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... the prisoners from the early 1900's I was just fascinated the entire time I could have stayed there the entire time, It has been nice being able to see so many places on this trip but in times like this is it sad to only have 2 days. I pledge to come back and see more one day!
We did not take the Guinness brewery tour as we heard it was very overrated, $17 euro per person and there is no guide, you just wonder around for a bit, ...
... and then viewed Torc Waterfall. Was nice, but plenty of more impressive waterfalls in NZ. We then had a lovely walk through a forest for an hour and then carried on. As driving along we saw a sign for Prince August Toy Soldier factory 15km ahead so decided to commit to doing something a bit random and ended up winding our way to a tiny village - they specialise in people making their own items from home (the hobby of making the lead toy soldiers was ...
... of wasting it we thought we would find another pub for another pint of Guinness (when in Ireland ....... drink Guinness, thats my moto haha). On the bus tour we were told that the oldest pub in Dublin was just around the corner so we made a bee line straight for it. It was quite cool having a couple of pints in a place that has been around for 800 years.
We headed for temple bar after that to, which is an area not just a bar, but there is a bar ...
... transpiring, so blarney was added to the dictionary to mean the opposite of baloney as it had a grain of truth rather than just total bull s..t.
Cork Gaol - gave us a grim reminder of the "troubles", as the disputes with the Irish were known, and which continued until the late 1990's with the peace accord with the IRA.
We then moved to the west coast, which is the first landfall after one leaves the US, and is very rugged and windswept with remote ...
... class called Pizzica the next day. The name of the dance, she explains, comes from the word for "pinch" because when you are dancing you jump little steps like you are being bitten by mosquitoes.
Dublin, like all cities, has a level of anonymity, a level of car exhaust pollution. But it is a city that I am in conversation with. The walls and solipsistic bubbles which separate me from you and you from them are thinner here. I know that at any moment ...
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Family-friendly stay at Waterloo House
We spent two nights in the family suite at Waterloo House in August. Having just arrived in Ireland a few hours earlier, and still getting used to driving our rental car, it was a relief to easily find this wonderful place - even better that it had its own car park (trying to find street parking would have been impossible!)
When we checked in the owner was very friendly, and took us to our room on the first floor right away. The family suite is very much like a standard hotel room in the States, two double beds, desk, armoir (which was essentially the closet), hairdryer, telephone, TV, and bathroom. TV only gets a few channels, but as we were to find out, most of Ireland only gets a few channels. They also provide wake-up calls here which was nice.
We overlooked the rear of the property, right above the glass solarium that they use as part of the breakfast area. We were there over a weekend, and both nights we had our windows open with no street noise whatsoever. Waterloo House is on a street lined with other B&B's so we didn't necessarily expect too much noise, but being in a city you never quite know.
The bathroom was great - nice large tub that also doubled as a shower, lots of towels, clean, and plenty of room to move around in. The shower was nice and strong and hot - one morning we got up early and the other we slept in late, and the shower performed the same both times.
Breakfast is served in the morning, down in the walk-out basement level. The main room is quite nice, beautifully decorated, as is the solarium. White linen tablecloths and napkins helped to make the whole meal special. They had out a good selection of cold cereal and granola, yogurt, stewed prunes, chopped fresh fruit, coffee and juice to select from, plus a selection of hot food that you order off a menu (french toast, waffles, full irish breakfast).
One of the fun features of Waterloo House that my children loved are the dogs. The owner has two dogs, Charlie and Malloy, that just live for someone to come into the backyard and play with them. Each morning and evening were spent visiting the dogs and taking some time to relax.
True, Waterloo House is a short distance from Dublin city center, but has quite a lot of shopping and coffee shops, restaurants, etc. nearby. Just around the corner from Waterloo House on Baggott is a restaurant called Ouzo's - wonderful dinners (Italian/seafood) and even something for the kids which was nice. The owner gave us quite a few good recommendations for places to eat, places to visit - she was a great resource!
We truly enjoyed our stay here - it was especially comforting as a first stop, friendly, clean, quiet, good food, good (and safe!) location, nice facilities. If we come back to Dublin this is definitely the place we would go!
Do your homework on the location
I can't believe people giving this place a negative review based on its location. If you want to stay in a city centre hotel, do your homework and look at a map.
We liked the location of Waterloo House because it was outside of the city centre. Ballsbridge is a lovely area with some nice pubs and restaurants and we enjoyed the walk (about 15-20 minutes) into the city along Baggott Street.
Our room was fairly small and the furnishings were a bit old but it was very clean. No bath in the bathroom, just a walk in shower which suited us fine. Breakfast was good in a lovely dining room. The staff were friendly and very helpful.
Just returned from a 2 night stay, room was clean and comfortable,not disappointed, a little out of town but all the better fro a good nites sleep. Handy for Baggot street and all the qulaity bars and coofee shops.
Went to the Waterloo Guesthouse in September 2005 and had a great time there. If possible, you should choose room No. 36 or 37. You have to pay the price for a standard double room, but they are larger than other rooms. Rooms are really clean and staff friendly. The Guesthouse isn't to far away from city centre. It's just a walk of 15 minutes and the area is quite secure. Food wasn't too much but the quality was good. I can really recommned this Guesthouse.
Not A Good Location
We stayed at Waterloo House on our first trip to Dublin in September. The rooms were fine but we were very disappointed in the location. It was too far away from the city center and not good for touring. I would choose another location next time.
Too far away from city centre -
We stayed at Waterloo House and found it to be too far away from the city centre, we had to get buses and taxis to and from the guesthouse all the time we were there, which added significantly to the cost of our stay . While it may be nice and quiet we wished we had chosen some other guesthouse right in the city centre. If you want to be close to the city centre - avoid this place.
Good location and above average B&B
Stayed here in May and would recommend this B&B. Quiet, safe neighborhood within easy reach of public transportation to city center or a 15-minute walk. Very nice accommodations: large room, nicely appointed, good breakfast. I feel that I made the right choice staying at Waterloo House.
All is quiet at waterloo house
I Stayed at waterloo house from june 9th to 12th.The guesthouse is in the more quieter part of dublin which is great if you what a goodnight sleep. The breakfast was large and plentful which set you up for the day. Not far from the guesthouse is a small area where there are a selection of bars and restaurants which if you get the chance go to the cuban restaurant as the food is excellent but you must book a table.
Would stay here again
We were so pleased with the Waterloo House. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Our room was very spacious, quiet and comfortable. I would stay here again without a doubt.
Waterloo House was a wonderful stay for us. The staff was hospitality and tried to help when possible. The breakfasts are great. The room was small but comfortable once we got the heater working. The location is fabulous, too.
We would recommend Waterloo and are now planning to return in a few weeks.