Went for a long bank holiday weekend with a group of girls.
We had two rooms, one twin, one twin+pull out bed.Lovely clean rooms, late checkout great breakfast- not greasy like some 'bargain' hotels. Good choice of cooked+ pastries for breakfast. The rest of the 'crew' actually abused the bar until the early hours on the first night.. which the staff did not seem to mind at all! There was a mixture of families and groups staying, it didnt seem to matter.
We hired a car from the airport to the hotel- as split between us it worked out cheaper than a taxi... and it was soo much more fun with an 'english' sat nav that got confused with extra 'Ireland' app on! quite possibly most memorable.. wipers.. indicators.. i think the irish wanted to run us off the road..
The hotel was right in the middle of the 'student' quarter, as the university was just up the road. not great for some, but it meant there were plenty of cheap good quality places to eat and drink! we didnt walk far. My favourite was 'Claudines'. First night cocktails and our own version of tapas.. lovely bar fabulous drinks really set the whole weekend out! Plus.. it was a staggered walk north from the hotel.. literally 2 mins up the road! (you must try a bakewell tart if you visit!) Continuing on was the most gorgeous italian restaurant.. not much from the outside.. but stunning food and decor inside. not badly priced either!
We choose to walk into the shopping centre- approx a 20 minute walk. Plenty of other eateries etc on the way- lots of fab bars from traditional irish pubs to fancy wine bars and those with the 'fish bowl' offers. Something for everyone! Great shopping. I managed to persuade one of my friends into a lovely dress (very expensive) in the dept store and its one of her current favourites I think!
The irish people were all so welcoming, friendly, full of fun- we had a great weekend. We flew with jet2 from Blackpool direct.. not the most comfortable flight (I actually thought we had hit the tarmac nose first and were about to die on landing it was so hard!) but v quick and a great cheap weekend.. we flew with handluggage only to make it all a bit simpler..
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holiday Inn Express Queens Quarter is a modern 3 star hotel nestled in the centre of the lively Queens Quarter area in Belfast. The hotel is a welcoming, contemporary and stylish hotel, with competitive rates that are the obvious choice for both the business and leisure guest. The hotel is located in the beautiful and entertaining Queens Quarter which is within 2 minutes walk of the many restaurants, bars & cafes of the popular Botanic Avenue & within walking distance of the historic Queens University. Belfast city's main shopping & business areas are all within walking distance including the fashionable Castlecourt shopping centre and Victoria Square shopping centre. Belfast has fantastic and fascinating major tourist attractions and the Holiday Inn Express Queens Quarter is situated close to many of these including Ulster Museum, The Odyssey arena, Crumlin Road Gaol, Titanic Centre & Belfasts Botanical Gardens. The Holiday Inn Express Queens Quarter offers competitive rates, Complimentary car parking, Complimentary Wi-Fi in all public areas & a traditional cooked buffet breakfast is included and served in the comfort of the Great room by our friendly staff from 7am until 10am. The hotel has 114 ensuite bedrooms which are attractively designed & offer flat Screen TVs, radio, telephone, free wifi, power shower, hairdryer and tea & coffee making facilities. There are six well equipped meeting rooms all located on the ground floor, seating up to 120 people. There is a bar & restaurant serving delicious food at great prices. Holiday Inn Express Queens Quarter benefits from excellent transport links and The Great Victoria St bus & railway station is within 5 minutes, whilst the M1 & M2 motorways are also within short proximity. The hotel is a short taxi ride from the George Best City Airport & the International Airport & Ferry Terminals. ... more less
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