Check in and out was quick and efficient if a little impersonal.
I asked for a room in a quiet location and had a room on the 3rd floor at the back of the hotel looking over Glengall Street which fitted the bill nicely. The single room consisted of a small double. The comfortable bed and relatively quiet location made for a good night's sleep.
The bathroom was small but spotlessly clean and had an excellent, roomy "rain" shower. Better lighting is needed to help in applying make-up - an extendable lit mirror would be ideal. I'm 170cm tall but had to stand on tip toes to lean over the basin to get near enough the mirror to try and apply make-up in the very dim glow cast by only one spot-light.
I needed to get some work done before meeting a friend for dinner but the room just isn't geared up to the business traveller. There was a small desk but it had a drawer underneath and the chair height didn't allow me to get comfortably seated with my legas under the table. There are two double sockets and a phone connection behind the desk/dressing table suggesting its dual purpose but no lighting! The lamps on either side of the bed are wired into the wall and couldn't be moved and the light was so dim that I could hardly see my papers at 4pm on a January evening.
Having read other reviews, I was pleasantly surprised that when I took out my iPad to watch a video, it hooked up to free wi-fi. Beware that the in room iPod docking station doesn't charge your device and the TV reception was pretty bad.
The hotel has an unrivalled location with a mutli-storey car park behind and the bus and train station below. I had a drink in the Piano Bar but didn't eat in the hotel - I stayed on a room only basis. There's a very good Cafe Nero in the Great Northern Mall beside the hotel which is great if you only want coffee and a muffin/danish for breakfast. I ate int h excellent GInger, which I can't recommend highly enough.
I'd always wanted to stay in the Europa so have no regrets opting gor it on this occasion. However, the nearby Days Hotel is £30+ cheaper with bigger rooms and excellent workspace. Whilst it doesn't have the reputation and cachet of the Europa for a functional overnight stay, its much better value for money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The world famous 4 star Europa Hotel is superbly located in the heart of Belfast City Centre, and simply epitomizes indulgence. Having undergone major refurbishment the hotel now boasts 272 exquisite bedrooms, making it one of the largest and most luxurious hotels in Northern Ireland. It is also ideally positioned in the heart of the city, next door to the famous Grand Opera House and close to the Waterfront and Odyssey concert venues. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Europa Hotel Belfast
- Belfast Europa Hotel
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