I stayed midweek at the Botanic Rest because I had come over for a job interview. My criteria for somewhere to stay was somewhere cheap, convenient to the city centre and, hopefully, quiet. I paid £33 for a single room which transpired to be an absolute steel. The hotel is located in the pleasant and vibrant Botanic quarter, which is students-ville and where I lived for a while whilst I was working in Belfast a couple of years back. Botanic Rest is on Cromwell Road, just off Botanic Avenue and about a 15 minute walk to the city centre. The street was surprisingly relatively quiet given the nature of the area, especially so since I had a bedroom at the front of the hotel next to Cromwell Road itself. The hotel is four converted Victorian terrace houses; its a bit old fashioned in the reception and public areas, but it seems that the bedrooms have been modernised with a Euro-Ikea type look. My room was smart enough and a bit funky, if in a budget type of way. It was also very clean with plenty of spare towels and a small but functional en-suite. Although my bedroom was meant to be a single, it actually had three single beds in it which was great for spreading my stuff around. The room had character and was infinitely more interesting and comfortable than the bland and rather sterile Ibis hotel I stayed at the following night. I didn't expect the en-suite bathroom because of the price I paid, and also didn't bargain for the cooked breakfast that was included. The hotel was run by a very friendly and efficient Dutch guy and I couldn't fault the service. Breakfast was fine and certainly good enough at the price. I slept well and there were no noisy, rowdy students waking me up in the night. I wholeheartedly recommend the Botanic Rest if you are looking for somewhere cheap, comfortable and convenient to Belfast city centre. A really excellent stay and I was delighted. I would definitely go back there again.
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