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“"An enjoyable stay"”
Review of Abbeyleigh House

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Abbeyleigh House
Ranked #101 of 149 Dublin B&B and Inns
Reviewed 30 September 2012

Friends had recommended the Abbey Leigh House, and we were not disappointed. We followed the proprietor’s instructions regarding bus transportation from Dublin airport and arrived across the street from the B&B in about twenty minutes. Having taken an overnight flight from Boston, my son and I arrived quite a bit before what we assumed would be check-in time but had arranged to drop our bags off. We were encouraged to return whenever our energy levels lagged, and our room would be ready. Although we could have taken a bus into the city, we enjoyed the fifteen minute walk that took us past beautiful old stone buildings and through a large park. Upon returning to the Abbey Leigh House a few hours later, we found our room to be spotless and airy and appreciated the tea service that had been provided. The next morning an enjoyable breakfast was served in a pleasant, light-filled room. The Abbey Leigh is an older establishment, but we found this to be part of its charm. We enjoyed our B & B experience here and appreciated that the proprietor and her daughter were more than happy to answer our questions and give us tips regarding transportation.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 September 2012

We came to this B&B in need of a place to stay for two nights, coming from other city as we were on holidays in Ireland.

We found the place in an excellent location, very close to the city centre by bus, and not far from the airport as it had an AirCoach Bus stop only a couple meters up the road. We thought breakfast was fine, not a complaint about that, and that the owners treatment was good, they were nice and polite.

Having said that, the room we stayed on was quite run down. The proper way of calling the furniture it's "antique", or in other words, it was probably what my grandmother would've bought when she married. That's not bad if it was kept in good condition, but to my opinion, it wasn't. The bed linen didn't smell all that good either, it was like if they kept it in a wardrobe for ages and then was put to use without washing it again, so it was like an old dust-like humid smell.

The worst part of the room was the bathroom, this definitely looked really bad kept. A very dim light in it, and no mirror light, but worst of all, no air ventilation whatsoever. No windows, nothing. Yes, it dit have a fan but it wasn't enough, the bathroom always kept smells even if you left the fan working all night.

The main problem of this B&B is that it wasn't all that cheap either. Maybe because of the area or maybe because Dublin is all expensive, but in other parts of Ireland, for what we paid here, I would get a very decent hotel.

So, if I had to stay in Dublin again, it won't be definitely here. I feel sorry for the owners because they seemed to be nice people, but they should take care more of their main business.

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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 September 2012

Wonderful personal service, the hotel is in a good location - you could easily walk downtown and also has bus stops right in front of the hotel. The rooms are spacious and although it is not a new property, everything worked very well. Breakfast was good, and the atmosphere is friendly and homey. I would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 August 2011

I found the place to be in need of serious update. Felt like room needed a good deep clean. There were cobwebs and it felt grubby. Breakfast nothing to write home about. I opted for fried eggs on toast they were hard yolked and very crispy on the bottom. Should have been binned and redone. Not value for money. Would not recommend

  • Stayed: August 2011
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Reviewed 2 August 2011

My experience at Abbeyleigh is perhaps best characterised in my advice to others- stay clear. While other's experience of this guesthouse may have been favourable, mine most certainly was not and was decidedly at odds with the opinion of others that have reviewed. In particular, the beds are incredibly uncomfortable, the breakfast average and the service brisk and the property reminiscent of a sad Georgian terrace suffering from considerable underinvestment- Ordinarily not an issue, but when one trades on the architectural characteristics of the property as a means of demonstrating a unique selling point, one would have thought the basics such as cleanliness, noise reduction, quality furnishings and service would be given equal attention. Sadly, this is not the case.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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abbeyleighdublin, Owner at Abbeyleigh House, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2011

Firstly we are not a Guesthouse we are a Bed and Breakfast. We at Abbeyleigh house find it extremely insulting you compare us with a hostel as the two could never be compared. Also at Abbeyleigh house we are graded and inspected every year by the tourist board and we exceed all their standards. Secondly we at Abbeyleigh house do not trade on the architectural characteristics of the property as a means of demonstrating a unique selling point, we merely state that Abbeyleigh house is a Georgian property and the property does have the original features and that is a fact. Abbeyleigh house is also registered as a listed one protected structure by Dublin city Council. Regarding your comments on the property being underinvested the property has been heavily invested in this year with new carpets throughout the property, new tiles and painted throughout. Also the original Georgian windows have been restored this year. We Abbeyleigh our surprised you say Breakfast is average it is far from average it goes full Irish breakfast to smoked salmon, we also have a breakfast table with 6 different cereals and fresh fruit, yogurts, prunes apricots. Our comments in are comments book proves that breakfast is far from average. As for the beds being uncomfortable not all beds with cater for all taste. All our rooms are cleaned with fresh towels put in daily. Regarding noise Abbeyleigh House is a protected structure and we are unable to Double glaze windows and this is beyond our control. However noise is very minimal and if you did have a problem with noise you should have brought this to our attention and we would have moved you to a back room where there is no noise. The furnishings in the property are all of good quality that we our very happy with. We have never had a complaint about our furnishings. Unfortunately we cannot cater for all taste regarding furnishings. Regarding your comment about the service, the owner and her family spend time talking to all Guest when they check in, at breakfast and throughout their stay. Here at Abbeyleigh house we are available at all times and are always willing to talk to Guest whether it be a query or just chat. I find it odd that you never mentioned you were this unhappy throughout your stay. It is unfortunate that you felt the need to wright this on the internet and didn’t come to us personally and explain you were unhappy with everything at the time and we would have done are best to make your stay more enjoyable. I would be grateful if you could contact me personally to discuss this matter.
Anna Barden

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Reviewed 4 August 2010

The B&B is located in Upper Leeson Street, not far from St Stephens Green (walking) and is a short bus ride into O'Connell Street, with the bus stop into town directly outside. While the location is good is it on what must be on of the busiest two lane (one way) streets and the traffic never seems to abate. The house does not have double glazing so if you are located with windows road facing expect alot of noise and disturbed sleep.

The house is Georgian but unfortunately is quite run down and cleanliness is questionable (both inside and outside). While the house may be cleaned, there is clutter and dust all around and when we arrived there was still rubbish in the bin in the room from the previous occupant. Very small bathroom, nothing in shower to put soaps etc on. TV from neighbours room attached to adjoining wall and with thin walls everything on the TV next door could be heard.

Nice hosts, nice breakfasts. I have rated this a 2 for value as have stayed in other parts of Ireland for the same 45 euro a night and the standard has been much better.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 March 2010

I needed a last minute place to stay to watch Ireland beat Scotland in a Rugby international. I was wrong - Scotland won. I had a great chat with both owners of Abbeyleigh house (Anna and her husband) over a fantastic Irish cooked fresh (not buffet)breakfast the morning after. Excelent location. Small, yet adequate room- large bed, toilet/bathroom, Small TV, kettle. Very cheap, by Dublin standards, at Euro 50 for the night with breakfast.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled solo
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Address: 28 Upper Leeson Street | Dublin 4, Dublin, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Dublin > Dublin
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Ranked #101 of 149 B&Bs / Inns in Dublin
Price Range: £85 - £103 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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