- Reviews: 1109
Causeway Hotel: Great Location on the Antrim Coast
Somewhat tucked away but just next to the Giant's Causeway Visitors Center, you'll find the "Causeway Hotel" which has a fine location overlooking the coast. The Causeway Hotel's exterior is a little plain but tidy . It has the excellent advantage of being close enough for guests to enjoy several other interesting sites in the vicinity such as Dunluce Castle, nature walks, the Bushmills Distillery, Carrick-a-rede rope bridge, Rathlin Island, the Causeway School Museum and not to mention the star attraction -- the Giant's Causeway.
The hotel has 28 rooms all ensuite, free WiFi, room service, and LCD TVs, coffee makers, down comforters, and hair dryers are among the other amenities available to guests. Some rooms are privileged to have an ocean view and/or terrace. The rooms have modest furnishings with updated bathrooms. No need to fret about having a car as the hotel comes with plenty of parking.
There seems to be some nicely furnished common areas and the Causeway Hotel has 2 venues in house for having drinks, light meals or more substantial meals. The Bar Lounge has cozy sitting areas and offers a menu which features offering 'light bites' with local "fayre" though I could find no menu online to check out. The website says that a childrens' menu is available.
The Hotel Restaurant on the ground floor of the hotel has views across the bay to the Atlantic Ocean and features dishes made with local produce, but again, no online menu. Reviews state that the food in both the Bar Lounge and the Restaurant is very good, but service may be slow. Still it seems a very popular place for weddings, special events, weekday and sunday lunches, and gets good reviews otherwise.
Just next to the Causeway Hotel is McConaghy's Souvenir Shop, a family-owned business which has been in operation since 1947. This store carries Guinness products, hand knit Arran sweaters, Blackthorn walking sticks, Connemara jewellery and original Irish products. Stop in for the souvenirs, but also for snacks, ice-cream, coffee, hot chocolate, sandwiches, sweets, etc. (For more info., call Tommy McConaghy's at 028 2073 1113.)
We did not stay at this hotel while on our tour. However, from the photos I've seen online and the favorable reviews of the food here make it seem like a place worthy of a stopover if in the area for more than just one day!
- Reviews: 1109
The Londonderry Arms Hotel: Once Owned by Sir Winston Churchill
Carnough being a small village, it has but one hotel. Lucky then that it is quite charming and has an interesting history as well. The "Londonderry Arms Hotel" was built in 1848 as a coaching inn by Frances Anne Tempest, the Marchioness of Londonderry. The Marchioness was the granddaughter of Randall William, sixth Earl and second Marquis of Antrim. She was a wealthy young woman having inherited the land between Glenarm and Cushendall, including Carnlough. At a young age Frances married Charles William, Lord Stewart, the British Ambassador to Austria, later the third Marquis of Londonderry.
Conscientious of their responsibilities as landlords, the couple embarked on a program of "public works" so to speak and initiated the erection of a town hall, lime kilns, and building of a protected harbour, and even a mineral railway line to connect the south pier with the limestone quarry in the hills both of which enhanced exportation of goods. The construction of the Londonderry Arms no doubt was an excellent addition to the village as well and has been in constant operation since 1848. After the death of Frances' grandson in a tragic accident, the estate, including the hotel, passed to his second cousin, Sir Winston Churchill. Sir Winston sold the hotel in 1934 after which it was requisition by the Army during World War II for use of recuperating wounded soldiers.
Today the 3-star hotel still retains its Georgian architecture and many antique furnishings, and each of its 35 rooms are uniquely furnished, have en suite bath, radio, television, telephone, hairdryer and tea making facilities. Guests can enjoy meals and refreshments in the "Coach House Bistro", or have an excellent afternoon tea in the "Frances Anne and Tapestry Room" restaurant for a modest price (£12.95; coffee £1 extra) but reservations are recommended. Check the website for Coach House Bistro special menu nights.
Rates includes a full Irish Breakfast, complimentary WiFi, and parking. Room rates are slightly higher in summer (April - September) but posted rates for 1 person currently (2015 - 2016) run from (US?)$78 to $102 per room; more people and/or more beds increase these prices. Check the website for current info.
