George Best remains the greatest icon in British footballing history. Yet the truth of his story of success twinned with excess has always seemed as elusive...... more
George Best remains the greatest icon in British footballing history. Yet the truth of his story of success twinned with excess has always seemed as elusive as the man himself once proved to defenders the world over. From humble origins in Belfast, Best rose to become the pre-eminent talent in European football in the late 1960s, helping Manchester United to European Cup success in 1968 at the age of 22. Yet like so many touched by genius, Best was made with a self-destruct button. The outline of the story is well-known, but Lovejoy helps fill in the blanks, from the drinking and womanising back in Best's halcyon days, into the abyss of alcoholism and bankruptcy, through the three-month prison sentence to a current life of personal appearances interspersed by drunken binges. Never seeking to glorify the horrors of true alcoholism, this biography manages to perfectly capture Best's unique talent and maverick spirit and leaves one with a feeling of sadness that his unique talent went partially unfulfilled. Even then, it is clear that Best may have been the greatest footballer ever seen. So where did it all go wrong (as Best was once ironically asked by a porter who famously came across George in a hotel room with a beautiful blonde, bottles of champagne and a bed strewn with banknotes won at the local casino)? Best himself has offered no end of clues, including his frustration as an Irishman set never to play on football's world stage and the death of his mother through alcoholism. One suspects, however, he well knows that the answer lies within. --Trevor Crowe
Advantages: Good location Disadvantages: Expensive and IMHO overated
...something pretty special, such as my 6? 6? bed in Amsterdam or my 3ft deep bath in Prague, well I am sad to say that the Europa let me down on both these fronts but more about that later.
The Europa is Belfast?s largest hotel with 240 rooms and has hosted some rather famous guests including I believe Bill Clinton.
For this the Europa undoubtedly gets full marks, from what I can gather...
Advantages: Close to city centre, very affordable, spacious rooms. Disadvantages: Some minor faults in some rooms, very thin walls.
...I have stayed at Days Hotel Belfast twice with a friend totalling just over 2 weeks spent at the hotel. I find the staff happy to help, polite and friendly. I have stayed in 2 different rooms during my stays - both were very spacious, clean, comfortable, simple. The bathrooms were very large compared to some other hotels I have stayed in so I was pleasantly su...
...I stayed in the Ramada Hotel in Belfast and I must say that the experiance had its flaws and its charms. I normally stay in the Hilton or the Europa in Belfast if I ever decide to stay but because of the busy Valintines Day period I was unable to book a room in either of these hotels so I then decided to book a room with the Ramada.
The price of this hotel was reasonable, at £79 a night, I...