"The Europa Hotel" Europa Hotel Tip by leics
Europa Hotel, Belfast: 1 reviews and 1 photos
The Europa is a 4* hotel but it's famous because, during the Troubles, it was known as 'the most-bombed hotel in Europe'.
Between 1972 and 1994 the Europa was attacked, bombed or damaged 28 times by Provisional IRA bombs between 1972 and 1994, almost certainly because it was used as a base by journalists and media people covering the Troubles. In 1993 it was blown up and damaged so badly that it sold for a very low price and had to be closed for refurbishment.
The first manager, Harper Brown, received an MBE for keeping the hotel open. On one occasion, the IRA brought in a bomb and he carried it out. They brought it in again.....and he carried it out again. That time, the IRA gave up.
The hotel is on Great Victoria Street, opposite the wonderful Crown Liquor Saloon and next door to the Opera House. From my own observations in 2016, the Europa now provides accom for plenty of tour groups
Address: Great Victoria St, Belfast, BT2 7AP
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