We did not stay at this hotel as we were here for a short stop only after which we were visiting Giant's Causeway, and Derry (Londonderry). However, I think a stay in Carnlough would be quite pleasant for a night or so. That being said, the hotel has put together a suggested itinerary for those who have several days and can travel by car to farther afield attractions. See itinerary here: http://www.glensofantrim.com/suggested_itinerary.html.
I like the fact that this hotel offers programs such as Watercolor painting workshops, live music nights, special menus for holidays, and other events. Check their homepage for a complete listing of scheduled events.
- Reviews: 5137
Armagh City Hotel: SAFE I THINK
When I first drove into the car park, I noticed the large Police Station next door. I also noticed the 40ft (12 meter) high fence. This is to prevent parts of the IRA from firing Rocket Propelled Grenades from the hotel car park at the Police Station. A few years ago they fired a mortar instead. Once you get over that realization, the hotel is excellent. I was greeted warmly, the reception staff made sure I knew how everything worked and what was available. My room was large and had everything. The room was never going to win and awards for décor, but it was very nice.
I checked in early and set off to have a sneaky beer while I worked in the bar on the hotel’s Wi-Fi (chargeable). After work I went straight to the gym for a run in the huge modern leisure complex. Then a quick dip in the pool and a long soak in the Jacuzzi. After that, back to my nice room and a change of clothes for dinner. The hotel is a just a few minutes’ walk from all the restaurants in the city.
The hotel has a historic manor house and grounds behind it and the hotel is set well away from the road. This makes it nice and quiet. They have several restaurants, a great bar and a wonderful leisure complex. An excellent hotel. I had a good night’s sleep and in the morning I had a nice hot shower with a cup of coffee in my room. A great stay.
• 120 non-smoking rooms, quiet and next to a massive Police Station
• Indoor heated swimming pool, Leisure complex, gym
• Free secure car parking
• Laundry services, 110/220 volt adaptors, 24 hour room service, Wi-Fi (charges)
All rooms have: Bathtub / bath with shower, lots of space, TV, telephone, trouser press, vanity area, hairdryer, workstation, Wi-Fi (charges), Tea and coffee making facilities, 24 hour room service
• Room types: Single (double bed), Double, Twin (2 single beds), Family, Executive, Deluxe
• All rooms are a very good size, lots of space to unwind
• Executive rooms have a private balcony looking over Armagh Golf Course with robe & slippers
• Deluxe rooms have luxurious furnishings, views over the Cathedral City with robe & slippers
FOOD & DRINK
• Armagh City Restaurant – A La Carte, Grill and Table D'Hote Menus
• Friary Restaurant – Breakfast, Dinner, Traditional Sunday Lunch, Sunday Bistro
• Callan Bar – Traditional Pub-like, Deli Bar (nice food), live music every Friday and Saturday
• L.A. Fitness Suite, the largest fitness club in the area
• FAB Beauty Salon - full beauty treatments - everyday (Sunday & Monday by appointment)
• 16m swimming pool, steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi
• State-of-the-art gymnasium fitted with all the latest equipment
• Personal Assessments, Trainers
• Selection of conference/meeting rooms/theatre style up to 1200 delegates
• All meeting rooms have free Wi-Fi, modern audio visual equipment, car park for 350 cars
- Reviews: 5137
BENEDICTS OF BELFAST: A TALE OF 2 ROOMS IN BELFAST
They should offer 2 room options - Sleep and No Sleep. Well that's what I was offered anyway. I was told to stay here on the recommendation of an ex-boss. This would not be the first time listening to him got me into trouble. When I showed up it looked very nice. I was shown to a room on the back of the building on the second floor. The room was nice. A very big bed sat on beautiful wooden floors. Already I was thinking – that could make noise. My bathroom was good and functional, except for he heated towel rail. Anyway, I went off to explore Belfast for a while by foot. When I returned in the evening I noticed their bar, with its own outside entrance, now had 2 bouncers – on a Sunday night. I went up to my room and could just faintly hear the music form the now nightclub in the hallway on the way to my room. I decided for an early night. As I lay down some guy had come up the nearby stairs form the nightclub. Thump! Thump! Thump! Is what I could hear when the door to the stairs was open. It closed, but the guy’s mouth was shouting at the room opposite to open up in a drunken rat. Nice. Anyway I fell asleep.
THUMP! THUMP! THUMP!
And people screaming! I could make out every word the DJ shouted over the microphone. They had just turned the volume UP.
