I stayed at the Clarion hotel for 2 nights on a weekend deal. There were three of us with me in one room and the other two in another room. The reservation staff were very helpful in booking and accomodated all our needs.
Check-in was a breeze and the rooms were lovely, plenty of space. The views are not good and this isnt the place to stay for the the beauty of the location - it is on a busy road. However, the hotel is very comfortable and there was no noise in the room. I read other reviews talking about noise from the nightclub - I was there on a Friday and Saturday night and it was as quiet as a mouse, although the hotel was busy. The hotel is located on the edge of Carrickfergus - you can walk to the centre easily, or walk along the shore, which is lovely. You are also a very short drive into Belfast. The free parking is a bonus at the hotel too.
The room has a bathroom with bath, over-bath shower, heated towel rail etc, and the room had a TV, good selection of channels, and all the other nexessaries, including tea and coffee making facilities. There was no fridge/mini-bar which was a shame. There was a drinks machine in the corridor though. There is wi-fi in the room, but it costs £10 for 24 hours. This is not very competitive and a lot of business people use the hotel.
There is a Salon attached to the hotel (private) who provide all the usual and some treatments (massage, indian head massage etc). The rates are competitive and the service was just fantastic. Very personal and accomodated everyone's needs. I would highly recommend it.
We had a meal in the hotel on one of the nights and it was very good. The restaurant was really busy and all the food was cooked fresh to order, which meant a bit of a wait. However, I dont mind waiting for food if it is good. Breakfast was lovely, and very relaxed, as it should be. On the other night we walked 2 minutes up the road to the Indian Restaurant which was just fantastic and very reasonably priced. There are plenty of nice restaurants closeby.
This was my second time at the Clarion, the first time being there for business. I would certainly return and really enjoyed my stay. Apart from a fridge in the room and free wifi, I cant think of anything else they need to have to make the hotel better.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Belfast Loughshore Hotel is a modern comfortable 3 star plus hotel located 10 minutes from Belfast city centre and within 30 minutes of all airports & ferry terminals. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Carrickfergus Clarion
- Loughshore Hotel Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland