IMI Residence Dublin
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Greetings from Dublin where we finally have Internet! It has been a couple of fun -filled days. Yesterday and today were especially full of activities and fun! I asked the boys this morning in our group at the B&B to rate yesterday and Robert said "I'd give it at 10 but then I'd have to give the next great one a 12. It was a fun day. …
... can use the same color as someone else within the city, but you can't have the same color door as your neighbor (because that would defeat the point). I also visited the Guinness storehouse and had a free pint of Guinness. It's not my favorite, but it's pretty good as far as beer is concerned.
Friday night was the Pub Crawl- and an authentic PUB crawl. I visited 5 Pubs that were all different in their own way. The atmosphere in Irish pubs is just so ...
... in Sicily. Rupert Everett played Oscar - he has been in Shakespeare in Love - is a very well known actor over here. There was quite a bit of nudity in the play which surprised me a bit - haven't seen much of that in Winnipeg.
On the home front, we are still waiting to have our shower repaired - it has been almost a week since it went totally on the blink. Now I have daily phone conversations with ...
... told through the streets of Dublin and a very knowledgeable tour guide who literally wrote the book on the 1916 Rising (€12 and about 2 hours).
1:30 - After the tour grab a bit of lunch in a nearby pub or restaurant. If you have time and energy take a wee dander (about 15 minutes from City Hall) down to the Brazen Head, est. 12th century this has been identified as Dublin's Oldest Pub and the food is sensational ...
... Then I got married. My wife Polly was shocked at how little actual material I had from my early years. It took a lot of digging to find proof that I had actually been a child once. She still has moments of doubt.
The Marsh Library in Dublin is a snapshot of a public library in the 1700's. It was the first public library in Dublin, founded in 1701, but they stopped adding books to their collection in 1749. So ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews IMI Residence Dublin
My husband and I stayed here last weekend. The IMI is in the grounds of the Irish Management Institute. It is a bit out of Dublin city (which I liked because it was so quite) but we had a car so getting places wasn't a problem (and the LUCAS is about a 20 minute walk and there is a bus stop right outside the grounds). Like the recent reviews I thought that this hotel was clean and modern. I was impressed with the en-suite (the shower was great) and there was free broadband internet access. The breakfast was good, cereals, fruit, youghurts, croissants, toast, fruit juices, tea and coffee. The lounge area was nice and there was cutlery available so we brought our meals in. All in all I found this hotel an excellent place to stay. We only paid 89GBP for two nights so it was really cheap. I would definitely consider staying here again.
Just got back from a fantastic weekend in Dublin and for the money we paid I have no complaints about this hotel. Ok there isnt a restaurant but with several hundred or more to chose from in Dublin why bother .
The rooms were clean and well equipped, the bathroom was excellent, complimentary tea and coffee throughout the day was most welcome.
Only niggle is that taxi drivers didnt seem to know where this hotel was as its so new and they tend only to operate in the central dublin area. )On one trip home late at night we ended up lost but the guy was very fair in reducing the price of the fare.
The LUAS system is faultless and is about 12 mins walk from the IMI and takes you straight to St Stephens Green shopping centre. If you use the bus do have the right change available or buy a hopper ticket which you can also use on the LUAS. When the new shopping centre at Dundrum is Built this hotel will be right on its doorstep, and will be the largest shopping complex in Europe. I for one will be returning.
Great Staff!! Great place!!
We had a great time in the IMI Residences. The staff were so friendly and helpful and the place was so clean and new.
Free tea and coffee in the lounge all day was great.
Not sure about recent poor review titled 'Don't stay there'.
Stayed there over the weekend - the hotel was great - couldn't fault it.
Friendly staff, nice relaxed atmosphere, rooms were spotless, and certainly on a par with many 4 star hotels.
As far as not being able to control temperature in the room - a normal radiator you can turn on/off and a window you can open/close - what's the problem?
You know before you book that there is no bar or restaurant, so why complain about it? You can buy chilled wine/beer from reception if really can't make it out to a pub!
If I can get rooms for similar price, would definitely go again later this year.
Stayed at the Radisson SAS (5 star) last year and preferred the IMI overall.
Helpful staff & Great Value
I stayed at the imi residence a week ago and found it terrific. The staff were helpful from beginning to end. The lack of a restaurant in the evening was not a big deal because there are so many dining places in Dublin. Even the guests were friendly - I believe this is a testament to the general atmosphere in the hotel. It was an oasis of calm and the best place I have stayed out of six Dublin hotels in the past 6 months.
Don't stay here
Really, this was a horrible experience. We had loose wires hanging from the ceiling and in the walls, no way of controlling the temperature in the room and, wait for it, the toilet did not work. When we complained we were told that someone would fix it, but that did not happen and only after much more complaining with some very unhelpful staff did we manage to get another room. But to no avail as the toilet did not work there either. It is not as close to the station as advertised and the service and amenities are extremely conspicuous in their absence. No luggage room, bar, restaurant and sometimes no staff either. Do yourself a favour and stay somewhere else.
An oasis of calm outside Dublin city centre.
I have just returned from spending two nights at the IMI Residence and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. It was excellent value and very clean. Serene music playing in reception and large open spaces added to the ambience.
The white bed linen and powerful shower were definite plus points. The new LUCAS system at Ballaly was efficient and good fun. However you would have to walk very quickly to reach it in ten minutes, as avertised!
Just a couple of little moans... I did miss having a soak in the bath after a long day shopping and the bath towels were tiny!
It is also worth noting that it is a long way to return for your luggage. So, if like me your flight home is not until the evening you will be stuck with your bag all day. I guess the answer is to travel light!
Delighted with IMI
We loved the IMI Residence, the staff were superb and the room was first class. Located on the outskirts of the city but the LUAS took us int town in less than 20 minutes. We would definately stay there next time we need accommodation in Dublin.
Bizarre setting for a hotel
The IMI Residence is a hotel located within a business and conference centre. We booked a Saturday night there for a very reasonable rate of £48. The hotel is quite far from Dublin City Centre, but the bus was reliable, so we really didn't mind the 20 minute journey there and back.
This hotel does not have a restaurant, or even a bar, which struck me as very odd. The hotel is also made up of giant concrete blocks, and instead of making the hotel look like a factory, it seemed to add a touch of "industrial chic" to the place.
The room was wonderfully modern and minimalist, with a sparse and sparkling ensuite shower room. The bed was comfortable and the view of the Dublin Mountains was spectacular. Because of the lack of restaurant, arrangements could be made with local restaurants for take-aways to be delivered to your room, or the mezzanine lounge (which is also where we had our continental breakfast the next morning).
If you don't mind being a bit further out of Dublin, this hotel is very good value for money.
Loved the imi
We just a 3 night stay at imi, and this small 50 room hotel proved to be excellant value for money, onlt paid 55euro per night and had a large room with tv and full coffee/tea making equipment.
the hotel is quite new and tastefully decorated and kept clean (in a word SPOTLESS) t he bed was most comfortable-breakfast was a small buffet but good value and enough to start the day-free newspapers and the staff were so friendly and pleasant.the hotel was perfecr for us as it was in 12 acres of ground-so no outside noise-the hotel is mostly for business people on a training course so they were also quiet,i normally like a top name hotel but this hotel will be top of my list next time im in dublin-i will certainly try to book this hotel first