Travelodge Belfast City
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I was being sent to Belfast to do some work, and in my usual 'resourceful' way, suggested a Friday as an ideal day - so I could stay for the weekend, as I'd never been to Northern Ireland before. (Well, except for the time I took the ferry to Scotland, and all I saw was the ferry terminal)
It was all very last minute, but I e-mailed a …
I went to Belfast with no expectations - I really did not know what to expect. With such a recent history of "troubles" the press attention it gets, isn't always the best advertisement. I'm sad to say, but that is mainly my knowledge of Northern Ireland. As I was growing up, it was news that was current and I never questioned it. I had a 'young …
... following day. We won all 6 games we played, which were against all the possible teams we could play the next day. The 4-seed ended up forfeiting so we had an auto-bid to the championship game for the Plate. When we played in this game, we simply were outplayed by the other team, who we had beaten twice the previous day, and we lost in two. I had a lot of fun playing a lot of volleyball, though, I've missed playing ...
... and her "could I just come with you?".
Getting rental car again - an absolute gem of a young woman ensuring we knew all the info we needed to, so smiley and friendly - warms one's heart.
Rich maneuvered us beautifully onto the M-1, stick shift AND on the 'wrong' side of the road, with his trusty navigator getting almost 100% of the way to the door of the B and B. BUT!! proud we were to ...
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OK, for the price
Travelodge is kind of like a Motel 6 in the U.S. It's a place to stay and not much else. It did the trick for my husband and me, but I really wish we would have asked for a room that didn't overlook the courtyard since there's a noisy bar down there that kept me up. Otherwise, the location was great and the room decent.
Great Location, Great Value for Money
We stayed at the Belfast Central Travelodge over the weekend of August 12, 2006. We (wife, adult daughter and me) arrived at 1pm - two hours before check-in time but was warmly greeted at reception and given Room 708 immediately. This room is on the top floor overlooking the small Amelia Square. The room was large and clean and tidy but looking just a little tired. The management are aware of this as a refurbishment programme is under way.
The oversize double bed was in very good condition (no squeaks, no sagging) and the linen very clean. The roll-away bed (parked under the sofa-bed) was similarly good. No complaints about the bathroom. It's worth mentioning that in line with all Travelodges there was just one small bar of soap (but just ask and more will be provided) and no shampoo or tissues. This is their policy to reduce waste and keep costs down. Once you understand their ethos there's no problem. Plenty of clean fluffy hand and bath towels. The hair dryer had to be asked for at Reception. Kettle with plenty of tea and coffee sachets provided in the room.
Some small complaints:- we had to sleep with the windows open as the room was hot from the afternoon sun. The noise from the nearby bar/restaurant on Saturday was very loud, and went on til about 2am. Then at about 4am the City Cleansing Dept loaded all the glass bottles from the Bar into their truck. Then at about 5am the City Cleansing Dept emptied all the garbage containers into their big compactor truck, and then at about 6am the City Cleansing Dept brushed and vacuumed the adjacent streets.... but between those intruptions we slept real fine! On the Sunday and Monday nights of our weekend break there was virtually no noise from the Bar, but the the City Cleansing Dept still performed their noisy (but necessary) duties.
TV remote control had problems with the battery contacts, and wouldn't reliably change channels. The instructions for using the phone had been removed, so couldn't set-up an early morning call.
Only had one meal at the hotel - breakfast on our last day. The continental version costs £4.50 ($8) and is value for money. The full cooked Irish verson (£6, $11) isn't worth the extra. Although it was served nice and hot the fried bread and potato cake were exceedingly greasy.
The hotel location is superb, right in the city centre and just around the corner from the Europa Hotel and Jury's Inn. It is no more than a 5 minute walk to the City Hall and the main shopping areas. A point to note: Belfast stores do not open until 1pm on a Sunday, if they open at all. Other posters mention trouble with local men, we didn't have any hassle at all.
Our 'family room' cost £68 ($120) per night, inc taxes. We have no hesitation in recommending this hotel and would happily return.
uncletony, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
Judging from other reviews, we were expecting an unpleasant 5 day stay, but we were wrong! Great location, close to city central, the train and bus station, Queen's University, many restaurants. Perhaps it is noisy at night--just request a room that does not face the plaza below and sleep undisturbed. We were out late, and never felt frightened. We would stay there again. A couple from Arizona
A sleepless night
I stayed in the travel lodge for ine night. I booked a twin room online but on arrival i was informed that our booking had been changed to a double room due to a lack of availability. This change was made without my consent.