And the people near me scraping their bed across their wooden floor.
I finally go t dressed and went to reception. I tried, by shouting, to speak to the receptionist. Yes – the nightclub door was open. I shouted to explain that I had booked 3 days on business and asked for a quiet room. “IS THIS YOUR IDEA OF QUIET!?” I shouted at the receptionist. She couldn’t hear me! Anyway I was promised that I would be upgraded to a quieter room the next day and that the music would cease at midnight. It did. Then I fell asleep.
BANG! GIGGLE! SCRAPE ! BANG! BANG! WHAT!? LAUGHING !
Yes there was a party in the room next door and more were arriving. I made sure of their room number and rang reception. True to the man’s word he was there in a flash.
BANG ! BANG ! HELLO !?
Yes the people in the room played the old ‘we are not here being drunk and loud’ trick and refused to answer the door. They were quiet now –as they tried to hide. Luckily the man from reception had heard them before he knocked. For several minutes he knocked to no avail. Then he got smart and went downstairs and rang the telephone in the room. The stupid woman in the room answered the phone. I don’t know what the man told her, but the room emptied quickly to running feet and slamming doors.
The next day, very tired at work, I made my way back to the hotel. The new room, on the 3rd and upper floor, was very nice. My bed was soft and wonderful. My room, although facing the road, was silent. I mean silent. I enjoyed my next 2 nights in absolute peace.
It’s a shame that they allow the nightclub to run that loud at night. Get the wrong room and you want to change hotels. Get the right room (more expensive!) and you have a wonderful hotel in the vibrant heart of Belfast.
Recommended by my twisted old boss and his creepy friend. Both are s.heads.
- Reviews: 5137
LA MON: STAY IN THE COUNTRY NEAR BELFAST
La Mon is listed as being in Belfast, but it is actually out in the very quiet countryside to the east. I really enjoyed my stay. The staff could not have been more helpful. I asked for a quiet room which is probably a weird request here. They gave me a room at the back which looked out over the tennis court and farmland. Completely and utterly silent. I even had a very large terrace I sat out in at one point and enjoyed a cold beer from my mini bar. My bed was ok. The room will not win any awards for design or décor, but it was nice and functional. My bathroom seemed designed to offer my as many towels as possible. In fact I seemed to have more than a dozen towels in my room. Not a bad thing.
I decided that I wanted to go for a swim in the indoor pool before dinner. Excellent choice. The pool area was nice and warm and my dip was relaxing. Then off to dinner. The dining room is lovely, the menu quite good and the food was excellent. I don’t normally eat in a hotel I stay in, but there is nothing near the hotel. Have no fear, the food is wonderful. The portions were good, the service was warm and the wine was excellent. And to top it off I had a fantastic selection for Irish cheeses and biscuits.
La Mon is an excellent option for business people or families that want to visit Belfast, but stay in a quiet and green setting. I enjoyed my stay here.
• Completely quiet and peaceful in a countryside setting
• Good beds, big rooms and all modern facilities
• Country Club and all leisure facilities free to use for guests
• Excellent food and drink options
• Fantastic business facilities
All rooms have: Free Wi-Fi, En Suite bathroom (with bath), Use of Country Club, tea/coffee making facilities, Satellite TV, Work Desk & Easy Lounging Chair, Ironing Centre, evening Turn Down Service
• Room types: Premier, Premier Plus, Executive, Deluxe Suite, Grande Suite
• Full Irish Breakfast included (excellent)
FOOD & DRINK
• Shakespeare Restaurant - Table D'Hote & A La Carte Menu (Pianist Saturday Evenings)
• La Mon Bistro
• Sunday Carvery
• La Mon Country Club offers luxury health & fitness facilities (free to use)
• 15m Swimming Pool, Baby Dolphin Pool, 2 Jet Pools, Sauna, Jacuzzi, Steam Room
• State of the Art Gymnasium, Tennis Court, Putting Green, Aerobics Studio, Fitness Classes
• Sports Injury Clinic, Beauty Salon, Hair Studio
• State of the Art Conference & Banqueting Suite for 1000 Delegates theatre style
• Can accommodate 600 guests for Corporate Functions & Gala Dinners
• 12 Purpose Built Conference Rooms, Syndicate Rooms and Breakout areas with natural light
- Reviews: 5137
DUNADRY HOTEL & COUNTRY CLUB: THE SHINING
If you have ever seen the movie ‘The Shining’ with Jack Nicholson, you will have seen a dark and somewhat spooky grand old hotel. The Dunadry is exactly like that, except no ghosts or axe murders. They have beautiful hardwood floors and even exposed timbers in the main reception building. It’s a nice old hotel with a bit of stress on the old part. I was given a room with large double glass doors opening into a nice courtyard. It was hot so I left these doors open all night. No problem – it was nice and quiet. The room itself was a combination of real and musty wood, brick walls and the absolute feel of the 1970’s. I even had an old radio in a wooden console by my bed. I am not complaining, it was just that I felt like I was in a time warp.
