Radisson Blu St. Helen's Hotel, Dublin
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... days. Oh well...it's okay. Finishing up the work tasks was an important and right thing to do. I've got time now.
It was a whirlwind to get out of DC. Pretty much everything that could go wrong, did. Let's just say during my last week in town, the DMV was a bright spot. I'm not kidding.
But I was able to get to my mom's house in Asheville, and somehow my car rental went from $250 to $600. If the week leading up to it hadn't beat me up ...
... rooms and low doorways attest to this fact. Chloé and Grant decided not to be adventurous after a long day of travel and hunger and ordered the typical american fare. Shay ordered the cajun salmon, which although wasn't traditional, did look quite good. Tiffani and George went traditional, ordering fish and chips and Irish stew. The stew was a lovely mix of lamb and vegetables in a thick broth with a scoop of mashed potatoes in the ...
... on the hop-on-hop-off bus. This was one of the funniest rides they've ever had. Baz laughed so hard he fell out of his tree. The humour all came from the bus driver's commentary, and went for the full twp hours. For example, as they passed the law courts, which are hundreds of years old, he talked about the very first divorce in Ireland which only occurred last century and was a case of Murphy vs Murphy. At the end of ...
Today, I've officially been here for 1/3 of the program. Crazy. I already feel like I've done a ton, and have a ton left to do. But what's really putting it in perspective is that finals are next week- ha. I don't really think I have any business being evaluated on 5ish weeks worth of material, but I'll work with what I got. The last week wasn't really very exciting, as we're all trying to save some money for our mid-semester trips coming up, but it was a fun weekend ...
... the opulence I am speaking of!
After my two hours within the Royal Pavilion I was not only hungry, but fairly exhausted. I went and got some food to eat, and headed back to the hostel to repack my bags so as to be ready in the morning for my train ride back to London!
Day 63 - 67: Back to London!
And so it was back to London on the 11.20 train to spend five more days before heading off yet again! Shamefully I did not do much on that day I ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Radisson Blu St. Helen's Hotel, Dublin
Loved the Hotel
Stayed the weekend arriving 17, March 2005 and returned 26th March 2005.
Staff, rates and deals were teriffic. Would stay there again in a heartbeat. All 4 & 5 star hotels were running specials all with breakfast for rate of one person and under 150 euro. Radisson staff and rooms were excellent, friendly and very accomodating for every need. Hotel itself is a manor house converted to a hotel with beautiful rooms and gardens. All amenities and spa were available and spa was reasonably priced.
Would definitely return!!!
My sister and I stayed for a week in the Radisson SAS St. Helen's Hotel in July of 2003. We loved the hotel and the grounds. The staff was friendly and attentive and the food delicious. Breakfast was full of many wonderful selections as well. Although a bit removed from the heart of downtown Dublin, we welcomed the peace and quiet after the noise and hustle of touring. Since the bus and the airport shuttle ran right in front of the hotel we were never more than a few minutes away from the sights. We would definitely stay at this hotel again if we returned to Dublin!
My wife and I decided to treat ourselves to an overnight break in St.Helen's after a hectic Christmas week. We had stayed here before in 2000 and were looking forward to a relaxing interlude. Both my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our brief sojourne and were sorry it had to end! From the moment we arrived in the car park until we left the following morning we felt as if we were the most important people there and nothing was too much trouble.All staff we encountered were pleasent and efficient esp. the restaurant waiters and manager.The food in the italian restaurant was delicious and reasonably priced and the breakfast was of a very high standard with plenty of choices. The bedroom was huge and very well appointed with lots of little touches such as chocolates on the pillow, wide choice of soaps and shampoos, iron & ironing board, bathrobes, bottled water etc.,etc.
The hotel is on the southside of the city, so a taxi is required to visit the city centre, but dont let that put you off as I have stayed in most of the so-called 5 star hotels in Dublin city centre, and have been disappointed with the cavalier attitude of the staff to their customers and the high prices charged for mediocre facilities. These hotels could learn a lot from the Radisson who set the standard other hotels should aspire to.
