12 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Not for the faint of heart
"Although the hotel has free parking and is ideal for city center, the car park is across the road from the hotel so no use if you have several bags to carry. The parking outside the hotel to drop off bags was difficult as a lot of coaches parked there and people loitering outside so very unwelcoming.
The reception staff were also unwelcoming and patronizing when I asked where we could park after a long drive and trip off the ferry.
The room we were given had a disabled bathroom which meant no bath and a walk in shower , the basin was very low , we had not requested this.
We were kept awake all through the night due to local residents screaming and shouting through the night, kids screaming and dogs barking until 4.am.
There was no air conditioning in the room so was extremely hot and had to keep the window open which coupled with the noise outside made for an extremely unpleasant stay. We could still here noise even with the window shut and we were on the seventh floor!
After a long journey and being tired it is difficult to request another room at 3.am but I doubt from reading other reviews that anywhere else in the hotel would have been quieter.
On check out , again the staff were inattentive and when we asked how to validate parking we were asked if we had a voucher that we should have been given on check in, which we were not given.
I will not be staying in any more of Days Inn hotels and hopefully never returning to Belfast.
- Travel date: Tue 16th of July 2013
Will stay here again
"We took our 6year Grandson to Belfast for a couple of days Days hotel was a nice surprise it was very clean room was nice and breakfast first class the staff very helpful will stay again. "
- Travel date: Sun 10th of February 2013
We only stayed 1 night but on arrival wa...
"We only stayed 1 night but on arrival was made to feel very welcome, staff were very friendly & polite. The room was lovely & clean. The bar staff was very quick to serve you with snacks & drinks. Not far from shops & attractions.Would recommed to all ages.
Other guest here seem to enjoy the breakfast but as it was a quick visit we never had time to try. Iternet availible in reception so you can pick up e mails, taxi phone in reception very quick.
- Travel date: Tue 10th of June 2008
"My wife and I stayed here for a couple of nights in mid Janurary. We found the value and service to be ok, but had problems with the bar and the opening hours at the bar. On our 1st night I was shocked to learn that there was no residents bar!! (I have never know any other hotel to do this) and that the bar shuts at 1 o clock and even earlier on a sunday night. That night we were refused drink after 1 by both the barmaids and the nightporters and wer told that nobody gets a drink after 1am. Anyway it wasnt until the next night when we were in the bar again drinking with other residents when these lads told us that the night before (the same one we were refused drink after 1am), the manager came down and opened the bar to the early hours of the morning. They even boasted that they received some free drinks.!!
I found this disgusting and totaly unacceptable. It is highly discriminative and unprofessional. It should be ONE rule for ALL.
As we were checking out early the next day there was no manager on to even complain to, needless to say that we shall take our custom to a bussiness that treats everyone equally."
- Travel date: Wed 24th of January 2007
A very pleasant stay
"We stayed for 2 nights, saturday 20th january and sunday 21st.
Excellent proximity to Bus Station which is accessed from the International Airport by the 300 bus. This costs Â£9 each return and at peak times runs every 10 minutes.
Efficient check in and we were able to check in at 9am which was very helpful. Room was very reasonable with a very comfortable bed. Bathroom was clean with large bath towels provided. We checked out at 11am but left our bags at the hotel until 5pm.
The view was industrial with some building work occuring but no excessive or intrusive noise. However we had not anticipated a pretty view and the building site was actually quite interesting!
Buffet breakfast was good with a choice of cereals and pastries, fruit, yoghurt, fresh hot items like bacon, sausage, beans, eggs, mushrooms, soda bread etc, toast and preserves, tea, coffee, fruit juice. Tables were cleared quickly by staff and the dining area was clean and tidy. Complimentary newspapers were available. Reception also had a number of vending machines with snacks, sweets and cold drinks. There is no room service but we didn't expect or require that service.
Cleaning staff were helpful and attentive and additional tea/coffee and milk + towels were provided very quickly on Sunday morning by smiling staff.
The hotel is well situated for the City centre and it is an easy walk to City Hall and shops, The River, The Cathedral Quarter, and The Botanic Gardens and University which were lovely on a cold Sunday morning. However note that the Palm House and Tropical Ravine don't open until 1pm on Sundays. The Golden Mile and Shaftesbury Square seemed a bit run down and shabby and were a bit disappointing. The City Centre seems to come alive in the early evening.
The Crown Liquor Bar is well worth a visit for it's amazing interior and I enjoyed a large bowl of Irish Stew in Robinsons Bar, both of which are 5 minutes walk away.
There is a wall mural opposite the hotel and we did see several others when we took a bus trip to Carrickfergus Castle (Laganside bus station approx every 30 minutes, Â£4.70 return). Carrickfergus in January was a bit bleak but is probably very picturesque in Summer.
We enjoyed our trip and found Belfast fascinating with some great Victorian architecture, the hotel was good and we would return.
Jo and Terry."
- Travel date: Tue 23rd of January 2007
Good Value For Money
"Stayed here for two nights in December 2006. Good check in procedure and was allocated a good room, very clean and well presented.
Didn't eat in the hotel so can't comment.
Area is OK, however, overt shows of strength from paramilitary groups further down Sandy Row which is the road that is adjacent to the hotel, no problems though if you are heading into the city. Felt safe, even in Sandy Row."
- Travel date: Sun 24th of December 2006
Good value and location
"Arrival: Arrived late due to a delayed flight but check-in was quick and efficient.
