About this listing
One of three double rooms available in a cozy, spacious, newly-renovated house beside Queen's University. Shared living room, bathroom and kitchen. 5 minute walk from bars, cafes and restaurants on Botanic Ave, and 15 minute walk from city centre.
Everyone who stays in this house feels instantly at home. It was completely refurnished in 2011 but retained its rustic character; the wooden floors, exposed brick kitchen, wood burning stove, claw foot bath tub, but still has all the modern conveniences.
Guests will have access to a shared kitchen, bathroom and living room. There will be fresh coffee every morning, and fruit/pastries/yoghurt for breakfast. The fire will be lit almost all the time in the winter, and there is a courtyard garden and a bar-b-que to avail of during the summer.
Free street parking is available right outside the house, although due to the proximity to the university this can be busy during the day during term time. Evenings and weekends are usually ok though.
I have two spare bikes (his & hers) that guests are free to use. The beautiful Lagan Towpath is just minutes away. Lights, helmets and locks are provided.
Calls from the house phone (just beside the front door) are free to local landline numbers. Guests are welcome to use this to book restaurants, taxis, etc.
Each room also has a hair drier.
Interaction with Guests
I will try to meet guests upon arrival if possible. I work at the university next door so I can escape for a few minutes if necessary. Failing that, the keys will be left nearby in a secure place. I also travel quite a lot for work so it's possible that I may not be around at all. If I am though, I am happy to answer any questions you might have about your stay. You are welcome to hang out and relax in the kitchen or living room, but I also respect guests privacy if they'd rather stay in their room.
You are not going to find a more convenient location in Belfast. Our leafy, residential street is literally next door to the historic Queen's University and the beautiful Botanic Gardens. The bars, cafes, and restaurants of Botanic Avenue are only 5 minutes away, and the city centre is a 15-20 minute walk. The street itself is often used as a location for local film and television productions, such as the TV drama The Fall, and the movie Good Vibrations.
Belfast is a very easy city to walk around. City center is only 15-20 minutes away, or £5 in a taxi. I also have two spare bikes that guests are welcome to use use. There are cycle paths into the city nearby, which also lead out into the countryside. Lock, helmets and lights also provided.
Botanic Avenue train station is a 5-10 minute walk from the house, and there multiple bus stops nearby.
Arriving from the George Best City Airport is about a £8-10 taxi journey. Or there is a bus to the city center.
From Belfast International Airport, a taxi costs about £25, or there is a bus which takes you to the Europa bus station. From here it's a 20-30 minute walk, or about £5 in a taxi. Similarly, the bus from Dublin airport will also drop you at the Europa.
Other Things to Note
The property has two double rooms available on Airbnb, each under a separate listing. So guests may need to be aware that they could be sharing with other Airbnb'ers. Or this could be beneficial to two couples or individuals travelling together that would like their own space. The other room is listed here: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/2786701
It should go without saying that guests should treat my home with respect. No excessive noise or parties. Be mindful of the other guests and neighbours. Smokers may use the courtyard garden out the back.
Ryan était très accueillant et disponible pour discuter de tout ce qu'il y avait à faire dans Belfast et aux alentours.
La chambre et la maison dans son ensemble étaient propres et chaleureuses. La cuisine est très bien équipée et nous en avons eu l'usage, Ryan nous a bien tout montré.
Beaucoup de rangements dans la chambre. Un sèche-cheveux était fourni comme prévu, ce qui est un point important vu le climat!
Le quartier de l'Université est très sympathique du côté campus et Botanic Avenue, avec la promenade le long de la rivière de l'autre côté. On atteint facilement le centre-ville à pied en 10-15 minutes.
Petit regret: une seule salle de bains avec toilettes à l'intérieur, ce qui peut poser des difficultés s'il y a beaucoup de monde, car il y a 3 chambres d'hôtes au total.
Staying at Ryan's place was awesome! His house is beautiful and the bedroom is really comfortable. Ryan was such a gracious host. He was always on hand to provide a wealth of knowledge of the area and even went out of his way to kindly drive us to Belfast Castle. If I'm ever in the area again I will look Ryan up again as we thoroughly enjoyed our stay in his wonderful house. He is a phenomenal host and made us feel incredibly welcome.
Ryan's home was in a great area, right near the university. The room was comfortable and clean. Ryan was very helpful and gave us great tips like the black cab tours. He also provided a quick morning breakfast which was great for Us budget travelers!
We stayed with Ryan for 2 nights in June, visiting Belfast from Scotland for a friend's wedding. I left the booking rather late so it was great that Ryan responded so quickly!
Ryan was not actually around the weekend we were there (which was a shame as we never got to taste his apparently famous coffee!) but the instructions for getting in to the house were clear and accurate and Ryan kept in touch with a couple of messages over the weekend.
The house is just lovely, clean and tidy with some beautiful period details. The location is great, the University Quarter has a brilliant atmosphere and an abundance of shops, cute cafes, pubs and restaurants. It's just a short walk from the City Center too.
We ate 2 days in a row at Maggie May's (less than 5 min stroll from Ryan's) after seeing a recommendation on a previous review. Wonderful place, we'd definitely go again and recommend to others.
I would most definitely contact Ryan again if we ever head back to Belfast.
Thanks for having us Ryan we had a great weekend!
Ryan was super nice and even came home early to welcome me after my flight from Australia. The house is immaculately clean and has everything you need and it's such a nice touch that he has coffee and breakfast ready for you early every morning. Also, he has thoughtful things like hair dryers and mirrors in the room. I was at a conference at nearby Queens University and it was the perfect location and I had plenty of privacy while I was staying at the house. The neighbourhood is great too, very leafy and green and lots of nice restaurants and pubs. I would recommend Ryan's to anyone.
Ryan is really a nice host!!! We enjoyed our time in Belfast very well. And also, love Ryan's kitchen very much!!!!!! The location is also great, very close to the queen's university and botanic.
Der Aufenthalt bei Ryan war echt toll! Sein Haus liegt direkt neben der Universität, wo sich viele preisgünstige Bars und Restaurants befinden. Mit dem Taxi ist man in 5 min im Zentrum. Ryan ist ein super Gastgeber. Er hat sich Zeit genommen uns bei der Reiseplanung behilflich zu sein und hat uns einiges zu Belfast und Irland erzählt. Er war immer erreichbar und hat uns das Gefühl gegeben wirklich willkommen zu sein. Morgens gab es frischen Kaffee plus Frühstück. Ich würde jedem empfehlen ein Zimmer bei Ryan zu buchen. Super Typ mit einem super Zimmer!
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About the Host, Ryan
Hi! I'm Ryan. I'm originally from a small fishing village in Northern Ireland but have been based in Belfast for most of my life (aside from a 5 year stint in Washington DC). I've travelled a lot over the years, both for work and for pleasure, and have used Airbnb in Paris, Amsterdam, London, Sydney, Washington DC. I currently work in the astrophysics department in Queen's University, but also moonlight as a truck driver on the weekends. I love live music, mountain biking and cooking. Pretty much a very easy going, down to earth kinda guy.