Travel Blogs from Dublin
Today we arrived into Dublin by ferry from The Isle of Man. To our dismay there was a bus strike, but the taxi driver, George was hilarious and gave us a guided tour of Dublin en route to the Avis depot. After a look around the city and some lunch, we drove south to County Wexford and a small town Gorey, where Des and family ...
... which were built during different time periods. Various national heroes such as Robert Emmett, Charles Stewart Parnell, and Eamon de Valera did time here. The later, eventually served as President of Ireland. We saw where the members of the 1916 rebellion were executed, and heard stories of various inmates. It was a very interesting tour, and I am glad that my buddy Fay recommended taking it in as a priority.
One particular sad story had to do with ...
... 8217;s family descends from the Normans.
Then Henry 8th, the King of England decided he wanted to rule Ireland. And to think that the Irish were just minding their own business and all these people came along!
It was a very interesting afternoon.
Irish Viking Website
It was early summer and time to sit and plan the holidays.
Every few years we go a little bit exotic and the Middle East once again raised it's head. Our beloved Syria was no longer an option due to the horrible war. Lebanon, Egypt, Mali all ruled out due to unrest and then we seriously considered Yemen. A wonderful place, and although the risks aren't ...
... Cheers! Arriving at the Olympia Theatre having totally missed the support act an having no expectation for the show ahead as I had no idea who on earth I was there to see. I decided to go in totally blind having not listening to any of her music. To the annoyance of everyone else I talked relentlessly through the whole show. I can only surmise I just wasn't in the particular mood for this type of music, an will confess I'd rather have been watching the Manchester ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews La Stampa Dublin
just not the luxury hotel I expected to waste my hard earned cash on.
I also agree this hotel was a little on the tired side. Things just did not seem as pristine as they could have been. We also had a problem with hot water coming from the shower, although bizarrly enough the bath tap water was wonderfully hot!!! The mini bar was left empty, and we had to ring twice for someone to bring a bottle of still water (they brought us TWO bottles of sparkling - charging us for both) At breakfast my boyfriend found the cooked breakfast too greasy, and I had to ask and then wait for a glass of orange juice because the jugs on the breakfast table were all empty. However on a positive note the beds were gloriously comfortable, and decor very luxurios. Location was fantastic, and the adjoining bar was very relaxing with low lighting and high heavy oak tables. Nice hotel which has unfortunately allowed standards to slip.
Could be great - but is not now
This hotel has the perfect location in Dublin, and has a nice sense of style. No substance, however. It feels "used" - loose tiles in the bathroom, moldy shower curtain, broken window handle. There could be a nice ambiance despite the fact that there is no lobby area (there was salsa dancing in the restaurant area on our last night), but it just doesn't come together. Service is not great - friendly, but non-effective.
My boyfriend and I visited this hotel in April. I was fairly happy with the hotel; however read the following;
My company used this hotel when I stayed in Dublin some time ago. Back then it was quite good and I was impressed. I stayed here twice here in teh past few months and I must say, what a disapointment.
We read a lot about the hotel on the internet and found it quite interesting.
I think that the reception area needs some improvement in line with the keeping of the rest of the hotel. Rooms were great with lovely velvet bed covers and very comfy duvets. Bathrooms were very smart. However, lots of stairs to climb which is not so good for anyone who is not that active. La Stampa Brasserie was stunning and such a welcome surprise as the decor was stunning. Food was very good and the waiting staff could not do enough for you. Breakfasts were adequate - The Mandala Spa was truly amazing and the Thai staff were a pleasure to deal with. Luxury at its best.
Myself and My Wife stayed in La Stampa on the 13th December for one night and had a meal in the La Stampa Brasserie.
We were very disappointed with La Stampa Hotel. Although the outside is beautiful and associated with wonderful restaurants, and is centrally located in a very vibrant part of town, the rooms do not live up to what is expected and what we paid. The pictures on the web site are not representative of what we got. The hall ways are dark and dreary, there is no elevator, the air conditioner did not work well, in 2 different rooms. There was no soap in our room when we checked in, a light bulb was burned out and the carpets looked stained and old.Breakfast was included with the room and was wonderful. The other restaurants associated with the hotel were expensive but delicious as well.
Stayed in La Stampa Hotel for a few days over the summer. The rate was advertised as 200 euro but I asked for their best rate and with out anything further they gave me the room for 120 euro/night !
Room for improvement
This hotel is in a great location and has very helpful staff. The rooms are a good size with minimal fuss comfy beds and lovely marble bathrooms. I think this hotel is quite new and is experiencing a few teething problems: no bin or soap in room and the air conditioning kept breaking. The rooms on the first floor are also above the hotel's very popular bar and the noise from this kept me awake on first night. After complaining about this the management could not do enough for us and we changed room and received a complimentary bottle of wine. They said that the noise is monitored and that this should not have happened. The hotel does not appear to have a lift and there are loads of stairs which was hard going. The bar and restaurants are excellent if a little pricey.