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Wonderful city. Great vitality and colors. Lots of traffic. So far I've met more Americans, Germans and Swedes than the Irish people. Nice three day visit, but looking forward to our trip through the rural Ireland.
This hotel is situated in the city centre next to a busy street, the no-sleep type. The bar was open and populated till late - some girls' party. The receptionist was as slow as my grandma and mixed all up with the keys. As we were a big group of people - it took about an hour to get everybody into their rooms. The rooms were standard. The bell-boys and the waiters were mostly Polish.
Wild Water Kayak Club Xmas party at the Holiday Inn - plenty of drinking & dancing.
We landed in Dublin last night and took a cab to our downtown hotel. (Holiday Inn City Center). It was raining when we landed and the taxi driver told us to expect more of the same the entire week. We started our day (in a light rain) with one of the hop-on/hop-off bus tours, which was recommended to us by another travelpod traveler. This was an …
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A deal, but a bit off the main. If you don't mind a 20 minute walk every day to get to the city center, then not bad.
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Anyone who has stayed here, will agree with me that is a very RUN-DOWN part of town.
When complaining that this hotel has a lot of street noise, I was told that "There are many Platinum Club members who stay here" and there is nothing we can do for you. "(There is a very noisy pub across the street). Couldn't care less about long-time Holiday Inn users.
Be aware: This is in a very run-down part of town..away from all tourist sights.
Recommendations" Pay more and stay closer to tourists-sights. You will be glad that you did.
We stayed at the Holiday Inn Dublin City Centre for a pre-Chistmas shopping weekend. Externally it's not as large as you might expect. A street-front, three storey modern building, seemingly around 10 years old, it blends well with its much older 3 storey Victorian neighbours. On entering the hotel, you'll find that the ground floor has a characterless bar with large plasma screen TV and an adjoining function room. There is a small lobby, the walls of which are covered with photos of small-time entertainers of the 'working-mens club' genre who apparently have played in the function suite of the hotel. The two nights we were there (albeit in the run-up to Christmas) there were office parties galore enjoying the floorshow in the function room and loud music audibly played until after 2am. Perhaps however that is a seasonal problem - although the lobby photograph gallery might suggest otherwise! The rooms are very spacious & spotlessly clean, and seemingly recently refurbished. Bathrooms are of a good size with plenty of towels. The drapes, furniture, bedding, decor and carpets were tasteful and pristine. Meals are rather 'bar snack' fodder and served in the bar. There is no seperate restaurant. It's therefore wise to eat out - perhaps in the Temple Bar area which has restaurants of all sorts to choose from. The hotel is around 10 minutes walk from O'Connell Street and Grafton Street (the two main shopping thoroughfares). The hotel itself is out along Pearce Street - a shabby Victorian arterial route into the city - (near Pearce St Railway Station) - not the most salubriuos part of town - but we found perfectly safe to walk. For the less energetic, a taxi ride to / from Temple Bar (a must-see quaint cobbled area packed with pubs & restaurants) or Grafton Street is around 6 Euro. A taxi from airport is around 35 Euro. The hop-on-hop-off city bus tour is great value for a whole day of sightseeing and takes you to everywhere you need to see. It's run by Dublinbus. Nearest City-Tour stop is just at the top of Grafton Street. Overall the Holiday Inn is a good base to stay for above average accomodation - particularly if you can secure a cut-price deal with advance internet booking. The only drawbacks being the lack of 'proper' restaurant; it's off the beaten track location and the propensity for the function room to host loud events - audible to us on the third floor.
A short bus ride to town
We purchased the 5-day rambler and a bus came by every 20 minutes or so, otherwise, it's a good walk to city center.
The room was nice, the staff of Eastern European extraction and friendly. We only had breakfast there and it was good.
If major soccer games are on TV, the bar seems to draw a large local crowd. I would not hesitate to recommend it. We were there for five days in November 2004.
Not Dublin City Centre
Main problem is the hotel location - at least a 10 minute walk from the main tourist areas.
Otherwise fairly standard Holiday Inn although on arrival all our rooms were not available till well past the 4pm check in time, with no explanation or apology.
Restaurant a bit basic with quite high prices in the bar
Good for a Family
Stayed here on the bank holiday weekend in May. Rooms were quiet, clean and good sized for a family of four. Staff were all very friendly and the restaurant was basic but fine. The location is good as long as you don't mind a 10 minute walk to the main tourist areas. We always felt safe walking in the early evening and enjoyed our stay here.
Nice..but don't use the Internet
Euro 850.00 for 3 days local internet access at this hotel! As a business traveller and a Priority Club member I am used to having free local calls at Holiday Inns - its a perk. On a stay at this hotel I was charged 850.00 euros for three days local Internet access calls, and no indication in the room that local calls were anything from 1.50 to 4 Euro's a minute. I complained, two months later they said they would credit half of it, 6 months later I am still waiting for the credit.
Don't expect to sleep well, the noise from the street is exesssive. I found the staff cold and impersonal. Totally unlike any Holiday Inn I have stayed at in any other country worldwide.
It was great
We really enjoyed our time here. It was clean, the staff was extremely helpful, the restaurant was great. Construction was going on next door while we were there and we had trouble sleeping. We called and spoke with the manager and were shown to a quieter room very quickly.
Not great but not bad either
Stayed there 12/2003
Not a great area of Dublin. quite loud (at least the room I had).
Breakfast wasn't anything special.
Staff was friendly and helpful. It seemed clean enough.
Wouldn't stay there again unless the price was really, good given so many choices for hotels.
Dangerous little area..BEWARE!!!
Hotel's rooms were spacious but dirty. Bar food was ridiculously priced for small portions but worst of all, staff did not care about customers and hotel was in ghetto area of Dublin. YOU'VE BEEN WARNED!!
Not exactly City Centre
Was there 8/2003. A walk to the main parts of town - about 5 to 10 minutes. And not in a great area to walk home at night after having a few pints in Temple Bar - had to take a cab. Room was average hotel room - two double beds which is a rarity we found while traveling Ireland. Food in the bar was a little pricey, and the bar smelt as though you were sitting in the kitchen next to the deep fryer. If you get this at a cheap rate, go for it. If not spend the extra few bucks and stay closer to the action (Jury's Inn Christchurch is good).