A three day, two night trip to Belfast on business found me staying at the Hilton. The hotel is easy to find, and has a private (but connected to the hotel receiption via a link way on the second level) car park right next door.
On arrival, reception was quiet and I was soon on my way to my room on the 7th floor well away from the lifts as requested. My room looked out towards the east, with the river directly outside, the large yellow Harland and Wolff shipyard cranes around a mile away, and I could also see the hills in the distance.
The room was a good size with a single king bed. A comfy chair and footrest complimented the more functional work desk chair at the table. I was pleased to see plenty of electrical sockets, including (not that I needed them) European and US styles available – when travelling abroad I really appreciate this aspect of the work desks at Hilton hotels. There was also a room mini bar fridge. Confusingly this had a notice asking you not to put personal items in it, but then on two of the shelves inside there were signs saying the empty space was for your own items. I do appreciate the sensors in these fridges register if you take anything out and charge you, but the conflicting notices were somewhat confusing.
The bathroom was a decent size, but unfortunately only had a shower over the bath with a shower curtain. There was plenty of hot water with decent pressure during my stay here. Elsewhere in the bathroom there was a sink and toilet, with a decent sized and well lit accessible mirror for shaving etc. There was a tiny bit of black mold on the bath sealant and grout in my room, and the hall carpets were a little old and tired in places, but in general the upkeep and maintenance of the hotel was good.
My colleagues and I ate at the restaurant one evening, and whilst this was pleasant enough our recent experience at the Morblas seafood and grill at the Hilton in Glasgow made this a hard act to follow. We also ate breakfast here, and my special order of poached eggs on toast was quickly delivered each day. A few other items from the hot buffet bar made a very filling breakfast that set us up for the rest of the day.
We did get to experience the bar one evening, and the bar tender was excellent at mixing cocktails - some of which were new to me but my colleagues assure me they were absolutely perfect. At one point the bar tender had to go and get some fresh basil leaves from the restaurant kitchen, sometime after midnight, but this was not an issue and some strange concoction was delivered to my appreciative colleague shortly thereafter.
The only minor issue we did experience was when returning very late one morning; at around 2:30am (we had been working late, so were quite sober!). The door from the car park to the hotel lobby was locked. We did ring the hotel but there was no reply. In the end we ventured down to the ground floor where the 24 hour manned car park pay kiosk attendant let us out of the roller shuttered doors onto the road. From here we had to make our way outside to the main hotel entrance. I’m not sure who or what is being protected by shutting this door to the car park, especially as the revolving door to the hotel reception was unlocked and the front desk was unattended?
There is no swimming pool here, which was the only thing I would suggest is missing from this great hotel. Centrally placed to explore Belfast, this hotel is recommended for the business traveller or holiday visitor alike. The friendly and helpful staff here are a real asset, most appear to be locals and they made some great recommendations for dining in town on our second evening.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hilton Belfast hotel is an iconic part of he Belfast skyline situated on the banks for the River Lagan in the heart of Belfast City. Next door to the Belfast Waterfront Hall, a few minutes walk to Belfast City Hall and Victoria Square. 5 Minute walk to the SSE (formerly Odyssey) Arena and 1 mile from Titanic Belfast. WiFi is available in all rooms and is free for Hhonors members that book direct(Charges may apply to other bookings). The hotel is 100% non smoking, Executive Floor, Executive Lounge, one Restaurant, one Bar, Fitness Centre/Health Club, Business Centre, Coffee shop, 198 Guest Rooms, Accessible Rooms, nine Meeting Rooms. Check in: 3:00PM, Check out: 12:00PM. Parking available next door - car park for £18.00 per day. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Belfast Hotel Belfast
- Hilton International Belfast
- Belfast Hilton International
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