Back in March the Clevs made an impromptu visit to the Giants Causeway. Well it was impromptu for the kids and husband. I spent Friday and Saturday in the Causeway Hotel celebrating my mum and godmothers birthdays (it was the first time I had left my children for a long time but that’s a whole other post) and while it had be planned for ages things certainly didn’t turn out the way we expected (you can read about that here).
Way back in December my sister and I spotted a groupon deal for the National Trust owned Causeway Hotel. We decided to go for it and arrange a weekend away for my mother and godmother who both were turning 60 in March. I’m not going to lie, in our minds ‘national trust’ did not equal luxurious comfort, and we could only think of hostels, backpackers and bunk houses (all of which the trust also caters for, yay for the national trust), we were both pretty nervous to see what the hotel would be like. Luckily both my mum and godmother are well seasoned travellers so we knew that they wouldn’t have minded even if our break was bunk house style. Turns out we need not have worried because the hotel was FABULOUS.
photo below pinched from groupon.co.uk
The rooms were spacious, comfortable and really nicely fitted out. The usual tea and coffee making facilities, hair-dryer, tv and plenty of fluffy white towels and nice soaps in the bathroom. Katie, Jill and I wasted no time in getting freshened up and heading downstairs to dinner. As someone who ate in the restaurant there not once, but three nights in a row I feel like I am fully qualified to give a rave review. Delicious food – fresh fish, steak, burgers, all typical restaurant fare with daily seasonal specials too. The restaurant itself is nicely laid out, again I got to witness both ends of the spectrum eating there as a three on the Friday and Saturday and as a group of 7 including lots of little people on the Sunday. All of my dining experiences were top notch with excellent service, food and vino to boot. All the staff were SO friendly and went above and beyond for us. Our dinner, including wine and 4 kids meals came in at under £60, which is so so reasonable for the yummy food and good portion sizes.
Location wise you cant beat the Causeway Hotel. You are literally right on the Causeway and if you climb over the fence outside your window you can walk down the steps and bypass the visitor centre (although some packages do include free entry to the visitor centre too). The parking is ample and you are only a short drive away from the areas other attractions, many of which I already blogged about here. Check out the view from our room…
I have to say that while the value, location and rooms are excellent it is the staff that make the hotel extra special. They dealt with our medical emergency brilliantly, made me breakfast even though breakfast was over (so nice), helpfully extended our checkout and printed us directions to the hospital. When I called them back on that Sunday afternoon asking on the off chance that they could accommodate 7 of us in 1 room they could. Did you get that? THEY COULD ACCOMMODATE US – ALL OF US. Do you know what a big deal this is? take note travel lodge, Ramada, holiday inn and premier inn all located in Belfast who were less than helpful. With 5 children under 9, 2 of which sleep either with us or in a travel cot it is such a pain being told we have to have two rooms. Yes for sure with older kids then fair enough, but when they are so young it makes zero sense to me. zero. Luckily for us the guys at the Causeway Hotel could see where we were coming from and had a room with a double, single and 2 camp beds. 1 of those beds remained empty the whole night, co sleeping for the win. Sadly I have no actual photos from the hotel but here is Cora just chilling on the bed after being reunited with her mummy/milk supplier on the Sunday night.
This is not a paid for review or a compensatory post, I just wanted to share some love for this gem of a place that is crazy family friendly, exceptionally good value and a touch of luxury too. As I have said before I’m a big fan of the National Trust and the work that they do, and believe in supporting them. As I am no longer a member (made no sense seeing as we no longer live in the UK) this post is my silly way of saying a big thank you and highlighting what an awesome job they are doing and urging any of my UK readers to give the National Trust a go, be it by visiting one of their sites, staying at a hotel or becoming a member for the year. We all really enjoyed our stay at the Causeway Hotel and will definitely be visiting again.