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Farset International Hostel
Northern Ireland
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14 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Good value, lovely views”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2008

Hotels in Belfast have got so expensive, so it's time to consider other options. I gave Farset a go: 34 pounds for B&B compared with the cheapest hotel at 75 for the same night. I drove there from the City airport. Parking is safe, and it is very quiet - much quieter than city centre hotels, so you get a good night's sleep. The room was fine and clean, there's free wifi (and that means free, not free access to BT!), a tv and tea and coffee making facilities. 2 single beds, bath and shower. I didn't want to eat out, and there's a little kitchen with microwave downstairs - I picked up a ready meal in Sainsbury's. Continental breakfast was fine and you can pay extra for a cooked breakfast. The views are gorgeous, and I mean gorgeous: you are on a wildfowl park, with mallards and swans gliding up the reserve, and the cranes of Harland and Wolf in the background. The sun streamed in in the morning... lovely. I went for a jog through some colourful areas (!) but you do feel safe. And the only thing to remember is that the bathroom fan would wake the dead... Great value, will return.

  • Stayed May 2008, traveled on business
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2007

Stayed with a group of friends overnight on the 19th of October, 2007. It was described as a hostel, but it was much better than that. it was hotel like in it's pleasentness. Rooms were quiet and clean, with bath/shower, tv, tea/coffee facilites. Hearty breakfast, and within easy reach of Belfast City Centre. Staff are friendly and very helpful. I would definitely come back here if im staying in Belfast in the future. I recommend it.

  • Liked — Clean and cheerful for such good value.
  • Disliked — very little.
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled on business
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2007

Stayed at the Farset a couple years back for almost a month. While they call themselves a "hostel", you should know that it's much more like a budget hotel. Let me explain: there's a 24-hour reception desk (though i remember the young lad nodding off if i was coming in quite late :) ), the rooms are cleaned every day, you get fresh towels when needed (remember the environment, people), there's a tv and FULL bathroom in every room (with a bath/shower -- if you hate tiny shower stalls, you'll be ecstatic. also plenty of counter space for toiletries). There's also tea/coffee maker in each room, and the restaurant serves up a good fry. The rooms were spotless and the staff could not have been kinder. While there was no phone in my room, there's a payphone in the stairwell and the staff does take messages when you're out.

The only downside is the location, as it's not city centre. Rather, it's in West Belfast on the Springfield Road. You can walk (5 minutes, 10 at tops) down to the famous Falls Road and take all of that in, or, if you want to go directly into city centre, there's a bus stop right in front of the Farset.

Stayed March 2005
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Property: Farset International Hostel
Address: 466 Springfield Rd., Belfast BT12 7DW, Northern Ireland
Location: United Kingdom > Northern Ireland > Belfast
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Ranked #8 of 31 Specialty Lodging in Belfast
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Number of rooms: 38
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