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This June, we went with my family for a trip to Ireland to see some of the highlights of the beautiful Emerald Isle. We left Friday afternoon from Raleigh, flying via Air Canada to Toronto and then overnight to Dublin. I chose Air Canada, because they were significantly cheaper than other airlines, but also because they have good customer service ( …
we had another tour, although this one didn’t start quite so early. We
woke up around 7 and, after getting ready, started walking back into
Dublin. We got breakfast along the way and then waited for our tour
back at the Dublin Tourism Information Center. Today, we would be
heading south into the Wicklow …
Well week 2 was certainly better than week 1. It's Saturday 6/7/14 and I'm in my apartment with my French roommates. I moved in Tuesday, moving sure is easy when all you have is a suitcase, a backpack, and a laundry hamper. Anyway I really like the place, it's small but in a great location. Maelys and Cyril are nice and speak pretty good English. Not sure if we will be friends but certainly good enough people as roommates. On the first day some people were over and they ...
... at the finish line! 'That's what memories are made of!' as I have been known to say! We took a taxi to the Smithfield area where we found the Maldron Hotel. Our taxi driver should have been a tour guide for all his charm and commentary. He had funny comments on all of the different accents if Ireland......"How she going?" From Kerry Labourers,...."How's it going, boy?" would be the smooth rolling words of ...
The weather hasn't improved today it is about 13 degrees with light showers in the afternoon. After breakfast we get picked by our 'big red bus' from the front door. Love this castle. We are staying about 10 mins out from the city centre therefore having this bus service pick us up is a bonus however no return service provided. We do the token 1.5 hrs tour around the city centre to get the lay of the land and pick out what we would like ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsBallsbridge Hotel Dublin
We stayed three nights at the Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin. Overall, our stay was pleasant, but nothing spectacular. The worst part of the stay was the booking process, though this didn't really have anything to do with the hotel. I had originally booked through Hotels.com. Less than a week before we left, there was an issue with my "guaranteed" reservation and I had to pay extra (more than $100) to keep my reservation. Since it was so close our trip and right during tourist season, I didn't really have a choice and begrudgingly paid the extra money, though it felt like extortion. I would never use Hotels.com again and should have just booked through the hotel directly. But that really wasn't the hotel's fault, so now to review the hotel. We arrived early and the hotel held our luggage, as well as on our check-out day, so we could spend more time exploring Dublin, rather than sitting in the hotel lobby. All of the hotel staff we dealt with were friendly and helpful, storing our luggage, providing wake-up calls, calling for taxis, or providing information. The rooms were OK, nothing fancy or worthy of 4 stars, but the beds were comfortable, the rooms were clean, and the bathrooms were fine. WiFi is not free, and quite expensive, so we never tried to connect. We only had breakfast at the hotel once and it was pretty good and they had a good selection of breakfast foods, although it was a bit expensive. The location of the hotel is pretty good, though it's a bit of a walk to the city center where most of the tourist attractions are located. I walk a lot, so I didn't mind the 2-km or so walk to Trinity College, Temple Bar, Grafton Street, etc., though if you're not keen on walking a lot, it could seem a bit far. Overall, it was a nice stay, but nothing exceptional, given the price and the expectation of 4-star. WIth the large number of accommodations in Dublin, we would probably stay somewhere else the next time we visit.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.