My stay was great. I was here for several days and I enjoyed great beer, service, food and even live music from someone wedding reception. The corridors are dark and muted and you do expect to see some bloody and tortured ghost when you turn a corner – but no problems. I had a good bed, large bathtub and lot s of peace and quiet. A very old and historic hotel.
A LITTLE HISTORY OF THE HOTEL:
The name ‘Dunadry’ is a derivation of the Gaelic words for ‘Middle Fort’ (Dun-Eddery). Red Branch Knights of Ulster and their celebrated hero, Conal Cernach, built 3 forts between the villages of Tara and Dunseverick. In the 1600’s gentleman by the name of Daniel Blow founded a paper mill here. In its heyday the Blow family appointed as court printers to William III and are reputed to have printed the court circulars at the time of the Battle of the Boyne (xxx). The paper mill used water from the river now known as Six Mile Water to power its activities. It was later transformed from paper to linen manufacturing the early 1800’s. By 1920 it had become its own village of more than 20 houses and its own railways station.
The original hotel owners purchased the run-down village in 1957 and the Dunadry Hotel now covers the site of the entire old village. The Mooney family purchased the hotel in 1986 and continue to operate the hotel today.
• Completely quiet, great beds, centrally located in Northern Ireland
• Indoor heated swimming pool, Gym, Leisure complex, Angling (Sixmilewater River), Gardens
• Free secure car parking
• WiFi - £3.50 (50 mins), £10.00 (24hrs)
• Room types: Single, Double, Twin, Family, King Executive Room
• Countryside and garden views available
• Bathtub / bath with shower
• LCD TV, telephone, Tea/coffee making facilities, Trouser press, Vanity area, Hairdryer, desk
• WiFi Internet access throughout the hotel (charges apply)
• All rooms are non-smoking
FOOD & DRINK
• Flax & Beetle Restaurant (In honour the Hotel’s linen heritage) – locally sourced dishes
• Copper Bar – nice (real) fireplace and some of the mill’s original features – buffet lunches
• Heated pool, Spa Pool & steam room
• Spa Beauty Salon, full treatments, Solarium
• Coffee area to relax & read
• Fully equipped gymnasium and Health bar
• Full delegate packages and equipment for up to 400 people – free Wi-Fi
- Reviews: 5137
GLASSDRUMMAN LODGE: SOMETHING SPECIAL
Glassdrumman Lodge is a special place to stay right at the foot of the Mourne Mountains. It is an old manor house that is run to perfection by Graeme and Joan Hall (mother and son) and a few friendly dogs who roam the grounds. When I first pulled up into the grounds I kept thinking ‘wow’. This kept happening. I walked into one of the main rooms and there was a real wood fire burning. They actually have one every night on chilly evening. Everything looked inviting and friendly. Graeme was a perfect host and explained everything. My room, like all the rooms, was named after one of the local mountain peaks – Ben Crom. My bed was good, my window looked out over the mountains and my bathroom was very good. Especially my nice hot bath later.
Dinner is a real treat. They even run a Cooking School here. I had a fresh scallops starter and then a massive steak. All locally sourced of course. I only had a half a bottle of superb red wine as I had work the next day. This went very nicely with locally sourced chees and biscuits. Just absolutely fantastic food and ambiance in the dining room.
I had a great night’s sleep and left on my work travels. I came back a week later and stayed a few more nights. And the rest of my bottle of wine was waiting for me! And a few Irish Whiskeys as well by the fire. They also offer Wi-Fi throughout the lodge and I even worked a full day in the main reception room one day in a nice comfy sofa.
