Travel Blogs from Dublin
This entry is a little late (only a little). N thought it needed reworking. Apparently, if I write my blog when I'm sick, it gets a bit matter of fact. And yes, I am sick again... Another virus. Not happy.
Our first day without J in Ireland, we had a very slow start, walked into the city from our new digs to get a bite to eat and print our boarding passes. The internet cafe was interesting. It had phone booths that were occupied by some ...
... 3 guys, they don't even look at you when you come in - no fingerprinting, no photographing, no body searches, no questioning : We think they're just grateful for the tourist dollars!
Collecting our hire car at Dublin : having hired a great many cars at a great many airports in our lifetime, we are firstly, taken aback by the lengths that the staff go to explain that they are immediately putting a 1,200 Euro charge onto ...
... ve ever tasted (which, fittingly, used "Foley's" tomatoes... one of the oldest tomato-growing businesses in Ireland), sipped glasses of a sommelier-recommended wine, and finished up with delicious bowls of hearty soup and pasta. Our stomachs full, we headed back to the streets (dodging, yet again, more raindrops) for some bar-hopping. When found our initial bar choices to be completely packed, we stumbled upon a ...
... this get in our way becasue hey, we were in Ireland for a day :D Our first stop was Trinity College where we walked around the grounds and admiration. It was set out very differently to both Nottingham University and my uni back at home but unfortunately we didn't have time to go into any of the buildings becasue we had so much to squeeze into this one day. From there we walked to a lovely garden in the city (on the walk we happened to pass Oscar Wilde's ...
... and we figured we would only be there maybe an hour longer. Not even close! At a little after 2:00 pm my number 198 was called to window 12. Yay!...almost done! (Yea right!)
For some reason they do not process the documents as a family so Heather and I had to go to separate windows (Heather all the way down at window 5). Mind you we have to use the same documents for processing (marriage certificate, green card approval letter), so Heather's helper ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Morgan Dublin
Great location for fun and touristic games :) But there was no breakfast... To be recomended.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews The Morgan Dublin
One to miss
We were booked in for a 3 night long weekend and stayed just the one. The staff were rude (esp. the night manager), the rooms noisy and small. The décor was worse than shabby and certainly did not live up to the website. Don't bother with this hotel.
Cheers, avoid at all costs
Wow, located in Temple Bar. Modern. Sleek. NOT.
The fancy hip illusion of the lobby is immediately shattered by the elevator and hallways of the hotel. There is a sense that the place is a rooming house.
My first room was this nearly all-white room that reminded me of a dirty sheepdog. The white was dull, gray and dingy. The internet connection failed and the tiny components of the electronics were a bummer.
The next room was an attic that looked like the futuristic version of La Boheme. The bathroom was small and difficult to manage.
Room Service was poor.
Price was much too high for this low end hotel.
Had a great time at The Morgan!
I read the reviews of The Morgan on Tripadvisor AFTER I'd made my booking and was very worried by the many negative reports I found there. I decided to go ahead with my stay in any case, and can only say that I was pleasantly surprised by what I found at the hotel. I requested a 'deluxe' room on the top floor at the rear of the building, away from the lift to keep down noise. The room was spacious and clean, the sheets on the bed crisp and spotless, and the decor simple and neutral - although it's true that some of the furniture may come from Ikea! The bathroom was huge, with an enormous bathtub and was supplied with Pascal Morabito toiletries. Both the bathroom and the bedroom itself had large windows looking out across rooftops to other buildings in the vicinity. The view wasn't great, but being on the top floor meant the room got loads of sunlight all afternoon. As for the noise problem identified by the writers of so many reviews on Tripadvisor, I can only say that when in my room it was so quiet it was hard to believe I was in central Dublin or that there was anybody else nearby.
The weaker aspects of The Morgan are its awful, tatty lift which does not give the visitor a good first impression, and the very poor breakfast offered by room service (this certainly needs spicing up as it's very dull, stodgy and bland). It's also a bit annoying to find housekeeping knocking on your door five minutes past check-out time to ask when you'll be leaving, and to then receive a call from reception with the same question. All in all, however, I'd certainly stay at the hotel again if visiting Dublin.
Loved the Morgan, great location, staff were wonderful they just cant do enough for you. Good value for money and the location was very convenient.
The best bit is the CD Player!!
We have just returned from a weekend in Dublin, where we stayed at the Morgan Hotel, Fleet Street. Hmmmm......not quite what the website led us to believe! We must say that the bar is superb, great ambience and very attentive bar staff, but the hotel.....well........the words 'absolutely' & 'crap' spring to mind. The morgan website portrays a hotel which is stylish, upmarket and suitable for the rich and famous. In actual fact, it's shabby, cheap looking and when the CD player is the best feature in the room....you have to worry!!! If you want somewhere that is central it's great, but I would strongly recommend staying out until dawn breaks, since there isn't a hope in hells' chance of getting any sleep before then!! All in all we had a fabulous weekend, but a bit of advice from a couple of ladies who have been there.........just get yourself a duvet and lie in the middle of temple bar, since this will be pretty similar!! (And a whole lot cheaper!)
