Arlington Hotel O'Connell Bridge
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Today is Rich's birthday. We had breakfast and hit on the coach to our first stop of the day. Everyone sang Happy Birthday and gave him a card. It was nice. We went to an ancient cemetery and then a fancy house - Powerscourt. It's known fir it's gardens but today was the only day it rained in Ireland so we didn't get to view the entire beauty of …
... customs. We only wait a little while for the driver to arrive to take us to our accommodation. Thankfully the phone our good friend Cindy loaned us is working here in Ireland because once again our MaxRoam SIM cards are not working, so frustrating. Our driver is super friendly and gets us quickly into Dublin and to the Generator Hostel. We arrive at night and near the tail end of the Netherlands / Argentina soccer match. OMG there are so many people hanging about watching ... ...
... from square one. Making travel plans is incredibly difficult without wifi. We eventually ended up in a €70 private room in the most highly rated hostel in Dublin (we found this out while looking at my Yelp app in Burger King), yet most awfully touristy, teen-filled, smokey (though not as smokey as Denis's apartment), college-dorm-like, where young people who think they are mature because they are traveling try to look you in the eye in ...
... cheap prices! I got a new book bag, hat, scarf, and some other gifts for people for only 23 euro total! That's a great deal. I quickly became obsessed with this store. While Nicole and I were shopping on the ground floor, the boys were upstairs shopping also. We found them and all but one of us bought something at the store. It was too hard of deals to pass up! Then we made our way to a mall. We looked in a few stores and walked around a lot. One store ...
... Stephens Green. the Room is modern, as to be expected, and there is clearly a concern about the environment given the fancy flushing toilets!
So far Mitch and I have taken the public transportation back into Dublin which was a very nice relaxing drive (compared to our drive in). St. Stephens Green was gorgeous and we are headed out to explore Downtown Dublin. Check back soon!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Arlington Hotel O'Connell Bridge Dublin
We stayed for 4 days between Xmas and New Year at this very centrally located hotel. It is on the Liffey by the O'Connell Bridge, some 300 yds from the DART station and bus stops. Shops and restaurants are within easy reach and all major tourist sights are within walking distance.
Our room was huge with 2 spare beds! Comfortable and clean. Hearty breakfast available with friendly staff. We avoided the Knights Bar which was packed every night for live music and dancing because it was so noisy and crowded.
If you have time escape on the DART to Bray for a walk along the promenade with views of the Wicklow Hills or go in the other direction to Howth for splendid seafood at the Aqua Restaurant on the west pier with views out to sea.
We will return.
Fun hotel in a great location!
We stayed at the Arlington from Nov 14-16th 2004. The hotel has large, modern, well equiped & very clean rooms. The location is on the north bank of the Liffy within walking distance of Trinity College & Temple Bar area. The first floor of the hotel contains a hot night club featuring free Irish music & dancers every night which was a real treat, although the hotel can be noisy on weekends. There is a free all you can eat breakfast buffet which was very nice.
We visited for a night out and it was one of the best of my life. The staff were great, the band were excellent and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Definatley recommended
Magic mid-week at the Arlington
We had a lovely time at the Arlington Hotel in the last week of August. After parking our car in the secure underground car park, we were shown to our very nice room by a very friendly and helpful porter. The entertainment all evening was excellent, incuding the Irish dancers and live groups each evening. The place was buzzing.
Fantastic location for all shops, attractions and the Temple Bar district. We would definitely stay here again.
Stayed for 3 nights. Hotel is in a convenient location - right on the River Liffey near O'Connell Street, short walk to Temple Bar and other attractions. Rooms were quite large and clean, bathroom was also large and had granite countertops and a huge bathtub. Our room overlooked the alley, which wasn't the greatest view, and music from the bar downstairs would be louder than we wanted, though only with the windows open. Breakfast was great - huge buffet to choose from as well as table service in a large restaurant. We booked through Hotels and everything was supposed to be included, but when we checked in we had to pay for breakfast and some nominal room charges - not expensive, but also not expected.
Just back from a long weekend at the Arlington Hotel in Dublin. You must pay this hotel a visit as the live Iris music in the bar and the Irish dancers are great. The whole atmosphere is brilliant. There is a nightclub in the basement and the Sunday night with 60's,70's,80's and 90's music is a must if you like a good dance and sing along. Rooms are a good size, and the food is also good, not sure if i would class it a 3 star superior though but the entertainment maybe comes into the classing. Staff are very friendly especially in the breakfast room. I would also recommend a visit to the Thunder Road Cafe in Temple Bar where the food is great and again an excellent atmosphere. A big bonus is the no smoking policy. Downside was expensive drinks we are really being ripped off there, stock up on your duty free before you go, or else take lots of euros with you. Won't stop me going back.
Brilliant atmosphere for a lively weekend
We have stayed at the Arlington in December for the past two years. On both occasions we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The staff were very friendly, the rooms were clean and the hotel itself is in an ideal situation for all the sights and shopping. It can be a bit lively and noisy but there is a lot of entertainment on offer including traditional music and dancing. The bar food at night wasn't too good but we have to recommend the breakfast. This is done in self-service style (even the hot food) so you can help yourself to whatever you like and you don't have to wait for it to be served. Believe it or not this system seems to work remarkably well and the food is always hot when you get it! One recommendation though, they need to make more than one toaster available!!
Great music & dancing
Fantastic location, in the heart of Dublin and on the banks of the Liffey. Great for families, although they don't offer a baby listening service. The only problem we experienced was with the bar meals in the evening - the waiters often misunderstood our order and the food was cold when it arrived. For the rest of the day, the food is excellent and the staff very friendly and helpful.
Arlington night out
On a recent visit to Dublin in January, we visited the Arlington for a night out, music upstairs great!, downstairs for a meal and Irish Dancers, brilliant . The only complaint we had was for the waiter service, not only could he not understand us clearly, but when he made mistakes with our drinks we were shouted and sworn at for no reason, other than his own incompetence. He then proceeded to ignore our table and we had to wait 45mins for someone to serve us. When we complained it was ignored. This blighted an otherwise fantastic and energetic evening. Good manners cost nothing.
The Arlington Hotel Dublin
Great hotel. Rooms clean and spacious. Staff friendly and helpful. Live music nightly in hotel bar which gets very busy but creates a fantastic atmosphere. Central location on banks of Liffy close to Temple Bar.
Good value for money well worth a visit