Travel Blogs from Dublin
Depart Scotland at 11:30am by plane and arrive in Dublin Ireland at 12:40pm.
I couldn't wait until Ireland and I started in Glasgow.
After breakfast at the hotel buffet and a pocket full of cheese we left for the Glasgow airport. We took a cab (the only time the entire trip) and made our way to another exposure of United Kingdom …
WE SLEPT IN!!!!!!!!!!!!
M and C were the first ones up but were not ready to leave the room until 1054 hours. They went looking for washing powder so we could wash some clothes. Z and I were awake by that point but we were not ready to start the day. We went through our clothes and got out the stuff that needed to be washed and tried to …
We're in shock! Well, that's an exaggeration. We're trying to adjust mentally and physically to the fact that this amazing trip is nearing its terminus. As they say, "All good things..."
The drive to Dublin from the coast was normal: Relaxing for Sue (who reads or looks at the scenery--i.e., spoiled); Jean, who can't read while in a car …
And the sobriety checkpoints.
... selected from cable. It was awful- how did he let himself get into doing something so badly done? I went off to read, and fell asleep. Walking so many miles in rainboots without cushioning is starting to get to me. Ryan gave me a great foot rub last night, so today might be better.
It is morning, and we are off to find a restored home, the Guinness brewery, and the old Gaol. And miles to go before we sleep...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews The Townhouse Dublin
I have just returned from my third weekend break in Dublin, and would recommend the Townhouse Hotel, Lower Gardiner Street to anyone, even the hard-to-please. This is the second time I have stayed at the Townhouse and in comparison with the other, more expensive hotel I have tried in Dublin it is streets ahead. It is clean and well maintained, staffed by friendly, interested people. The rooms had everything you could need for a few days break (and everything worked). The breakfast included in the price was excellent and catered for all tastes, offering full breakfast, fruit, cereals etc. It is located within walking distance of the river and tourist attractions, without being excessively noisy. As this was a second visit I was keen to see if standards would be consistent, and I am glad to say they were. For the money I would have to say it is the best you can get in Dublin.
This was a delightful find. On my recent trip to Scotland, I stayed in dublin two nights, first on my way, and second after a week on my return. My first night was at an over-priced boutique hotel currently holding the number one spot for dublin hotels on this listing(hint the brooks). That has to be an inflated survey. By far just as comfortable at a third the cost, The Townhouse was fantastic. As with all hotels, the room was small but very clean and comfortable. The staff was very helpful though a little streached as they also run the adjacent property. I recommend this hotel without reservation!!
It was fine.
My wife and I stayed at The Townhouse in mid June of this year (2004). It was our first time in Ireland and we were looking for the "authentic" Ireland experience. The front desk staff was courteous, but not overtly friendly. Our room was clean, comfortable and small. They allowed us to check in early which was a bonus. The location of the hotel was very convenient. We were able to easily walk to Temple Bar and other city attractions. The breakfast was a buffet. It was adequately stocked, but very impersonal. Overall, we had a fine experience at The Townhouse. But, if you're looking for the authentic Ireland experience, this isn't the place to stay. But, if you want a clean comfortable room in a hotel and a hot breakfast, this is the spot for you.
You must stay here
If you're looking to stay somewhere really nice that's near to the city then The Townhouse is the place for you. My wife and I spent 3 night's here and loved it. The rooms are beutifully decorated and with all the amenites you want and need. The breakfast is plentifull. If you can have as much as you want and the variety is great. The price of the Townhouse is very reasonable too The people are effcient and friendly. I will most certainly recomend it all my friends that are going to visit Dublin. All the attractions are only 5 minutes away and it's an easy place to find from the airport too. Go on give yourself a treat and stay here. You won't be disappointed.
Stayed here in June 2003. Warm welcome and very friendly service. Was very impressed with the room - it had a Japanese theme and was very modern. The bathroom was great too. What really made it worthwhile though was the buffett breakfast...you could have a full Irish cooked breakfast, juice, herbal tea, tea, coffee, iced water, a good selection of cereals, toast, jams, raisin toast, fresh scones, soda bread...basically anything you wanted. Apart from the cooked brekky it was all 'help yourself', so we did! If you're on a tighter budget I think the same people own the hostel next door, and I'm pretty sure they share the same breafast facilities!
I booked a room at the Townhouse for a couple of nights just before Christmas 2003, then read the first 2 reviews here and thought I'd made a big mistake! However, the objectionable staff member(s) must have left or been fired as we had only courteous service. Looks like its safe to go back now. Although described as a bed and breakfast, it is really a small to medium sized hotel so don't expect the ambience of a family-run B and B. However, as others have said already the location is good and great for walking to all the main city centre sights. Our room was in a modern annexe at the back but was furnished and decorated with style, unlike most bland modern hotel rooms. If you really want the full Georgian experience, ask for a room in the old front part of the hotel. Breakfast is fine with a good choice of all the usual stuff, including bacon, eggs etc. Overall I would recommend the Townhouse and would certainly visit again.
The Townhouse impressed us with spotlessness of the room: bathroom was clean, the blanket was in a snow-white duvet (so you never had to touch the blanket itself) in addition to the flat sheet, pillows were fluffy, and all sheets smelled like laundry detergent. The bed was very comfortable and the room was very well equipped. Full Irish briekfast was pretty good with a lot to choose from.
My wife and I have stayed here for our very first visit to Dublin in 2002 and we were given this plush room covered in red damask with a fireplace and a 4-poster bed, and a bathroom which looked very new and spotless. And how about the breakfast - Irish breakfast at its hearthiest in a lovely restaurant overlooking greenery. Hope to visit again soon.
Attitude adjustment needed for staff ASAP
This is a beautifully restored building that is wonderfully decorated and located perfectly in the heart of Dublin. Unfortunately, it has without a doubt the rudest and most obnoxious desk staff I've ever encountered. I was literally laughed at when I asked for directions to a major Dublin landmark. The person said that there 'were maps for that' and that I could get one at the tourist bureau. The breakfast is nice but the staff who didn't seem to speak English not to mention Irish were surly and unreponsive to several requests that I and my friends made. I will never stay at the Townhouse again and I will never recommend it to anyone.
Nice rooms, terrible service
Our room here was very nice - clean, comfortable well equiped. When we arrived we found that they also ran a hostel out of the same desk. They treated all of their guests as if they were renting an 11 euro bed rather than a 110 euro room. The desk clerk was very unhelpful when we arrived. They were uninterested in helping us. I would not stay there again and would not recommend it to friends.