O'Callaghan Stephen's Green Hotel
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We've been in the lovely city of Dublin and have certainly been having lots of fun or should I say Craic! Been to gaol, tasted whiskey and learned some Irish history and folklore. And walked. And walked. And walked.
Our hotel is O'Callaghan Stephen's Green Hotel across the street from the park with the same name. Friday was a jet-leg …
... the Book of Kells in just amazing. We had to wait in line for about a half hour to get in to see the Book of Kells and I think the combination of that and the overnight flight had everyone a bit tired. We decided to go back to the hotel for a bit of a break so we could make it through the day and have the energy to watch the World Cup Final.
After our break (read an hour and a half nap), we headed out for a walk to St. Stephen's Green. Along the way we stopped ...
... required to paint their doors black in mourning, so in protest they painted them in bright colors, yellow, blue, red, green, anything but black. We have a lovely dinner at the Waterloo Bar and Grill, a short walk from our hotel. We walk along the River Lee, canal boats are docked in the water which is surrounded by the city on either side. As we got in late, we don't have enough time to catch some Irish music before the kids' curfew at 9pm so we linger over wine and ...
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After our regular sleep in I woke up and got ready, then played guitar for a bit while Darren got ready, then we went down to the supermarket for apples, then to subway for lunch, then went back to the hostel where we found Pancho and Nina at reception checking in! We gave them some big hugs, then ate our subway while they finished checking in and put their bags upstairs, then we all went down for a walk through town. We ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews O'Callaghan Stephen's Green Hotel Dublin
I wouldn't stay in it again or recommend it to anyone. Am amazed its 4 star, it should be 3. We were given smoking rooms (none of us smoked) because they said they had nothing else available, the smell in all rooms (3 in total) was terrible. Bedspread was ripped, rubbish on the floor, iron left black marks on clothing. Parking is a couple of blocks away, you'd be better off paying more and staying in a 5 star hotel that includes parking. Very difficult to get to now that St Stephens Green has been dug up for the Luis.
We were supposed to be staing for 2 nights but checked out after one and stayed in a 3 star hotel that was much nicer.
The staff were apologetic for having to put us in a smoking room and offered to move us the next day but we'd seen enough!
Brilliant place to stay!
Just back from a long weekend in Dublin and stayed in this hotel based on the reviews that other folk had posted - they were all pretty accurate and the St Stephens Green Hotel was great for our needs.
Firstly book online - well in advance if you can. I did back in October 04 and managed to get 3 nights for 99Euro a night on a room only basis. If you want breakfast, then it will cost you an extra 20 Euro per person per day!
We managed to get breakfast at the Kylemore Cafe on the first floor of the St Stephens Green Shopping Centre for 10 euro each morning (porridge to die for, toast and tea/coffee) One word of warning, the cafe doesn't open until 11am on a Sunday, as we found out.
As a previous reviewer said - the shower - it's fantastic!! Really good power behind it and no danger of the water running cold. The room had a king size bed, Fridge, TV, Ironing Board and Iron and all the other usual stuff. It was great to have the fridge to keep milk and water cool rather than at room temp.
The location of the hotel is very central - less than 5 minutes from the top of Grafton Street with plenty of places to explore nearby. The Dublin Tour buses all stop on St Stephen's Green, so are pretty close too.
We'll go back to the same place as it met all our needs.
I guess my first review of this hotel did not meet your standards, so I'll tone it down...the room was OK, the location great. My problem was that it advertised on this site and their own web site that there was valet parking. There is not. When I arrrived for check-in, after dark, a woman alone, I was sent blocks away with vague directions on where to park the car. After locating the dark garage and leaving my car, I had to find my way back to the hotel alone. This is not the service I expected and thought that I arranged. I would choose a different hotel for my next Dublin stay.
What a breakfast!
This is a smart hotel brilliantly situated close to the main attractions of Dublin. Bedroom was great - spacious, stylish and very comfortable with all the necessaries (but rotten view at back of hotel). Wi Fi and ethernet in bedroom.
