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We were up with the alarm for the first time in Ireland and we both felt a bit worse for wear I must admit. I was knackered!!!!
After another wonderful breakfast in the hotel we set off for Killarney once more via Mulls Gap, and as always it was magnificent, the views just never get old in this part of the world :).
We stopped …
... Connell St and through Temple Bar. It was a busy and interesting day.
Today we bought tickets on the hop on/hop off bus and saw a lot more of Dublin. Our first stop was the Guinness Storehouse, a large brewhouse where they make Guinness and have tours showing the brewing process. We tried Guinness and I liked it!! It doesn't taste bitter or hoppy as I expected, but smooth and tasty. We shared a Guinness burger and ...
... of the river Liffey. Most memorable for me was the General Post Office. It was here that the Proclamation of Irish Independence was read in 1916 and the site of a bloody siege that followed. You can still see the bullet holes in some of the columns. Ireland's independence is quite recent. Tomorrow, we're back in England and will get our fill of the Beatles in ...
I arrived in Dublin 20 hours after I departed Perth. Flying with Emirates definitely made my flight more comfortable, however I still found it difficult to sleep. When I arrived in Dublin I caught the Airbus for 9 euros to University College Dublin it was in greater Dublin so around 45 minutes later I reached my University. This is when it became difficult carrying 10 kilos in your bag and pulling 26 kilos through ...
... tapping to the fantastic live Irish music! It is very inclusive and shamrock face-painting is in vogue!
Dublin is quirky and filled with folklore. She buys 20 Euro worth of goods and hands over a 20 Euro note. The Irish shopkeeper returns a 1 Euro coin - "For good luck" he says!
Q: Why do Irish baths have a tap at both ends? A: To keep the water level!
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TravelPod Member ReviewsBlooms Hotel Dublin
Very clean and tidy. Well worth the price.
Very well located and has its own bar with a free drink just for checking in.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Service was great, rooms were on the small side.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Blooms Hotel Dublin
Perfect Irish atmosphere and hospitality to accompany it.
We visited Blooms Novemeber 2003 and found that not only were the rooms clean, spacious with modern facilities but also that the breakfast included in the price was really good value for money.
The Bar underneath Blooms- VAT Bar was possibly the best in Dublin for it's atmosphere, live music and late opening hours- not to mention the guiness!
A fabulous Hotel all round
Good value - right in the heart of Temple Bar
Myself and a group of friends stayed at Blooms hotel on the 21st and 22nd of May 2004. The room was fine, breakfast excellent, the staff friendly and helpful and its right in the heart of the Temple bar area of Dublin - we all enjoyed our stay here and would come back again !
Good Location and Comfortable Room
I booked the Blooms Hotel, Dublin, through a weekend package to Dublin. I was pleasantly surprised at the location and quality of the hotel for the price.
The room was large and clean, though I had to settle for two twin beds instead of a full/queen/king as requested. That said, the beds were comfortable and the maid service was efficient.
The location of Blooms offered me ready access to all parts of the city via walking/bus. While Temple Bar is noisy at night this was anticipated and didn't bother me.
Overall I considered the staff to be friendly and helpful, especially the concierge (though not always available). The only staff problem I encountered was when checking out of the hotel. I was charged (or gouged) for a local phone call ($3.00 US) after being informed that I would not be charged. Attempts to correct the problem were met with resistance and after some contentious conversation I agreed to pay half the price.
Overall I would recommend the Blooms Hotel if only staying in Ireland for a few days. However, a more charming local B&B is definitely preferable to encounter the Irish hospitality and culture. Bottom line, you'll probably encounter more Americans and Brits in the touristy Temple Bar area than Irish. However, that is par for the course for any destination located within the city limits.
Blooms was Boomin'
I stayed at Blooms February 27- March 1 of this year, and thought it was very good and an excellent value for the money, with a full, hot breakfast included. Staff was uniformly friendly and helpful, Vat House Pub on first floor was lively and enjoyable, and the food was fine. The room was quiet (on 5th floor, which helped) and nice- not large, but I didn't expect it to be. Blooms' location is terrific- right at Temple Bar area and within walking distance of Trinity College, the National Gallery, O'Connell Bridge, General Post Office, St. Stephen's Green, etc. I would definitely stay there again.
I stayed here in Dec. 2000. Good location. Centrally located in the trendy part of Dublin (read: late license).
When making your booking or upon check in, request a room off the street. Drunken bar patrons yelling on the streets is no fun at 4am.
Otherwise, it's a good place to stow your gear and enjoy the city: clean, secure, good service. The room was a bit smallish, but still livable.
The pub (not Club M) was very good as was the breakfast. The car park (not affiliated with Blooms) down the block was pricy.
I have stayed in Blooms Hotel many a time and each time I have found the staff to be very friendly.I have also stayed in some of the newer rooms they have advertised (its best that you request it).The location is very central, and the night club is fantastic. Ideal for those weekend breaks.
The worst hotel I have ever stayed in
This has to be the worst hotel I have ever stayed in. The rooms were dirty and of a very poor standard, the staff were extremley rude and the nightclub below was a joke. If you take my advice you will never stop in this hotel.
You get what you pay for - and that is all
Although the location was ideal, (perfect for Temple Bar, Trinity College and the Tourist Office bus tour pick-up points), the hotel was past it's best. The general state of decoration was very poor. The breakfast was good and the staff all professional, albeit lacking the Irish charm which some may be expecting. The lack of tea/coffee facilities in the room was unacceptable in this day and age at this price bracket. On the two nights we were there (Mid-week in late October 2003) noise was a problem, particularly when drunk teenagers left the nite-club in the early hours of the morning.
Would we stay there again - difficult to say. Given a good discout (as we were), and bearing in mind the central location, - perhaps we might return. However if you are looking to experience good Irish hospitality then this is not the place for you.
I was a little dissapointed when I arrived at the hotel as the room was small and not as they had displayed rooms at the blooms hotel to be,on the internet. The room was nothing like it was on the web and this was not good enough in my expectations. There were marks on the walls, the radio did not work and there was chips of plaster coming off the bath.
I had a balcony but you could not sit out as the wall was glass and other guests couldlook on to the balcony as they walked down the stairs to the ground floor. There were no coffee or tea making facilities and no hairdrier or trouser press which on their website it states that all rooms will have these facilities. The M club was extreamly dear to get in but the vat bar on the ground floor of the hotel was very good and had good irish music on every night. The breakfast was nothing too special and the last morning was the only day where there was beans with the traditional english breakfast which there should have been every day in my opinion as it is essential to a good breakfast. Some staff were very nice and willing to help but others were just plain rude and no interest in the guests whatsoever. Mainly I was disapointed with the size of my room and if I was to stay there again I would make sure that I would get a room like the one that is pictured on their internet web site. The location was good as it was in the middle of the action which was good because you did not need to go and get taxis at night as you were in the middle of temple bar. The other good thing was there was not as much noise as I expected seen as tough there is a club underneath the hotel the noise was minimum.
Blooms Redeemed Itself
I wrote the previous review and have to admit, Blooms redeemed itself. We stayed in the hotel, which had an excellent location at a very fair price. The room was small, but comfortable. The hotel's pub and club were excellent, so for those seeking to see a bit of Dublin's nightlife, this is a great place to stay.