Tara lodge is a real gem in Belfast. Definitely deserves all the rave reviews. It looks and feels like a very well maintained, attractive business hotel. The main reason we chose it was for the free parking and walking distance to downtown (free wifi too!). But it offered more than just that. The room (#23 upstairs overlooking the parking lot) was fair sized, good lighting for reading. Bed was queen, firm and comfortable. Packets of cookies offered with the coffee making facilities were a extra nice touch. Updated bathroom with a spacious shower stall, good strong water flow, and over the sink a modern single faucet for hot/cold water – a rarity as most of the places in Ireland had separate hot/cold faucets. Everything felt brand new and clean. Breakfast was good – oatmeal with cream and sultanas super delicious, although the croissants could have been better. The location was perfect – a short easy walk to shops and restaurants. The Car park could be a bit tricky, some of the spots rather tight and not very easy to get into or out of, but manageable. If we visit Belfast again we will definitely return to this hotel.