We enjoyed our two night stay in Dukes. The hotel is well located at the intersection of Botanic Avenue and University Street and thus in the centre of Queen’s Quarter, so that it is close to the main university buildings, the Botanic Garden and the Ulster Museum and just a short walk from the city centre. The immediate neighbourhood is somewhat down-at-heel in places but un-threatening and lively, even in the university vacation.
The hotel is a conversion of two/three 19c townhouses but there is no trace of the original building inside. The décor is chic-boutique, sort-of. At the weekend the ground floor nightclub offers an ‘Acoustic Evening’ which lives up to its name but the high decibels did not reach our top floor room.
Room size varies. Ours, the ‘luxury’ option, was enormous and well equipped, as was its large bathroom, although some of the equipment there didn’t function well. We overlooked the street but no noise penetrated.
Breakfast is an adequate buffet in a comfortable room, with hot food cooked to order (the options thankfully go beyond the Ulster Fry).
All the staff we met were helpful and friendly.
The hotel has no private parking but we found free on-street parking nearby. However, this may be less available in term time and the nearest secure parking is an impractical distance away. Free hi-speed WiFi is available throughout the hotel but the system requires frequent reconnection and a separate username/code for each device.
We recommend Dukes as a good alternative to Belfast's soulless hi-rise hotels, especially for tourists without cars.
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- Dukes Hotel Belfast
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