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2nd January 2014.
Grand Canal Hotel, Dublin.
On a NIR mini-break to Dublin. Going to see the musical "Wicked" and staying half-board overnight in Grand Canal Hotel. Travelling first class on Enterprise is a great experience - much better than travelling in normal carriages. Saw bit of Dublin on way to hotel but did not have much …
... th e"museum". I gotta say, it was pretty cool. Funny how much of a tourist trap it is. You get all excited and can't wait to go up to the Gravity Bar and get your "free" beer. Ridiculous. The beer isn't free, its actually the most expensive damn beer you ever had. But we sat up there anyway, taking in all the sights of Dublin and loving it. We made out way back to Temple Bar, ate at some place above a pub (I had Irish stew - which seems to be on every menu) ...
... t too sure of you had to pay for it. I assumed it was complimentary. In the afternoon we headed out to the train station to see how we could get to London. We tried online but it seemed too complicated. We went to the Dublin bus office but it closed at 2pm. We headed to Busarus and found the O'Conolly station behind it. That was annoying because that was the train station we needed to find to get to our hotel. It would have been cheaper otherwise. At least we found ...
... get to go into the buildings and figure out where our little key cards would get us in, but as it turns out we walked around the front half of campus and saw exactly the same stuff we walked by for the last 5 days.. Anyway, we were able to go see The Book of Kells, which was interesting but really its an old book. An old PRETTY book. Upstairs was the Long Room, which contains 200K books. It was beautiful. I found the bust of ...
... Ho!) and then to Graystones - in effect all around the Bay of Dublin. We had lunch at a pub called 'The Hungry Monk' and came home. The Maitre De at the pub was as funny as can be and delighted in letting me know when the Parish Priest came in for lunch.
I think space is running out - I'll tell you about our celebration of Nancy's 50th birthday in the next instalment.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsGrand Canal Hotel Dublin
Very helpful staff and great food and accommodation.
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Great people; great food! Peaceful location along the Grand Canal!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Canal Hotel Dublin
Fantastic Hotel, Lovely Breakfast!!!
I stayed at the Grand Canal Hotel for the weekend of 22nd April 2005 with my boyfriend. I booked the hotel based on the recommendations on tripadvisor and i must say the hotel far exceeded our expectations. Even though it was a little walk from the city (about 15 minutes) the hotel was excellent. Our room was very spacious, clean and well decorated with a lovely clean bathroom. The Traditional Irish Breakfast was also excellent and i would definitelty reccomend the hotel to anyone wishing to visit the beautiful city of Dublin. Whilst i am at it i will also recommend the Guinness Factory!!!!! Yum Yum!! Thank you Grand Canal Hotel for a lovely weekend, Marie & Ben xx
Great Room, staff, services and location for a great price
I had originally planned a trip to Rome but cancelled due to the Pope's passing. Used TripAdvisor to research Dublin hotels and was pleased with what I read about the Grand Canal. The hotel is brand new and very clean. The international staff was very, very courteous and very helpful and made our stay that much nicer. We got the best price by simply calling the hotel directly.
The room was a triple and was a good size. The bathroom was very nice and there was plenty of hot water - even for three people taking showers immediately after each other. The room was very quiet -- aside from some rowdy French guys across the hall coming in from the pub around 2 a.m. one night...but they were only noisy for a minute as they stumbled into their room.
The hotel offers complimentary, secure parking for guests parking a car. That was a nice extra. The DART station is literally right across the street, however, due to construction, you have to walk around the backside of the block -- the walk takes about 5 minutes.
The location is on the south side of Dublin in a nice area. There are a few really good restaurants and pubs within a 5 minute walk. The Grafton shopping district and popular sights are about a 15 minute walk.
IMPORTANT -- If you're driving to the hotel -- especially from the Dublin Airport, make sure you get good directions. Dublin is a very confusing city to navigate in a car and it takes a lot of concentration to find the correct streets. Give the hotel a call beforehand or when you land at the airport to get directions. We got good directions from the hotel to the airport on Monday, April 11. Even with heavy Monday morning traffic, the drive from the hotel to the rental car return facility only took 45 minutes.
I would definitely stay at this hotel again.
