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Tara Lodge
Ranked #1 of 43 Hotels in Belfast
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coventry
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Reviewed 22 February 2011

Having booked the Tara Lodge on the strength of the Tripadvisor reviews I am pleased to say that this hotel is a good s the rating suggests. having arrived at 8am was surprised to be able to check straight in. The hotel was spotless for the 4 days/ 3 nights we stayed there. Every member of staff were not only professional and helpful but immensely friendly as well. The breakfast was excellent, served quickly and efficiently; with the restaurant staff willing to take the time to have a chat if you desired. The lack of a restaurant or bar for an evening meal/drink or the unkempt houses around the hotel should not detract from a fantastic hotel. A great stay in a great city.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Portadown, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 February 2011

My Fiance and I stayed at the Tara Lodge in February 2011 after reading many of the good reviews the establishment received from the people posting on Trip Advisor. I have to say that we are totally surprised when the Hotel turned out to be even better than the 5* plaudits it was receiving on this forum.

Many hotels try too hard to sell themselves to the guests and only seek to alienate them in return. The Tara Lodge has got the blend of both class, service, location, cleanliness, value, and quality so right that we completely forgot that we were staying in a hotel immediately after checking in.

The hotel is situated within a ten minute walk form the city centre. There is a wealth of shops, restaurants, supermarkets, bars, cinemas, all within a stone's throw of the hotel too. We didn't have venture very far to experience everything that we wanted to see and do.

We were greeted by a very helpful and friendly member of staff at check in. It was also our anniversary and the hotel provided us with a bottle of sparkling wine with a lovely handwritten note free of charge. Such a nice touch. The hotel is also one of the few in Belfast that offers the guest the chance to park their car for free, and in a safe environment for peace of mind. This is a huge bonus.

Each and every member of staff can be proud of the level of service they give. So helpful, friendly and accommodating. The breakfast service staff in particular are fantastic. They simply could not do more to help us and more importantly, knew when to laugh and joke with us, and when to just do their job. Very well trained and well mannered.

The breakfast menu itself is different to a lot of the hotel chains. There is no buffet but fruit salad, cereal, cereal bars, toast, yogurts, and fruit juices are provided to eat at your leisure. Tea and coffee are also provided. There is a variety of different breakfast meals that you can order from the menu. We waited no more than 5 minutes for our food to be cooked and presented to us. When it was received, it was without doubt as good as any breakfast we have had in any hotel.

There is no room service option but the hotel provide take-away menus and encourage guests to order from them if they see fit. Another example of making sure the guest is looked after.

Free wi-fi is provided for all guests, as is the ability to use the hotel computer and printer. We found it handy to print off tickets. Not many hotels offer this service free of charge. The rooms have a fully functioning modern television with many freeview channels to choose from. there is also a DVD player provided for each guest in the room. Each room has an ironing board, hairdryer, and all the usual mod cons. The bed was very comfortable and it was huge! The level of sleep quality was great.

The cleaning staff must do their job very well because we did not see anything to cause alarm during our stay. The room, bathroom, halls, and restaurant were all spotless.

In summary, this is perhaps the best all round hotel that we have ever stayed in. We simply could not ask for more.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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NoraDouds, General Manager at Tara Lodge, responded to this review, 23 February 2011
I just wanted to take this opportunity thank all our reviewers of recent times for the very positive and complimentary comments that have been posted. We, the employees of Tara Lodge, are constantly delighted with the feedback we receive from our customers.

Tara Lodge was recently awarded a Tripadvisor Traveler's Choice Award for 2011 as one of the top 25 UK hotels. Thank you to all our customers who stayed with us and then reviewed their stays over the past number of years - you are the people who gave us this award and we are very pleased!

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Nora Douds
Tara Lodge
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Co Tyrone
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Reviewed 20 February 2011

This is our fourth time staying in tara lodge and we love it more each time. The reception staff are just lovely . The rooms are beautifully decorated and spotless. Yes spotless, ( and thats saying something coming from me ). The breakfast experience here is top class.Each breakfast is individually cooked and delicious. Special mention has to be given to the staff serving the breakfasts.They are so very lovely and their manners are impecable. Can not fault this place at all.

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Ft Lauderdale, FL
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Reviewed 19 February 2011

Stayed here with husband and teenage daughter. Excellent breakfast. Small but free car park in back. Great location. We really enjoyed walking around the area down towards Queens University and up to the city center. Strongly recommend a Black Cab tour too. Lots of good restaurants in the area as well.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with family
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Crossgar, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 February 2011

Stayed on Valentine's night, know Belfast very well so wasn't expecting lots of luxury, but was pleasantly surprised. Room a little small, but that's just being picky, lovely decor and was immaculate. Breakfast was lovely and freshly made, service great, the staff were lovely. Will definitely be going back.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 February 2011

Having seen this hotel on Tripadvisor, I can only say that this hotel lives up to the hype received in other reviews. The rooms are comfortable, and the free Wi Fi was a real winner. Unlike other hotels I've been to, Tara Lodge actually has the numbers of local restaurants and take aways you can call if you fancied a meal and have them deliver to the reception. The breakfast in the morning was most excellent and the staff are incredibly friendly. What more do you want?

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Wellesbourne Hastings, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 February 2011

Excellent, courteous service, porridge and "Ulster Fry" were beautifully presented and very tasty. In the evening we needed to find a table in a local restaurant (on Valentines night!) for 3 hungry business men, and the receptionist volunteered to phone around for us-nothing was too much trouble. I have stayed in city hotels for twice the price with less than half the level of service and comfort-well done Tara Lodge!

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled on business
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Property: Tara Lodge
Address: 36 Cromwell Road | Botanic Ave, Belfast BT7 1JW, Northern Ireland
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Region: United Kingdom > Northern Ireland > Belfast
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Belfast
#1 Business Hotel in Belfast
#1 Romantic Hotel in Belfast
#2 Family Hotel in Belfast
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Tara Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Let us look after you at Tara Lodge, the metro style boutique hotel located in the heart of Queens Quarter, Belfast. Enjoy a warm welcome from our friendly team, and be delighted with our stylish and luxurious hotel rooms. Close to Queens University, the Ulster museum and only two train stops from Titanic Belfast, you'll be perfectly placed in the heart of the city, to explore all that Northern Ireland has to offer. Wake up refreshed to enjoy an excellent a la carte style breakfast served in our contemporary, sun lit breakfast room by welcoming waiters. By the way the car parking is free and the high speed WiFi is unlimited. At Tara Lodge boutique hotel, we take pride in providing nothing less than gold standard customer service. Our highly engaged, long established team will offer you the warmest of welcomes on arrival and will aim to anticipate your every need. The award winning housekeeping team always deliver the highest of cleanliness throughout. Our consistent, meticulous attention to detail has ensured that our guests always want to return to our hotel. Since September 2007 Tara Lodge has been rated No.1 hotel in Belfast on Tripadvisor - testament to the excellent customer service our team delivers time and time again. With rooms you can really relax in, Tara Lodge boutique hotel is truly Belfast's hidden gem. ... more   less 
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