Causeway Hotel Review
4/5 For Overall Value
I stayed in the hotel at the Giant’s Causeway on 10th January 2010 while I was attending a wedding at Ballintoy, further along the north Antrim coast. My wife and I stayed for one night in a double room which cost £70 and included breakfast.First, a little bit of background on the hotel from their website.The Causeway Hotel was opened in 1836 and is right beside the world famous national heritage site of ‘The Giant’s Causeway’. It’s a two star hotel and occupies a grade B listed building.It has been renovated and restored to include modern amenities in the guest rooms such as central heating, TV, en-suite bathrooms and tea/coffee making facilities while still retaining its charm and grandeur. I have been to the Causeway Hotel before, but only for lunch. I must say that the food was well above standard and very substantial.
I had steak and chips after a long walk along the coast from Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge. I was quite hungry at the time and came away feeling very satisfied.
The room we stayed in was very spacious and bright. There was both a double and a single bed, TV, bathroom, patio-area balcony and the usual tea and coffee making facilities.The décor in the room was modern and colourful. Most importantly to me, the room and en-suite bathroom were clean.The bathroom had a bath as well as a shower with the usual sink and toilet. The shower wasn’t as powerful as some hotels I’ve experienced, but it was adequate. The bathroom was clean, but there was some mould around the edges of the bath where it was sealed to the tiles.The double bed was a standard King-sized bed, but was a little uncomfortable during the night as I wasn’t used to the mattress. The room was well heated, but a little noisy during the night due to the winds which are quite gusty along the north coast of Northern Ireland.
I would rate the rooms as 4/5 for this grade of hotel.
The breakfast was excellent with plenty of choice. There was a buffet area for fruit juice, fruit, yoghurts and cereals with a good variety to choose from.A waiter then took my order for a cooked breakfast. I had a standard Ulster fry, although there were smaller fry’s available as well as a vegetarian option.
I have always had good service in the Causeway Hotel when it comes to eating and drinking. As I mentioned before, I have had an excellent lunch here and would rate the overall food a 5/5.
I found the staff at the Causeway Hotel to be very friendly and helpful. I spoke to members of the hotel staff which included the breakfast waiter, receptionist and the cleaners. All were polite and helpful and were able to deal with any questions or queries I had.
I was only there for one night and only met a small selection of staff, so I will give them 5/5 based on the people I spoke to.
The location of the hotel is superb if you are visiting the various sights and tourist attractions along the North Antrim coast.
It is directly above the Giant’s causeway and a short drive or scenic walk from other attractions such as Dunluce Castle, Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge, Ballintoy Harbour and White Park Bay beach. Note: The rope bridge is furthest away at 12 miles. The Causeway hotel is also about 60 miles from Belfast City.
I would say that staying in the Causeway Hotel represented good value for money. It is a 2 star hotel and I think it is as good as any of the 3 star Holiday Inn’s I have stayed in.
Some B&B’s around the north coast area would also charge you similar prices for 2 persons staying one night with breakfast. Overall, I would give this two star hotel 4/5.
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