Travel Blogs from Dublin
Just realized I didn't do an entry for our first day in Dublin!
We began with a 3 hour walking tour of town. Saw so much and learned a bit about Dublin and Irish history. Beautiful parks and cathedrals...lots of water, lots of green space. I definitely want to come back and really poke around.
then, in the afternoon...the …
St. Patricks Day in Dublin.
It's everything you expect. The downtown core is shut off to cars and it is crowded! Lots and lots of green. My faves were (surprise surprise) the dogs with hats on or with green bandannas. Such festive little ones! We got a spot for the parade standing just behind the viewing set aside for disabled folks. This …
So here we are in Dublin! Yesterday was a long travel day on the bus and ferry. We drove through England and Wales. Both were very pretty...definitely want to come back and poke around. Saw lots and lots of sheep too. Randomly on the ferry we ran into a girl who went to RHS with Trevor! Dad taught her and she knew Erin as …
Heute fahren wir quer über die Insel zurück nach Dublin.
Erster Stopp ist in Trim. Wir besuchen die ehemalige Whiskey-Destillerie Kilbeggan, die heute nur noch als Lagerhaus dient und die Burg.
Die Weiterfahrt führt nach Boyne Valley und wir besuchen das Informationszentrum "Bru na Boinne". Hier besichtigen wir den …
Voller Erwartung was uns die Woche bringen wird, erreichen wir um 9.00 Uhr den Flughafen Frankfurt. Nach einem ruhigen, kurzen Flug (Start 11.50 Uhr) landen wir um 13.00 Uhr (GMT) in Dublin.
Irland empfängt uns mit Regen und Sturm. Aber als wir nach dem einchecken im Hotel die Stadt erkunden, lacht bereits wieder die Sonne vom …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsMespil Hotel Dublin
Lovely spot! Comfy beds and yummy breakfast. Lots of neat things around to explore.
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We stayed 5 days. 2 days pre-tour and 3 days after our tour. The hotel itself is lovely. It's clean, moden, offers great dining and comfortable, clean, modern rooms. The staff are extremely obliging, with no request being too much trouble. It also offers guests free wi-fi & there are some smoking rooms upon request, which is a real bonus during our Winter stay.
It's about a 15 minute walk out of the centre of Dublin or there a buses into town just around the corner.
I'd definately stay again.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Mespil Hotel Dublin
Good value for money
Only stayed at the hotel for one night, but found all aspects of it good to very good based on the reasonable rate for a hotel near enough to the city centre. The staff were friendly and the room was a good size and the bathroom was very clean with excellent fixtures.
With quality pubs such as Searsons and The Barge a short walk away you don't necessarily have to go that far for a proper pint.
I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a 2-3 star stay in South Dublin, looking for access to Lansdowne Road, RDS, as well as the city centre.
Good for the price, short on charm
We stayed at the Mespil at the end of an early Oct. week trekking around the country. After we dropped the car off at Dublin Airport, we took the Air Train (cheaper than the taxi) and found that the Mespil was among the last stops on that bus. (Not a bad way to go, if you're not pressed for time.) Then, we were let off several blocks (I'd guess a quarter-mile) away, and dragged our luggage down the street to it. Good thing it was a nice day and we were in good spirits!... There are buses into the center of town, but we ended up walking for about 15 min. or so instead to reach the Temple Bar area; a few times, we splurged and took cabs for a few euros.
We had booked a good rate through Expedia, and the front desk was friendly (for instance, they mailed our stamped postcards for us). We were really glad to be able to use free internet access (20 minutes free) and go to a reasonably good-size room (two beds) with a nice hot shower. Our room was waaaay down the hall from the elevator, though -- lots of luggage-lugging that day. Walls are fairly thin, and some of our neighbors were obviously having a good time.
I wished the pub/restaurant stayed open later, but then, I wish most restaurants in Dublin did as well; pretty hard to get seated much after 9:30, we found.
That said, I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a good, clean, safe place where you could run the shower as long as you want without upsetting the proprietor and you didn't have to worry about getting in by a certain time, for the same reason. Also, it helped that we had first experienced Ireland's more charming venues first. And for a hotel in the Georgian area of town, the price we got through Expedia was very good, well less than half of what a four-star hotel farther in toward St. Stephen's Green would have cost. Also, if the hotel ever decides to redecorate, it seems to me that the Mespil easily could be made more attractive by using different colors and fabrics in the furnishings.
