Holiday Inn Express Dublin Airport

Address: Northwood Park, Santry Demesne, Dublin, County Dublin, N/A, Ireland | 3 star hotel
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Because of its close proximity to Santry Park, and because it's near Dublin airport, the Holiday Inn Express generally pleases visitors. Guests commend the hotel for many reasons, including its cleanliness, free WiFi, and delicious complimentary breakfast buffet. With free shuttle service and a central location, visitors say a stay here is a wonderful way to experience the buzz and excitement of Dublin, Ireland. It's considered a solid accommodation for families and couples as well as solo travelers, all of whom can choose between rooms with double or twin size beds.

Smoking indoors is a problem for some visitors, but there are also non-smoking rooms in the hotel. Further amenities include pay-per-view movies and satellite channels for entertainment, power showers, and air conditioning. Traveling families love the addition of sofa beds in rooms with double beds, which create even more space. All visitors are greatly pleased with shuttle service to and from the airport.

The hotel gets particularly high marks for it's value. The rooms are clean, crisp, and inviting, so travelers enjoy a true "home away from home" experience when they visit Dublin. The staff ranks high as well for friendliness and willingness to help and accommodate any needs.


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This 3 star hotel, located on Northwood Park, Santry Demesne, Dublin, is near National Botanic Gardens, Casino Marino, River Shannon, and Corballis Golf Links.
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsHoliday Inn Express Dublin Airport

    Reviewed by tngontheroad

    Terrific choice

    Reviewed Sep 29, 2014
    by (11 reviews) , United States Flag of United States

    Great place to stay going in/out of Dublin airport. Friendly and helpul staff. Free access to/from airport.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

    Reviewed by lessaustin

    It is what it is.

    Reviewed Aug 18, 2013
    by (9 reviews) Scarborough, Ontario, Canada , Canada Flag of Canada

    Shower though instead of a bathtub.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

    Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Inn Express Dublin Airport

    Great hotel


    We stayed here only one night after a late flight into Dublin. Found it no trouble after picking up the hire car - but didn't expect the 7 euro charge for the car park, as there had been no prior warning. Having said that, the car park itself was well lit and felt relatively secure.

    The receptionist was welcoming, friendly and extremely helpful in sending out for a takeaway for us at 12.30 am!

    The room was warm, comfy and outstandingly clean and well appointed. Food was good at breakfast, but continental only.

    All in all, this was a great value for money stop over and is to be highly recommended.

    Good accommodation for airport users


    We booked this hotel as a good-value place to overnight before flying out from the airport. There's a complimentary shuttle bus that leaves for and from the airport every half hour and it'll take about 10 minutes through slow-moving traffic.

    The Reception staff were efficient and pleasant, and the twin room was a good size and nicely decorated. So the accommodation itself was top-notch; the hotel just falls down on the lack of eating options. We had bar food at the Crowne Plaza next door, and it was pretty terrible. The food at the hotel's Touzai restaurant may be better - the HI Express reception can book you a table. Then we thought the breakfast was a bit on the mean side. There was juice, small boxes of cereal, sliced bread for toast and pastries, but I would have liked to see some of the usual Continental breakfast staples like muesli, yoghurts and sliced meat and cheese.

    At the end of the day though, it's the hotel's lack of food catering that allows it to offer such great-value rates, so on that basis I'd recommend it.

    Nice hotel


    It wsa the best hotel of our Europe tour. Check-in was smooth and quick, the room was spacious, clean and very comfortable.

    What we liked especially was the personalised service on the television.

    There were small negatives - it was far from city centre, 1 light in the room was not working, I could not dial the reception from my room - but overall it was a pleasant stay, and the staff was friendly and helped us as much they could.

    I would definitely recommend it to anyone going for a short stay in Dublin.

    Clean Efficient Hotel


    We had an early flight out of Dublin, so decided to book our last night at the airport instead of in the city. This hotel is brand new, and the rooms are designed very well. The bathrooms are smart and immaculate. The beds are comfortable with duvets instead of scratchy blankets. Staff was friendly. I wouldn't hesistate to recommend this hotel.

    Great Value, Staff that make a difference


    For the price, the HIX at Dublin Airport is the best choice. There is a free shuttle bus every thirty minutes from the airpory, and the journey time takes about 10 minutes.

    I have stayed here three times, and parking is the same price as the QuikPark, so is a great option for fly and stay.

    The hotel is new, and spotless, with comfortable beds, and well lit bathrooms. Breakfast is free, and is a continental style. What the hotel lacks in amenities is made up by the crowne plaza next door, which offers the options (including dining) you need.

    Surprisingly good


    We stayed at this hotel the night before flying out to the UK, having selected it as they offered a deal on parking also. I didn't expect too much, but boy was I surprised when we walked in there!

    The hotel, although small, is very appealing and has a hip designery-feel to it. The room was perhaps a little bigger than these places tend to be, and again, the decor was very modern and stylish. The bed was very comfortable and the place very clean, without any of that chemical/cleaning products smell that a lot of places seem to have.

    We had some difficulties finding it at first; it is actually not too far from the airport, off the main road, tucked into a park which it shares with the Crowne Plaza hotel. There's a sign for the Crowne Plaza, turn in there and you will find the Express just before it.