The dining room and its superb menu is open to Non Residents for Dinner at 19:00 - 20:00 by Reservation only.
• Quiet, beautiful, classy
• Award-winning restaurant and cooking classes
• Free Wi-Fi
• Pet Friendly accommodation
• Business services
• Complimentary newspapers in lobby
• Currency exchange, dry cleaning, laundry service
• Library, bar with real fireplace, Luggage storage
- Reviews: 5137
CITY HOTEL: A VERY (GOOD) DERRY HOTEL
I booked the City Hotel because it said on their website that it is on the River Foyle, that it has a brand new gym, an indoor swimming pool and that it was a short walk to all the important sights in Londonderry (Derry). And so it was! Upon my arrival I was greeted warmly and told where to park my car (for free!). I was already loving these folks when they explained all the nice things the hotel had to offer me. I had request a room on a high floor – and my room key for the 7th floor was produced. And my room would be facing the River Foyle! Well done reception people.
I can assure you I was in a great mood when I went upstairs. Opening my room door kept the smile on my face. Nice! The bed felt great! Yes! A good bed!!! My room had a very nice leather chair and desk to sit and view the river. My bathroom was modern and I even had a small elephant made from the towels. Very nice towels. Did I mention I like their towels? OK, I am hooping and hollering at this point and shouting “get in there” at the walls. I have driven all the way across Northern Ireland and had work in the morning. I knew I had a nice bed, a nice room, a hotel bar and that I would find a nice restaurant nearby. Get in there!
I then changed clothes and made my way to the gym for a run. State of the art equipment! Get in there! Then I went for the pool for a swim in the heated indoor pool . The odd thing was they said I must have a swimming cap. OK. Not good. I was however allowed to borrow a used one. Not ideal, but Chlorine should kill and bugs. Other than that – a good soak. To top it all off, I had a nice soak in the Jacuzzi and a sweat in the steam room – because I could! Get in there! Maybe I need to change the title of this Hotel Tip!
Next it was diner and drinking, although it didn’t occur in that order. A quick pint in Coppin's Bar in the lobby and I was off and out. I had a good look at almost a dozen restaurants within 15 minutes of walking around and had a good meal along the way.
I then returned to my nice quiet room for sleep. Except there was a problem! Yes, someone had their TV turned up load. Very loud! Except I couldn’t find the room. I rang reception and they said they had no idea. Then the room began to vibrate. That’s when I asked if there was a party. Yes, there was a Wedding Reception/Party, but it was 4-5 floors below. I listened to the music until a new song started and dashed for the elevator. Guess what? Yep – it was the party music I could hear. Back up to the room and I telephoned reception. They explained it could go onto midnight. I told them I would accept 11pm as the next day was Monday and a work day for many people staying in the hotel.
Fair enough, the music went down at 11pm. I slept and went.
All in all a great stay. Just ask for a top floor room only and ask about weddings! Please note, they give discounts for booking early.
• 158 rooms
• Health & Fitness Club with indoor pool
• 5 minutes’ walk to bars, restaurants, city walls and all historical sites
• Free car parking at Hotel (limited)
• Free Wi fi internet access
• Located on the River Foyle
• 141 standard & superior bedrooms
• 5 guest suites
• 12 Penthouse, Suites & Rooms
• Free Wi-Fi
• Coffee and Tea making facilities
• TV with Freeview, hairdryer, trouser press, in-room safe, toiletries
• Work desk
• Some rooms have Air-conditioning (check with the hotel)
• All non-smoking
• Iron & Ironing Board (on request)
• Indoor pool, Jacuzzi, modern Gym/dance studio, sauna and steam room
• Business Conference facilities (up to 450 people)
FOOD & DRINK
• Thompson's Restaurant – Traditional and modern Irish Cuisine
• Coppins Bar – entertainment during weekends
• 9 meetings & events rooms for up to 450
• All rooms are air-conditioned and have natural light
• Delegate rates start at £23 per day
- Reviews: 5137
BELMORE COURT: MOTEL & HOTEL - GREAT CHOICE!
