Last Friday I paired a shirt with a V-neck pullover, slipped on my going out brogues & donned my most grown up coat. Why the snazzy threads? I had a date in the big smoke, that’s why
(I also had trousers on, just to clarify)
A few weeks ago I snagged a Christmas deal on a room at Belfast’s newest 4 star hotel, The Grand Central. So the bride & I shipped the dementors off to my Mums and were hitting the town for a mini staycation!
Grand Central Hotel Belfast - £150
Standard room rate including
Cost of room .......... £46! Cheaper than a flea ridden B&B, I would imagine. Now thats what a Black Friday bargain looks like.
The Grand Central Hotel is on Bedford Street behind the City Hall. It’s a former office building that was completely renovated by the Hastings Hotel company
Checking in just after 4 we made a whistle stop visit to our room to dump our bags, well her bags & my one pair of clean undercrackers. Our accommodation on the 8th floor was a standard room but as it turned out to be equipped for disabled guests it was quite large, with a wet room, full bath and seating area that would comfortably accommodate five.
This also meant the wet room throne was slightly higher off the ground, or seemed to be, which I found particularly comfy!
It wasn’t long before we took our cocktail vouchers to the 1st floor Seahorse Lounge. A swish yet unpretentious bar for a few grown up drinks.
A Negroni, Bramble & two house cocktails laters and it was time to explore the City.
The Crown Bar, Dinner and the Christmas Market eventually lead us to another popular pub
Fast forward to the wee small hours & we were being ushered out of the disco having owned that dance floor & shut that place down. Actually we left shortly after 9, on request of staff. Apparently yawning is infectious & we were bringing the vibe down.
A short yet festive walk through the city brought us back to the hotel where we capped off the evening with some complimentary water and seemingly endless size related compliments in bed.
Typically these kind words weren’t directed at me but the gigantic mattress, which while comfortable made it nigh on impossible to ‘accidentally’ rub up against the wife & feign innocence
After a very comfortable nights sleep we took breakfast in the Seahorse Restaurant availing of a Buffett continental breakfast and traditional fry, made up of locally sourced products.
Our stay at the Grand Central hotel was booked directly through their website & was paid for by my folks
They actually gave me a voucher for a tailors shop last Christmas but I hadn’t bothered to use it yet, I was waiting until I reached my optimum waistline, so obviously they got fed up & bought it back off me!
No payment was received for this article, which Is good as they probably wouldn’t have thought they got their money’s worth
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