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just not the luxury hotel I expected to waste my hard earned cash on.
I also agree this hotel was a little on the tired side. Things just did not seem as pristine as they could have been. We also had a problem with hot water coming from the shower, although bizarrly enough the bath tap water was wonderfully hot!!! The mini bar was left empty, and we had to ring twice for someone to bring a bottle of still water (they brought us TWO bottles of sparkling - charging us for both) At breakfast my boyfriend found the cooked breakfast too greasy, and I had to ask and then wait for a glass of orange juice because the jugs on the breakfast table were all empty. However on a positive note the beds were gloriously comfortable, and decor very luxurios. Location was fantastic, and the adjoining bar was very relaxing with low lighting and high heavy oak tables. Nice hotel which has unfortunately allowed standards to slip.
Could be great - but is not now
This hotel has the perfect location in Dublin, and has a nice sense of style. No substance, however. It feels "used" - loose tiles in the bathroom, moldy shower curtain, broken window handle. There could be a nice ambiance despite the fact that there is no lobby area (there was salsa dancing in the restaurant area on our last night), but it just doesn't come together. Service is not great - friendly, but non-effective.
My boyfriend and I visited this hotel in April. I was fairly happy with the hotel; however read the following;
My company used this hotel when I stayed in Dublin some time ago. Back then it was quite good and I was impressed. I stayed here twice here in teh past few months and I must say, what a disapointment.
We read a lot about the hotel on the internet and found it quite interesting.
I think that the reception area needs some improvement in line with the keeping of the rest of the hotel. Rooms were great with lovely velvet bed covers and very comfy duvets. Bathrooms were very smart. However, lots of stairs to climb which is not so good for anyone who is not that active. La Stampa Brasserie was stunning and such a welcome surprise as the decor was stunning. Food was very good and the waiting staff could not do enough for you. Breakfasts were adequate - The Mandala Spa was truly amazing and the Thai staff were a pleasure to deal with. Luxury at its best.
Myself and My Wife stayed in La Stampa on the 13th December for one night and had a meal in the La Stampa Brasserie.
We were very disappointed with La Stampa Hotel. Although the outside is beautiful and associated with wonderful restaurants, and is centrally located in a very vibrant part of town, the rooms do not live up to what is expected and what we paid. The pictures on the web site are not representative of what we got. The hall ways are dark and dreary, there is no elevator, the air conditioner did not work well, in 2 different rooms. There was no soap in our room when we checked in, a light bulb was burned out and the carpets looked stained and old.Breakfast was included with the room and was wonderful. The other restaurants associated with the hotel were expensive but delicious as well.
Stayed in La Stampa Hotel for a few days over the summer. The rate was advertised as 200 euro but I asked for their best rate and with out anything further they gave me the room for 120 euro/night !
Room for improvement
This hotel is in a great location and has very helpful staff. The rooms are a good size with minimal fuss comfy beds and lovely marble bathrooms. I think this hotel is quite new and is experiencing a few teething problems: no bin or soap in room and the air conditioning kept breaking. The rooms on the first floor are also above the hotel's very popular bar and the noise from this kept me awake on first night. After complaining about this the management could not do enough for us and we changed room and received a complimentary bottle of wine. They said that the noise is monitored and that this should not have happened. The hotel does not appear to have a lift and there are loads of stairs which was hard going. The bar and restaurants are excellent if a little pricey.