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... British. This created a divide in the city, and so there is a Peace Wall that divides the two areas. There are two gates to cross over that open in the morning and close at night to avoid any troubles. The city center is a neutral and shared zone, but even schools are segregated and usually kids don't have any friends of the other religion unless they attend university together! I really suggest you to look into this history, it's so interesting and was ...
... tour of Dublin starting with Dublin Castle and the history of Ireland most notably the civil war between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Irleand. The next day we decided to beat the city and head to the Coastal village of Howth where we walked along the peninsula for a good couple of hours. It was nice to get out of the city and experience the countryside mixing with the coast. The scenery was just to be a taste of what was to come over the next ...
... a good deal of what he said but he wanted to buy us a drink as was the Irish tradition "if we didn't mind." Ended up getting us each a Bailey's Irish Cream, so we reciprocated and got them a drink. They said it wasn't necessary but they wouldn't refuse. Then Patrick started telling a few funny stories but we couldn't understand what he was saying. We knew they were funny because he would start laughing. Left there ...
... we gathered our things for the next Belfast discovery! Since our hostel included a free round-trip tour to the Giant's Cause way, we booked early and were on our way. The Giant's Causeway was a mythical adventure. Though I am not much of a morning person, this was worth morning fog. The Paddy Wagon picked us up in front of our hostel at around 10 am. It came from Dublin with a few passengers and picked us up on its way to the ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsMalmaison Belfast
Fantastic and special experience..hope to return soon!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Malmaison Belfast
I stayed at the Belfast Malmaison for the Spring holiday weekend. I had not stayed there before.
I stayed in this Hotel at the beginning of May and first off I have to say I had very good impressions.
On the plus side the Hotel decor is very funky and trendy. However the hotel overall is a little dimly lit. 2 Areas to be wary of:
We stayed at the Malmaison over the Easter holidays and I have to say it was one of the better hotel experiences in Ireland. From the casual and relaxed check in to the sumptuous room, completed with flat screen TV and DVD player, the Malmaison managed to provide an excellent base from which to explore Belfast. The staff were very friendly and helpful. We booked through a late rooms consolidator so for £ 90 per night/room this was definitely a steal.
A nice touch was the brunch option on Sunday which enabled us to leisurely check out at 3pm.
The only downside was the overzealous security staff in the hotel bar who could not differentiate between hotel customers and the general public.
Spent a night here very recently and had a very enjoyable stay. Service was excellent, staff were friendly and polite, which is definitely not the case in many hotels. Personally I liked the decor and the low lighting but then I was there to relax and not to work. It was certainly light enough to read. Above average breakfast too. Hope they can maintain these standards - certainly good to have somewhere like this in Belfast.
A coffin decor?
When I walked into the Malmaison last weekend, I thought I was entering a large size coffin. The decor is so dark and so dull that there is not excuse of 'modern design'. I asked for the lights to be turned up so that I could see what I am writing, only to be told that the setting was the highest they could have!? Imagine you create a new hotel and the light is fixed at such a level that people can hardly see each others faces. Definetely not for me!
What an absolutely fabulous place. My first visit to a Malmaison and I loved it. It's great to see a hotel of this calibre in Belfast and I have no hesitation in recommending to readers. The staff are friendly,helpful and genuinely enthusiastic. The decor is dark and rich with what my daughter describes as Alice in Wonderland chairs and sofas. I stayed in room 102 and was impressed by the amount of space . A very comfy bed with proper pillows, special touches like the scented candle and in the fridge just what every woman wants; a huge bar of chocolate! I enjoyed a good meal in the Brasserie and an equally delicious leisurely breakfast with the Sunday papers. The Malmaison is 2 minutes from the main shopping streets and although there is free parking near the hotel entrance it is limited. Well done Malmaison,definitely 10/10.
Well, as a new comer to Malmaison I really did not know what to expect. A joy of a hotel! I agree that this hotels decor may not suit all but if you are looking for cutting edge design, excellent service, efficient staff and good value then this is the place for you in Belfast.
Belfast itself was an amazing city too but i really have to say this hotel made our stay. Our room was spacious with origional beams, dvd player, large comfi bed and lush toiletries.When u get up there is a breakfast to die for.
A special hotel in a special city!!!
The first thing that struck us on arrival was the genuine charm of both building and staff, indeed the staff had to have been the friendliest we'd met in ireland. The building itself is beautiful, with some genuine Belfast touches such as most of the artwork in the rooms above consisting of artwork from the troubles. The only real difficulties with the hotel relate to parking, aside from that beautiful restaurant, stunning rooms, friendly staff and a weeekend retreat to die for
The new Malmaison in Belfast was formerly The McCausland Hotel. When we stayed it had only been re-opened for a couple of weeks following an extensive refurbishment and we were able to take advantage of some of the good opening offer room rates. Notwithstanding that, the usual room rates look pretty good value for what is on offer.
As my title suggests, the designers have adopted a somewhat dark colour scheme as part of the refurbishment but I quite liked it (although it might not be to everyones taste). Our room was comfortable and spacious.
When we stayed (a Sunday night), the hotel seemed fairly empty. Service from the staff was exemplory. Both the bar and restaurant were excellent.
On the downside if you are arriving by car, parking is somewhat limited .