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TravelPod Member ReviewsBEST WESTERN PLUS Academy Plaza Hotel Dublin
Great value for the price. Also, very helpful staff who helped us locate a missing bag left at a nearby attraction and book a cab to the airport.
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Everything was great, except one major flaw: the parking. There's no parking at the hotel. Instead, you have to park 2.5 blocks away in a garage that you have to PAY for. The parking is scarce and remarkably difficult, especially since you're probably not accustomed to the driving in Dublin (which can be quite a nightmare). The room was comfy and the breakfast was free. Can't complain about that. Folks are VERY nice, too!
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Historical Traveler Reviews BEST WESTERN PLUS Academy Plaza Hotel Dublin
Would stay there again!
We've just returned from England and Ireland and found the Academy Hotel to be very comfortable and in a great location! The front desk staff were more than helpful, offering to do just about anything for us - even mail our postcards. The lift was so slow that we used the stairs mostly, but not a problem. The breakfasts each day were in served in the hotel's dining room and were ample. We never ventured out hungry! We all agreed that we'd stay there again without hesitation.
Thank you for your fair and complementary reviews of our property. We find all feed back negative or positive invaluable in helping us maintain our standards of operation.
We would like to take this opportunity to respond to some comments about the slowness of our lifts. This was compounded by having one of our lifts out of service for a period. This situation no longer exsists and the lift service is fully functional without any further problems.
We look forward to welcoming you back!
It's only OK
The hotel is fine. Just fine though.
The lifts are terribly terribly slow. and if you have a seniors travel group staying there like we did it can take ages to get in the lift not only wait for it.
the staff were fantastic and couldn't do enough for us. tried to help with our problems and were great.
the room was fine and roomy and well appointed.
the position is excellent and near the major centre without being too close.
what was very very bad was the noise in the middle of the night. druken soccer fans singing outside the hotel - thinking it was a huge huge joke till 3am. no police came to move them on and they went on signing for ages.
dublin was a great city and i wish i had given it more time but i think i would only stay at the academy again if i didnt find anything else around. not bad though but just not brillant.
I suppose as far as tourist hotels go, the Academy is ok. It is the second time that I have stayed here and a good base from which to explore Dublin. The Aircoach drops you just around the corner from the hotel. The room was spacious and clean with good amenities although we could have done with a new bed as there was an extremely large dip in the middle! There was also an unpleasant smell of cooking that seems to linger everywhere? Breakfast was good and the hotel bar pleasant. Apart these few things, if you are looking for a reasonably priced base the Academy is perfect, although our native friends recommended that we stay the other side of the river next time?
My friends and I are just back from a 2 night stay at The Academy Hotel.
The hotel is very central and we had no problem finding it.
The staff were helpful and the rooms were very well equipped.
The bar was very cosy and the buffet breakfast was great.
We also found the price very reasonable for a city centre hotel.
I would recommend this hotel to anybody.
We loved it and are going back in a few weeks!
Loved the academy hotel
we recently had a wonderful 3 night stay at the academy hotel, the rooms are quite big with cable tv aswell. the staff were very helpful, and polite. good food and an all you can eat breakfast is the perfect way to start, before a long day sightseeing. buses, taxis are all just 1 min away and the shops only a 5 min walk. will definately be going back again
A good base
We recently spent two nights at the Academy. It was clean and comfortable. We had a large room with a huge bed. Staff were polite and helpful. However, the restaurant was a different matter. Breakfast was o.k. except they ran out of things quite quickly. Dinner was not a pleasant experience.The soup was cold and we had to ask for replacements; the service was poor; the menu was very limited and we felt not particularly good value.
Loved the Academy Hotel
We have just returned from a 3 night stay at the Academy Hotel in Dublin. The hotel was in a great location close to everything you need.
THe breakfast was help yourself to as much as you can eat - cooked brekkie, cereal, toast, fruit, yoghurt, bread tea coffee and juice etc.The room was clean and had great facilities - room size was quite ample.The bar attached is nice and cosy and drink prices aren't too pricey compared to most bars....Be warned though - eating and drinking in Dublin is expensive unless you like guiness. A typical Malibu and orange cost about 5 pound odd. Guiness is about 2 pound 60 odd.Great hotel though would go back agin !!!
We stayed at the Academy Hotel In Dublin earlier this month after it was recommended by Bridge Travel staff. We found the hotel location to be excellent. It was about 1 minute from O'Connell street and 5 minutes to all the main shopping. The red top open tour buses picked up round the corner and you were only about a 10 minute walk to Temple Bar. This hotel was close enough to everything but not right on top of it. The hotel is very clean and warmly decorated. Some parts do need re-decorating where luggage has damaged and marked walls. The rooms were very good. They had cable tv, free safe, kettle, iron etc and were very clean. The breakfast included was a full irish buffet help yourself and was great. There is an Irish pub attached to the hotel called Fado Fado which is really nice to go to after a hard days sightseeing. It has a log fire and is really cosy with live irish music on a friday. The staff at this hotel were excellent.
We will be returning to Dublin in the next year or so and we will definitely book into this hotel again.
Worthy place hard to find
We spent three days here in early August 2003. At first, we couldn't find it--since the address on Findlater does not itself join O'Connell.
Finally we just saw it. So-so staff, good breakfast, friendly bar. The neighborhood is marginal, and a block away is a stretch of pretty seedy-to-slummy establishments. But it's good to be north of the Liffey and close to many interesting galleries and historical sites.
Good area and breakfast
Foyer of hotel was ordinary. First room they gave us was tiny, but when they changed our room, we were quite happy. Staff were very nice and helpful, and breakfast was excellent. Fill up well on breakfast, it is expensive to eat in Dublin!!!!! Hotel is in a very convenient area, and we were generally quite satisfied there. Price was quite reasonable for Dublin, 120 euros per nt.