I admit that Derry's winding streets and 'wait and see who goes first' city gates are a little bit of a shock for the Australian driver, but the Maldron is easy to turn into, just by the gate on Butcher street. The carpark is surprisingly roomy- the website claims parking is limited, but I had no trouble- even when taking my car out to drive to Sinn Fein's offices, and then returning. On the final day's departure there was a work truck blocking the exit, but with typical Derry charm the driver was happy to move it so I could steer the 'tour-mobile' (eg. Mercedes I'm terrified to scratch) out of the parking lot.
The first night was a bit iffy. Exhausted from driving, I ended up in a room facing the road and felt somewhat like I was camping ON the road, given the noise. The next morning (bleary eyed) I wandered to reception- who were impossibly fantastic at addressing my lack of sleep. The lovely girl there instantly switched the room to one at the back of the hotel- and at this point, let me suggest that if you go to Derry, stay in the Maldron, and ask, beg or plead for a room on the forth floor, back of the hotel. It was fantastic. Not only was the room of a beautiful size, but the view over the Bogside was amazing. To sit on the windowsill and look down, easily able to identify the stunning Bogside murals and Free Derry Corner, even at midnight, was surreal and stunning for the passionate historian.
A couple of visits to the lyric bar beside the hotel proved to be worthwhile- a cheery bar staff, quick, reasonably priced food nice quality made things easy, and the hotel was happily central that anywhere in the city walls was a quick and easy stroll.
Would most certainly stay again!
Note: If you do happen to wander to Derry and find yourself at the Maldron- wander down the side street along the city wall until you find Checkpoint Charlies. This fantastic little shop sells a collection of Derry paraphernalia, mostly relating to the Bogside. The lady who runs it was a delight and it is a bit of a must for anyone with an interest in Derry's history.