A very good hotel in a great position for the airport. Have stayed here many times and each time the stay has been good.
Have mainly used it for work and come over the night before I then have to be in Belfast. This is great as after a plane journey you just walk out of the airport and 100yds later you are in the lobby checking in.
Rooms are smart and offer good accomodation for business travellers. Food is also good.
It is not so good for people visiting Belfast for pleasure as it is a good 30mins outside of the city.
Finally do not worry about the noise from the airport, once you are in the hotel you cannot hear any noise from the planes.
Excellent All Round Hotel
Stayed here on the 22nd Aug 2002. Had our wedding reception here. We were given a honeymoon suite free, as we were flying out early the next morning. The hotel was very clean, very well furnished, and very high standard. The staff where excellently trained, and very professional, courteous and friendly. All our family members stayed overnight and they all share the same opinion that the hotel was excellent. The wedding breaskfast was superb, a sterling service, and a quality experience.