Drury Court Hotel
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... it's easy to get some time off if needed. A co-worker is in Portugal this weekend. It'll be very early hours but that's fine, I always adjust sleep to my work schedule. The best part is I'm only part time to start so I can still take my trip to Belfast this weekend. I work Thursday morning and Sunday morning but nothing in between so tomorrow after work I'll hop on the bus, ...
... what they're doing so we're not overly concerned). So, back to the one thing - we feverishly head off in search of our first real cappuccino in over 2 months :
- not the ones that come in cups as large as mixing bowls;
- not the ones that come in paper cups only
- not the ones that taste like someone has rinsed out a sock;
- not the ones where they ask you if you want caramel, whipped, cream, grande, ...
... week's adventures... so we decided to take a quick nap before hunting down a local restaurant for dinner. We wandered around the city streets (including the famous Grafton St.) looking for a non-irish restaurant, since we were starting to get tired of the repetitive heavy Irish dishes. We had made it about two blocks before a familiar sight caught our attention: another Murphy's Ice Cream shop!! Of course, we ...
... of the gorgeous Irish accent asking for information on what bus to catch to our hostel. He said, and I quote, "you want stand three in bay three just over there" (said in an Irish accent this is great!. The whole trip was pretty much the three of us very VERY excited girls wandering around Dublin in awe of every Irish accent we heard! We had preplanned our day in Dublin so far as to book the hop-on hop-off bus tour of the city which is perfect for trying ...
... experience though.
So we arrived at the GNIB at 10:30 am and you get in line to get a number. We got our numbers quick enough, and we were 198 and 199 which at that time was 113 in the queue. We were told it would be at least a 2 hour wait and so we could leave and come back in 2 hours and we shouldnt have to wait much longer. Fair enough, so off we went....Heather back to the apartment and I went back to work.
Rather than just walking back ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Drury Court Hotel Dublin
Great Irish hospitality
Stayed at the Drury Court Hotel for 2 nights and found the location excellent, staff very helpful, breakfast fine. The manager, Paul Hand, personified Irish hospitality at its best. Rooms very nice, clean and comfortable. Would recommend it to anyone.
Great value for money too!
Stayed here as a group of 4 couples. Excellent choice! Wonderful Irish hospitality from the Manager and staff. Lovely rooms and breakfast and great location. If you don't want the noise from the night club nearby, ask for fifth floor rooms overlooking the car park! Heterosexual couple
Good Hotel, would stay again
As a 3*, Drury Court is perfectly acceptable. Centrally located, ideal for shop & restaurants, and in a nice area of Dublin
Staying Saturday and Sunday night there was a little nightlife noise but not enough to disturb or prevent us from getting off to sleep.
The room was nice, clean and well presented. Staff were helpful.
Good location but noisy
Our family of 5 stayed 4 nights at Drury Court Hotel in Dublin. We were in adjoining rooms on the 3rd floor. We booked the rooms through Mr. Terry Butler, their Internet booking representative. He was wonderful to deal with, efficient, helpful and friendly. The desk clerks and Paul Hand, the general manager, were very nice and Paul was quick with a lesson or two on local Irish history.
The rooms were very roomy and our three sons had a triple suite. The rooms were clean with comfortable beds and extra pillows were supplied. There were also a desk, table and chairs in each room plus a book on Ireland, nice touch! However, the subsequent cleaning by the cleaning crew were not quite up to par. Nothing overly serious but soap wrapper was not picked up by the side of the tub but overall, the bathrooms were roomy and well supplied.
The major problem we had with our room was the noise from below!! The windows did not stop the noise from the pub from entering into our rooms. Our rooms were right above their pub on the street corner so we got it from two sides and with Ireland's no-smoking law, all their patrons ended up outside the pub into the wee hours smoking and partying on. We had to have our TV on just to drown out the noise. Needless to say, we didn't have any good night sleep in Dublin.
