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The usual response to telling someone we are going travelling all over the U.K: 'I hope you've packed your raincoat'. With this in mind and the second response: 'It's freezing up in Scotland and Ireland, summer only lasts a day there'; we took everyone's advice and packed for winter... What a mistake! Either everyone was over exaggerating or luck was on our side. The sun followed me from Wales, to England all around Scotland and finishing with clear blue skies in Ireland! ...
... upcoming weekend at the bay. The walk is pleasant and along the water to the Dr. Who Experience. There is a lovely restaurant behind the Dr. Who Experience called the World of Boats. We ate a little lunch there. Eve loved the pizza made with Welch cheese. We listened to the giant seagulls and watched some boats too.
At our entry time, we queue up for the Dr. Who Experience. There are few people in our group going in with us. Both of our Whovian teenagers are over the moon ...
... back out into the cold and browsed through a souvenir shop then went down to the Old Storehouse where an Irish guy was playing some acoustic traditional music. We shared a Guinness and watched the music a bit, while chatting to the bar staff. After a few songs the musician announced, "I'm going to take a 5 minute break for 10 minutes, I'll be back in half an hour", then left the stage. Hilarious. We had a chat to him on his break, and he told us about his friends band in ...
... though which made it good. In the end Dublin won (I wanted the other team to win!) and the crowd went wild. We left that bar and headed out but I felt a bit drunk and wanted to go home so we got Burger King and headed for home. Scott wanted to go out again so he headed back out while I sobered up. He arrived back at 10.30pm a bit worst for wear after finding some Irish lads who shouted him a few drinks! Good night though and a fitting way to finish our time in ...
... such fun! We both learnt how to pull the perfect pint and turns out we are both master class! We even have a certificate for proof. In the evening we went to a Riverdance show. How could we not while in Ireland! It was great, they can tap very very fast! We then had a lovely dinner out. We are about to go and pick up our rental car. Fingers crossed this next part of the trip goes ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Clarion Hotel Liffey Valley Dublin
Great rooms, cold reception
I went to this hotel September this year with two of my girlfriends. Thought the hotel looked great at first, really clean and contemporary recpetion area. We arrived at around 7am after a long drive to Wales and then a trip on the ferry to Dublin, so were pretty tired as you can imagine. When we got there we produced our booking reference (all booked through expedia) and gave our name. They could not find our reservation, so we gave all of our names, still no luck. Despite having paid already, we were made to feel like we shouldn't be there and had made up this reservation! Eventually after spelling all of our names AND again reminding them it was booked through Expedia - they found it, under an expedia booking in the name we had originally said.
Finally we got up to the room, this was worth the wait, they really are gorgeous and SO comfortable. The curtains are so thick you can't hear any traffic noise and it keeps the room dark, perfect for us after a night at Temple Bar!
The reception staff continued to treat us like we shouldn't be there throughout our stay - although they were very helpful over the phone, booked taxis etc. They did not ruin our stay though, hotel is lovely just a shame about the staff and their attitude towards young guests.
If you are going (like we were) on a holiday to go out in the evenings, I wouldn't recommend this hotel, it's about 20mins drive from Temple Bar and on the way back is REALLY hard to get a taxi to take you that far. TIP: If you do try to get a taxi back, get the number of the taxi firm the hotel always use, they were brilliant and didn't over charge or anything.
Dublin is a great city, and the people are great, except the staff in this hotel (none of which were Irish!)
Great 'new' hotel
The hotel had just opened when i stayed. I stayed on the second night they were open and then again later that week.
I found the hotel to be very comfortable and welcoming, the staff were friendly and the room very clean.
I was put off slightly by the early wake up call of the work men but this was to be expected!
I had room service and the wait was not that long and the food was divine!! It was well presented and the staff were all courteous!!
Definintely worth a stay!
I never had the chance to experience the leisure facilities as these were yet to open whilst i stayed.
