Crowne Plaza Hotel Dublin-Northwood
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TravelPod Member ReviewsCrowne Plaza Hotel Dublin-Northwood
The place is spacious and clean. The staff are helpful and friendly. The facilities are excellent
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Historical Traveler Reviews Crowne Plaza Hotel Dublin-Northwood
Spot-on, well-above average Airport Hotel
This hotel looks so new and clean, it could have been opened last week! It is well situated, 10 mins from the airport by courtesy bus (please remember to tell reception when you check-in that you would like a return transfer to the airport - the bus only has 10 seats and at peak times if you aren't booked, you won't get on), in a lovely setting.
Check-in staff attentive, rooms were superb, Restaurant Food was excellent. Bar snacks were a bit fancy for my liking. If you are staying for a few days and fancy a change of food, there is a nice-looking Chinese restaurant 2 minutes down the road.
I used to stay in the other 2 airport hotels and was disappointed every single time I stayed there - expensive, noisy, food not up to scratch.
The Crowne Plaze Dublin Airport is a breath of fresh air and a must-stay for all transit passengers!
Top Class Airport Hotel
My wife and I stayed in the Crowne Plaza Hotel last weekend as part of a small group. Upon check-in we were upgraded to an executive room. The room was lovely and the shower was fantastic. We had lunch in the bar and, later that night, had a few drinks. The food was nice and the only slight problem was that the service in the bar was quite slow.
Having been in the other hotels at Dublin Airport, the Crowne Plaza raises the bar a little bit as, apart from being a really good hotel in it's own right, the fact that it is a few minutes from the airport (by courtesy coach that you call from the Arrivals Hall), means that there is no aircraft noise. It is in it's own grounds so there is no traffic noise either.
Good hotel but......
The facilities in this hotel were quite nice and the service was attentive but not outstanding. The service to and from the airport is exceptional and the parking is free. I like to spend the night after a transatlanic flight near the airport to give me a day to get over jet lag. The hotel is located very close to the airport but you do not feel close and ther is a lovely park across the street to take walks in. A few quirks...
---We made our reservation through travelocity and the hotel assigned us a room that did not fit our party. We ended up having to take a smoking room.
---The concierge was also a bell boy. I think I am spoiled by concierges who make reservations, etc.
---The food at the restaurant is excellent but the service is spotty.
---They missed making a wake-up call and were deeply apolgetic about this.
I cannot put my finger on the break down in service though the staff was friendly and attentive.
Crowne Plaza Airport Dublin: just weird
Three things made this seem like an uncomfortable experience.
1. Our phone didn't work, and the desk advised us to try the pay phone in lobby, which I did twice just to get along. Finally, after three calls to the front desk and some emphasis on our part, they sent someone to try to fix the phone. It seemed like they thought we didn't know how to make outside calls, but the phone was really broken.
2. I was traveling with my daughter and her friend, both 17. They tried to go into the "bar" area, thinking it was more of the "snack bar" area - they saw families inside eating, and I was planning on joining them in a few minutes for a bite to eat. They were told they couldn't go in the bar because they weren't 18 --- but there were younger children already in the bar. Hotel explained it was policy and time of day, but it did frustrate the girls.
3. The restaurant had absolutely delicious, stunning food, but the service made us all uncomfortable. The server was attending to our table and one right behind us, so we could hear the other table getting plenty of attention. After taking our order, the server never stopped by our table again. I had to ask a busboy for the bill at least 30 minutes after we had finished eating, and I never got that glass of wine I started wishing for in the middle of the meal.
On the bright side, the food was absolutely delicious, and the people at the front desk were very helpful with advice on where to go and what to do. The hotel iteself was very nicely decorated. We just didn't feel very welcome.
Great hotel with free parking
When using Dublin Airport we usually stay at the Great Southern Hotel which is really nice but aircraft noise begins at 6.30 am each and every morning.
This time we tried the Crowne Plaza and were very impressed. Got a good rate on the net, modern large room with no airport noise and with free parking for a week. Most impressed.
A Must Stay!
My husband and I were extremely impressed with this hotel and the staff. From the time they promptly arrived at the airport to pick us up free of charge, to walking into this stunning Hotel and the amazing rooms. They even made arrangements for our car rental to be waiting for us the next morning. Extremely friendly and helpful. The room was perfect and the bed was very comfortable. We didn't want to leave. This made part of the charm of Ireland an experience we will never forget!
I stayed here on business in October 2004 and was very impressed by everything in this hotel. The rooms were comfortable with modern decor and the bathroom with large walk in shower was excellent after a busy day. The food is great and a wide choice is available. All staff were helpful and nothing was too much trouble. A first class hotel 10 minutes from Dublin airport with regular courtesy coach.
I was thoroughly amazed when the porters who had picked us up from the airport pulled up in landscaped gardens outside a modern building and told us that this was the Crowne Plaza.
The reception and entire building is decorated in a modern, almost Japenese theme and is very clean and finished to a high standard.
The room was enormous and everything you could possibly want was to hand.
Not only were the rooms much more than expected but the hotel restaurant was way up there with the best of them - I heartily recommend that you give it a go rather than trying to find somewhere in the vicinity. The waiting staff were attentive and polite, the wine list was above average and the food was delicious, well presented and not expensive.
I cannot think of one thing which let the hotel down (except that we had only booked one night!), it was even far enough away from the airport (about ten minutes drive in a shuttle bus supplied by the hotel) for you not to hear the planes.
Five Stars - Well done!
Great stay at the crowne plaza
I am just back from a weekend trip to dublin and stayed at the crowne plaza. I have never stayed in a better hotel. The rooms were stunning, the staff very helpful and couldnt do enough and the food delicious. I will definately be back in the near future.
GREAT AIRPORT HOTEL
Located 10 minutes drive from Dublin Airport - hotel courtesy coach runs 24 hours to/from airport - Crowne Plaza (part of the Holiday Inn chain) is located in a delightful park setting, providing a calm, quiet location so close to the airport. The staff are extremely professional, and welcoming, showing great attention to ensuring that you feel a special guest. In my case, I have to especially thank the Crowne Plaza Courtesy Coach driver (Ron O'Sullivan) who went the extra mile to find my laptop bag, which I had somehow left behind in the airport carpark. My stress was eased considerably by the efficient and concerned way in which he dealt with this situation. The hotel room was extremely well equipped, spacious, and decorated in a modern style. I paid a very reasonable advance booking flat rate of 120 euros (approx $145), and for this I had a large (for European standards) air conditioned room with 2 comfortable queen sized beds for myself, partner & child (a double king sized bed for 2 adults only at same rate); a lovely designed bathroom with seperate power shower & bath; internet access via tv for hourly charge; films on demand; standard drinks bar (sensors beneath drinks, so do not lift drinks for curiosity's sake, otherwise it will show on your bill); room service food was quick, and okay, but not brilliant. If you have been disappointed by the standard of ****hotel accommodation at this price level in Europe, then this hotel will reassuringly meet your expectations. Although primarily directed at Business users, this is a great hotel to stay in if your having to stop over for one night in between flights. 24 hour coffee in reception also a plus whilst waiting to depart for airport..