    Services are limited, but I think the hotel next door offers more. They also share a shuttle bus. Internet is offered, but at a premium. There is a shopping centre about 5 or 10 minutes drive away, where you can get take away food, but if you are not driving, and need to eat, then check out the Crowne Plaza's menu online first! I guess you could also take the shuttle bus to the airport and eat there if you wanted to. It leaves the hotel every half hour. When we returned, we simply phoned the hotel and they sent the bus over immediately for us.

    Staff were very friendly, and overall, I would recommend this hotel for anyone needing to be close to the airport.

    Accpetable airport access


    We stayed here for a single overnight to make getting to an early flight easier than driving from home in the morning. Overall experience would normally have been positive, but . . . a few things conspired to make it a not great night. In fairness to the hotel many of these elements were out of their control.

    First of all, there was a storm that night and the normal runway in Dublin was out of action. The alternate runway (used maybe a handfull of times a year based on observation from my house across the city) brings plane *right over* the hotel at relatively low altitude and with engines at full throttle to cope with the take off and the storm. You get the picture. It was pretty noisy.

    The aircon also appeared to be very noisy, and when we turned it off and opened the windows the noise from the adjacent motorway was a constant annoyance. They can't move the motorway, but they can make the aircon less noisy.

    Our son had a cough that kept him awake most of the night - but I can't be sure if that was a function of a dusty hotel room, poor aircon or just one of those coughs you get sometimes so I'll give them the benfit of the doubt on that one.

    Good points - the 'shuttle' was in fact a taxi booked by the hotel for us at 0530 at no cost to us. You do need to book the shuttle as just turning up at 0530 is likely to lead to a missed flight. they asked at check-in what time we would need the shuttle for, so they pretty much expect people to use it. Transit time to the airport was minimal in Dublin terms - maybe 5 minutes drive. At peak times allow a few minutes more, but there really isn't that much local traffic to contend with.

    We booked this hotel on points as it cost 10,000 compared to 20,000 for the Crowne Plaza next door. Actual prices would have been around €110 or so for either hotel, but with no breakfast in the Crowne Plaza. For a single overnighter I would go with the place with the breakfast to set me up for the flight. When we arrived we went next door anyway for a cup of coffee and so got the benefit of the CP lounge area.

    Staff were all helpful and cheery. The hotel building had the usual lack of facilities, but with the CP next door, that's not a problem. The building seemed to have been open since Jun06 or so, so everything was still new.

    I would recommend it for overnights to get too/from the airport but not as a base for visiting Dublin as there are other places nearer the city centre.

    Holiday Inn Express Impressive


    This recent addition to the Intercontinental Hotels Group of which you have Intercontinental , Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and finally Holiday Inn Express is located near Dublin Airport , on the city side. It is attached to the Crowne Plaza which is an excellent 4 star hotel.

    The Holiday Inn express is similar to an Ibis Hotel it does not have a full service as with Holiday Inn etc. There is a nightly Carpark charge of € 7.

    The rooms were warm and clean and functional and a good continental breakfast included in room rate. If you want to splash out on food at night you can dine next door at the bar in the Crowne Plaza or just have a few relaxing drinks, you can also have a drink in the Holiday Inn Express. The Staff were excellent and friendly at check in and out.

    Would be happy to stay here again if the price is right or better still the Crowne Plaza when the price is right.

    Nice cost-effective place close to airport


    We stayed here 2 nights and chose it specifically because we had an early morning flight. This hotel apparently just opened in summer/fall 2006. It was a little difficult finding this hotel, it's tucked back off the road, look for the big Crowne Plaza sign, CP is located next door. Good car park, excellent front desk staff, courteous, friendly, one young man got my wife an extra blanket and delivered it to our room. Good basic continental breakfast, I especialy enjoyed having a "nightcap" pint and whiskey in the lobby both nights. Basic rooms, good shower, quiet, airport shuttle bus leaves every half hour, you have to book it at the front desk. If you want to avoid the congestion of staying in downtown Dublin, and have a flight out of the airport, this is a good choice. If you want something a little fancier, you can stay at Crowne Plaza next door.

    Very good hotel


    This was my first time staying in this hotel, which is operated by the same company as the neighbouring Crowne Plaza.

    We were due to arrive in Dublin Airport at around 7.00pm, and once we had our luggage telephoned the hotel to ask for the shuttle coach. It arrived within a few minutes, but Dublin Airport should be ashamed of the area currently used to pickups. I realise that there is a lot of building going on, but there is no excuse for poor signage and no shelter (particularly on a wet evening).

    Check-in was swift and pleasant. The lobby area is pleasant , as was the breakfast area. Soft drinks and snacks were available from machines. Ice machines on all floors...many full service hotels don't even have these!

    The room was very pleasantly decorated, with a smallish shower room with self contained toilet (nice touch).

    The only faults we could find were poor soundproofing (compard the Crowne Plaza) and an ice bucket containing used tea bag & uht milk containers.

    Breakfast was the usual continental spread, but the crockery and cutlery were of an unusually high standard for a HI Express.

    I booked this room on line for an amazing rate of 60Euro, which represents excellent value.

    This is an excellent hotel and deserves to do well.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Holiday Inn Express Dublin Airport

    4.00 of 5 stars Excellent

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