Europa Hotel Belfast – First Class, Five Star

Penny W-TStarred Page By Penny W-T, 21st Jun 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2knalyk1/
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If you are travelling to Belfast, for whatever reason, a stay at the Europa Hotel will put the icing on your stay. A Hotel with some history over the past few decades, its opulence never fades.

Majestic Impact

The Europa Hotel is a feature of the city skyline and is prominent as you enter Belfast from the motorway. Its sky-scraper design is imposing and its majestic frontage, even on this main street, allows taxis to park at its doors. Enter its revolving doors and be greeted by the concierge who will summon a porter and relieve you of your luggage.

Enter the Foyer

The foyer is impressive – huge marble floors, pillars and sweeping steps lead you to a reception desk where you will be speedily registered, room allocated and pointed in the direction of the lifts. The first floor is restaurant and bars, the corporate entertainment suite. The second floor is the business suite, seminar rooms and conference centre, with access to a roof section that overlooks the street. From this vantage point many a TV news feature has been delivered over the past few years. The hotel itself has the slightly unnerving reputation of being the most bombed hotel in Ireland, and possibly Europe one could imagine, and once you are aware of this you are consciously observing the fabric of the place wondering how it can be repaired so well that “you can’t see the join”, not once but several times. It is a splendid building, with its tower block section housing many floors of comfortable rooms each with a view over the roof tops and spires of the city.

Leisurely breakfasts

Wander at leisure through the place, take a drink in the ground floor bar and watch a busy world rush by on the street outside. Sample the breakfasts or meals in the Brasserie restaurant on the opposite side of the foyer, where good food, well prepared, is served in pleasant ambience and with no rush or even a feeling of time.

Rest for a while

Or relax in the bar on the first floor and dine in the à la carte restaurant, a more formal atmosphere but still timeless and reflecting the quality service of the hotel.
It is a Hotel with a reputation – and this can be many things – and on which it plays. It accommodates the rich and the famous – film stars, singers, politicians from overseas, as well as the business person, holiday maker and honeymoon couples. It creates a perception of quality, but also value for money. It offers comfortable surroundings with that touch of luxurious atmosphere.

Comfort at all levels

It lacks the obvious identification of social strata amongst its guests – all are treated equally with the same courteous manner and attention to detail. As you leave the lift, on whichever floor of bedrooms, you are transported almost in time, to an era of comfortable opulence reminiscent perhaps of Victorian upper class society, or the Edwardian period where plush carpets, heavy fabric drapes and large beds were the style of the time. This era is reinforced by the occasional glimpse of a room maid along the corridor going about her work, depositing an armful of fluffy towels into a room.

Filming Venue

The hotel is also used by film makers because of its “period” impact, and once you have been a guest there and explored its nooks and crannies, it is always possible to identify its unique appearance when it pops up on TV in some feature or other, and say “oh yes, I’ve stayed there”.

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Belfast, Business Accommodation, Europahotel, Film Location, History Of Hotel, Tourism Venue

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Published articles on education themes, travel, history and writing techniques. Written a book on WW1 - Gallipoli, and travel books. Run a marketing network for small businesses.

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author avatar Eileen Ward Birch
21st Jun 2013 (#)

Isn't this the one that is the most bombed hotel in Europe

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author avatar Penny W-T
21st Jun 2013 (#)

Yes Eileen, I made that comment. But it is beautiful

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
21st Jun 2013 (#)

another wonderfully descriptive piece..thank you Penny

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author avatar Penny W-T
21st Jun 2013 (#)

Thank you CNW. Well worth a visit.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
22nd Jun 2013 (#)

thanks Penny...very helpful and and beautifully done...

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author avatar Penny W-T
22nd Jun 2013 (#)

Thank you Delicia. It is a beautiful hotel. In a beautiful city.

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author avatar spgreaney
1st Jul 2013 (#)

Never been to Belfast, but will check out this hotel if I do. Thanks for sharing your view with us.

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author avatar Penny W-T
1st Jul 2013 (#)

Thank you SPGreaney. it is well worth a visit. It is a lovely place to stay and well situated for getting around the town.

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