Dublin was the first stop on our trip, and we arrived at the Ariel House around 8 in the morning to be greeted with tea and pastries and a very warm Irish welcome! Of course our room was not ready to be checked into yet, but we were informed that it should be ready around noon and that we could leave our bags with the staff while we went out into the city. We came back to the hotel around 1pm, and found our room ready and our bags already in our room.
We stayed in the Herbert Mews part of the Ariel House, and our room faced the front of the hotel (plenty of natural light came into the room). However, and this is my only complaint about the place, the room was under the main entrance, so in the morning it was slightly noisy with people walking around above us. We chose the less expensive room in the Herbert Mews section, because we were on a budget, so I knew that we would be on the ground level. I just may recommend to others if you have a little extra money to stay on the first or second floor.
Everything else about the hotel was marvelous! Extremely helpful staff, who helped us out with directions, bus timetables, recommendations, and even ordered us a taxi for our departure. Breakfast, just like everyone says was amazing. Just to give you an idea of the variety of the menu. We had the potato cakes with smoked salmon, the traditional Irish breakfast, poached eggs with bacon, and poached eggs with smoked salmon. The staff in the breakfast room was also very professional and efficient. The room itself was very large for European standards, and the bathroom was huge with an excellent shower. Also, a very easy commute from the airport: we took the Aircoach bus from the Airport, and it let us off at the Pembroke Road stop, which was less than 2 blocks away from the Ariel House. I know other reviewers have mentioned that this hotel is a bit farther out of the city center, which it true, but definitely only about a 15 minute walk into the center and very easily accessible to bus routes. We took a taxi from Ariel to the Heuston Train Station, and the cost of the ride was about 16 euro, which we thought was very reasonable.
Overall, the stay at the Ariel House was very pleasant, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a lovely and unique experience!
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