Europa Hotel Belfast

Aug 1, 2015
2015

Arrival/Check-In: My flight to Belfast landed ahead of schedule, and I arrived at the Europa Hotel Belfast for my two-night stay before normal check-in hours. I left my luggage with the helpful front desk attendant and left for an early meeting. My bags were waiting for me in my room when I returned in the afternoon.

Guest Quarters: My room was a comfortable size with all of the standard hotel room amenities. Its location at the end of a hallway made for a very quiet stay. The hotel utilizes a keycard-operated lighting system in its guestrooms; I prefer the old-fashioned method. The television was finicky — it was set to a music station, and when I switched to cable I was met with fuzz. Since my itinerary was full, I didn’t bother asking for assistance. The bed was one of the more comfortable hotel beds I’ve encountered, particularly the cozy comforter. I was also impressed by the towel selection; the oversized towels were quite soft. I had trouble locating the hair dryer at first — it was in a desk drawer. Since it was attached to the wall outlet through the desk drawer, it made drying my hair a tricky process.

Services/Amenities: When I arrived in Belfast, I realized I brought the wrong outlet adapter. I stopped by the concierge desk, and the gentleman provided me with the correct one to use for the rest of my stay. WiFi is complimentary and the password changes daily; so if your stay is longer than one day, be sure to check with the front desk for the new password.

Breakfast is my favorite part of a European hotel stay. The Europa Hotel Belfast did not disappoint. The first morning of my stay, I stopped at the property’s lobby restaurant, The Causerie, to sample a full Irish breakfast. The buffet-style arrangement featured pastries, meats, eggs, beans and fruit. A pamphlet detailing information about the local suppliers providing the ingredients sat on each table — a nice touch. On the final morning of my stay, I opted for room service instead and enjoyed a tasty meal of meats, cheeses, tea and a pastry with decadent Irish butter and jam.

The Experience: The Europa Hotel Belfast boasts a rich history. It is the second most bombed hotel in Europe. These bombings took place years ago, during the Troubles, and the hotel is entirely safe today. The property is located in the heart of the city, within walking distance of City Hall and many popular restaurants and bars. The Crown, a classic Irish pub, sits directly across the street. The Europa Hotel Belfast makes an ideal choice if you’re traveling to Belfast for business or pleasure.

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Europa Hotel Belfast

Great Victoria Street
Belfast BT2 7AP
United Kingdom
tel 44 28 9027 1066
hastingshotels.com

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