My Wife, my two toddlers and I stayed here for 4 nights as we were attending a wedding locally. We had a family room on the 1st floor, which was convenient for the more formal dinning restaurant (where breakfast is served) which is also also on the first floor. The continental breakfast is pretty good value with plenty for kids. The evening options are the 1st floor restaurant which at the time of writing was a mixture of curry and English options and the ground floor bar area serving more pubby food. The restaurant does not open until 7 and so kids dinning is in the bar, which has 3-4 options for kids. Coming from London we thought that the food and the drink were pretty reasonably priced although there is not a great deal of choce (they have two red and two whites by the glass). We had breakfast and our evening meal in the hotel each night, and the food was ok (nothing to complain about but nothing to write home about either. There are not many other options in the immediate vicinity apart from the Lock Keeper's Inn which has good brunch and sandwich options and is also on the canal walk to the City Centre.
Room itself was a decent size (room for a double, a single and a travel cot), clean and had a good shower. We also used the pool a couple of times which was great. Hotel is part of a large chain and is smart, modern and functional in style and so of course lacks the charm of a more boutique establishment.
Staff were generally pretty friendly and helpful. Jamal who managed the dinning room on a couple of occasions was particularly helpful, although some of his staff were a little less proactive. We also had a large group us in the bar on one of the evenings ordering drinks and food and the staff (of which only a few were on) were really helpful and gave excellent service.
Overall it is a good place to have a short stay with a young family.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated amidst the picturesque Lagan Valley Regional Park, the 4* Plaza Hotel Belfast Shaw's Bridge is your perfect choice for rest and relaxation. Just 10 minutes' drive from Belfast City Centre, the hotel boasts 120 luxurious bedrooms, The Green Room Restaurant and The River Bar onsite, free Wi-Fi and complimentary car parking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ramada Plaza, Belfast Hotel Belfast
- Ramada Belfast
- Belfast Ramada