We spend there with my boyfriend in a double room one week in the first half of the year 2014. The location of the hostel was good, it was near the centre of Belfast – a capital of Northern Ireland (310 000 inhabitants). But when you travel there by ferry you have to get to the hostel by a taxi (there is bad connection through the city transport from ferry to the centre of Belfast).
For an average price (39GBP per room and night, compared with other six hostels through UK we stayed in during our half year internship) we got a very modern furnished en-suited room furnished by basic equipment without wi-fi signal. The bathroom was also modern, but there was a problem with clogged drain of the “shower” that was only a shower and the drain in the floor, so we got the water all over the bathroom during showering that was quite unpleasant.
There was no such thing as a common living room, only some armchairs in the hall, but upstairs there were TV lounge, library, etc. The kitchen was large, but there was no freezer and it wasn’t equipped much. There was no free tea/coffee/sugar as it is usual in hostels through the rest of UK. Also the kitchen was shared by Causeway café that had some advantages (the possibility of buying breakfasts), but also disadvantages (crowded in the morning and closed in the time of lunch, because of cleaning). The wi-fi worked only in the common rooms and there was quite unusual system of getting passwords (on small papers, every password expired after 24 hours).
There was a possibility to do your laundry for 4GBP per a load.
The hostel was worth the price – average. Whole hostel was very modern, staff was present 24 hours a day, but someone was kind, someone not so much… Our final evaluation and impression of this hostel is positive.
- 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