Looking for Belfast Hotel Suggestion

Old Jan 29th, 2003, 06:10 AM
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Looking for Belfast Hotel Suggestion

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I am traveling to Belfast for one day this March with a few of my friends. We are all in our early-mid twenties, and would like somewhere fun to stay. Does anyone have a hotel (or area) suggestion?

If you are well versed in the area, might you also be able to tell me what you would do if you only had one day (a Friday) in Belfast?

Thanks much,

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Old Jan 30th, 2003, 01:34 PM
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Well, the Europa is the most bombed hotel in Europe! Hasn't been bombed in a long time, though. There are nicer options, but it's a good location and you can always say you stayed there. And it's right across the street from two good pubs where you can start out: the Crown and Robinson's.

The Apartment is supposed to be a good club. And you might like the Botanic. If you want live music (not traditional stuff), you could try the Limelight.

McCausland's is another option for a hotel.

There's a Jury's down the street from the Europa. There's also a new Hilton, but it's further away from the city centre area.

As for what to do in one day, I'd just spend it wandering the city. I've never done it, but some people like to take the black taxi tours of the Falls Road and other areas where you get to see the banners and such. Go into the Castlecourt shopping centre and find the back of it--there's a taxi stand out there where you can find these guys.

There's also a good tourist centre where you can find info on things to do in the city.

Take a tour of city hall--it's one of the most beautiful in Europe. Go to the Linen Hall library. There's always good exhibits on there. Try Nick's Warehouse or Deane's for lunch. The Ulster Museum is supposed to be good, but I'm not entirely sure where it is. I think in the Stranmillis area. You can also wander around Queens University and the Botanic Gardens. There are some good little bookstores and restaurants in the university area.

There's a decent Thai restaurant on the Dublin Road (Thai Village) and a good Chinese restaurant on Donegall Pass, just off the Dublin Road (Sun Kee).

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Old Jan 30th, 2003, 01:39 PM
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Try this site . www.ireland-withpatpreston.com/forum
I agree that the Hotel Europa is a good cntral choise but the Hilton on the river is walking distance from the Eropan. The Crown Liquor Saloon is a must. I tool a river boat tour and vistied historic pubs on a one day visit in 2001.
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Old Jan 31st, 2003, 06:12 AM
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If you're taking the train, the Hilton is a good choice, but it simply is not centrally located to much of anything else. McCausland's, Jurys and the Europa are much more centrally located.

Someone else may be able to provide more suggestions on other hotels. A bunch of new ones have opened recently.
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While in the Belfat area, I prefer to stay in B &Bs (Beech Hill Country House, in Newtonards, just outside Belfast, is especialy nice), but if its a hotel you're seeking out, consider Benedicts, located in the city in Shaftesbury Square. The highly reliable Rough Guide to Ireland, calls Benedicts Belfast's "funkiest hotel...and one of the city's most popular club venues."

As for things to do, do consider taking a short drive out to the wonderful Ulster Folk and Transport Museum. You'd need the better part of a day - or perhaps longer - too see everything on offer. One half of the site is an open-air village, where you'll see buildings from a bygone Belfast. The other half is an impressive collection of all things transport, trains, planes, and a DeLorean (remember Back to the Future?).

If you and your friends are more out-of--doors oriented, consider heading out to North Belfast and up to Cave Hill. From here there are terrific views of the city.

To get a first-hand sense of the Troubles and the North's cultural/political divide, consider taking a taxi from downtown Belfast to view the various Loyalist and Republican mural paintings through the Catholic and Protestant neighborhoods. This is a real eye-opener.

Best of luck.
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