We stayed here on a short 2 night city break in March. The hotel is very centrally located, being a stones throw away from the historic St Ann’s Cathedral. We were easily able to walk to all the main touristy sites such as Titanic Belfast, City Hall and Crumlin Road Gaol. We took the bus from the airport and had told the driver the name of the hotel on boarding - who then very kindly called us out on reaching the St Ann’s Square bus stop. The hotel has a nice lobby and reception area, and there is also an in-house restaurant adjacent to reception – which we didn’t visit.
Our twin room was spacious, comfortable and had a pleasant décor. There was a TV in the room but no fridge or mini bar. Breakfast wasn’t included in our stay, so we opted not to pay the extra £12 to have this at the hotel.
I would also recommend the 1 day excursion to the Giant’s Causeway with Allen Tours, which can be booked via reception for the bargain price of £16! This includes the journey there via a very scenic route looking on the coast on one side, and cliffs, caves and fields on the other! The tour has a number of additional stops at a castle, the rope bridge and a brewery. Our tour kind was very knowledgably and kept us entertained throughout the journey.
The worst aspect of our room, by far, was the design of the shower, which was on the same level as the rest of the bathroom with only a partial partition. As the rate at which the water went through the plug hole in the floor was extremely slow, it was only a couple of minutes before I was standing in a puddle of soapy water. Within 10 minutes the water had penetrated the entire bathroom floor, a few more minutes with the shower on would have resulted in water seeping through the bathroom door and onto the carpet in the room.
We did complain to reception on check out and they acknowledged this was a regular problem / complaint. Overall I would recommend this hotel provided you can book it at a reasonable price.
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