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Historical Traveler Reviews Staycity Serviced Apartments Christchurch Dublin
Bit of a walk but clean with good service
We stayed at the Christchurch Hall apartments as we wanted the flexibility of self catering and wanted to be in the centre of the action as two couples in our twenties. The lobby area is very nice and the staff were very helpful, but while the room was clean we found the decor tired and the carpets a bit lumpy and stained in places. We also found the location was further away than we would have liked, with a 10-15 minute walk into temple bar and many main/busy roads to cross.
However, there was a good bar across the road called The Pale and plenty of shops and restaurants a 5 minute walk away. This included the Copper Alley Bistro, which served very good food at a reasonable price and we then went downstairs to a fabulous bar which has karaoke on a Friday night. Our best meal of the weekend was at the Noble House a chinese very close to the apartments, we had the two course early bird for 15euros and it was fantastic. We would recommend the Viking Tours for some laughs and a very good chip shop 5 min walk called Burdocks for a cheap meal after a night out!
Good Value, Great Location
I was somewhat concerned by the mixed reviews that were posted here. However, after spending 4 days at the apartments I can understand why the accommodations may not please all but for myself my wife and 3 children it was perfect. There was enough space for all of us and having the kitchen and a grocery a few steps away was just what we were looking for. The accommodation was simple but adequate. There was plenty of hot water (contrary to what others stated). We had a washer/dryer and dishwasher as well. The apartment also had a balcony off the living/dining rooms and a small balcony off one of the bedrooms. It seems that the place was renovated in perhaps the mid 90's so the furniture and carpets are at this point a bit threadbare, but, still serviceable. For a family of 5 this is definitely the way to go particularly because of the convenience of having a full kitchen not to mention the comparing the cost to taking both double and a triple hotel room.
The location was great, we could walk to everything. All in all we will most likely return to Christchurch Hall the next time we are in Dublin.
Good for groups
was spacious, clean & good amenities. Perfect for 4 people ample space in rooms & lounge. kitchen small but adequate. not in the midst of dublin but walkable distance to everything.
Christchurch Hall Apartments
Just returned from trip to Dublin to celebrate my son's 21st birthday. Got flights from Bournemouth with Ryanair for cheaper than the price of a coffee and a good deal on our accommodation.
I rang ahead to check that everything was ok with the apartments where the receptionist told me 'they were good enough'. I thought she must have meant ok, but on reflection she probably did mean 'good enough'. It was adequate but there were no extras. The main bedroom was good with a dressing table with mirror and wardrobe with mirror, however the second bedroom had no mirrors at all. There was only one bathroom, which caused problems at times with five of us staying especially as the hot water came from the tank, rather than a heater. None of us dared have a bath for fear of using up the hot water!
The bed settee in the living room was easy to use and fairly comfortable, although the rest of the room was very basic. It would have been good if there had been a cassette/cd radio.
The kitchen was adequate, but not very well equipped at all. We only had two cups and three glasses, although to be fair to the staff when we asked they did let us have some extras. There was no welcome pack although there was a Londis supermarket not that far away. However some washing up liquid, dish cloth and more than one tea towel would have been useful. Coffee, tea, sugar and milk would have been superb especially as we arrived late on our first night and there was no means of getting a hot drink within the block as there are no main reception rooms (not even any public loos).
All of the door handles and locks could have done with being tightened up, but none of us had thought to bring a screwdriver!
The apartments were a little out of town, but well placed for Christchurch, Guinness Storehouse (well worth a visit), St Patricks Cathedral (the gardens looked a picture with spring bulbs etc) and The Viking Tour (which we all thoroughly enjoyed).
We ate out in Temple Bar and can recommend Gallaghers Boxty House in particular, although The Castle just down the road was really good too.
We found that four days was plenty long enough 'to do' Dublin as it is a pretty small city and can be all done on foot.
Convenient and well-loctaed, but parking was difficult to arrange.
We stayed here from the 17th of December to the 23rd of December. The hotel was in a good location (only a 10 minute walk down High Street past Jury's hotel to Dame Street,through an alley behind city hall into Dublin city centre near the tourist office). There is a Spar a block away and places to eat very close by. The problems we encountered were: the very low water pressure(we were on the 4th floor), the many towels and sheets in the hall near the lift(this could be a fire hazard) and the lack of parking. We were told to park at Jury's but this was 30 euro per day!!! We parked the car at a garage on Thomas Street from 530pm to 10am for 7 euro and left the car at a friend's house during the day. Having said that, you can leave your car at Phoenix Park for free all day and move it into a garage at night for safety. The apartments had a very clean kitchen (convenient because we have a baby) and clean sheets and towels available all day, even though they were all over the place in front of the lift. Also good was the burglar alarm in the rooms and a free safety deposit box. The staff were really friendly and even opened the back gate to let us load/unload our car.