Give it a Miss
My friend and I stayed at the Morgan hotel last weekend. I must admit we did read some of the other reviews about the place before we went and although alarm bells rang , we still decided to check it out for ourselves. Our room on the 1st floor overlooked the street at the front of the hotel and was incredibly noisy . There was some serious drilling and banging going on as the club next door is currently being reburbished. As 2 twentysomethings on a weekend away shopping and partying we are not adverse to a little noise , but even we found this to be a little excessive. The plug sockets were hanging off the wall in our room. The rickety old lift was also quite an experience. The Morgan Bar is excellent and very chic. If only they'd spent as much on the accommodation as they had on the bar area. All in all we did have a terrific trip , the hotel didn't spoil it at all. As we got a discount on this hotel it wasn;t too bad but we would definitely would NOT pay full price for it.
Stayed here april 2003..the reception was being renovated, builders working till 11pm. There was plenty of noise from the street as well, room was clean but looked cheap. We requested a move to a room at the rear of the hotel, no change in furnishings but view over an alley with bins and extraction vents was hardly breathtaking. Has smart bar attached but was unable to try the food as the resturaunt was closed for building work. Not recommended I'm afraid.
Don't bother Checking in... we've checked it out!
Once I had read the reviews of this hotel on here I was a little worried about going there, and I had need to be.when you first walk into the hotel there is a lovely modern reception waiting for you, that is a well maintained front for this hotel.You then get into what can only be described as a service lift to get to your room. The lift has chunks missing out of the wood and it was at this point that we realised this was gonna be a bad one.The room itself was on the third floor over looking a dirty alley and the roof top of the building next door. It was totally white apart from the headboard of the bed. There was a lot of what can only be decribed as 'MFI' furniture.. in one tall unit there was the smallest TV video combi I have ever seen and a stereo and a mini bar. The room smelt like an industrial cleaning unit due to the fact that they must have to scrub the carpets and white furniture regularly! the bathroom was hardly big, with a very small bath in, our bathroom had cracked tiles and was very shabby looking. We told reception that we were unsatisfied and they offered us two other rooms, both of the same standard.Although all the rooms are liveable, for the amount that they charge you it is terrible. We left there after 40 minutes and checked into a hotel we stayed in last time that was perfect. Although we did not manage to get our deposit back we did not have to pay a nights accomodation, thank god.All in all......... I agree give it a miss. If you are paying Â£50 a night it's worth it... any more and you are well and truly done over... luckily we escaped!
Give The Morgan a miss
In most other cities in the world The Morgan would not get away with charging the prices it does for what boils down to incredibly poor service and majorly shabby rooms. But a sad fact is that the Celtic Tiger has driven up accomadation prices to a ridiculous level. As an ex-pat Dubliner I would never have chosen to stay in Temple Bar but the hotel was booked and paid for by a employer before I had the chance to veto it! Temple Bar is beseiged by the under 25's and is home to a plethora of themed music bars (mainly American), strip joints, and cheap eats. For about ten years now it has also played host to gangs of 'Stag' night revellers whose prime goal is to get as drunk as possible and then scream and shout until at least 3am just in case any of the old fogies who have accidently booked into a hotel in the area should be trying to get some shut-eye.
The Morgan has no air-conditioning and does not have double-glazed windows. The street noise that penetrates into the rooms is unbearable and we stayed out until a quite respectable 1am. Mind you this room was at the front of the hotel and when we requested a room at the back we were moved there the next day. This however brought new noise. An exhaust fan of some kind droned on 24/7 and could not even be drowned out by the wearing of ear-plugs.
The rooms are small and cheaply (if cheerfully) furnished. Bathrooms are tiny with only some having a bath.Corridors and other public areas seemed dirty and scuffed, a lick of paint would definitely not go amiss.
Housekeeping is sporadic. One day we left our room at noon and when we came back at 6pm our room had yet to be made up. Our requests for the loan of an adaptor and iron went unfulfilled despite two calls to reception. Security at The Morgan is non-existent. The lobby is straight off Fleet Street and as the reception desk was usually unmanned I imagine that it wouldn't be too hard for an uninvited guest to make his or her way onto the elevator and up to the hotel rooms.
Any redeeming features? Sorry, no. Better off taking your 150 euro and staying at a B&B.
Don't believe the reviews
This hotel provided us with one of the most disappointing stays of our life. Do not believe the reviews from Conde Nast, Timeout etc...
(a) There is no gym, or rooftop garden or cocktail bar. There is only an extremely American sports bar which becomes an extremely loud nightclub at night.
(b) This hotel is neither "soothing" or "the ultimate in luxuary". It is run down, full of peeling paint, scuff marks and general wear and tear. The rooms have soom degree of unique style, but suffer from poor layout (you couldn't be more than 5'8'' and use the toilet in our room).
(c) Worst of all - this hotel is EXTREMELY NOISY. You will hear the in-house nightclub through the first 2 floors, plus there is a nightclub behind the hotel which runs until 4-5 am, plus there are 1,000's of drunken revellers in the street making serious noise. All of which is fine, except this wanna-be luxury hotel hasn't doulbe glazed the windows or insulated the walls. We averaged 4-5 hours sleep on our two night stay.
(e) This isn't a "celebrity hide-away" as one magazine reviewed it. Its a cheap, wanna-be luxury hotel in serious need of refurbishment and sound proofing. The clientele is mainly students from the US or Europe out to have a good, loud, time - which is fine if that's what you want too, but if you want to get to bed at 1 am or so, you can forget it.
(d) The staff couldn't have cared less. The receptionist never asked how our stay was, even as I handed in the guest comments card.
If you are a student, I am sure there are cheaper places to stay. If you are not a student, there are comparably priced, better alternatives in Dublin you should seek out.