Good service but really needs a refurb
I stayed at the Mespil in Nov 04 and although it was not the worst place I ever stayed I certainly wouldn't stay there again. I stayed for 3 nights and by the third night of cheap itchy sheets I couldn't wait to leave.
The hotel really needs to be refurbished. My room was decorated entirely in dark green - including the wood work. The lampshades were torn and the paint chipped. It just all seemed very shabby and dated.
The shower was not powerful and kept losing pressure as well as having an inconsistent temperature. The bath towels were tiny - the biggest ones they had were the size I would use to dry my hair.
The upsides were that the room was very big by European standards, had plenty of TV channel choice (but no movies).
The biggest plus for me was the service. I was over there working and I ordered room service on 2 nights. Considering the overall standard of the hotel the food and service was of an incredibly high standard. Far better than I've had in some five star hotels.
I would recommend this hotel if you were in Dublin with a group of friends for a cheap and cheerful break (e.g. a hen weekend). I would not recommend it if you are planning a romantic weekend or on business travel.
Great hotel at a great price
I booked the Mespil online and requested a nonsmoking room in a quiet location away from the street and that is exactly what I got. The bedroom and bathroom were both comparable in size to an American hotel. I requested a twin room and the room actually had three twin beds which supplied extra space for spreading out our stuff. The bathroom was clean, modern and had adequate counter space and a roomy tub but no washcloths. The staff was friendly and helpful. There are several restaurants within easy walking distance and the center of town is just a short bus ride away. I would recommend this hotel and I would stay there again.
Not fantastic but...
Only stayed here for the one night so maybe not too qualified to report, but on the plus side found the staff friendly and hotel clean and as shown on websites. I think the 10-15 minute walk from the city centre might be a bit of an understatement though as not quite so central as I might've hoped -roughly costing around 7.5 euros in a taxi to and from the centre.
Our room was really nice but I'm afraid for a double room - our 'double' bed was tiny. I did mention this to one of the staff who assured me it was a standard size for there. Warning to any taller/larger people!
Having just spent last thursday night in Dublin away from my usual hotel, I have to say that the Mespil is now in my top five. It was very good value and 100 euros, the rooms were light and airy and the bathroom enormous. It is situated in a lovely quiet part of Dublin with good local pubs. Highly recommended.
A 10 minute walk to the centre of Dublin was a real plus. Good to have an email available - free- for guests. Helpful staff, lovely rooms with a safe, good ensuite and fabulous breakfasts.
If you want a good nights sleep in a comfortable bed and then a simply wonderful breakfast, you wont get much better than this. We couldn't eat lunch because we were still so full. Only a 20 minute stroll into town too, which burnt some of that breakfast off us middle aged folk from Romford Essex.
Great friendly hotel
I stayed at the Mespil in March 2004 with 4 other girls and found it a lovely Hotel away from the noise of the City but with good tradional Pubs nearby and places to eat . There is a good bus service from near the hotel the no10 bus takes you to town for 85 cents and runs every 15 mins it takes 5 mins by bus 15 mins to walk. You can get a bus from the airport for a return fare of 10 euros which will drop you off near the hotel and point you in the direction of the hotel but you will have a 5 min walk, they run every 10 mins. I will definetly stay at the Mespil again i found the staff friendly rooms clean and spacious breakfast good.
Not too bad
The Mespil hotel is situated in a lovely part of Dublin. It took us only 15 minute to get into the heart of the city on foot, but there is a bus service which runs every 10 minutes which takes you into O'Connell St. The hotel itself was relatively clean and well presented, although we did feel it stank of smoke. To us it seemed the majority of the rooms and public areas were smoke filled which did detract from the hotels cleanliness. The rooms were bright and spacious with clean bathrooms and linen. The hotel restaurant served full Irish breakfast and the staff were welcoming and friendly. I'd recommend this hotel to anyone looking for convenience to the city centre without the noise of a hotel in the Temple Bar district.