The Belmore Court and Motel is a great place to stay in Enniskillen. It’s actually 2 places in one. I booked the Belmore because I wanted to cook for myself and keep my business expenses down. In fact it was the first time I have ever seen accommodation advertised as a Motel in the UK. When I arrived I was offered an ‘upgrade’ to the Hotel part of the Belmore. I have to admit that the Hotel rooms looked so great, especially the bathrooms, that I temporarily forgot that I wanted to cook for myself. So I declined and was shown to the front building and the Motel side of the Belmore Court. The bedroom looked nice and had a comfy bed and an adjacent desk. The kitchen was small, but efficient. It had plenty of pots, pans, cutting knives, utensils and other appropriate gadgets. It also has a small stove top and over. It also had an iron and ironing board. The bathroom was modern, but plain.
I then set off to the very large grocery store nearby (open until 6pm Sundays and 24 hours most days) to collect my groceries. When I got back I found that the kitchen was sufficient to do the job. They had even left me with some washing-up liquid to clean up my dishes. The fridge was very good sized and I was able to enjoy some ice cold beer from it throughout.
I managed to have a nice sleep as it gets quiet at night in the area. The very effective black-out curtains did the job as well.
What most impresses me about the Belmore is that they followed up with me. They emailed and posted a questionnaire to me asking how they could improve and what I thought. They also let me know about the Christmas parties and meals they had. This is a very well run accommodation, offering something for everyone and serving with a smile. It’s also well located if you don’t mind a reasonable walk to all Enniskillen has to offer.
Because the Belmore is both a Motel and Hotel, I have divided the features by the separate accommodations on offer.
• Mini Kitchen (except the basic rooms)
• Full assortment of kitchen items
• Ensuite with towels and toiletries
• 32 inch TV
• 30 minutes free Wi-Fi
• Closet, iron, ironing board
• A 2-story suite for 6 people and full kitchen (telephone reservations only)
• Continental style breakfast
• Superior and Executive rooms and suites
• Very nice bathrooms
• 32 inch TV
• Free Wi-Fi
• IPod docking station clock radio
• Coffee/tea facilities
• 32 inch TV
• 30 minutes free Wi-Fi
• Closet, iron, ironing board
• Executive rooms have an ironing centre and Nespresso coffee machine
• Continental style breakfast
Belmore Court Facilities:
• Free car parking
• Business meeting facilities (up to 40 people)
• Free maps and local information (the staff are excellent!)
• Dinner packages for 4 nearby restaurants
• Free coffee in the lobby
- Reviews: 1
Linen House Hostel Belfast NI: Old,smelly,party house,rude desk chap
Desk chap was unprofessional and abusive to guests. First of all,our group was put off by the dodgy neighborhood the hostel was in.At night the street it's on is very dark,we gals did not feel safe at all after being out late.Broken glass everywhere,located next to a condemned building,very creepy indeed.Next off,our group realizes the hostel was busy,the lobby was packed with people and extremely noisey,(but the hostel manager,or at least he said he was),was very unprofessional,cursing,swearing where guests could hear it,we will not repeat what he said,but the words started with f@*k,repeatedly,we all know he was busy,but swearing in front of customers in any setting should be strictly forbidden,not professional at all!HE was was very short and gruff with us and to all the guests,just wanted to collect the money and get rid of us.Also his English was very bad,making it almost impossible to understand,heard other guests complaining the same that they could not understand him.Hostel ... desk chap was unprofessional and abusive to guests. First of all,our group was put off by the dodgy neighborhood the hostel was in.At night the street it's on is very dark,we gals did not feel safe at all after being out late.Broken glass everywhere,located next to a condemned building,very creepy indeed.Next off,our group realizes the hostel was busy,the lobby was packed with people and extremely noisey,(but the hostel manager,or at least he said he was),was very unprofessional,cursing,swearing where guests could hear it,we will not repeat what he said,but the words started with f@*k,repeatedly,we all know he was busy,but swearing in front of customers in any setting should be strictly forbidden,not professional at all!HE was was very short and gruff with us and to all the guests,just wanted to collect the money and get rid of us.Also his English was very bad,making it almost impossible to understand,heard other guests complaining the same that they could not understand him.Hostel was old,run-down,sheets didn't match,but were somewhat clean,kitchen was disgusting,we sure would not use it,the pans provided,well, we have seen better in a rubbish bin.Disgusting!But,it was cheap,we did not expect much,and that is exactly what we got,not much.We got little to no sleep at all!Party frat house atmosphere.When we went to manager to complain,we found him asleep in the lobby,very professional as well,or he was busy watching movies on his laptop to assist the guests.We will NOT return nor recommend it.