We went for dinner in the Travelodge. The service was awful and the menu poor. We were clearly an inconvienience to the waiter who handed us our menus without speaking to us and then appeared at the end our table less than a minute later with his pad and pen and stood in silence. The service was so bad we walked out.
The noise on our floor was terrible. There was a youth group staying on our floor and they banged doors and shouted until midnight. Not only did this keep us awake, but the baby next door was woken and cried for hours. The noise from the surrounding pubs and clubs was also high and the prank call my room recieved at midnight was unapreciated.
This is an experience i do not wish to repeat and i would advise against staying in this hotel.
No, no, no!!! Give it a miss....
I really wouldn't recommend this hotel to anyone, sorry, but I'm being honest!
I've never stayed in a 2* hotel before, and I don't think I ever will again. I stayed for 1 night, and 1 night was enough.
To be fair, the hotel is reasonably clean and the room wasn't completely terrible but book yourself a room in 3* Jury's Inn round the corner, or the Radisson or Ramada.
The lobby is smelly, the lift is tiny, our room key wouldn't work, we had a view of a stinking back alley, the window was covered in bird poo and obviously had never been cleaned, the curtains were filthy and ripped, we had to go downstairs to get an iron and board ourselves, and there's a homeless hostel right next door - that accounts for the dodgy characters hanging around all the time.
The bed was clean as was the bathroom, mostly, although I would have felt better armed with a packet of Flash bleach wipes.
We paid £49 through expedia and kicked ourselves - for another £20 we could have had Jury's!
Now, location....you are close to the City Hall and main shopping area with a few options for nightlife. A taxi to BHD, Belfast City airport would probably cost about £7, and the bus/train station is well within walking distance, even with a suitcase.
And if you really want to blow the budget, the Europa is situated in the next street!!
Close to the Crown Liquor Saloon and the Grand Opera House.
But please, give this one a miss.
I went to belfast for a weekend and stayed in this hotel for 2nights. The rooms are on the small side but clean and tidy enough. Staff were helpful and friendly. The location of this hotel was the best part being right next to the bus and train station and near all the pubs and clubs and within walking distance for most other things in belfast. Would go back.
We stayed one night on 29th December 2004. We were able to check in early which was very useful. We got a lovely room on the 7th floor with everything you could need, plus is was very clean and tidy. We also purchased the breakfast which was excellent value for money. Central location and very close to the bus depot for return to the airport. One of the better Travelodges we have stayed in.
Close to town center and train station
Stayed seven night at the travel lodge in downtown belfast . Rooms small but ok. The location is close to the town center and shopping. The famous crown pub and robinsons is near. The victoria st train station is only a block away and it will take you to the central station and from there you can get a train to anywhere. There is some noise from the pubs at night ,but is acceptable.
Central at least
My room wasn't bad - big bed, sofa, TV, desk, tea and coffee making facilities. My colleague's room was awful though for the same price - tiny cramped room with loads of stains and stickers on the mirror.
Staff were friendly enough but a bit young and clueless. There was a bit of confusion over whether or not our company had prepaid and when it transpired that they hadn't they seemed very stressed about us paying as soon as possible as if we were about to run of with the furniture in our suits and laptops. Our floor (4th) absolutely reeked of paint and a couple of the lights didn't work.
Location is very central but immediate area seemed slightly dodgy. Okay, but I wouldn't return.
Cheap and cheerful
What can be said about the Travelodge in Belfast thats positive, well location, its central so no taxis required to get to and from the bars and many clubs in Belfast City centre, as the hotel chain admits, they dont splash out on luxury bedrooms just a comfy bed and shower, the rooms are basic, shower, sometimes with a bath, colour tv, tea and coffee facilities. The staff are usually friendly but sometimes they dont seem to be able to cope when more than 4 people arrive to check in. they are pretty strict on the 3pm check in time so dont arrive early but you can leave your bags, the bar in the hotel is average but be warned there is a hostel for the homless next door and its not recommended to walk outside at night, if you get a bargain and I have, as cheap as £5 per room you cant complain but prices do go upto £65 room which would make me look elsewhere.