The other issues were. 1. The TV cable (dis)connection in our sons' room, 2. The missing light bulb in the floor lamp and 3. running toilet. all in the boys' suite. We complained about the lack of stations and the snowiness of their TV the next morning to the front desk but did not get it serviced until the day before we checked out. The other two issues were promptly dealt with. Great!! The TV cable was apparently cut by someone and it was wrapped together with a metal hanger. Paul, the general manager told us he didn't know there was a problem until we ran into him the second morning there and informed him personally of the problem. He promptly called in the cable guy and it was done the next afternoon. Needless to say, our idea of booking two separate rooms to give us space from each other did not materialize as the boys camped out on our beds watching TV in our room! These issues I felt should've been checked by the cleaning staff and serviced before check in but didn't. However, with that said, these issues were dealt with as soon as we brought them to the hotel's attention so it did not reflect badly on the hotel.
The restaurant is no longer full service. It's been sealed off from the pub since the design of their website and now only serve breakfast until 10 am. Nothing exceptional but it was adequate for a quick breakfast to start off our days.
As with many Medievel cities, it was difficult to drive from one place to another and we were thoroughly lost driving in Dublin city centre. It was frustrating driving around in circles for 1 1/2 hrs during rush hour traffic to try to find our hotel when we were within 1/2 mile of the hotel at all time and knew exactly where it was but just "couldn't get there from here". I would recommend calling the hotel and get exact direction before venturing into the city. The hotel location was great for walking to all the sites we wanted to visit. Very central and we felt safe walking around in the neighborhood. Great restaurants nearby!
I rated this property above average because I liked the rooms, the location, the staff and the way the many issues with dealt with. I would definitely stay there again but next time, a room away from the pub and the streets!
Only in an emergency
Stayed at this hotel for one night and one night was enough i could not go back there.
The rooms are badly decorated and small street is noisey and staff are only so-so friendly. The Bar staff males are too busy talking to young lady's to serve other customers including me and to round it all off the staff drink shots with customers while working. Very unprofessional. At one stage one of the bar staff made a ######## in a blender served up the ######## to the customer and then drank the rest of the ######## from the blender container. The only nice part of this hotel is the beer garden that is at the back its nicely presented and looked after but thats it about this hotel. I wouldn't go back
Noise & Dirty Windows
The service was awful and there was noise everywhere as there is a construction site outside.
Also the windows were very dirty and when we arrived there was an argument going on with the manager, as somebody wanted their money back.
After two days we would have that same argument with the manager and never got our money back or a discount despite little sleep and having to move elsewhere to stay.
With regard to the service which is described as 'awful,' this is an unusual comlaint, the vast majority of our guests are happy with our standard of service, we know this from the guest comment sheets that are returned to us. We strive to maintain and improve our standards all the time.
Our rooms were right on the first floor looking out the front, we had the clock just outside our room,but this made no impact on our stay,all i can say abouth the room was it was quite small and very noisy, However getting passed this was no problem as the managment would have moved us had we asked , we found the staff very helpful and the bar staff very attentive,was does let the hotel down is the downstairs dining room which was rather cramped and the breakfasts did leave alot to be desired,
We did enjoy our stay at the drury and would reccommend the hotel . and visit again..
Ok..not bad..but still renovating
Still carrying on the rennovations but all in all not too bad... breakfasts were good but air cond non existent in bedrooms..asked for no smoking room but ashtray repeatedly replaced on table by variable room service (from 10 am until sometimes after 4 pm...inconvinient if going out early and wanting a shower..)
All in all the location makes up for a lot of minor problems.. the bar is quite nice but no ding room (suggest Jaipur....up-market indian 20 metres away) and of course Temple Bar.. a few mins on foot.
Check before you leave !!
On arrival to the hotel we were greeted with lots of workman noise as they were rebuilding the hotel. We were assured the work did not start till 9-30 and therefore not concerned. We were also told that our booking company were informed of this problem. However the noise started earlier than this on the Friday. Also the room was cold due to the fact the radiators were either switched off or not working. In the end we had to ask for a portable heater. In conclusion this could be a nice hotel, once the work has finished! But check if there is work on the hotel before you leave, and if there is dont go !!! Dont expect to complain when you get home, the management of the hotel or the booking company (...) have been no use so far!