No frills, no extras,was reasonably close to city centre and shopping,was located in a bad neighborhood and on a very dark,dodgy street.We gals did not feel safe out at night! Located next door to a rather scary,condemned looking building,very dreary,depressing place.
- Reviews: 5155
Belfast International Youth Hostel
I had booked my first two nights in Belfast at Vagabonds, but coming back in the end of my trip there was no female dorm available at Vagabonds, so I booked a female dorm at Belfast International Hostel instead. I made my bookings about a month ahead.
I booked a four-bed ensuite female dorm for £15.50 (March 2011). Breakfast is not included in that price, but there is a café, open in the mornings, downstairs.
The room was clean and so was the bathroom. There were lookers under the bed (you will need your own padlock) and bedside lamps for each bed. On the wall there was four hangers, but there were no chair or table to put things on. I stayed on the third floor and traffic noise could be heard. The first night it was quite cold, but I guess that was because I didn’t turn on the heater. Someone must have done that the next night, because it was not cold.
In the bathroom there was no place to put things, not even a hanger for a towel. The shower didn’t work, so I used one down the corridor instead.
On the second floor there is supposed to be a common room with TV and a library, but my card didn’t get me access to that floor. On the first floor (ground floor) there is an area with computers and a machine where you buy time for them. There is a café open in the mornings and a kitchen to use for guests. I kept my own breakfast in the kitchen, but there was no coffee or tea available for free as there is in most hostels, so in the morning I bought a coffee at the Causeway Café when it opened. A medium Coffee Americano was £1.60.
Belfast International hostel is situated just off Shaftesbury Square and it is not far from Europa Bus Centre, so the location is convenient. But it is too big and lacks character.
- Reviews: 5155
Derry City Independent Hostel
It doesn’t take long to walk from the bus station to the hostel, but first I couldn’t find it. It turned out that the main building on Great James Street was closed for some time and only the second house on a quiet street round the corner was open. During the busy months this is where they usually have the private rooms.
I had booked a bed in a female dorm for £13 a night (March 2011). In the dorm there was one bunk bed and a single bed. As I was the first one to arrive I took the single bed by the window. There was a nice bedside table by my bed and in the room there was a lot of hangers. What I missed was a bedside lamp and lockers.
There was a clean bathroom on every floor and there was a living room with a computer to use for free and a TV and movies. Downstairs there was a big kitchen with a small garden outside. Breakfast was included in the price and the best with it was the baking machine. Coming down to the kitchen in the morning it smelled good of bread, and as I was the first one up in the morning I was the one taking the warm bread out of the machine. Besides the freshly baked bread, tea and coffee there was also cereals served for breakfast.
After checking in I got a map of Derry with some recommendations.
The hostel is taken care of very well and has a friendly atmosphere.
- Reviews: 5155
Sheep Island View Hostel, Ballintoy
I had made a reservation about a month ahead via email and had booked a dorm bed for £15 per night. When I arrived, a Tuesday in the beginning of March, I was the only guest (but they had been fully booked at the weekend). Instead of a dorm bed I got my own room with a double bed and bathroom for the same price. The only bad thing was that the pressure of the water in the shower was low.
The hostel is very clean and there is a well equipped kitchen and a common room with a TV and a fireplace. No breakfast is served, but there is instant coffee, tea and products left by others available. I had brought things from Belfast to eat for breakfast and dinner as there is no store in Ballintoy, at least not off season.
Check-in time is between 16.00 and 20.00 but if you let the staff know that you will arrive earlier they will be there and let you in. I arrived with the bus 11.20 and one minute later I was at the hostel and soon after a woman appeared from the house by the road. I checked in to my room and was soon off to visit Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.
I loved the location of the hostel in the small village of Ballintoy. It’s not far to walk to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge or down to Ballintoy Harbour. The bus running along the causeway is stopping just outside and it is easy to visit Giant’s Causeway, Bushmills or Ballycastle from here. And near the hostel there are two pubs in the village.
- Reviews: 5155
Vagabonds hostel in Belfast
When I travel in Europe I often stay at hostels and I prefer a female dorm over a mixed dorm. When I, over a month before my trip, was making reservations for accommodation, four hostels in Belfast had female dorms. Vagabond seemed to be the best one, small and cosy with good reviews.
