Derry Hotels

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One of Ireland's most ancient cities, Derry was founded in the 6th Century by Saint Columba and is situated within Northern Ireland, close to St Columba's birthplace Donegal in the Irish Republic. Interchangeably known as Londonderry, the old city is famed for its great walled defences which played such a key role in the Siege of Derry, a pivotal point in the history of Northern Ireland. A place with great appeal for visitors, Derry hotels are well equipped to meet the demand for high quality accommodation in the city.

The walled town lies on the bank of the Foyle river and over the years has expanded to encompass both sides of the river. The original city is termed Cityside, and the newer additions Riverside, and they are joined across the river by two bridges. In addition to providing an array of historic and cultural attractions, the city occupies an area with Donegal amidst what is generally regarded as the most stunning natural landscapes in all of Ireland. Valuable tourist information on all the sights and activities in the area will be available from Derry hotels.

The industrial age of the city is notable for its success in textiles, so much so that Karl Marx regarded the factory system in the city as a model example of his philosophies. Nowadays it is modern technologies which most dominate the workplace and the economy is largely based on the city's boundless tourist sights and attractions. In terms of historic attractions the original mediaeval walls are still in place and St Columb's Cathedral contains many documents and other items relating to the Siege of Derry, including portraits of King William of Orange.

The city is also home to the University of Ulster Magee Campus and has a significant student population who enjoy the thriving city nightlife. There are many pubs and clubs and regular festivals and events such as the Banks of the Foyle Carnival and festivals for music and comedy. The commercial centre for the western region of Northern Ireland, there are a great many shopping opportunities too including Austins, the world's oldest independent department store. There are Derry hotels ideally situated for all the best attractions of the city.

There are many different types of hotels to choose from. Unsurprisingly, in a city with such a long and notable history there are some great old hotels which provide an excellent way to immerse oneself in the history and culture of the place. The appeal of these traditional and historic establishments will extend to superb restaurants and often event spaces too which provide a stylish and sophisticated backdrop for weddings or meetings.

The more modern Derry hotels will often have extended facilities for corporate travellers. A range of meeting spaces will generally come as standard as will room facilities such as internet connections, work desks and direct dial telephones. Other facilities will depend on the status and size of the hotel, with larger hotels often having full conference facilities as well as features such as swimming pools and fitness centres.

Large hotels are not the only ones with some history behind them and there are many smaller independent hotels and inns which offer some contemporary hospitality in a classic setting. Some may just have a few well appointed rooms and offer traditional bed and breakfast accommodation while others will have further dining and lounge options. Derry is a city with an ever growing status as a premier visitor destination. Enjoy the best of the city and the natural splendour of the surrounds from the comfort and style of the best Derry hotels.