We stayed at McEniff Grand Canal Hotel in November 2004 for 3 nights. We were on a tour and loved the hotel, location, Kitty O'Shea's and hotel staff. We had a wonderful time and it was an easy walk (we are all in our 50's and 60's) to Dublin Center. The hotel was located in a quiet part of Dublin and we enjoyed having a quiet retreat after shopping on Grafton St. Kitty O'Shea's was fun and the had music the weekend we were staying there. I would highly recommend this hotel and will stay at the McEniff Grand Canal on my next visit to Dublin.
Very Nice Hotel
Stayed with tour group one night, 10 February 2005. My wife and I had a room and our daughter had another. Hotel is clean and bright - clearly newly rennovated. Excellent security. Quiet, residential part of Dublin, yet close to downtown. Staff were friendly and helpful. Definitely would stay there again.
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I went to Ireland on a school trip and this is the hotel we stayed at when in Dublin. It's new, clean, and the staff was really friendly and helpful. It's also easy to walk to alot of the attractions Dublin has to offer. I think it might serve alot of business travelers since it's in an area with alot of office buildings and it's right next to the canal (hence the name).
Clean, spacious and pleasant hotel
We stayed at this hotel for 2 nights last December. Our room was spacious, clean, attractively decorated and at a reasonable price. The one thing that I would say though is that if, like we were, you are only in Dublin for a weekend, it may be better to choose a hotel closer to the centre as although it is possible to walk or get the DART into the city centre, both options take time which means you are missing out on time sightseeing/drinking in the many pubs (delete as applicable!) and it also means it is not convenient to pop back to your room if you need to.
Just returned from a 3 night stay over the New Year period and would recommend this hotel to anyone. It's been open for a few months and therefore the decor etc is still like new. However, the housekeeping staff are maintaining an excellent standard of cleanliness and despite getting up extremely late one morning we still returned later to find the room had been serviced to normal standards. The reception staff were also helpful and courteous obtaining taxis etc whenever required.
The only downside is that the hotel is a couple of miles from the city centre - an enjoyable walk when the weather permitted but taxis needed most of the time.
Not the best start, but otherwise good
My stay at the Grand Canal Hotel didn't get off to the best start. One of the reasons I chose this hotel was because their website says it has a DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) station "opposite" - but when I came out of the DART station and looked across the road - no hotel! Incorrect directions from a passer-by led me off on a very long walk - not the hotel's fault, but as I later discovered, it was only 2 minutes' walk away, if only the website had said which way to turn after coming out of the station, instead of exaggerating by saying it was opposite! Insult was added to injury when I finally made it to the hotel and they were overbooked for the first night of my stay. That said, I was satisfied with how they handled that hitch, and opted to return there for the remainder of my stay. I had a double room which was a good size and very clean. The rooms supposedly had internet access through the TV (I think the charge was 5 Euros/day), although it didn't seem to be compatible with the websites I wanted to use. The staff were friendly and polite, and very helpful in arranging tours. I had meals in both the main hotel restaurant and Kitty O'Shea's pub which is attached to the hotel. The restaurant meal was very good. I was a little disappointed with the dinner I had in the pub (the carvery lunch was better), but it's certainly handy having it right next door if you want to have a few drinks without worrying about finding your way back to the hotel afterwards! Overall I was quite happy with this hotel, and would be willing to stay there again. It was handy to be close to a DART station, and also the Aircoach (airport coach) stops at the Schoolhouse Hotel a few minutes' walk away.
Pleasantly suprised by the McEniff Grand Canal Hotel
We really enjoyed our long weekend break staying at this hotel. The hotel is new, neat, clean and the service friendly and very helpful. Local street maps were provided at the front desk and they advised us on various tourist activities. The airport bus (blue) drops you a short walk from the hotel and the city centre is about a 20-25 minute walk away. The nearest 'hop-on, hop-off' bus stop is Merion Square, about a 10-15 minute walk. Convenient, reasonable and very pleasant. Did not eat breakfast at the hotel so cannot comment. Local pub was new and enjoyable.
Enjoyed the Grand Canal Hotel
This is a brand new hotel that was within walking distance to the sites of Dublin. The staff was young but eager. The front desk was not aware of the current plays at the theatres but they checked around and had the information waiting for us when we returned from site seeing in the afternoon. The area surrounding the hotel is primarily residential so the atmosphere was quiet. But there were lots of restaurants/pubs just around the corner. Rooms were clean and comfortable and the breakfast good with friendly service. I would recommend this hotel and would return there myself.