Found this hotel via internet search and booked two rooms at B&B rate.
We had been traveling around most of Northern Ireland - causeway area etc. and were going back to Dublin. As none of us had been to Belfast before we decided to to a short stop and see the town.
Had a hard time finding the hotel as the motoerway sign was different than the direction given. There was construction going on and so maybe it was some detour or something but hotels should keep their directions up to date.
Arrived and ther is no parking out in from of this hotel. No parking dedicated to the hotel at all. This is near a university area and in a city so parking is a premium. Being from NY we knew that they hotel must have some arrangement with a local lot. Anyway the receptionist was rude. Rude to the point that we could have been invisable. The older members of our party had to carry their luggage up the flight of stairs throught the library and down a few more steps and down a hallway. Which ironically was across from a meeting room with a wheelchair lift, that had a elevator next within the stairwell next to their room. Now, I and others who are young didn't mind the carring the luggage but to find a elevator next to the room of the people who need it was awful not to offer to let them use it.
Parking is on the street/square, metered, a pond and hour for a three hour limit starting at 8 am. The hotel should look into getting some type of parking pass or day permit for guests. the Hotel is located right off the Botanic subway line which would make it great for anyone arriving by train or from airport.
Rooms are contemprary in decor and were very clean. Decor reminded me of Ikea. Bathroom was small but utilitarian. Huge closet.
We had rooms facing the side street, which is actually a main road. The front of the hotel is on a side street of a square.
The double paned bay window our rooms had did little to keep out the street noise and they is a lively club on the opposite corner that goes until 4 am. So, expect to hear drunk co-eds yelling and screaming at each other with loud music. Other than that the room was very nice and comfortable. Breakfast was served in the adjacent restaurant. We had eaten there for dinner - 50/50 on reviews of quality of food.
Did not see any business center or fitness area. Library area seemed to have internet access as there was someone using a laptop in there upon our arrival, and tea and coffe making facilities.
We walked down to the city center and was able to take advantage of the sightseeing tours of the city.
The receptionist (same girl) did charge us separately for the breakfast, which upon checkout the on duty receptionist (guy) fixed for us and even offered to let us use the elevator to bring some of our bags down - he actually went and got them for us.
All in all for what we paid we thought the quality was good.
We didn't find the city all that tourist friendly or at least those serving the tourist to be.
This hotel would be great for a younger college to 30ish crowd that was going out to party esp. at the place accross the way. Not for families, children or Sr. Citizens. I wouln't recommend this hotel to any of my friends as I think they are not of this hotels target demographic - young and hip.
- 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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