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“It does what it says on the tin!”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Madison's Hotel

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Madison's Hotel
Ranked #32 of 43 Hotels in Belfast
Co. Tyrone, N. Ireland
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“It does what it says on the tin!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2008

My partner and I got this stay and concert tickets as a Christmas present. I was concerned when I read other reviews and probably wouldn't have booked it myself.

The exterior facade of the hotel is nice but there were lots of cigarette ends lying outside the front door and on the steps because I suppose guests can't be bothered to use any of the large ashtrays provided.

The reception area is small but functional and staff were friendly and efficient. Although one night was already paid for £200 was taken on the credit card because the receptionist said it's policy to take the nightly room cost (£80) plus £20 irrespective of whether it's paid for or not. That didn't bother us but it might bother some people.

The room was fairly average in size but very clean and has tea/coffee making facilities and a hairdryer. The bathroom is lovely with the usual range of products. The room is cleaned daily, with fresh towels and products replaced. Breakfast was a choice of 2 juices and 5 cereals with the main part of the meal being ordered from a menu and was of a good standard.

The hotel is very central in terms of being able to walk to shops, cinemas, theatres, etc. Although it has no car park there's plenty of parking available in side streets. If you miss the first 4 spaces on either side of the street parking is free. It's clearly a university area and there can be some high jinks at night but all in all it was pretty harmless.

The nightclub was closed for renovation when we were there so obviously there was none of the noise issues mentioned by others. I gather the hotel is often used by hen/stag groups at weekends and as we were checking out someone was phoning to book 9 single rooms which might give some weight to that theory.

All in all it was fine. It's a 3 star hotel and that is exactly what you get. If you want 5 star facilities and service then this isn't the place for you.

  • Liked — The central location.
  • Disliked — Cigarette ends lying around outside the front of the hotel.
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2008

I stayed one night at Madison's in a larger suite room.
It was clean, comfortable and stylish. All the staff were friendly and the breakfast excellent.
If you are planning a night on the town in Belfast then this hotel is perfectly situated for the walking to Belfasts most popular night spots.

  • Stayed January 2008, travelled with friends
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2007

Stayed one night at this hotel. Well placed, just outside Belfast city centre.

Good standard room but single bed meant I didn't sleep much. Also there was some noise from the nightclub or another bar which kept me awake for a short while.

I ate at the Japanese restaurant across the road, which was excellent and cheap.

Breakfast in the morning looks good although I only had cereal.

  • Stayed November 2007
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2007

I stayed in this hotel with a group of friends at the beginning of October. The hotel itself is quite grubby, and the rooms smell stale and smokey. The bathrooms were fine, actually quite nice in contrast to the room. The staff were quite rude and incompetent, asking for payment upfront for a whole room, despite the fact that my room mate had already paid her half, and then telling me to get the balance back from someone else. Totally unprofessional! Breakfast the next morning was an absolute joke. The service was terrible, it was like having breakfast in a dreary nightclub, and the milk was sour, etc......had to keep asking for basics like glasses, forks, etc.....just very very poor. I wouldn't waste your sterling on this place, pay the extra and stay somewhere nicer!

  • Disliked — Grubbiness, rudeness of staff and service at breakfast time in dreary bar
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2007

I recently stayed in Madisons from Fri-Sun & found it a great place to stay.

All the staff from the receptionist to the bar staff & breakfast staff were very friendly.

The room was gorgeous & very clean.

The breakfast menu was great - never seen such a big menu with approx. 20 different breakfasts to choose from! Ranging from a traditional fry to boiled egg & 'soliders' to fresh fruit salad & yogurt!

I would highly recommend Madisons for a place to stay!

  • Liked — Breakfast menu - was huge!!
  • Disliked — Nothing!
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2007

Can't fault the service or room, however i was stopped twice from entering the hotel and asked to coverup my tattoos. On the trird occasion I was approached at the bar and asked to cover up. As a resident I do not think this behavior in the 21st century is acceptable and is some what threatening, I had to explain and show my room key before being allowed to remain in the bar area. The manger was very apologetic however the hotel policy is hypocritical as there was a non-resident sitting beside me who had to keep his jacket on, in the middle of June, as he also had tattoos. I wonder if David Beckham or Robbie Williams were to drop by what the hotels policy would be.

Stayed June 2007
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Property: Madison's Hotel
Address: 59 - 63 Botanic Avenue, Belfast BT7 1JL, Northern Ireland
Region: United Kingdom > Northern Ireland > Belfast
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#20 Business Hotel in Belfast
#23 Romantic Hotel in Belfast
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Madison's Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Madison's Hotel is located at the heart of Belfast's Boulevard society in the beautifully tree lined Queen's Quarter, only ten minutes walk from the city centre. An elegant boutique hotel offering 35 ensuite rooms that have recently been refurbished, a 70 seat restaurant, popular Cafe bar and nightclub. ... more   less 
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