Detailed review by fizzytom
Gateshead, United Kingdom
We chose the Travelodge Central in Belfast for its great location - close to the bus station without being affected by noise and well located for the shopping and leisure areas of the city. It is only two minutes walk from the main bus station from where you can get buses to destinations all over the province and also close to the city bus station outside City Hall. From here you can catch buses all over the city. Visitors with their own vehicles will be pleased to learn the hotel has a secure carparking area.
The reception area is small and bleak; there are a few seats and a machine for hot and cold drinks but you wouldn't want to sit around for long.
On arrival we were checked in quickly and found the receptionist helpful and friendly although her strong accent was sometimes difficult to understand and she used local expressions which foreign visitors might not know. We arrived very early as we had got a bargain flight arriving in Belfast at 9.00 on a Sunday morning so we could not go straight to our room. The receptionist kindly offered to put our luggage in a store room and gave us a receipt for the bags.
Going back to the hotel later that morning, we were told which floor our room was on and had to find it ourselves. The corridors were also a bit dark but they were tidy and clean. We found the room easily and found it to be rather small - enough room to get around the bed on either side but not much else, it was hard to find somewhere to leave your bags without falling over them. It was warm, comfortable and very clean however. All rooms have colour televisions with terrestrial channels only. The soft furnishings were tasteful and in good condition.
The ensuite bathroom was reasonably sized and spotlessly clean. There was plenty of hot water at any time of the day or night and the towels were soft and smelt lovely and fresh.
The room was tidied daily; the bed was remade but the sheets were not changed - presumably because we were only staying two nights. The bathroom was also cleaned.
The bed was comfortable although perhaps a little short for my partner who is quite tall. We were not disturbed by any noise from the other rooms or in the corridors. However, there is a nightclub close to the rear of the hotel. Most of the time there is no noise from this - only when the doors open to let people in or out. This was not VERY loud - it might disturb very light sleepers though.
We did not eat breakfast in the hotel because we wanted to sample some of Belfasts's legendary cafes. However a cooked or continental breakfast is available from the hotel cafe/bar. The bar is also open in the evening for drinks and bar meals - guests with young children might wish to be placed away from this area as it can be noisy if there are larger groups of young people staying in the hotel (Belfast is becoming popular with British stag and hen parties).
There is little else to say about this hotel - as part of a chain it is quite bland and looks like any other mid-priced chain hotel. It is ideally located for a city break in Belfast or for business travellers. The rooms are small but adequate for fairly short stays.
Travelodge Belfast Central