I stayed with the Europa during the week on part of a recent work trip.
I arrived feeling sore and in need of refeshment and after being told it was the most bombed hotel in the world up to 1994...I was a little nervous..understandibly :)
I checked in....quite quickly and was given a room on the 6th floor. I was quite excited when I saw the layout of the corridors, mirrors and couches, and lighting along the skirtings....really intersting. My favourite part was the room!!!!!!!! OK the view was an alluminium wall 2 feet from the window and the natural light was MINIMAL but the room itself made up for it. Digital television on a large plasma screen on the wall, nice and cool in the room, the bed is a 'heavenly' (TM) bed and it really was heavenly, it was like sleeping on a cloud with down/feather filled duvets. Beleek mugs catch your eye on the coffee table with some ginger cookies and good quaklity teas and coffee sachets, internet plug for your laptop, LED lighing on a desk and decorated very tastefully, bedside lockers inn a classic mahogany style toned down the uber modernity of it so it feels more homey.
I move to the bathroom....frosted glass door large shower tray with glass door and a rainfall shower with a fabulous decent flow of water unlike many hotels where you get a trickle. large sink area with soap, shampoo& shower gell, the usual stuff...and loads of extremely fluffy towels limestone tiles on the wall....gorgeous, I could slept in the bathroom alone! :D
A safe, ironing board and luggage stool also in the wardrobe.
I was so comfortable I awoke the next morning with my glasses on, remote control in hand..lights and TV on...comatose from the moment I lay on the bed.
Check out was very fast, upon moving to breakfast I was treated like the unibomber when I took my suitcase into the restaurant, the head waiter grabbed it from me and said 'OH NO YOU CANT TAKE THAT IN HERE, YOU CANT!', my colleagues were treated the same way. Anyway, breakfast was wonderful, perfect presentation of cut fruit, watermelon slices, cheeses and cold meats, about five fifferent cereal including a home made musili and a bottle of whiskey to dress the musili- strange idea but it was too early for booze for me. beautiful breads including a guinness bread and fresh white to toast. Hot breakfast buffet included scrambled eggs, poached eggs and fried eggs, potato farls, fried breads, bacoon, sausages, mushrooms tomatoes the works, apart from the treatment by the head water.....it was wonderful!!! In all fairness I did read the restaurant have a standing order with a window supplier due to the frequent bombings.
If you're heading out to dinner, check out the RED PANDA chinese coming out of the hotel on the right, opposite side. Service is a little slow and they mix up the orders but the food is so worth it!!! Chow Mein was to die for!!!!! Great beers etc in the famous Crown bar accross the road which it repitibly haunted by the original landlord and a prostitute who fell to her death on the stairs and broke her neck.....they do request smart casual dress.
Enjoy the Europa....I WILL be back.....and will leave my suitcase with the concierge before breakfast ;)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The world famous 4 star Europa Hotel is superbly located in the heart of Belfast City Centre, and simply epitomizes indulgence. Having undergone major refurbishment the hotel now boasts 272 exquisite bedrooms, making it one of the largest and most luxurious hotels in Northern Ireland. It is also ideally positioned in the heart of the city, next door to the famous Grand Opera House and close to the Waterfront and Odyssey concert venues. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Belfast Europa Hotel
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