We enjoyed our short visit to Belfast, and Dukes at Queens hotel was a good choice overall. As we were a family of three we were assigned a Deluxe room with extra bed. The room was huge for the UK. Without the extra bed there would be lots of room to move about. The room came with a large desk, desk chair for doing any work should one be on a business visit, another good sized table with two comfortable sitting chairs, and a cushioned seat at the foot of the bed. The bathroom is quite modern with huge bowl sink and rain shower. However, minor quibbles here as I always find that modern bathrooms don't work out for practical reasons, and this was also the case. The sink's faucet is on the left hand (not the middle as is typical) meaning that it's awkward and if one turns it on full blast the water splashes out of the basin. The rain shower was great, had fantastic water pressure and heat, but strangely the temp. never went totally cold so it was a choice of either hot or warm. It is also a bit unusual as there is one glass wall to the side of the shower. The back of the shower had no door or anything to protect the water from splashing onto the floor. There was a nice bathtub included should one want to soak. However, there is not much counter space; it surrounds the sink and water can wet your toiletries as mentioned above if one turns on the faucet too hard. Also there were no hooks on the door to hang one's clothes. Our bathroom door had a major problem as it did not close unless one struggled and pushed it.
The staff were very accommodating-Reine, Eveline, and Lynsie (breakfast room) in particular. There was a receptionist (Shilpi) who was not quite helpful I'm sorry to say. For example, we were first time visitors to Belfast and when we asked about directions she verbally told us where things were located but never offered us a map leaving us to ask for one. Breakfast was included in our rate, but she never told us about it (breakfast time and location) until we asked. She did not seem as polished as the other receptionists unfortunately.
As for location, the hotel is quite a long walk from the city centre. I would say it's between 30-45 minutes depending on how fast one walks, of course. The area immediately around the hotel is quieter than the centre, and as the name suggests, it's two blocks from Queen's University which is a 'must see'. Btw, Queen's University has a visitor's centre offering not only souvenirs but also tours of the university and tourist information. There are some nice cafes and restaurants within walking distance. We actually had an enjoyable Italian dinner at Villa Italia located a block away from the hotel. Beatrice Kennedy's restaurant is across the street from Villa Italia.
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- Dukes Hotel Belfast
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