Radisson Blu Belfast
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Radisson Blu Belfast – Review

Last month we were invited to stay at the Radisson Blu Belfast, a 4* hotel in the heart of the Belfast city. Since moving to Northern Ireland six years ago we’ve barely explored Belfast, despite living only an hour away on the bus. We’ve been planning a family trip to the city for a while, and the Radisson Blu hotel was the perfect family friendly hotel to call home for the night. As we’ve never stayed in a hotel as a family before, the kids were equally excited and nervous about the new experience. Regular readers of my blog may remember that I wrote a 30 before 30 bucket list last year, and staying in a fancy hotel was one of the things on my list, so I couldn’t wait!

We travelled to Belfast by bus, arriving in to the city ten minutes before check in time. It took us about ten minutes to walk from the main bus station to the hotel. When arriving at the hotel on foot, you approach the hotel from the back. There is an entrance to the hotel on this side, although we didn’t notice it and walked around the building to the front entrance. When walking to and from the city centre it is more convenient to use the back entrance.

First impressions

Radisson Blu Belfast foyer

We arrived at the hotel at 3pm for check in, and found it very welcoming from the moment we arrived. The entrance foyer was spacious, with a large seating area and big leather sofas.

We were greeted by a friendly member of staff, who got us our room key, and informed us about dinner and breakfast times. She went out of her way to talk to the children, and ask us what we had planned for our night in Belfast. Before heading to our room, the kids were each given a Radisson Blu explorers pack, containing activities, crayons and a packet of sweets, which I thought was a nice touch.

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The Room

Our room was situated on the 7th floor, the top floor of the hotel. The glass lift overlooked the large water feature at the back of the hotel, which Neil described as ‘an awesome view’.

We stayed in a family room, which featured a king sized bed, a pull out bed for the kids, a desk, a storage area with a safe, and a TV with access to premium movies. The rooms all come with free wifi, which was great for us as it meant the kids could watch youtube while we were relaxing (the kids loved this!).

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There was a large bathroom with a bath and shower, a well lit mirrored area and even had under floor heating, which is the ultimate luxury to me! We were also provided with complimentary robes, towels and toiletries. The room was clean and spacious, and felt warm and inviting.

Radisson Blu Belfast Family Room

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The kids were so excited to explore the room, and spent ten minutes running around checking everything out. They were very pleased to find a kettle, along with tea bags for daddy, who can’t go a night without a cup of tea. There was also a Nespresso machine with a few different coffee pods for all of the coffee lovers (like me!) out there.

Location

The hotel offers some great views of Belfast in both directions. Our room had a view out over the city centre, with the famous Samson & Goliath cranes in the distance.

Belfast Skyline

After dumping our bags, we wanted to make the most of the afternoon and explore the city a bit. The Radisson Blu Belfast is in the perfect location to do that. Situated in the Gasworks district of the city, on the banks of the river Lagan, the hotel is in a good spot to access what Belfast has to offer.

It is about a five to ten minute walk to the heart of the city centre, meaning the hotel is in a more quiet area, which is perfect for families looking for a relaxing stay.

At the rear of the hotel there is a Belfast Bikes rental terminal, which allows you to travel around the city by bike. This would be great if you were visiting with a family of older children. You can find out more about the Belfast Bikes here.

The Food

Dinner – After a busy day shopping and exploring, we were starting to feel pretty hungry. Dinner was served between 6 and 10pm, which was great because we didn’t have to hurry back. The hotel has a restaurant, and a cafe/ bar attached, which serve food and drink all day.

We booked a table for 8pm in the restaurant. We made our way through the bar, and in to the restaurant, and were seated straight away. The bar was quite busy, full of families and groups of friends enjoying their evening. The restaurant was much quieter, which was better for us as our son Neil has ASD and doesn’t enjoy being in busy areas.

We were given our menus, along with special activity packs for the kids to keep them entertained while we waited for our food. The food on the restaurant menu looked amazing, but unfortunately we weren’t really in the mood for a large meal. After speaking to a member of staff, they were happy to let us order from the bar menu, but allowed us to stay in the restaurant where it wasn’t as busy.

My husband and I both ordered Pizza with skinny fries, Caitlin ordered mini burgers and Neil ordered a mini pizza. While we waited for our food, the kids enjoyed playing with their puzzles and colouring in.

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The atmosphere of the bar and restaurant was nice. The bar behind us was lively, but not too loud, and there was a good buzz about the place. The food arrived in about 30 minutes, and we couldn’t wait to get stuck in.

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The food was delicious, and served in rather generous helpings. It really pained me to have to leave food on my plate because it tasted so good, but I couldn’t finish it all! We were impressed with the large selection of food available, and felt the quality of the food was fantastic.

Breakfast – We headed down for breakfast at around 9am after having a bit of a lie in. Breakfast is served in a buffet style. There was a large selection, with hot food, cereal, pastries, yoghurts and more on offer, along with a range of fruit juices, smoothies, water and tea & coffee.