Christchurch Hall is well positioned for walking around Dublin. The apartments are not as plush as the Jury but the price is better too. Rooms were a little cold and traffic noise was noticeable at first. For 5 of us, though, this was a better choice than multiple hotel rooms.
Have just returned from these apartments.It was a welcome and well earned break for 5 single parents.
The apartments are well positioned for all the sites and with easy access to the bars restaurants and shops.We were glad we did not have to get a taxi home of an evening as there were many people needing them.
We had a 2 bedroomed apartment with a sofa bed for the 5th person, to be honest the beds were not very comfortable.
The apartment was very clean and the kitchen facilities were good. We found we did have enough room for the 5 of us especially as we spent so little time there.
There were a few problems, the hall light did not work this was reported but not rectified. The shower in the bathroom had to be used as a hand shower as the fitment was coming of the wall.There was not enough hot water for us all to have baths and showers at the same time.The lounge furniture was well used.
However it was nice not to have the restrictions of a hotel, and we liked the fact that we could all sit and talk in the lounge with a nice bottle of wine.
I think splitting the cost as a group made the price very reasonable and if I went with a group again I would stay at these apartments.
Too Worn for Value
While this hotel does offer larger, self-service space for a less expensive price, don't be fooled. Here is why. The apartment we stayed in was very run down. The carpets were filthy and the mattresses were worn and tired. The upholstery on the furniture was torn in places and pockmarked with cigarette burns. There was an old and used smell to the place. And don't think about cooking, which is the one of the main reasons you go with a place like this over a hotel to begin with. While there is a normal range of equipment, I felt the need to wash and disinfect the cookery and the plates and utensils before I allowed my family to use them. But there was no dishwashing detergent nor liquid provided to do this. The only outright acceptably clean part of the kitchen was the refrigerator (it was immaculate, possibly new and unused?) Also, I must add that the bathroom was very clean as well. But, there was no maid service - period. So, by the end of our stay (3 days) we were running out of toilet paper and clean towels.
The other downside, if the above is not enough to properly inform you, is the location. It is on the very outer edge of the Temple Bar area, and yes a very easy 5-10 minute walk. But it is on the busy High Street bordering the Historic district, so unless you request a room on the inside of the building (no guaranty that would make your stay any more serene), you will be trying to fall asleep to the sound of rushing traffic, screaming sirens, and bickering lovers' quarrels on the street below your window until 4 AM.
That said, I must commend part of the staff on their efficient and friendly customer service. The lady at the front desk on the morning of our departure was pleasant, smiling,willing and informative when questioned about hiring a cab to the airport for our departure. Some of the staff was not that friendly.
I have stayed at many levels of hotels and apartments both in Europe and in the US, so I kind of know what I am talking about. And trying to house a family of 5, particularly in Europe with it's strict room occupation regulations is a challenge. If this place were refurbished in the interest of its clientele, it could be worth the money. But as it is now, it is not a place for families or anyone who really wants to enjoy the experience of life in a flat or apartment - whether it be in Dublin, London, or Amsterdam. You will be too distracted by the lack of quality of your surroundings to enjoy what the city has to offer. Do yourself a favor and stay in a hotel, even if it costs more! I wish I had.
Free from hotel restrictions
Stayed at Christchurch apartments with 2 friends. The location is good but a little hard to find initially. We had a 2 bedroom apartment which worked out cheaper than any of the hotels in the area. 2 double bedrooms and a sofa bed meant that we each had our own rooms. The apartment advertises that they can accomodate 5 people but i can imagine that this would be a bit of a sqeeze in the communal areas. The best part of staying in an apartment is that you can make breakfast whenever you like, you are not restricted to hotel dining times (also very handy for munchies after a night out). Would definately recommend this for groups of friends etc.
We traveled Ireland with my three children and nephew and began the trip at The Christchurch Hall Apts. Good value for families, I would not stay there if it had only been my husband and myself. We loved the aprtment becase of the lacation, it was perfect. The aptartments were clean, small but worn. Staff was there and just fine. If you travel outside the U.S and understand that accomadations are smaller you will find it a value.