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... got a cuddle and a photo with him! It was an absolutely amazing experience. So when it was all over we walked back down the street looking for some food, but as it was Christmas Eve, everything was closing up. We went to an off license for some wine, beer and snacks for the next day, then went down temple bar to the Indian restaurant, Aleena, that we'd gone to last time. We got a meal, and the waiter there recognised us, and gave us a free glass of wine each ...
... super average and pretty sure they made me feel worse. Had a good ol' spew stop at some petrol station along the way too, classy as usual. Got back to Dublin at 4.30 and checked back into Temple Bar hostel. I fell straight asleep. Courtney went out and brought me a back a cheeseburger the good *****! :) pretty much ate it then fell back asleep while the other two sat up watching tv series on my ...
Getting serious now, visa got and only six weeks left.
Need to hitch a lift I suppose!. More internet searches and we establish that we more or less have 4 options.
Turkish Airlines - cheapish €500 if you organise yourself right. Flights over Istanbul, but be careful they do not highlight some flights need to change airport. Not easy or fast and you could miss your flights.
Emirates / Etihad A good bit ...
... to taste a Guinness as well as how to pull the perfect pint. Kev, Erin and I all thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and the beer really isn't as bad as it's made out to be. We walked towards the nearest tram station (through quite a grim area - we found a few syringes on the ground!) and then jumped back on the tram towards home, where we stopped off on the way for a bite to eat. I found it a bit disappointing to only have one day in Dublin, however we did get a lot done and ...
... 8217;. Of course there was also the paved parking lot and museum complex off the side of it that would ruin that impression, but it was still an interesting sight to see outside of the city. Inside of the castle, we went on a brief guided tour that only took us to about 5 or 6 rooms – apparently much of the castle was being restored, including all of the upper levels. It was still a nice glimpse into the lives of the lords and ladies who once ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Eliza Lodge Dublin
Eliza Lodge- In the middle of everything!
Just back from a long weekend in Dublin (a quick trip to see Keith Urban at the Olympia- yeah, we're groupies!) and stayed at Eliza Lodge. What a great location! Right in the midst of Temple Bar and a heartbeat away from everything. The staff couldn't have been more helpful and the guesthouse itself was clean and neat. Breakfast was included in the price which, I found, very reasonable. Yeah, it can get kind of loud at night, but we shut the windows, pulled the blinds and prayed no one drowned in the Liffey. Location is the key here. We'll be back- the next time Keith comes to town! And a quick hey! to all the gang at The Stag's Head. Thanks for the ham and cheese sandwiches!
In the midst of Temple Bar
We just returned from staying 4 nights at the Eliza Lodge. It is a very comfortable hotel. We wanted to stay in the heart of Dublin, and the EL certainly fit the bill. On the River Liffey at the Millenium Bridge, it is a 30 second walk to the Temple Bar area, 15 minutes walk from Jameson's Distillery, 20 minutes walk from Guinness, 10 minutes walk from Trinity College and 10 minutes walk each from the O'Connell Street and Grafton Street shopping areas.
The hotel itself is small, clean, and friendly (18 rooms), and serves a nice included breakfast in the attached Eliza Blues restaurant. Kay Nolan, the general manager, is a delight. Perhaps the best bit of practical advice we can share, though, is that the area is noisy. The pubs nearby have live bands, and the road on the Liffey has heavy trucks and busses. We expected that, and thus didn't mind in the slightest. However if one wants to leave one's windows open to enjoy the cool Dublin air, it won't be quiet. On the other hand, if you'ld like one of the shortest stumbles from the lively Temple Bar pubs and restaurants, its a wonderful and inviting place.
We took two rooms, one for my wife and me, and one for our two teenage daughters. The vote from the 4 of us is that we wouldn't hestitate to stay here again.
Good hotel overall
We planned a trip staying a couple of nights in Dublin so we wanted a hotel that was very centrally located but fairly quiet, and less imposing than big hotel chains. Eliza Lodge fitted all these requirements. The location was excellent, being so central and close to everything within walking distance. It was great being close to the Film Centre and Arty Cultural Quater in Temple Bar. Good if you're looking for more than a pint of Guiness on a rainy evening. The standard double room didn't have a balcony but did look out onto the river with a great view. There was also no jacuzzi and the room is definitely smaller than the pics on website, adequate though. The bathroom had no bath but the shower was v good and powerful, also included toiletries. One thing, it could have done with more hooks or towel rails and a shelf for toiletries as there was plenty of spare wall space. Toiletries ended up on the floor as only one small glass shelf. It was fairly quiet as double glazing blocked out most of the general noise outside. However, you can still hear the heavy traffic driving past especially big lorries, so if you are a light sleeper you could find it hard to sleep. There is air con and heating which also emits weird water sounds. The room wasn't as clean as it could be. The top of the bed headboard had about a few months worth of dirt and dust. Not nice if you want to rest your head. Breakfast and service was good. Irish breakfast was small but fine if you add toast, cereal and fruit salad which was v fresh and nice is plenty. You get tea/coffee making facilities and biscuits in the room. Staff were efficient and tend to leave you alone. Dubliners in general weren't as friendly as anticipated. We paid 110 EUR p/night, so an average deal but dublin is v expensive. Compared to hotels in Spain for example, the hotel might not compare as well for the quality and price. For Dublin, this hotel made a good stay overall.
