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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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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.
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Slept in again today. Checked out of Albany House and into Buswells Hotel three or four or five blocks away (we got a little turned around or off to a bad start or something). Promptly at 5 pm we gathered together to meet our tour guides and the other tour members. Ages range from14 to 70 plus. People from all over the country, many of them well …
... away and so off on another big walk. Feeling very frustrated we arrived at the hotel finally, go to check in and they can't find our room.... Ok, room found and in we go. The best thing about Dublin is Julie's friends came to meet her (7 friends came), great catch up and a couple of drinks. We head into the Temple Bar area and go into a pub and listen to some music before going to another pub for tea. A great evening of chatting, eating, drinking etc before going back to the hotel to ...
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stage production managers about the business of running a theater. Then, dinner
on a boat restaurant on the river, before going to Dirty Dancing. As our class
walked in, a photographer singled me out and brought me over to the red carpet,
which was something I wasn't expecting to be doing in Ireland. I think he just
liked the way I was dressed, unless he looks at New York society pages for some
reason and recognized me, ...
... many of the changes that rocked Ireland since the late 18th century have been echoed in the history of the prison. For example, during the potato famines, vagrants would be rounded up in the streets and arrested. Often times, prisoners would purposefully offend in front of the authorities, as prison at least provided a roof over their head and one solid meal a day.
The most interesting history of the prison, however, echoes the various uprisings ...
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