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Reviewed 30 November 2006

This little bed and breakfast was charming. It is right on University Street, a close walk to Botanic Ave and the Botanical Gardens. I had made my reservation over the phone about a month prior to my visit. When we arrived at around 6 pm, we were told she had given the room we requested away because we had shown up so late, which was unavoidable because we had driven up from Dublin (and gotten lost in the many roundabouts along the way!) This could have probably been avoided had I called though, but I didnt since I did not bring my cell phone to Europe, and being American, am used to having late check ins at all the hotels in the states, and didn't realize that is not always the case at small b&b's in Europe. So if you are going to be late, make sure you call and tell her!

That being said, she did accomodate us and gave us a room with a sink and shower and we had a shared bathroom instead of a private one that we had booked. This was not a big deal at all. We didnt see anyone at all other than ourselves even using the bathroom. It was actually preferable because the room cost a bit less, and there was no inconvience for having shared toilets.

The place was adorably decorated, with cute bedspreads and decorations. The breakfast room was enchanting and you can see everything in my pics. Kate made us a traditional "fry-up" for breakfast every day which consisted of toast, soda bread, eggs, sausage, and bacon along with juice and coffee. It was so filling that we often went out sightseeing and did not eat again until dinner!

Kate was very friendly, and gave us tips on what to see and do while we were there. The whole visit looked and felt like true Irish hospitality.

One thing I must mention is that smoking was allowed. I am not sure if specific rooms are non-smoking are not, but when we walked in you could tell people had been smoking. However, we do not smoke and our room did not smell smokey and as non-smokers, it was not bothersome to us.

Yes, there was a Best Western across the street, but I would come back to Kate's again, because it truly is a gem. Why stay in a generic chain place that I could stay in in the states? To me, when you visit a new place, you should experience it in all its glory, and a chain hotel takes away from that in my opinion.

This was a good deal too, it cost 25 pounds per person per night, which was GREAT, especially when the pound is worth double what the dollar is worth!

  • Stayed: July 2006, travelled with friends
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6  Thank laurenbellexo
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Reviewed 11 September 2006

First off, we did a tour in Europe over a month of eight places. A lot of them were 3 and 4 star hotels, so obviously this is in a different class. If you are expecting a hotel with regular amenities, you will be disappointed. This is probably on the scale of a 1 star hotel. However, If you choose to stay here instead of a hostel, you will be overly impressed! Please read on, so I can paint an accurate portrayal...

Kate is a wonderful lady, who made a heart attack on a plate breakfast for us each morning. It consisted of eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, and excellent american coffee- most palces make expresso and water it down in Europe, but her coffee was perfect! Better than what we could buy in the shops locally.

She has three cats, one of whom is really old. I found this was nice- it kind of made me feel like I was at home. So did Kate- she gave us advice on where to eat, and what to see- even had suggestions for tours. I highly reccomend seeing the Giant's Causeway!

The room was clean, but small. There was a bed, a coffee table, a pedestal sink and mirror, and a small tv on a stand. The TV did not work- there was no cable. Not sure if this is typical- we didn't ask, since we were hardly there anyways.

The bathroom was divided- a toilet in one are, just outside our door, and a seperate door for the shower. Both were pretty clean, but again small in size. the bathrooms were shared. The bad part? There was no soap/shampoo/etc. We had towels in our room, and there was a bottle of antibacterial hand soap- but bring your own shampoo!!! And bar soap if you need it.

Location wise, this is the university district. I found the majority of the clients were students lookign for cheap accomodations, as an alternative to a hostel. It was a bit noisy at night, as it's an old building. it creaked a lot. There were also people ringing the doorbell almost all night, checking if rooms were available. We were up three flights of stairs and still heard it.

The mattress was average, kind of springy. Not as firm as most of the mattresses we found, but suitable. Also, no alarm clock- if you need to be up, she might provide a wake up call- but we had our own (cell phone!). The decor was old fashioned, if you care about that. The lace and chintz weren't hotel-like- again, its living in someone's home. This was fine for us, but might not be for some. I've stayed at other bed and breakfasts, some on the same par as this one, and others that were a lot more upscale and luxurious. If you want a cheap place to sleep, this is great. Better than a hostel, or at least similar. If you want a hotel, stay across the street at the best western. In all honesty, thats probably what I'd do if I went back! But, we were there as a couple enjoying Europe- not as students looking for a hostel.

  • Stayed: August 2006, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Misty J
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Reviewed 5 November 2017
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  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 August 2017
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  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled solo
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