Saturday, March 29, 2014

Review : Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast

A few weeks ago, myself and The Hubs decided to have a mini-mini break and head up to Belfast for a night.  Dinner was duly booked in Howard Street and accommodation was next to cross off the list of things to be arranged.  The lovely people at the Fitzwilliam Hotel were more than happy to help and invited us to spend the night with them.  Despite our bi-annual visits, we had never stayed at the Fitzwilliam before so this was a great opportunity.

Image supplied by The Fitzwilliam Hotel

The Fitzwilliam Hotel is on the corner of Great Victoria Street and Howard Street, just beside the Grand Opera House and mere steps away from City Hall.  You actually couldn't get a more convenient hotel if you tried.  Valet parking is available if you prebook a space (£17 per night) or there's plenty of car parks in the area.  We took the lazy option and pulled up to the front door, gave our keys to the very charming concierge and apologised in advance for the extreme grubbiness of my car.  Check-in was very speedy and within moments, we were in the lift heading for the 5th floor.
Our room was a beautiful corner deluxe with views of City Hall and Great Victoria Street.  Decorated in green and black, it was spacious and modern.  Now I'm considering a bedroom revamp at home...  
The bathroom was almost as big as the bedroom with a full bath, a large separate shower and some very covetable toiletries. Did I mention that Wifi is also free in the Fitzwilliam (unlike other hotels not a stone's throw away...)

After a blissful night's sleep, we had breakfast in the restaurant which is an airy space with lots of blonde wood and dark pink chairs & banquettes.  The very cheery and friendly staff showed us to a cosy booth for two and explained that continental breakfast was self service but the extensive cooked food menu would be cooked to order.  I started my breakfast with fruit salad drizzled with natural yoghurt and crunch dried banana chips.  Toast was delivered by our very attentive waitress - I think we got everybody's toast as you can see from the picture - on a long wooden board.  My Eggs Benedict were cooked perfectly, runny in the middle, with proper fresh ham and lots of creamy hollandaise sauce.  The coffee was also extremely good.

We had a wonderful night in Belfast and we'd like to thank Siobhan and the team at The Fitzwilliam Hotel for their hospitality.

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