This is a little review of the Hampton by Hilton Belfast City Centre, where I stayed for a couple of nights for work at the start of September 2019.
I’d flown into Belfast City airport (BHD) and caught bus 600 into the city centre, which dropped me off at the Europa Bus Centre, a journey costing the total of £2.60 (though I felt sorry for the driver who had to arrange a lot of large suitcases from students starting to arrive for the start of the new University year at Queen’s University), and handily on the same block as the Hampton and indeed the massive Europa Hotel itself.
The reception desks are straight in front of the door, and lead onto the bar and breakfast area.
Check-in was easy, and the pre-payment arranged by the travel agent was on file, which doesn’t always happen. I had a room on the fifth floor out of eight. As an aside, why does the sign in the lift (elevator) correctly refer to ‘G’ for ground floor, but the button is marked ‘0’?
When I got to the room it was almost entirely made of bed. For some reason they appear to have been expecting me to arrive en-masse and the sofa-bed was also made up. I momentarily worried that a colleague from work had been booked into the same room too. I could, and perhaps should, have called reception to ask them to stow the bed, but I wanted to get a couple of things done before heading out for dinner, so I didn’t bother (and so no fault lies with Hampton, though I was surprised to still see it there when I got back on the second day, but by that point it was too late to say anything — he said, Britishly).
There was a large TV in the room which I could see well whilst lying on the bed, but as it was mounted on a narrow shelf could only be swivelled a small amount and so didn’t have a great angle to see from the desk. It was the usual (for the UK) Freeview channels. There were double sockets with a USB outlet either side of the bed, which is good news.
As a minor issue, there was some tape that was flaking in one corner of the room.
The same door covers the bathroom and wardrobe in an interesting space-saving arrangement — if the door is closed to the bathroom then the wardrobe is open, and vice versa. The shower is easy to operate, not something you can always say, especially in cases when hot water takes a little while to reach the shower head. Toiletries are large pump-bottles mounted on the wall, but there was shampoo, shower gel and conditioner, plus a hand-wash next to the sink, all of which were full, and all of the pumps were working!
I slept well overnight, and headed down to the buffet breakfast in the morning. There is the choice of a cooked breakfast (bacon, sausage, scrambled egg, baked beans, small potato bites, etc), toast, pastries, cereals, and a new one on me, DIY waffles, along with tea, coffee and fruit juices. It was a reasonable way to set me up for the day, and after that I checked out and headed on home.
I’d be perfectly happy to stay there again, plus it means earning HHonors points if that’s your thing.