Room: The room exceeded expectations for that price in what is a capital city centre - a travel lodge would be almost the same price with lesser facilities. Fairly spacious room, tv, tea/coffee, extra pillows, very large bathroom and shower (although no bath).
Food: Breakfast was great and the fry-up didn't taste like it had sat there for ages like most buffet breakfasts do.
Location: Found the location excellent. Easy walking distance to both the city centre and university area. The Crown Liquor Saloom and Robinsons bars are literally just round the corner and both good for a lazy Sunday lunch and afternoon relaxing. We didn't feel at all unsafe even when returning to the hotel in the early hours."
- Travel date: Mon 4th of December 2006
very average hotel
"Two of us booked a wee overnighter here.Neither of us are smokers,in fact,we positively dislike it.And now in Scotland where we come from,there is a smoking ban in ALL public places including hotel rooms.It is amazing how soon you become used to no smoking everywhere!So,we booked a twin no-smoking room a month ago.However,we were initially given R.122 - very definitely a smoking room.In the past I have had to endure a smoking room where the stale smoke permeated even the very pillows & duvet,very off putting!
However,to be fair to the hotel,after the negative response from the girl on the desk,the manager overheard us,he not only said there was a family room available on the 5th.floor but he would take us to see it first.
We decided to take it even though one of us had the large bed & the other had to make do with the pullout bed(which she said wasn't too bad.)
The other downside of this was it was an interconnecting room so the neighbours next door were quite loud.No doubt we were to them too!This was Rm.527.
I would say that this was only a very average 3*hotel,maybe even veering towards a 2+*,nothing special about it.Room was clean,as was bathroom,tv,coffee making machine etc all worked.So all well there,then. But,my goodness,what were those duvets made of?I could hardly turn over in the night,they were so heavy!!
We were Room only but found the coffee place just inside the bus station across the road make lovely breakfast hot chocolate & danish pastries.So,save on the brekkie & go there instead.Save your appetite for the cracker of a lunch nearby at the famous Crown Bar(across from Europa Hotel).
And if you fancy a trip round town to see the sights,we recommend the famous Black Taxi Tours.Our guide was John,very knowledgeable & likeable too.He took you to the places you wanted to see,not the ones the bus takes you to.Worth it!
Belfast has come a long way from the bad old days - even tho Mr.Michael Stone's unscheduled arrival at Stormont the day we were there may let you think otherwise!It's a nice walkable city,so give it a try instead of travelling south to the "other"Irish capital!
The other good thing about going to Belfast is that it's only 35 minutes from Glasgow by Easyjet!Excellent!"
- Travel date: Sun 26th of November 2006
There is much better than this for the money
"I'm not sure where other reviewers got their Â£50 a night rates from, mine was Â£75 per night and probably worth only half of that.
The location of the hotel right on Sandy Row (google it) is a poor choice. Whilst handy for the city centre and Great Victoria Street, I did not feel safe in the area at night.
There was a funny smell over the 2 days in the foyer to which didn't help things!
Breakfast was really good, however, and the staff were very friendly and helpful. The room itself was clean and comfortable and there is a good selection of films and TV channels.
The hotel's website says 3*, I would say a good, budget 2* is where this hotel is compared to say, the Ramada or the Hilton. If you have to stay here, don't pay any more than Â£38 - Â£50 a night. It really isn't worth that much more."
- Travel date: Fri 3rd of November 2006
Better than expected hotel, clean, convenient
"We stayed one night on a weekend in August 2006 and booked the place because of the review in Rough Guide. We felt pretty safe even though I had heard Sandy Row was an unappealing area. The location is fairly convenient and is within walking distance to a lot of ethnic restaurants in the area. There is also ample parking available for guests in an outside adjacent lot and I think it was free.
We were a party of three and the room was clean, neat and better than expected. The breakfast selection was only okay, not anything great. It's not a hotel with a lot of charm or character but it suits the purpose of providing a clean, comfortable place to stay."
- Travel date: Wed 25th of October 2006
Great Value for money
"My wife and I stayed at the hotel for 2 nights 13th-15th and paid Â£50 per night including breakfast which is excellent value for money. The room had tea and coffee making facilities, TV, walk in shower and was nice and clean with good views over the city. One thing you have to remember here is that Belfast is undergoing massive regeneration so don't expect views that are out of this world, yes there is wasteland and yes there is a UDA mural right next to the hotel with the odd flag here and there, so what, its all part of Belfasts history. Found the bouncers on the doors very helpful and friendly, a smile and a shake of the hand works wonders, the people of Belfast were also very friendly and warm. The bus trip around the city is a must, I didn't want to pay Â£10 each for an hour and a half trip but it was excellent, loads to see and so much history to take in. The only downside is the beer prices in the pubs, a total rip off, averaged about Â£4.40 for a pint and a half!!!, so we eventually found wetherspoons, reasonably priced and had a great meal."
- Travel date: Mon 16th of October 2006
Good value for money
"Arrived back from the Days Inn in Belfast this week. Paid Â£50 room only for room per night and thought this represented good value for money for the hotel. The hotel is in a fairly central location, within walking distance of all main sites in Belfast. However, it is on the skirts of what could be termed the "controversial" area i.e those which were often on the news. However, this was not a problem but something certain individuals might want to take into account. Rooms were big with all facilities and cleaned regularly. Bathrooms were very nice indeed and brekfast was what you expect in a chain hotel though Â£8 was a bit expensive for a fry up. All in all, so long as not paying expensive for this hotel, it was very nice indeed."
- Travel date: Tue 5th of September 2006