But what a fantastic Breakfast! - you can have the lot from a buffet continental style array of offerings plus the full Irish cooked breakfast - two of everything!! I pleaded for mercy the second morning - please, only one egg, one rasher, no black pudding, no white pudding, only hash brown and no fried bread, one sausage - and it still knocked me under the table. And beautifully cooked and served.
My stay was excellent.
Weekend to Remember
Ideally located hotel on the corner of Stephen's Green, within easy strolling distance of shopping, restaurants and major attractions. The hotel was chosen as part of a package booked through --------- and included return Enterprise Rail travel from Belfast. On arrival was informed by receptionist that my wife and I were being given a complimentary upgrade to the Presidential (Ardilaun) Suite situated on the top (6th) floor. Not a bad start to the weekend!! Accomodation consisted of Entrance Hall off which were extensive bedroom with en suite bathroom and all amenities expected of a 4 star hotel, separate lounge and dining room and a second bathroom. Door from lounge led out to large balcony area with superb views across St Stephen's Green. As tickets were booked for a show at the Point Depot, time was of the essence and we availed of the pre theatre menu in the hotel's Pie Dish Restaurant whilst reception organised a taxi for us. The food was superb and the House Wine proved to be an excellent choice. Breakfast, the following morning, consisted of a wide Continental type variety from the buffet - fresh fruit, yogurts, croissants, Danish, wheaten bread, smoked salmon, cereals, to name but a few - or a full cooked Irish Breakfast served by waiter direct from the kitchen, much superior to the "Help Yourself" cooked buffets favoured by many other hotels. After a few hours of Grafton Street shopping it was time to return to the hotel's Magic Glasses bar to relax, have a couple of drinks and indulge in some people watching before heading out to sample one of the nearby restaurants. We chose an Italian restaurant just off Grafton Street called "Spacos" which offered a wide range of Pasta, Pizza and Italian style grills and an extensive wine list. The food was again first class with friendly but onobtrusive service - highly recommended. Checkout in the Hotel is not until 12 noon, so after another excellent Sunday morning breakfast there was plenty of time to stroll around St Stephen's Green and on to Merrion Square where scores of local artists display their paintings on the park railings on Sundays. All too soon, however, it was time to return for our bags and start making the journey home. From beginning to end it was a superb, chill-out weeked based in a first class hotel with friendly, efficient staff. I will not consider staying anywhere else on my next visit to Dublin, which, I hope, will not be in the too distant future.
Very nice choice...
Wonderful location and easy to access by airport bus. Everything was within an easy walk. Room nice, but a bit small. However the shower was amazing. Bar downstairs nice enough to hang out in, though a bit generic. Attracted a business crowd afterwork. Bar food good. Quiet inspite of being at a busy corner (where construction was going on.)
All in all, would recommend if the price was right...from what I saw can get a decent discount unlike at other hotels of same quality.
Our family of five--all adults--wanted to stay together in a suite. The accomodations they gave us were really impressive--two bedrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen, large hall, top floor terrace. Clean, centrally located, quiet, good value.
A good 4 star choice
This is a very pleasant 4 star hotel in a great and convenient location. Situated next to St. Stephen's Green, it is an easy walk to attractions, restaurants and shopping. The rooms were clean and decent sized, with terrific showers. Friendly service and an excellent breakfast. If you can secure a reasonable rate, this hotel is solid choice for touring or business.
My wife and I spent 3 nights at this hotel and really enjoyed it. It is in a great location and the rooms, staff and location are perfect. We spent one night at Trinity Arch Hotel (gasp), a night at Clontarf Castle, which was very nice but you don't SLEEP in a castle and it's in a remote location. Stephen's Green is by far our first choice. We're going back with the kids (grown up) next year.
Great 4 star hotel on St. Stephen's Green in Dublin. Near the base of Grafton St shopping and a short walk to Trinity College, the Temple Bar District and O'Connell St. Nice firm beds and most importantly, a fabulous shower with high water pressure. I don't know about you, but a good shower is very important when I'm travelling and this place has it!