found the staff to be very friendly and helpful. the room was very modern and clean . had a room with a balcony and a fantastic view of the River Liffey. the room was tight for space , but more than adequate. the hotel is very central and reasonably priced for it's location . the breakfast was delicious and the service was excellent. also ate in the restaurant on one night and there was a good selection of food , friendly staff and it appeared to be a popular venue.would be more than happy to go back and stay.
LOTS OF IRISH CHARM
I was very impressed with this hotel - A local Dubliner recommended the hotel and I couldn't have been happier. It's rates were very competitive for the Temple Bar area (I paid 76 Euro for a single which in Temple Bar was a bargain!) The location could not be better! And the hotel staff were very kind and professional. It's a charming, small well-run hotel located in a prime area - I would recommend this hotel to anyone seeking a great deal, great lodging and good customer service in Dublin's prime area!
Excellant Location and lovely rooms
Dublin is extraordinarily expensive so i don't think the price can really be commented on - it is good enough as the hotel is clean, rooms a good size and an unbeatable location. We stayed on a Saturday night when temple bar and the surrounding streets are heaving but the room managed to block out all the incredible nopise going on outside which was amazing! The room was very clean and well furnished and the breakfast, though not big, was absolutely fine by most standards. I would definitely stay here again.
Great room - but that breakfast!
We arrived at 11.30 a.m. and were greeted by a very friendly receptionist. This hotel is NOT disabled friendly as the reception desk is on the 1st floor. A lift runs from here to the other floors. We were too early to check in but they kindly agreed to hold our baggage and deliver it to our room once it was ready. When we got back in the evening our executive room was indeed ready on the 3rd floor. It was a nice bright room with an airy feel, that had a kingsize bed and a single. But two things really made it for my niece (9 yrs.) The "Bubble" window overlooking the new Millenium bridge and the jaquzzi bath!! I actually had two hours of peace while she frolicked in it!! And what a wonderful way to soak out the stresses and strains of a busy day! It was a little noisy at night, but then we were in Templebar and if you stay here thats what you have to expect. There was no bar except for the restaurant down stairs, which is franchised out for lunch and dinner! Breakfast next morning was mediocre at best. One rasher, one sausage one egg and one thin piece of white pudding plus a bit of tomato. Orange juice and a choice of three cereals and a couple of slices of toast. I stay in hotels and B&B's very often and this was by far the poorest breakfast for the money paid (203.00 euro for 1 night, two adults and 1 child) I also thought an 11 a.m. checkout was a little tight considering that it is normally 12 noon everywhere else.
Clean & Friendly - A Bargain!
This guest house is perfect if you want some where thats clean, friendly, secure and central. I stayed in a triple room and was over the moon to find a fold down iroining board and iron...even some of the top hotels I've stayed in dont have that!! We also had a jacuzzi although it didnt actually work. The staff we lovely, we were able to have our bags stored free of charge after we checked out. For being so close to the pubs at Temple Bar the noise isnt too bad. We paid £50 each per night and I definitely think it was worth it I'd recommend it to anyone and will certainly be back.
A little overpriced
This hotel was very clean, modern, and located on the River Liffey. I was under the impression that the top floor room all had balconies and jacuzzi baths, but that was a little off. A penthouse room has a balcony, but an excutive room has a jacuzzi, so if you want both ask for room #400. Otherwise, the rooms had great views and amenities, but were smaller than the pictures. It is located on the edge of the Temple bar district, but I didn't notice much noise. It was a good location to walk to most of Dublin's attractions. Overall, I think that I could have picked one of the other hotels on the River and had just as nice a room and view for less money.
Clean, Central Hotel........
The hotel was very central to Temple Bar / Grafton Street and the staff were very friendly, and that is what you are paying for - the location and overlooking the river. However in terms of it being described as luxurious in my opinion it was no more so than the next hotel and the room was a standard room which was actually very small. Also in my view luxurious should at least include a bathroom with a bath so I was disappointed when the we saw the bathroom had only a small shower cubicle and with very little space for toiletries. The room was small but crowded with furniture which meant we were often tripping over a chair!.Overall the room was okay, it was clean but fairly standard and therefore in my view expensive for what it was. When I was researching hotels there were other central hotels with lower rates. Personally I believe you would be able to get better value for money elsewhere. The beds are comfy, however word of advice if you stay there - try to avoid the room at the end of the first floor - the bed may be comfy but you wont get much sleep because as soon as anyone in the rooms above starts using the shower or flushing the toilet you are woken by the gushing sound of water, if that doesnt keep you awake the sound of the "beeping" of the pedestrian crossing just outside will drive you mad!