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Travel Blogs from Dublin
So as usual, once I get back to Ireland, the blogging stops. I guess the combination of visiting and being in houses instead of hostels makes it more like home, and less like something to blog about. But my family keeps asking for it so here's the update. Once I arrived in Dublin, I picked up the rental car and headed into the city center in an attempt to meet my sister. Now, I had no GPS or co pilot, I was driving a manual car on the ...
... 1890. If you are a student at the college, you can request a volume. Someone goes to collect it, you go straight to a little room, and it is brought to you. Sometimes you need to wear gloves, depending on the age and condition of the book.
We opted for lunch in a fancy bar/restaurant- high tech look, packed with customers, and a staff that cranked through all the tables.I wanted tapas- albondigas (meatballs), but ...
... could turn in your drink ticket and enjoy a full pint of the dark brew. But alas we decided to keep our drink tickets since none of us enjoyed the beer. But we ate at a wonderful restaurant on the 5th floor and enjoyed Guinness pork roast and desserts. Mmmm...We spent nearly all afternoon there, engrossed in the beer-making process and how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness. It was all fascinating. We caught the Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus yet again and made our way ...
Our first Formal night on board happened while we were sailing away from England, around Land's End and up the Irish Channel to Dublin. Pre-dinner drinks at the Captains welcome party followed by dinner at which we were treated to an excellent rendition of the Drinking song from La Traviata by the ship’s singers. After dinner we attended a piano recital by the virtuoso pianist David Schofield who was excellent.
This morning lo and behold the sun was shining ...
... leftovers for breakfast because we wanted to throw out the least amount of food possible. We ended up doing pretty good considering all the food we bought at the grocery store. I guess we’ve gotten pretty good at the whole home rental thing.
Once the house was clean, I took a bunch of pictures of the interior of the house. I plan to do a full review blog of the house because of all of the interesting history behind it. I am also going to let Diane ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Beresford Hotel Dublin
Don't expect to sleep
I spent a long weekend at the hotel last spring and had very mixed feelings. The hotel was clean, it was in a great location, the rooms were a decent size, and food wasn't bad. However, I didn't sleep the entire time we were there. We had a room over the kitchen and a machine kept going on all night with a very loud banging noise that shook our room. Then, in the morning- bright and early- the cooks turned on music very loud. Plus, we had a problem with the ceilings. They were just so thin and squeeky that we heard every step the people above us took. This was aggrivating, but okay when it was just two adults up there, but when a group of young, active children moved in the next night with their parents it was unbearable. We did ask the staff about the noise bellow us (it took two nights before we discovered it was the kitchen), but they didn't do anything to help us, if anything we seemed like a nuisance to them. I'd recommend this hotel, but only if you get a room on the top floor, away from the busy road, and on the opposite side of the kitchen.
My wife and I stayed for a few days in early april and had a great time.This hotel is very well placed for walking to all the tourist areas and ideal if you use the air link bus from and to the airport(the stops are 10yards from the hotel).This hotel is excellent in all areas from the food through to the staff service and I would not hesitate staying here the next time we visit.
If there is any one out ther who likes a pint (or two) then nearby in middle abbey street within the Abbey Hotel (mojos bar) all pints are 3euros which is excellent for Dublin bar prices.
cannot wait to return to this hotel
I stayed at the Beresford for a few nights last summer, the house and its interior are beautiful- of a much higher quality than I would expect for the price I paid. I found the location to be excellent, around the corner from the bus station and an easy walk to Temple Bar and Grafton Street. However our stay was slightly marred by the building work that was going on nearby at the time.
The first morning we were woken by power tools, etc just before 6am. We did speak to the staff who said that work would not begin until 8am the next morning and they had received many complaints. Unfortunately this was not the case but we did get an extra 45 mins sleep than the previous morning! I'm sure this building work has long since finished but it did disturb my visit to what is actually an excellent guest house.
Other than that I would say to ask for a room that isn't on the ground floor. Although the room itself was beautiful the window literally faced a brick wall so we were unable to tell what the weather was like each morning.
The Best Hotel In Dublin!
I was back in Dublin last week for another stay at Beresford Hall.
It remains one of my favorite places to stay anywhere in the world. The staff is tremendous, the rooms continue to be maintained at the very highest level and the value is unbeatable.