Wow what a hotel, give the room service a try best I have had in three weeks on the road. Breakfast buffet good range of food. Internet access expensive. Rooms well above average. Staff great. Steer clear of weekends they seem to do lots of weddings which take over the place. This is an old country house rebuilt as a hotel and very well done.
Stayed two nights October 1,2 2004. Nice hotel, clean rooms, two double beds roomy. Breakfast standard buffet, waitstaff a little green but friendly. Dinner at Talavera was expensive but we were impressed with the antipasti. There are two prices for the antipasti 11 euros for a "starter" which gives you one run at the buffet or 16 euro for unlimited. You could also order menu items as "starter" or full entree. We ordered starters on the antipasti and i had a starter plate of risotto with asparagus and white truffle oil. It was yummy. My hub had chicken and risotto and he liked it. The servcie was VERY slow. It took us two hours from start to finish. We had 4 starters, a bottle of a good Chardonnay, 2 tiramisu (very good) for 85 euro. We did not think that too bad. The hotel is out of town but we were fortuante to have our tour coach. We enjoyed a very very good cabaret show at the Burlington Hotel (I think that is the name) you should not miss it. It cost about $85.00 US but is most definitely worth every penny. It is a combination of dance (very professional) three different singers with incredible voices and a comedian who was the funniest I have ever heard. DO NOT MISS THIS WHILE IN DUBLIN!!!!!!
Dublin is a very loud town and if you like quiet the radisson would be your cup of tea but if we were to return we would try to stay closer to town.
I paid for my St. Patrick's Day stay at this 5 star property in December. When I arrived, they had resold my room and put me up at a 3 star hotel with no reimbursement. I tried repeatedly to contact the general manager, he is always "unavailable".
Enjoyed the Radisson and other helpful tips for Dublin
I was leery of any advertising and had read both a bad and a shining review. The hotel is not in the country outside of Dublin as they would lead you to believe, but rather in the outskirts of the city with a major road running in front of it called Stillorgan Rd. To say it has a view of the bay involves a little neck craning but it is there. The picture is fairly accurate except they managed to keep the added on wings on each side out of the view. It is a lovely scene to return to every night. The staff is very friendly and accomodating. The room I got was a deluxe double (I believe they called it) which was above average in quality for a standard room and to my surprise and delight a double actually means a king size bed. The house keeping was excellent and room service was not too over priced. Ladies be sure to take emergency sanitary products as I had a surprise and housekeeping had no supplies to help me out. You are not exactly surrounded by stores there. While you are out you'll want to pick up snacks and drinks. There are no vending machines and the soft drinks in your mini bar will be at least 3 euros. The front desk will hold $1,000 on your credit card for incidentals and will not mention it at all. We had no idea when we checked our available balance and could not figure out when we had spent that money. Due to the Patriot Act you must inform your card company that you will be in Ireland or they will stop your card after you have used it a few times as a security measure. The Italian restaurant in the hotel, Talavera, was astronomically priced and honestly terrible. The breakfast, not much more than a continental, was 22 euro. Had it not been for the food, the Radisson would have gotten a five star rating from me. In general I learned to avoid Italian anywhere because it is odd or bland as most of the food was except potatoes. Even the pizza had no flavor. All the women are pretty thin there and I suspect this is why. Irish cuisine is hard to find until you go to the country. Do not expect the concierge to have a lot of helpful information concerning the DART, buses or directions. Otherwise they are accomodating for taxis, luggage, or shipping. The front desk is happy to try and help you with anything you could think of including exchanging money or traveler's cheques and purchasing various tickets. I would highly recommend going to dublinbus website to get all the info you can. The bus stop is right out front of the hotel and runs very frequently even in November for 1.40 euros each, but you must have exact change or loose the extra. The Aircoach also stops right out front and picks you up at the front of the airport. It is only 6 euros per person to use it versus a 30 euro cab ride. It took about an hour to get out to the Radisson from the airport. Store your luggage under the bus because there is not a lot of leg room inside of it. A cab is going to average you 10 euros every ride to town and do sit