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After eating our creations at A Kitchen In The Castle, I needed to walk off the afterglow of pasta, chocolate and wine before I became comatose on the train, thereby missing my stop, so I hiked past the train station and visited the pier. Howth Harbour is the home base for many fishing vessels. While I missed the offloading of the day's catch, the …
... big tractors on the road and the "Country smell".
We ticked down the miles to Wicklow and filled up Scotty one last time before delivering him back to his Dad with about 650 miles more on the clock (about Auckland to Wellington and back!), saying a big thanks for the awesome time. He dropped us back to town in a slightly quicker vehicle, a Subaru Impreza that made me a big homesick! Back in Wicklow township we had a great coffee! and ...
... wedding next month!
After that we headed back to our car, fed the meter, and found a fabulous restaurant in a little strip nearby. This was a bodega offering French style food and it was absolutely delicious – the best food we'd had in Ireland! After a huge meal there and recommendations about a good restaurant to go to in Dublin, we headed off.
We made our way back to the expressway and took the fast track back up to near the airport, where we checked into our hotel for the night - the Clarion - then headed out to find dinner in the town of Swords next door. I checked some (uninspired) menus on the main street, but T found a place with great reviews online: The Old Schoolhouse. They had a restaurant and a bar menu, and as the bar was louder and Little D was antsy, ...
... kissing the blarney stone, seeing the sights around the Dingle penninsula, cliffs of moher, exploring the island if Inis mor by bicycle, going to the Giants Causeway, and walking across a rope bridge. It was quite the week. We would stop every two hours in a different town, and I got to see Matt Malloys pub (from the Chieftons). Wish Dad was there for that part. We did a lot everyday, it was such a good time. I'm so glad Pat recommended that I do the tour. The tour finished ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsBuswells Hotel Dublin
The staff is very willing to help out - probably the most helpful staff I have encountered for a larger hotel. The accommodations were great, good central location. Would recommend to others.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Buswells Hotel Dublin
Relax in Style at Buswells
A friend and I stayed at Buswells for a weekend in late Sept. The hotel has obviously been in the process of renovating- it looks beautiful, with only a few areas still to be attended to. The room was rather small by USA standards, but very comfortable and well appointed. The bathroom was large and luxurious-much appreciated after two weeks of B&B's. Buswells has a welcoming lobby, a good pub, and fine restaurant. We sampled food and drink in all three areas and all was well above average. Breakfast had a large selection and top quality. Only criticism is that restaurant was sweltering hot the evening we had an excellent meal there. Concierge and front desk were very helpful. We were traveling on B&B vouchers and had made reservations 2 months in advance. There was a misunderstanding about the supplemental rate we were charged. Buswells has agreed that there was a mistake and will credit the overcharge. Take a copy of your documentation when you travel. Buswells is a lovely hotel in an excellent area for seeing Dublin [ditch the car, it's not worth it in Dublin even with the partial parking offered by Buswells]. I do recommend Buswells for a stay in Dublin.
Stayed here on a business trip, not exactly what I had envisioned when I booked the stay. First, to get to the rooms, even when taking an elevator you have to take stairs to get to your room, not easy in a small hallway with luggage. Room was very small, really don't have much room to put any bags. Bathroom has a lot of cracked tiles, and the water in the shower never got above luke warm. For seeing Dublin, it is in a great location, the breakfasts were great, but would probably not stay at this hotel again.
The three days my mother, sister, and I spent at Buswell's in Dublin were idyllic! The rooms are small and quaint, with charming old-fashioned decor but up-to-date bathrooms. The service was truly characteristic of the Irish - helpful and unceasingly friendly. Paddy the concierge was of great assistance to us, and we were able to see some of Ireland's loveliest sights with his aid. If you're one of those who like bright, shiny new hotels with every modern facility, this hotel is not for you. If, however, you'd like to stay in a hotel that truly reflects Irish culture and history, I couldn't recommend this place more highly.
Buswells--Hit and Miss?
1. The room (#126) and hotel were a bit "run down", although the lobby was OK. My bathroom had cracked tiles and lots of caulking, and a SMALL shower--one of the smallest I've ever seen in a hotel. A large person would never fit. I'm thin and could barely move around. By the way, I'm not trying to be picky when complaining about the cracked tiles on the floor. When I walked on them, I could feel them shift, and there were some sharp edges, so I had to be careful in barefeet.
2. My wife called the hotel around 5 am on one of the mornings I was there but no one answered at the front desk. She actually called several times, and I missed an important phone call from her. She finally got through at around 8am Dublin time, but I had left the room by then.
3. Food was OK, nothing spectacular.
4. Excellent location, easy to get to different places in Dublin.
Buswells a good small local hotel
Have stayed at Buswells twice recently and have to say from a location standpoint it is difficult to beat. Service was always very good. I agree that the rooms are on the small side but very clean. The bathrooms have great tubs with increadible water pressure....takes all of a minute to fill a huge old fashioned type. The beds very comfy I'm..6'2 The sheets where the crispest I've seen in all my travels...I would definitly recommend. Dont miss the Irish breakfast either. The Pub has and authentic feel due to all the locals from the government offices located close by.
We stayed here for a long weekend in January and it was fantastic. The staff were attentive and we were given a much bigger room than we were expecting on check in. The interior is beautiful, especially the lobby with it's chandeliers and the location is quiet but central. We had breakfast in our room one morning and they had definitely gone out of their way to get us all the food we had requested!
I'll stay here on future visits to Dublin
I thoroughly enjoyed this hotel. Great location - in quiet but charming Molesworth Street, close to Grafton Street shopping area, museums, parliament and Trinity College. Hotel has character, big enough to have all facilities but small enough to retain a reasonably personal atmosphere.Excellent full Irish breakfast, provided you have time to enjoy it and digest it.Room 101 was very comfortable, with good facilities and quite spacious. Some other rooms may possibly be on the small side, based on the floor plan I saw. I suggest to check when booking.I would unhesitatingly recommend Buswells.
Good base for exploring Dublin if you get the right room
Recently stayed for 2 nights at Buswells. The location couldn't be better. The staff were very helpful and friendly. The breakfasts were superb. The bar and public areas were excellent. However, the room we were given was very pokey (room 205) and the bathroom was one of the smallest I have come across. If you manage to get a decent room then I would imagine it would be hard to better this hotel.
Not the best of Dublin
We spent 2 nights here on our honeymoon and the service was unfriendly and not helpful. We did better with our guidebooks and the suggestions of strangers than the concierge. Room was uncomfortable and atmosphere was just OK.
We had a fantastic stay at Buswells. Delicious breakfasts, friendly staff and great value. The location was terrific. And free internet from the business centre. I would definitely recommend Buswells to anyone traveling to Dublin.