Thursday, 14 May 2015

AA+ for the Tara Lodge team!

Tara Lodge, Belfast chosen as AA Guest Accommodation of the Year NI 2015
The team at Tara Lodge, Belfast are celebrating today after being chosen as the winners of Guest Accommodation of the Year for Northern Ireland 2015 at the AAB&B Awards. The prestigious award was presented to General Manager Nora Douds and owner Conor O’Donnell at the ceremony in the Landmark Hotel in London on Tuesday 12 May 2015.

Nora Douds and Conor O’Donnell from Tara Lodge receiving the award for Guest Accommodation of the Year Northern Ireland 2015-16 from Giovanna Grossi, AA Hotel Services Group Area Manager and Simon Numphud Head of AA Hotel Services
The AA inspect and rate over 2300 guest accommodation properties throughout the country and the annual B&B awards recognises and rewards the excellent services provided by the UK’s very best B&B establishments. All the winners at the event are nominated by the team of expert AA inspectors. The AA stated ‘this award is the pinnacle of achievement for guest accommodation providers, recognising all aspects of the experience from the hospitality and service to the accommodation’.

Tara Lodge Breakfast Chef Colin Douds, owners Roisin & Conor O’Donnell with General Manager Nora Douds
Located in the Queens Quarter of Belfast, Tara Lodge is ideal for exploring the wonders that Belfast has to offer. Located close to transport links, Tara Lodge is ideal for both the leisure and business traveller. General Manager, Nora Douds has been at Tara Lodge since 1999 and her energy, persistence and resourcefulness ensure guests expectations are exceeded during their stay. The luxurious, boutique bedrooms have a wide range of extras including Nespresso coffee machines, wide screen TVs and DVD players.
Stylish Deluxe Double bedroom at Tara Lodge, Belfast
Tara Lodge are no strangers to winning awards but this recognition from the AA is of special significance with recognition on a national level. Opened by Conor O’Donnell in 1998, Tara Lodge has developed from a 19 bedroom B&B into a 34bedroom stylish, boutique style property. Managed by Nora Douds since May 2004 Tara Lodge has featured in the Top 25 UK Hotels in the Tripadvisor Travelers Choice Awards 2011, 2012 & 2013.

The Tara Lodge Team - Jurgita, Ricky, Colin Douds, Colin Bell, Tara, Diana, Edyta, Sharon, Pauline, Sinead, Audrone, Adriana, Ernesta and Nora
More recently the team at Tara Lodge have celebrated being awarded the NIHF HousekeepingTeam of the Year 2015 (Under 90 bedrooms category), having previously taken the title in 2012 & 2013. The Front of House team are anxiously awaiting the announcement of the NIHF Reception Team of the Year at the gala ball awards at La Mon Hotel on Wednesday 20 May 2015. In addition Tara Lodge is a finalist for Belfast hotel of the year at the Belfast Business Awards to be held at Belfast city hall on Wednesday 27 May and is finalist in two categories at the glittering LCN awards on Friday 5 June 2015. Indeed 2015 is shaping up to be an exciting year for the team at Tara Lodge.
Malcolm & Karen from Kingsmuir House with Roisin, Conor,Nora & Colin from Tara Lodge, Belfast

Conor O’Donnell said on receiving the award ‘I am delighted and honoured by this award from the AA, a long-time partner and supporter of our work in Tara Lodge. I am vastly proud of the work that Nora Douds, our General Manager and her team have put into the success of Tara Lodge. I am pleased that their diligence, hard work and loyalty have been recognised by the industry. We are delighted to be setting the standard for excellence among the guest accommodation providers in Belfast and the wider region of Northern Ireland.’

Tara Lodge, Belfast – stylish, luxurious, affordable accommodation with excellent service every time
You can make a reservation to experience all that Tara Lodge and the team have to offer at Alternatively contact our reservations team directly on 028 9059 0900 to get the best hotel deal for a stay in our beautiful, luxurious bedrooms. You can enjoy the excellent a la carte breakfast, free high speed WiFi and access to our car park in a fabulous location in Queens Quarter, Belfast. Check Facebook for offers and Twitter for the latest news.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Belfast in May 2015 - things are hotting up!

With the weather taking a turn for the worse, this May in Belfast is looking to be a cold month, at least to start with but with so many exciting events taking place in Belfast this year, it won’t be long until things hot up! 
We kick start the month with the Belfast Marathon on May Day when nearly 17,500 participants will take to the street of Belfast come rain, hail or shine, to complete the 26.2 mile route showcasing all the sights of this wonderful city. Make Tara Lodge your base camp with luxurious hotel bedrooms with a fabulous breakfast to fuel your race. We still have some of our luxurious 4 star Signature hotel bedrooms available for Sunday 3 and Monday 4 May.
The Tara Lodge Teams in the Belfast Marathon 2015

The Botanic Gardens, located just a couple of minutes from Tara Lodge are best showcased in May. This is the month when there are many wonderful plants in full bloom in the early summer sun. Even the rain is appreciated by the plants and the fantastic flowers still look good. Take shelter in the Palm House where you can have a look at the display of the more exotic plant varieties.
Botanical Gardens in full Bloom 
The Balmoral Show takes place on 13 – 15 May 2015 in the show grounds at the old Maze site just a few minutes’ drive from Belfast. There will be lots there to keep the whole family entertained. From the food village, the funfair, craft village, sheep shearing competitions and the vintage machinery display, there won’t be a dull moment. There are also hundreds of trade stands highlighting the best of Northern Ireland produce, products and tourist hot spots.
Balmoral Show at the Maze Showgrounds

Not to forget, its business as usual for many in May, despite the couple of bank holidays, with the Women in Business Conference 2015 taking place in Belfast on Thursday 21 May 2015. Contact us directly to get the best hotel deal for your boutique hotel room. If you attending the conference email our Front Office Manager to get 10% on our best online room rate.
Deluxe Bedroom at Tara Lodge

Last but certainly not least we look forward to welcoming the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open to Royal County Down on 28-31 May 2015 in Newcastle, just 45 minutes’ drive from Belfast. Rory McIlroy returns to his homeland and his charitable foundation The Rory Foundation is the official tournament host this year. McIlroy has been instrumental in bringing many of the biggest names in sport to the Newcastle, County Down venue, lauded as one of the best links courses in the world.
 Luxurious rooms at Tara Lodge

With so many great events taking place this month we have only a few of our fabulous boutique bedrooms available for various dates in May. We are also offering great hotel deals with packages including our Summer Escape with Shu restaurant, the ‘In the footsteps of Giants’ package with free tickets to the Giants Causeway Tour with the five star McComb’s bus company and our popular ‘My Summer Love’ romance package, sure to hot things up this May.
My Summer Love at Tara Lodge

Contact our reception team on 028 9059 0900 or by email to to enquire what we can do for you in Belfast this May 2015. Go direct and book the best hotel deal online at with rates from just £79.00 for an Annex Double room with a full, freshly cooked breakfast, high speed WiFi and access to our secure car park. We look forward to hosting you at Tara Lodge this May in Belfast.