Radisson Blu Breakfast

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My husband had a bacon and sausage bap with a big pot of tea, and the children both had cereal with a chocolate muffin. I opted for a strawberry yoghurt and a chocolate muffin, with some fresh apple juice which was very refreshing. The breakfast was delicious, my husband has said he wants to stay at the hotel again just to eat the breakfast again!

Our Experience

After a long day out and about in the city, we found the Radisson Blu Belfast to be the perfect place to rest our legs. After our dinner, we all headed back to the room to relax and watch a movie. The family rooms come with the premium movies included, meaning we could curl up and watch Inside Out together in bed. The beds were comfortable, and we all woke up feeling refreshed in the morning.

It’s the little things, like the inclusion of the movies, and the activity packs, which really make this hotel worthy of it’s 4* rating. Honestly, we were worried about feeling out of place while we were visiting, but we couldn’t have been more wrong. While the hotel feels luxurious, it is also very welcoming, and very accommodating of families.

We enjoyed our stay so much we are planning on heading back for a night in the summer when the weather is a bit nicer.

If you are planning on staying in Belfast, either with the kids or on your won, I would urge you to consider the Radisson Blu Belfast. You can view the hotel and book a room here.

Disclaimer: We were invited to stay at the Radisson Blu Belfast on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis, however all opinions are my own.

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18 Comments

  • Reply Lindsay Newcastle Family Life March 7, 2016 at 7:30 am

    I have never stayed in a Radison blu hotel before, my brother often does and really rates them. This hotel looks lovely, really family friendly which is always nice, Your food looks delicious too. It sounds like you all had a really lovely time together xx

  • Reply Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too March 7, 2016 at 7:47 am

    I love the little extras that they provide like the activity packs for the children – really makes travelling with children easier.

  • Reply Dean of Little Steps March 7, 2016 at 10:15 am

    Love the explorer pack and the beds look enormous and inviting. Location is very important when choosing a place to stay, isn’t it. And looks like the Radisson Blue ticks the box off that too 🙂 x

  • Reply Charlotte March 7, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    looks like a great place to stay with very tasty food (we are all about the restaurants) but I don’t think I could handle a glass lift, they always make me feel ill!

  • Reply Donna March 7, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    This looks like such a lovely hotel – perfect for a family stay x

  • Reply Ana De- Jesus March 7, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    So glad it lived up to its hype and image it is very rare to find a hotel that does everything that it promises to do! I love the sound of Blu Belfast!

  • Reply Mudpie Fridays March 7, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    Sounds like you had a great time, I agree its normally the little touches which makes a place truly special, i have not heard of another hotel chain that offers movies in family rooms that such a great idea. I hope you enjoy your trip in the Summer too x

  • Reply Angela at Daysinbed March 7, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    ooh this sounds really great. From the hotel room to the food and getting to go explore. I think sometimes this is exactly what a family needs time away doing something exciting and different. Angela from Daysinbed

  • Reply Beth @ Twinderelmo March 7, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Looks lovely& I’m glad you all had a good time. I would feel the same being a bit nervous about feeling out of place but it’s nice to know that families are welcome! And that breakfast…. Mmmm mmmmm!!!!

  • Reply Miranda (Anosa) March 7, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    What an amazing opportunity and experience, I do love the Radisson Blu hotels. I stayed in one in Milton Keynes (or was it hatfield) and one in Zambia and they were equally as beautiful

  • Reply Sassy March 7, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    I’ve never been to Ireland, but it is definitely on my bucket list! Your stay with your family sounds absolutely perfect! All the little things like the films and kids package to keep them entertained before dinner arrived sound like really great touches. It sounds like lively but a family friendly hotel! Glad you had a lovely time 🙂 xxx

  • Reply Kim Carberry March 8, 2016 at 10:55 am

    What a lovely place to stay! It looks and sounds so family friendly. x

  • Reply Mummy's Blog March 8, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    My hubby works away a lot and is actually at a Raddison Blu today – I’m now majorly jealous of him after reading this, it looks lovely! I’m impressed at the little activity packs and things, I find a lot of the chains completely ignore kids and don’t really cater to them x
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  • Reply Someone's Mum (Danielle) March 8, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Looks like it was really lovely – lots of lovely personal touches. The beds look comfy and the food delicious. What more could you ask for? 🙂

  • Reply Baby Isabella March 8, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    My Grandma had an apartment just around the corner in Cathedral Quarter! Small world. It does look like a nice hotel and a good alternative (and cheaper) than The Merchant and Malmasion xx #TriedTested x

  • Reply Jo Laybourn March 8, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    So glad you had a great stay! Its certinly looks great and I agree the small things make a difference! #TriedTested

  • Reply Kate March 9, 2016 at 10:50 am

    This looks like an incredibly lovely place to stay, love the idea of an Explorer pack! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

  • Reply Colette March 10, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    We stayed there a couple of years ago for a wedding and thought it was lovely.
    Thanks for sharing your review on #TriedTested this week x

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