The Crescent Townhouse was recommended to me by a colleague, and although I am usual wary of smaller hotels for business trips, preferring the anonymity and smooth service of the larger corporate ones, I was persuaded to give it a try.
I am very glad I did because this is a very well-run establishment representing excellent value - I paid £75 for a double room (for single occupancy) with breakfast - in a good part of town, very near the University and various cultural facilities.
The room (Room 101 in fact, to my amusement) was very comfortable, well appointed, and accessed through a library/lounge which was a lovely space to sit and relax. Moulton and Brown toiletries are always welcome and the facilities for the business traveller - room safe, trouser press, ironing board etc. - also good. One slight carp which is I don't expect to have to pay for WiFi nowadays but I can understand that for smaller independent hotels the costs of providing it free of charge to guests may be prohibitive - hence the charges here.
I met my colleagues from Belfast in the bar by the restaurant (the other bar is more pub-like and hence pretty busy and a little noisy) we shared an excellent bottle of Australian Pinot Grigio for a pretty reasonable £18; two of us ate dinner and with a further bottle of wine this came to under £60 for two for two courses, not bad price at all for what is good, if not especially exciting, food. Breakfast too was a high standard and one thing which stood out throughout my stay was the excellent service, staff very genuine and friendly without being overly so, quick to help with any queries and attentive at all times.
I was sufficiently impressed that knowing I would be attending a conference in the Autumn at the Arts Centre up the road, I booked at Suite and two rooms for colleagues on departure - and was pleasantly surprised to find that they had given me the Suite at the same price as a standard double as a complimentary upgrade - the sort of service which makes a hotel like this stand out.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tucked away in the heart of the bustling Queen's Quarter, the historic Crescent Townhouse Hotel and our friendly staff are ready to welcome you to Belfast where we will endeavor to make your stay as special and memorable as possible. This well-appointed boutique hotel has been carefully and thoughtfully designed to give a contemporary feel in a classic setting. It features traditionally decorated rooms with comfortable, modern amenities including a flat screen TV/DVD and free Wi-Fi. The lavish Suites are decorated in traditional Victorian style fitted with dark mahogany canopy beds, floral drapes, antique wing armchairs and a roll top bath and walk-in shower. A wide range of food is served at the hotel's restaurant, which includes specialties made with locally sourced ingredients. The breakfast, with many options to choose from, is served daily. You can choose to include the breakfast in your accommodation package or purchase it separately. Metro Bar offers a more relaxed welcome with a full bar food menu available every lunchtime and evening. The atmosphere is lively, warm and friendly and the famous Belfast banter goes on well into the night. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crescent Townhouse Belfast
- Crescent Townhouse Hotel Belfast