Ramada Plaza, Belfast
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So it was another early start up 6.30am bags out and breakfast at 7.15am or so..bus departing for a city Tour of Glasgow. It was weird doing a city tour on a Saturday morning at 8.30am. There wasn't much open and no traffic on the street. We got dropped off back in the main square by 9am when the shops were opening. Dan and I wandered down the …
... peace wall", first built by the British army in the 1970's to divide the two sides. Several gates allow people to pass through the wall, but these gates are still closed at night to avoid conflict between the two sides. Though Northern Ireland has been quite peaceful since the late 1990's, there is still an underlying mistrust between the two communities. While in Shankill we got to see quite a few of the famous murals of Belfast, a form of public art ...
... took a nice picture of the whole group. Also according to what he said, it is a custom to not to leave the room before someone sings a song from its country. Suddenly, everyone started pointing at me and he insisted as well. So, after a deep breath I ended up singing a couple of verses of the Dutch National Anthem, ‘Wilhelmus van Nassouwe’. He was impressed and gave me a handshake after that, and I was proud ...
We woke up to rain and winds worse than yesterday. Everything cleared up by the time we had to head for the bus though. We had an 11:30am bus from Dublin up to Belfast in Northern Ireland. The ride was actually quite scary because of the wind blowing across the road. John and I took seats right behind the driver so that we could look out the front windows. Turns out those were the scary seats because we saw how the driver was fighting with the wind to keep the bus ...
... chrysanthemums and chili plants. The Botanic Ravine, nearby, had gigantic tree ferns and a host of pitcher plants. I assume it is used as a teaching tool for the nearby Queen's University. The Ulster Museum had things to do, as well as to see. One room was filled with sugar cubes, and a professional had built some fairy castles out of them. The girl started their own constructions and Mel and I wandered off to look at dinosaurs and fossils and Vikings and a mummy with black ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ramada Plaza, Belfast
My family and I stayed at the Ramada in Belfast in the fall of 2005. We booked the hotel through an agent in the UK and were given a very good B&B rate (compared to the listed rack rates)for 6 nites. The front desk staff was, in general, very helpful as was the concierge. However, those were the only good things about the hotel. We were on holiday in the UK from North America and not business people. I will attempt to keep my comments short and concise. We were told over the phone the hotel was 20 minutes away walking distance from the city centre, it was 20 minutes away by taxi-60 minutes walking. Everytime we tried to use our room key we had to have it re-swiped. that meant 15 extra trips to and from the front desk to our room. very frustrating!! The room itself had cracks all over the walls as if there had been an earthquake; there were coffee stains all over 3 of the walls in the room. when i nicely asked the front desk manager (older, balding)to have it cleaned up he replied snottily "yeah, uh, okay".. needless to say when we returned to the room 10 hours later a small portion of the stains, on one small wall, had been messily rubbed over. during breakfast one morning we noticed a hotel manager come out of the kitchen and pick a sausage out of the chafing dish with her fingers, even though the tongs were right on the lid that she had to take off in order to get her piggy little fingers on the sausage. The food on the breakfast buffet was adequate, however, they served the same bowl of kiwi fruit and sliced fruit for 4 days. it was slimy, congealing and disgusting. remember, this is a 4 star hotel. the food in the pub was fairly good,however,the service was horrible. unfortunately the majority of service we received was by one young lady. i don't know her name since she didn't wear a name tag. she couldn't be bothered to get you a drink, remove a plate or see if you want to order. remember, this is a 4 star hotel!! her attitude towards her job and the patrons was hostile and patronizing. Everytime we had to deal with a member of the staff we felt that because we were regular people, not business folk, we were lesser patrons. it was a horrible feeling. our bed was not changed once while we were there although it was made. All in all it was a horrible experience. we loved belfast itself, we had a great time with the people and the sites. we would NEVER return here nor would we recommend it to anyone. On a positive note, Geoff from Black Taxi tours (they are in the phone boodk) made our trip. He was awesome. Belfast was great, especially Kelly's Cellars and Benedicts and the trip to Giants Causeway was super cool!!
Ideal if you are looking for a quiet location superb value for money
I stay in the Ramada almost every week and the hotel provides modern rooms - with a very comfortable bed and no noise at all. The swimming pool is very nice - and never too busy. The staff are friendly. The cost-quality ratio is excellent.
On the negative side, the breakfast is mediocre, the bar lacks atmosphere and the evening food is not good. The Indian restaurant next door is quite good and reasonably priced.
The hotel is GBP5-6 taxi ride from the centre of Belfast.
I stayed in the Ramada for 3 nights with my girlfriend who was up from Co. Mayo to visit me in Belfast. We took avail of the Summer Specials offer...meaning it was only £27.50 per person per night B&B...which is not a bad price indeed!!!
My partner and I have just returned from a 2 night stay at the Ramada Belfast and have to say that, contrary to some of the reviews here, we could not fault it at all. The room we had was comfortable, spotlessly clean and had every facility we could need. We had one of our evening meals in the Bistro and it was perfect and the breakfast had everything anyone could wish to eat. The swimming pool and fitness centre were extremely clean and well kept.We had no problems with the staff and found them helpful, courteous and pleasant and always willing to help. The hotel is not in the centre of Belfast city but that is made clear in their advertising but it is in a very nice countryside park area and the city can be reached in a few minutes by car.We will definately be going back there again and, hopefully this time, to say longer than two nights.
Do not stay in this hotel, the management are rude beyond belief. Below is a letter of complaint I have just sent to the Ramada and I doubt I will hear anything from them
Good hotel in peaceful location
Returned to the Ramada after a gap of six months. In spite of criticisms by other people on this site, we still think this is the best place to stay in Belfast. Very peaceful location overlooking the valley of the river Lagan, close to the best part of Belfast and only two miles from the city centre. Plenty of free parking. Large, well furnished rooms and one of the best buffet breakfasts I have had in staying at more than 200 hotels all over the world.
Particularly good location for anyone who enjoys jogging in a very beautiful area.
Our only real complaints relate to the unreliable key cards and the fact that there seemed to be only one person on reception in the evening.
I stayed here on business Jan 2005. I had five trips up and down to reception before I got a keycard that worked. Nice room when I finally got in!!! However it was Very cold. Finally got moved at 10pm that night-so much for my early night! Planters need to be under the stairway or you can walk into it coming out of downstairs room. I did and damaged my neck. Desk staff very pleasant but ineffectual. I got a one night complimentary stay IF I return to Belfast. Why would I? Teacher, Scotland
Great rooms, poor service
The front of house staff were incompetent. Clearly they were in training but all seemed to have a long way to go. There were problems with the simplest things at both check-in and check-out.
The room we had was however very good indeed. The overall design of the hotel is not very interesting.
Don't forget that this is some way outside Belfast city centre.
Dirty breakfast tables
Stayed a Saturday night. The rooms were fine. The health centre was excellent.
However, service at breakfast was atrocious! We were shown to a table that had not been cleaned. The crockery was filthy: in particular, one teacup was filled with glitter and confetti, etc . I showed it to the duty manager, who offered to replace it, but was not in the least perturbed. We had to ask four times before we got coffee, and then had to ask for milk too.
I would have filled in a feedback form, had one been available!
Pick of the bunch
I have stayed in all of the four and five star hotels in Belfast and would recommend this as the best value
The only drawback is its location which is a little way outside the centre
It is clean, the staff are friendly and the food in the restaurant last week was excellent quality