Tower Hotel Derry
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Everyone slept quite well - some so well that we had to send Robby up to wake up a couple of rooms that were missing at breakfast……Can i say “bones”….. :)
Breakfast was yogurt, eggs, cereal, bacon, sausage, croissants etc… Everyone ate well and off we went on our journey up to the North. Jacob was feeling …
I had what I call a productive lazy day today.
A day where I got my book, I got my lunch and I went and sat down at the festival and did not much for a long time.
It was nice to relax for a while, because I am moving on tomorrow and who knows what that will hold!
Very short entry today, because I need to pack up my bag and we all know how long that is going to take!
Lisa xo ...
... so loud and electronic that it turned into white noise while I read my book.
I sat reading my book, and decided that that was my talent meter. The artist who could get me to stop reading was doing well in my eyes.
The first couple did. The white noise band did not.
I was reading along with my book when I felt a tug on my handbag. I turned as you would expect, but found only harmlessness.
So I pulled my Rubik’s cube keychain ...
... a nice hall (obviously) and then went to the Tower Museum.
I got such good service there.
There were two exhibitions and just as I was going off to one of them, one of the younger staff came to me and said ‘If I were you I would do the other one first…we have a school group coming in now and they are doing the other one first’. How nice was that!
He must have known I can’t stand walking ...
... Museum, which gave a descent overview of the history of the area as well as a special exhibit on the underwater excavation of a large warship, part of the Spanish Armada that tried (and failed) to invade England in 1588. Later on I happened into a newly opened museum dedicated to the Apprentice Boys of Derry, the Protestant kids who barred the doors and prevented the Catholic King James II from entering the city, leading to the Siege of Derry in 1688(ish). ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Tower Hotel Derry
We recently stayed at The Tower 2 nights b&b and 1 evening meal at £79 pp, admittedly this is great value, until you are alotted a room no bigger than a closet, and the meals were dreadful.
Just back from a return visit to this hotel and my experience this time was not as good as previous. Selected this hotel on both occasions for location, which I have to say is excellent. But that's where it ends. Breakfast ok, but don't eat there in the evening. Previous occasion I booked directly with the hotel. This time Hotel said they didn't have a double room available, but I was offered a room through gohop. I was with my husband, but ended up in what this hotel classify as a single room. It was cramped, in close proximity to the boilder room and function room. So noise at night and noise in the morning. The rate with gohop was cheaper and seeing the room I now know why. You get what you pay for. I got a single room in a bad location. I booked another room for a single colleague a few days after I had made my booking. This was directly with the hotel who said that they did have single accommodation. Guess what - his room was the same as mine, but in a quiet location. Parking is also a problem here and staff, while not necessarily rude, were not exactly nice either. I decided complaining was not worth the rise in blood pressure. I just won't return to this hotel and would be nervous of booking hotel rooms indirectly again.
Just arrived back from a one night break in Tower Hotel. Very disappointed with the greeting given by reception by quite a dismissive receptionist who very abruptly told me there were no car park spaces left and we would have to find alternative parking arrangements! The fact that there are only 35 car park spaces belonging to the hotel is not made clear or we would not have booked. Room was a good size, no complaints although it would have been nice to have been offered sweetners rather than sugar along with tea and coffee making facilities. Breakfast was a big let down. Partner is diabetic and can not eat butter, we asked for an alternative and we were informed there wasnt any, hard to believe considering this is meant to be a 4 star hotel. Would rate this hotel hotel 3 star definitely not 4 star. Staff could benefit from some customer service training. Hotel is in great location and this is probably why it received 4 star RAC rating.
This hotel is in an excellent location in the centre of Derry. It has secure parking although you have to drive down a pedestrian only street to access it, something that isn't made very clear.
While the rooms are a reasonable size it is more like a 3 star hotel than the 4 star it is claimed to be. There is no safe, mini bar or air conditioning control. The bar was tired, dirty and expensive. Breakfast was average.
A decent hotel; good value, great location
This is a decent 4-star hotel in the dead-centre of Derry. The rooms were small (normal by European standards) and the en-suite bathroom complete. Service was friendly. The sound-proofing could have been better; we could occasionally hear noise from other rooms and the hallway, but it wasn't too bad.
It is the only hotel within the historic city walls.
Lovey hotel and excellent value
Just returned from a very enjoyable few days at the Tower Hotel. Rooms bright and modern and bathroom good size. Staff were very friendly and although they were kept busy with busloads of guests, they were always attentive to smaller groups.
Secure parking with lifts directly to reception and guestrooms.
This hotel is situated in the centre of the town and well within walking distance of shops/cinema etc. This was my first visit to Derry and the Tower Hotel would definitely encourage a return visit.
Really Comfortable and great value
I have stayed in Tower Hotel a number of times. I have found the staff unfailingly helpful and genuine. The hotel is great value, big bright clean rooms, modern smart bar and foyer etc (shame about the exterior) the most central location possible, right next to city walls etc, car parking (once you find it via the pedestrianised street) is great and secure. I think it is superb value for money- check out the hotel's own website- they often have great offers eg 2 nights b&b for two for 80 pounds! food is very acceptable and worth getting an evening meal deal with the website if you can. There is stiff competition in Derry with plenty of bedspaces available, but I think this is best value option for most people on a sensible budget.
Large comfortable rooms with a seperate lounge area and spacious bathroom.
Excellent Meals - good location
I've stayed 4 times at the Tower, as a visiting businessman. It has comfortable, clean rooms, but then it is very new. They once assigned me to a room for a handicapped person, and I had to lean over to see the mirror to shave. But, hey, high marks for having such rooms for the handicapped. I asked for a duvet (quilt/comforter) for my bed, and they promised one, but then failed to deliver. The staff is young, and sometimes exhibit confusion or inexperience. But they are friendly. The breakfast offers a good variety, but I cannot advise on the hot breakfast--it is available--as I normally only take the continental. Toast and tea are served promptly.
Don't eat there
Poor food. Dinner (steak) drowned in sauce...disguising what? Breakfast left under heat too long..pudding was like a rock! Initial room noisy..kept awake from 5am by external noise (room changed thanks to helpful reception staff).!