In the dorm there were six beds (three bunk beds). Each bed had a reading lamp and a locker underneath. For the locker you will need your own lock. On the wall there were lots of mirrors. And in the room it was not too hot or not too cold. There was a bathroom half a floor down and then three bathrooms with showers on the ground floor. The bathrooms were clean and there was never a queue to use them. There is also a small living room with sofas and a TV and DVD player, and films to watch. And there is a kitchen were you can cook your own food and were breakfast is served in the morning.
Breakfast is included in the price and is served from 8am, but it was available before that both mornings I stayed at the hostel. For breakfast there is coffee or tea, cereals with milk, toast with butter and jam and juice.
The hostel is situated in an old house with creaking stairs. One night there was a lot of running up and down, otherwise it was quiet. At the hostel there was always some incense burning and I think that the strong smell can be annoying to some.
There are two computers and to use them you have to put coins in a machine.
I paid £15 per night (February 2011).
- Reviews: 5137
SLIEVE DONARD HOTEL: HOT AS HELL - AND THAT'S NOT THE SAUNA
So, expecting a wonderful review of this grand luxury hotel and its amazing £15 million refurbishment? Well either you have the wrong review, the wrong hotel or both. With that kind of money you would assume they would have invested in comfortable beds and air-conditioning. They didn’t! I couldn’t sleep due the heat in the room and the bad mattress. Even after I opened both windows to the partial extent physically allowed – I was hot. Only the mosquitoes came in, not a cool breeze. I don’t care how good your lobby, spa, bar and restaurant are – you go to a hotel (any hotel) to sleep!
Did I mention they have a great lobby, spa, bar and restaurant?
When I drove up to this imposing Victorian masterpiece I was really impressed. Outside this is a beautiful hotel. It sits right on the beach and looks right up to it’s namesake – Slieve Donard. Slieve Donard is the highest peak in Northern Ireland and the scenery is dramatic. Shame about my room.
On the plus side I would recommend spending a day here. The SPA and gym are awesome. Brand new, fully equipped and lots of creature comforts. They provide robes, great changing rooms, fantastic Jacuzzi, pool and steam room. The interior of the hotel is quite nice as well. I had breakfast here even though I was ‘room only’. They don’t do a lot of checks. The buffet is massive with everything from great tasting Irish bacon, sausages, many egg dishes and fresh fruit. The whisky with the oatmeal was my personal favourite. It certainly put a kick-start into my day.
Yes this is a great hotel by day. At night it is a different matter.
My room was more than £100 ($150+ US). It looked ok. Oldish bathroom with a big deep tub and some nice toiletries. 2 beds, mini-bar, a large closet, mirrors, TV, phone, desk, chairs and a table. Then I tried to go to sleep. The room was already hot. It was summer after all. I went to look for the thermostat. None found. I rand the desk and asked about changing the temperature. They knew I was asking for the heat to be put on. They told me to open a window. How thoughtful. I open both windows that opened on to the back of an annex. Blocking off useful things like views and wind. No air, no breeze, just sweat. And the mattress sucked. Both of them. Lumpy, uncomfortable. Terrible.
Had I known I could have booked into one of the nice B&B along the beach road just opposite the hotel. There were several. Instead I stumped up the extra money to get more comfort. Well I was short-changed.
My suggestion – find somewhere else and save the cash and have a good nights sleep. Do use the SPA. And have breakfast of course.
• Dramatic location and gardens next to the Mourne Mountains and the sea
• Great history with a small (free) museum room
• Excellent breakfast buffet
• Free newspapers in the lobby
• Excellent modern SPA and gym facilities
• A great looking bar for coffee or a nice pint of Gunniess
• Great location for a wedding reception or business meeting
Sort by: Most recent | Most helpful
Explore the World
- Comfort Inn And Suites Del Rio
- Servigroup Pueblo Benidorm
- La Neffola Residence Sorrento
- Penthouse Hotel
- Avalon Majestic Hotel
- Carlton And Grand Canal Hotel Venice
- Hotel Juan Miguel
- Kordon Otel
- Amerisuites Gwinnett Mall
- Pensione Barrett
- Sagarika Hotel
- Hotel Scandinavia
- Le Meridien San Francisco
- Golden Sun Hotel & Beach Resort