“Good price, location, and staff. The accomodations, though...”
Located right by the Customs House, the Anchor House Dublin sits in a great location for those who want to be far enough from Temple Bar and City Centre to avoid the noise and ruckus, yet close enough to get to those places in a 10 minute walk.
In fact, a lot of Dublin is only a ten minute walk from the Anchor House: Trinity College, the Dublin Conference Centre, the afore-mentioned Temple Bar area. Sure, the Jameson Distillery and Guinness Storehouse are a bit further, and so is St. Patrick's cathedral, but only by about another ten minutes' walk or so.
The Anchor House is also situated very close to Connelly Station, where one can hop on a train for 2,50euro and take a day trip to Howth. Several stops on the city bus are also nearby, as well as the tram line.
The staff at The Anchor House was, to a person, pleasant, helpful, and friendly. A good perk is that the front desk is manned 24 hours a day, so late arrivals can always get in.
If you book directly from their website, you can also get a free breakfast for each morning of your stay. It is nothing spectacular, you get a choice of cold breakfast stuffs from a stand, and four different hot plates (which are all variations of 'eggs and something'), but it is cooked right and a very tasty way to start your day.
We were traveling with an infant, so the staff kindly set up a crib in the room for us, as well.
The Anchor House also sports two sitting rooms with comfortable seating, a help-yourself bookshelf, and free WiFi internet (get the code from the front desk). It your room is close enough to one of these sitting rooms, you may still be able to pick up the signal, too.
As for the accommodations, this is where The Anchor House comes up as average. There are actually two buildings, the nicely appointed historic one in front, and than an enclosed passageway connects you to another building in back. Since we did not stay in the front building, I can only describe and rate what we did see.
Our room was a nice size, lit well, and included a double bed and a single bed (and the crib). The TV is very, very tiny but, then again, you are in Dublin. Who sits around and watches TV?
Additionally, if you are quartered in the rear building and need to use the elevator, watch the door! It only stays open for a couple seconds and closes really fast!
We had two major concerns with the room:
The first is that the walls of our room were badly scuffed and stained. This is OK for us, but it does detract greatly from the charm of the establishment, especially since the front building looks so nice.
The second is that the beds are very, VERY, squeaky. If you are a young couple on a romantic getaway, rest assured that everyone will know when the romance starts! For our part, when we put our baby down to sleep and then climbed into bed, the squeaks and groans were loud enough to wake her. And I am also a toss-and-turn sleeper, which made things noisy, too.
Overall, The Anchor House is a great deal if you aren't looking for anything spectacular. The location, cost, and wonderful staff help to make up for the shortcomings in the accommodations.
Rooms in the front building are probably nicer, but are near the street which can be noisy. Rooms in...
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