I recently stayed at the "NEW" clarion hotel @ liffey valley and was extremely disappointed with the location and the hotel in general has a very clinical feel to it, initial impression is of a medical clinic or very large office block. For those of you who dont know dublin this hotel is in situated in the middle of a very suburban area, it is right on the main N4 which is the west road out of dublin. Not to bad in terms of Liffey valley shopping centre is next door and the rooms were clean and relatively comfortable.
But not worth the money in my opinion, no real atmosphere in bar and reastaurant or among staff.
One of the nicest hotels I have ever stayed in. We didn't sample the food as we dined in town or in the shopping centre. The beds were very comfortable and the room decor really lovely. As has already been said the shopping centre is across the road and also there is a regular bus service to the city centre. Took all the hassle out of staying in Dublin and would definitely stay there again. The leisure centre is a huge plus and enticed us to stay an extra night.
Nice,clean and bright
The hotel is spotless rooms clean and bathroom lovely.The leisure centre is very good.Staff we not hugely helpfull at reception.
I stayed in this hotel on Aug20/21.Booked a triple room for myself and my two little nieces as we were on a weekend away treat.Unfortunatly, when we arrived we ended up in a double/single which was most annoying as this ment we had to double up.
I had also requested a quiet room away from traffic but we ended up above the bus park,which wouldn't have been so bad if we could have closed the window,but as the room was far too hot and there was no airconditioning we spent most of the night awake listening to buses comming and going.
I would stay here again,but I would ring to make sure they book you in to the correct room type and maybe request a fan if the weather is warm.
Very good base for shopping,liffey valley center just up the road and Blanchards town or Dundrum centers only 15 mins away by car max.
4 star rooms and facilities but definatly not 4 star service :-(
This is an excellent, well situated hotel with easy access to Dublin City,Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, surrounding areas and access to/from the airport.The rooms were clean and modern and staff very accommodating.My children were especially impressed with the leisure pool and swam every day.
The breakfast was impressive with much choice and service good.We ate Dinner in the restaurant and although the menu and food was good the service was considerably slow,usually taking 2hours from start to finish.
I would definitely recommend this hotel,providing you have a car and would stay again.
Great hotel for shopping!
This is an excellent hotel. We paid 119Eur per room per night B&B for 3 adults. The breakfast was delicious and plenty of it. The rooms were very clean and very spacious.
A great hotel for shopping - the new Dundrum shopping centre is only 15 mins away and Liffey Valley is on your doorstep.
I would definitely stay here again.
Spent one day and night here and found the bedrooms, corridors and conference rooms far too hot. Air conditioning not adjustable in bedrooms.
Breakfast at 7.45 am was totally overcrowded but food good.
Leisure centre nice.
Building sites in front of bedrooms.
Ideally situated for travel to/from west of Ireland but overall, only middling.
Expected more from reading previous reviews.
Excellent new business hotel
Just newly opened hotel on the outskirts of Dublin in an excellent location if you are travelling down the country or up to Dublin for business.While the hotel is not fully operational it impressed me with the standards of its bedroom and its staff and would seem to be an very impressive facility when completed..It also has what seems like an excellent leisure facility opening shortly,they said mid May.It is a hotel I will use again and with prices at 99 euro per night at the moment it is great value.
Excellent New Hotel
This is a new hotel, we stayed on the second night the hotel was open. There were a few teething problems but in general we had a very nice stay. The good points are they have proper beds, not zipped up the middle, nice bathrooms with deep tubs and although not quite working yet the rooms have plug and play broadband and also wifi. Room service took about 30 minutes but was well worth the wait, the best hotel food I've ever had. Breakfast in the room was good too, this is one of very few hotels to get the breakfast order right, the food was also hot including the toast. There were a few glitches with the hotel just being opened but all were dealt with very professionally by the staff who took great interest in the few negative comments I had. The rooms are beautiful and the staff very attentive and friendly. Although the Clarion brand is not consitant this is by far one of the better hotels. Would definatley recommed this hotel.