Hastings Hotels in Ireland

by Alison Merfeld

Hastings Hotels is a branch of hotels located all throughout Northern Ireland in Belfast, Newcastle, the Antrim Coast and City of Derry. Each hotel offers individual characteristics including water views, a castle accommodation or a downtown location. Hastings Hotels provides a program called "offer of the week" consisting of specific discounts for one week only. The offers are located on the hotel's homepage.

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Belfast

Situated on 12 private acres, the smoke-free Culloden Estate and Spa provides views of the Belfast Lough. The hotel was built in 1876 and includes arched doorways and chandeliers in the lobby and dining room. The 105 rooms offer separate living and dining areas and king-sized beds. A spa with an indoor pool, hot tub and steam room add to the hotel's amenities. The hotel has been previously visited by Lionel Ritchie and former Prime Minister Tony Blair. Located in the center of Belfast, Europa Belfast includes 272 rooms with dining areas, small living areas, soundproof walls and Internet access. Rooms range from carpeted to wooden floors and wooden or fabric lined walls. Amenities include laundry services, a ballroom and two restaurants. Located on the first floor, the Piano Bar Lounge provides afternoon tea service and light snacks throughout the day, while the Causerie prepares spiced meatballs and duck spring rolls.

Newcastle

Located on six acres at the base of Mourne Mountain in Newcastle, the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa dates back to 1896. The resort's deep red and orange stone facade, chandelier lobby and open grounds create a regal setting. The 178 smoke-free rooms range from striped wallpaper walls to stark white walls with purple and green accents on the furniture. Rooms include oversize windows; six suites offer a fireplace and a separate living room. On-site amenities include 11 meeting rooms, a ballroom for up to 850 guests and three restaurants. The Percy French Inn prepares burgers, seafood chowder and vegetable lasagna, while the Lighthouse Lounge offers plain scones, croissants and espresso. The resort is less than two miles from Tollymore Forest Park and 12 miles from Down Cathedral on English Street.

Antrim Coast

Overlooking Ballygally Bay on the Antrim Coast, the Ballygally Castle dates back to 1625. The 44 guest rooms and suites are decorated with carpeted floors, pale colors on the walls and large windows with either water or garden views. Rooms provide dining areas, king-sized beds and small sitting areas. The hotel includes three meeting and conference rooms; one offers views of the Irish Sea, while the other is in the dungeon. Two restaurants are located on-site. The Garden Restaurant provides views of the grounds and is open for lunch and dinner. The River Room overlooks the bay and is only open for Sunday brunch. Nearby attractions include the Cairndhu Golf Course, two miles away.

City of Derry

Built on a marshy strip of land in 1976, the three-story Everglades Hotel provides views of Donegal and the River Foyle. The 64 guest rooms offer plasma TVs and sitting areas; suites additionally offer separate living rooms and oversize windows. Laundry facilities, dry cleaning services and a ballroom that can accommodate 400 guests add to the amenities. The on-site Satchmo’s Restaurant offers a dining room setting with white tablecloths and fresh flowers. The restaurant is open on Sundays for a buffet-style lunch. The hotel is within three miles of St. Eugene's Cathedral and two miles from the City of Derry Golf Club.

About the Author

Alison Merfeld has been a freelance writer since 2008. Her published articles can be found on various websites, covering golf, the outdoors and other topics. She is currently working on her first fiction novel. Merfeld earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Iowa.