My daughter and I stayed in a twin room with shared bathroom. At first glance we were disappointed with our room which seemed tiny and had a double bunk rather than 2 singles on the floor; however the bunk was rock solid, no wobbling or creaking, and we found the beds very comfortable. Room was very warm (had to open the window at times) but excellent for drying hand washing overnight!
Funny smell was new carpet and fresh paint - so this was a plus rather than minus really. Kitchen all stainless steel, immaculately clean and well equipped. Has a nice mezzanine floor with cool areas to hang out - bean bags handy to power points good for laptop, TV room and library reading room with Chesterfield sofas. Laundry - buy a token from reception for 4gbp and can do a large load wash and dry, includes detergent. Breakfast not included but prices in cafe reasonable or buy your own ingredients from nearby Tesco.
Located about 10 minutes walk from city centre, 5 minutes from Botanic Ave which is home to many funky cheap eateries. Felt very safe here, staff helpful, everything well run and clean.
If possible do the free walking tour (Sat and Sun 2 pm when we were there) - very informative and helps explain the complex and confusing sectarian divide as well as pointing out good pubs and eating places.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This hostel is the biggest in Belfast and the only one affiliated with Hostelling International. It's a short walk from both Belfast City Hall and Queen's University, and close to both the Europa Bus Station and Botanic Train Station. The hostel has a range of rooms, from group dorms to doubles, some with ensuite shower/toilet and some with shared facilities - so something to suit every budget. The hostel has free WI-FI in the common areas of the ground and first floor, free left luggage and good-value laundry facilities. The Causeway Cafe on the ground floor serves up good value grub and McCombs Coaches (based at the hostel) offers Game of Thrones and Giant's Causeway tours. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Belfast International Youth Hotel Belfast