The new LUAS light rail system is now running and passes directly in front of the building. The LUAS makes very little noise and was not an issue from my room.
The hotel is also just around the corner from the bus station. In some cities, a bus station is unseemly and troublesome. Not in Dublin. Many of the local buses and cross-country buses arrive and depart one block east of the front door. If you are headed to Dublin and staying at BH, look for the 747 bus oustside on the arrivals level at the airport. 5 Euros one way, 9 RT.
BH is also about four blocks from the O'Connell street bridge which is four or five blocks to the top of Grafton street or the west end of Temple Bar. Temple Bar is a great hot spot and even on Wednesdays has bars and revelers running late into the night. I would stay at BH and avoid the Temple Bar hotels for two reasons. First, Temple Bar hotels are overpriced. Second, and perhaps a bit picky, most of them have single pane windows. Not a good combination when trying to get through the first few nights of jet lag. Book Beresford Hall and walk to Temple Bar.
I highly recommed this hotel for work or pleasure trips!
Regular Stays in Dublin
I love this hotel and have returned 4 times this year on business and once for a city break. For a city centre location you cannot beat it. The road works are completely finished outside the hotel as this was a hassle earlier in the year. There is a new manager there - Justin I think - he really seems to know his business. They have just refurbished the entire ground floor area of the hotel and I must say it is probably this nicest lobby I have ever seen - big open fires, beautiful lighting - a great place to relax after a hard days work. They opened their new Cafe bar not so long ago which compliments their fantastic authentic italian restaurant. This is a surprisingly quiet hotel with a great shower - a bit too strong in fact! Really friendly and efficient staff who make you feel welcome important and most of all for a single lady traveller - safe!!!
Love the hotel keep up the good work
Great value food and accommodation
We had a really lovely stay at Hotel Isaacs - beautiful rooms right in the city centre. The bar was relaxing and the Italian restaurant was lovely -unusual to get such nice and good value food in a hotel. Compared to some other Dublin city centre hotels we stayed at in the past, this was by far the nicest. They are right in the centre of the city so we walked everywhere which saved a few euros on taxis and public transport.
Convenient location, very tired rooms
If only the sleeping rooms were like the charming Breakfast Room/restaurant, but sadly, they were tired 20 years ago. Not old fashioned charm, just old. We felt the price of E132 was a lot for the double accomodations provided.
Friendly staff, and convenient location near the central bus station, 10 minute walk to Temple Bar and Trinity College. Major construction going on next to the hotel, but that pretty well describes a lot of Dublin in June 2004.
Directly behind Customs House, but within easy walking distance of the Liffey and central Dublin, this refurbished guest house can only be described as spectacular. Our room was almost regal in its grandeur, the staff were extremely friendly and the breakfast was excellent.
The only downside, I foresee, is the proximity of the newly-laid tramlines. The system had not yet opened when we stayed, but it's likely that the noise could pervade the front rooms.
I'm altogether impressed, however, and it takes a lot to satisfy me.
The Hotel Isaacs is situated next to the bus station in Dublin so eliminates the needs for a taxi from the airport. The public lounges have great character, huge open fires in impressive fire surrounds and knowledgeable, friendly staff to enhance the visit. The bedrooms are of an adequate size, clean and comfortable. The TV is small and has limited reception, but I wasn't in the room long enough to watch any TV. The ensuite bathroom is a good size and clean, but becoming in need of refurbishment. The hotel coffee bar is a great place to relax, although there are so many to try out in Dublin I didn't have much call for the hotel one. Breakfast was excellent value and of good quality. Again the staff were attentive and friendly, readily bringing hot milk on request. The location of the hotel was ideal for any visit in the city. Everywhere was in walking distance, although the open top bus tour provided an ideal overview of the city.
Value for money
I've been there in june 2003. It is easily to be reached from the airport by bus, because it is opposite of the busstation. It is not noisy though!The staff is friendly and helpfull.If you have a room ath the back it is very quiet, though you are in the heart of the city.Rooms are clean and friendly decorated. There is no noise from the hostel which is at the back of the hotel.It's a ten minute walk to temple bar. The breakfast was okay, young staff, whith no interest in the guests.I would go there again, value for money