up front with the driver because that is their custom except for the van taxis. The hotel bosts a mile walk to the DART but I have to question that distance. We walked it in under an hour and also took a cab for 8 euro. It is still a handy way to access the coast from Blackrock and definitely buy the day pass. You will find red colored City Tours brochures (the exact name escapes me) at the hotel that I would highly recommend. These buses run to twelve major sightseeing stops in the city and have commentary along the way. You can hop on and off as often as you like for 24 hours and no tour guide will follow you so it is basically a convenient ride to everywhere you want to go with some commentary included. Get off at whatever sights interest you and jump back on when you are done. It was such a stress free way to sightsee in a busy city with a confusing bus schedule and the tour buses stopped every 15 minutes or less to drop off and pick up at each sight even in the off season. The last loop runs around 6ish when everything other than pubs and restaurants close down anyway. The tour company also has day tours along the coast and to the Wicklow Mountains (a must see). It was a nice way to go to the places outside the city not accesible by the DART and far cheaper than renting a car. Downside would be I felt a little rushed at times and the upside was not having to drive a car on the opposite side of the road and opposite side of the car, as well as avoiding arguments over bad directions with your travel partner. I honestly don't think I would have found some of the places they took us and I have always considered directions to be a particular talent of mine. The employees could not be nicer and are filled with information you would not know on your own and can answer most any question outside of their own commentary. I am not a tour type person normally so I know what a lot of you are thinking. Car rental is high and unreliable and even more expensive if you want an automatic. Don't forget you would be shifting with your left hand! A quote from Avis for one day in a compact automatic was 94 euro in the off season. The most expensive bus tour was 25 euro and the in city, touring rides were 16. Renting a car for the city would be nothing short of insanity. The streets are constantly filled with traffic and many are very narrow. Parking spaces are few, unsecure and expensive. Try navigating a round about (which they love) on the opposite side of the car and road while a double decker bus is barreling down on you and a cab is trying to cut the bus off! Manhatten drivers may have a little training for this, otherwise save yourself the stress. If your trip is for Dublin only then you would be better served staying in the city. If you are like me and want to check out the city but then escape it then The Radisson is a good choice. I bought a lot of books before we went and the most helpful by far was Dublin by The Discovery Channel. It had great suggestions and a good map. We stayed for 6 days and could have stayed for twelve. I did a lot of research and had a great time because of it. I posted my email because I would be happy to help anyone with questions. This will be a trip of a lifetime.
Lovely Hotel, Would Recommend
Stayed at the Radisson on a great deal with Expedia. Hotel is beautiful, rooms are well appointed. Staff on the night we arrived were a bit pretentious, but all other times were really friendly. Take some time and walk around the gardens,really are quite lovely.If you are coming from the Airport, get yourself the Aircoach. Cheap, nice and stops right out front. Will defintely be back again.
We just spent a weekend in Dublin in this hotel... the location, although easy to get to with aircoach, was very inconvenient for the city - we waited for well over 15 mins for a bus, then it bypassed the stop because it was too full. The hotel was very elegant and grand on the outside but the rooms were average, with a lot of dust. Service was very patchy - all in all more like a three star than a five.
What a Classy Hotel
Only stayed one night at this hotel, but wished I would have stayed my entire vacation there. This was by far one of the nicest hotels Ive had the pleasure of staying at. The grounds when you pull up to the hotel are awe inspiring. A big fountain outside in the circle driveway greets you. The staff was very friendly and accomodating. Upon checkin I was asked if I wanted to upgrade to a suite for an additional $50, which I did. That was the best decision I made. My room was a 2 room suite with a separate living area with a fireplace and television. The bed was a huge king size bed, very comfy. The room decor was very old fashioned, I felt i had stepped back in time. The view from my room looked out onto the gardens, which were magnificient. Ordered room service which was superb. The breakfast buffet was also excellent. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone.