The Harrison is a transformed Victorian mansion, self-styled as ‘Chambers of Distinction’. It opened its doorways in January 2020 after which needed to promptly shut on account of Covid.
Now absolutely open, every of the 16 rooms has been individually designed by the inventive Irish proprietor, Melanie Harrison, who in addition to being a convivial host, has an awesome eye for design. And every room has been named after somebody who has performed an vital half in Northern Irish historical past.
The in-joke is that to actually take pleasure in The Harrison, you must maintain coming again to remain in a distinct room every time. The Irish theme runs via the lodge, with every thing sourced as regionally as attainable.
Authentic floorboards from a historic Belfast hospital make up the bed room flooring, and the thick wool carpets within the frequent areas are a Victorian copy made by the corporate that equipped carpets for the Titanic. The chunky strong gray industrial metallic Arroll radiators are an Edwardian reproduction from an old-fashioned. Believing the lodge to be a spot for relaxation and rest, there are not any televisions or radios. As a substitute, Melanie has tucked taking part in playing cards within the drawers and positioned board video games within the writing desks.
The employees are pleasant and biddable with nothing being an excessive amount of bother. Though it’s quiet, it’s a metropolis lodge and there might be a little bit visitors noise.
The Harrison goals to draw guests to Belfast who need comfy luxurious and would take pleasure in a little bit Irish historical past of their room. There may be loads to do within the metropolis and the lodge has produced a helpful information, from guided strolling excursions to the place to eat and drink. Stage actors performing regionally, visiting teachers and fogeys of college college students additionally keep, and it’s already had a couple of well-known visitors, however Melanie treats everybody the identical. Though kids will not be discouraged, the lodge most accurately fits singles and grownup couples who recognize a while for rest and peace.
Of the 16 rooms, six are Aristocrat suites. These are very massive rooms overlooking the lime bushes on the entrance. There’s a vestibule making a passageway for every of those visitor rooms. Not solely does this lower down potential noise from the hall, but it surely additionally affords a level of privateness. My room – the Hans Sloane suite – had an vintage wardrobe within the vestibule and right here on a separate classic nook cabinet lived my vintage-style kettle with china cups and saucers and tea and low.
In my room itself was an outsized king measurement mattress fitted with high-quality cotton sheets, each equipped and laundered by an area household agency. Rigorously chosen eco-friendly toiletries are by County Down-based Subject Day. The star of the present is the roll-top bathtub beneath a duplicate of the C16th portray ‘Joyful Union’ by Paolo Veronese. Subsequent to the bathtub is a velvet hearth chair and subsequent to that may be a fashionable bureau with a studying lamp and ample wall sockets for charging units. Within the window is an vintage desk with 4 matching chairs. That is the place I loved my breakfast.
The lavatory had a heated towel rail, rainfall bathe and a hairdryer is equipped.
There are smaller double rooms to the rear, a twin room and one with two bedrooms – a double and a single. It’s finest to have a look at them one after the other to resolve which is finest for you: Trollope, Van Morrison, Swift, Beckett, Heaney, Lavery, Percy French – all are very totally different and have a story to inform.
Meals and Drink
The room fee features a Continental breakfast tray delivered at a time to go well with. I had tea with two contemporary croissants, jam, orange juice and a luxurious yoghurt. Proper subsequent door to the Harrison is Clean, which serves excellent, cooked breakfasts till late morning after which turns right into a restaurant with a five-course tasting dinner for an affordable worth with non-obligatory wine flights.
There’s a small bar and lounge space downstairs, the place native artists generally show their work. Very shut by is the Barking Canine with very good meals and well-kept Guinness and lots of extra from which to decide on inside a brief strolling distance. There may be free Wi-Fi for all visitors.
How a lot?
The Aristocrat suites begin from £175 per night time for 2 together with breakfast. Bohemian rooms from £99 per night time, single with breakfast or can take two individuals if you happen to don’t thoughts a squeeze.
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What’s Close by?
Sited on Malone Street within the College district, a brief stroll from city and close to the Botanical Gardens and the Lyric Theatre, college students, teachers, and creatives all rub shoulders collectively on this leafy suburb.
Taxis are low-cost and plentiful (and you may order one within the lodge foyer).
The Harrison is effectively positioned for a metropolis go to and is inside strolling distance of many points of interest. If you would like a little bit of persona in your selection of lodge room, together with pleasant employees, this small, particular person institution will make a superb selection.