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How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Russell Court Hotel Dublin
Nice furniture and a pleasant stay
I stayed at this hotel for one night with my girlfriend in September 2003.
Its in a good location and is within walking of the main shopping street and the main street with all the pubs and clubs which I think was called O'Neill street.
We stayed in a room on the top or second to top floor and was not affected by any noise from the street. The room had beautiful furniture and was very spacious. The room was equipped with a fridge, TV and a couch.
There was a large construction operation on the roads at the time due to the tram line installation and was difficult to drive to the hotel.
I understand there was limited car parking spaces as well at the hotel.
Bad reports not fair
After reading poor reviews we tried to cancel our booking at Russell Court, but beware they charge a full nights stay for each room booked.
This being the case we decided to risk it anyway - how pleased we did.
We where given suites on the top floor of the Hotel. Yes it was oldie worldie, but it was spotlessly clean, Staff very pleasant, we dined at the Hotel and were the only diners in there for the whole evening, what a shame, it was really delicious and at 30 euros each for a 3 course meal and coffee, it was worth every penny. It was a bit noisy with the tram lines being laid and the nightclubs kicking out, but not unduly so, cant say it really bothered us. Yes we would definetly stay at Russell Court again. (Not a place for children though)
Beautiful Georgian Hotel, central location - within easy walking distance of all major attractions in central Dublin. Fantastic beer garden which we made the most of due to the brilliant weather during our stay. Lively hotel with 2 nightclubs but not nearly as noisy as expected - must admit we were a bit apprehensive after reading previous reviews subsequent to booking but were pleasantly surprised - not much wrong with hearing other people enjoying themselves and they certaily did seem to be having a good time - only sorry we had had too hectic a day to stand the pace. Could not believe the value for money and would certainly go back again. It is a pity about the road works due to the new tram system but I am sure it will make travelling round this wonderful city easier in the long term - no pain no gain!!!!! At least they are doing something about their public transport system.
we stayed here last year and are going again this year.the staff were brilliant and so was the craic.yes it was maybe a bit noisy but it is a city centre hotel in a very large city.absolutly no complaints.
Great Hotel, but sleepless nights.
This is a great hotel with good rooms, good bar and with an excellent beer garden. Sadly, this is spoilt by the night clubs at the top of Harcourt Street which are open till the small hours. The noise starts around 1.30pm and does not let up till 4pm.The situation is made worse as the sudents want to play with the workmans toys (mechanical diggers, dumper trucks), the whole street is currently being dug up to install a tram route and this is a great source of entertainment to all that pass down the street. The local police were called the nights I stayed there, but they did not want to make too much of a stance. If you do stay here, try to get a room at the back of the hotel, also, only pay a deposit and then you have a bargaining tool if you are not happy.
Enjoyed Russell Court Hostel!
The Hotel was beautifully furnished in Georgian funiture and has a lovely lobby as you enter. Rooms are a good size, with a longe area and four poster bed. The bathroom was fine, but the free standing back which looked appealing is not intended for use - as the plug was too big!!! There is a 24 hour bar service and clubs open over weekend nights. Only problem was the noise. There was a function room being used next to our room and the noise went on until quite late, so check first when booking if they noise is a problem. Its position is very convieniant for shops and bars and places of interest all within working distance. It cost around 25euros for a taxi (including tip), but worth it for the knowledgable taxi drivers on Dublins history and places worth visiting!
A nightclub with rooms
You've heard of restaurants with rooms - well, this is a nightclub with rooms. Harcourt Street seems like any other Dublin back street until it hots up at 11 o'clock at night. If your room is on the front then you have two options - either dance the night away or forget any idea of sleep until after about 4 o'clock when everyone who's partied has very loudly hailed the last taxi in town. Breakfast is "full Irish" or toast which at these prices isn't compatible with a sleepless night.
When we booked we were aware that there could be some noise at weekends, subsequently we booked three nights starting from a Monday.
We booked into the Russell Court Hotel fully aware that it was "a lively City Centre hotel."
Loud & Lively
When I received my confirmation e-mail for the Russell Court, I found the last line a bit unusual: "Please be aware that we are a lively City Center hotel".
I should have inquired what that meant before my arrival.
I ended up checking out after only one night because of the incredible noise from the street: not just cars and trucks all night long, but rowdy nightlife as well. The hotel has a bar as well as a nightclub on the ground floor. I
unfortunately did not have a functioning radiator to provide heat to the room (in February it was certainly missed), and in the morning found no hot water in the bathroom, and waited over an hour for assistance. It added up for me to a fairly unpleasant stay. The manager did refund me 30 Euros of the 102 Euro rate.