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Kelly's Hotel Dublin
Ranked #93 of 150 Hotels in Dublin
Reviewed 29 October 2013

We stayed at Kelly's for a night on our way home from a three-week holiday around the Balkans. It was the best bed we slept in the whole time we were away! Fantastic plump pillows, crisp white bed linen and a funky functional room. When booking, I'd asked for a quiet non-smoking room and I was contacted almost straight away by email, explaining that the hotel was located above a bar on a busy street but that they would do their best. We needn't have worried. We had been allocated a room at the back of the hotel on the third floor and hadn't any issue with noise. There were even packets of ear plugs left for us in the bedside locker, which I thought was a really nice touch, along with generous bottles of mineral water. The only downside was that the hotel doesn't have a lift and because we had a lot of heavy luggage with us it was tough to haul it up all those flights of stairs. Will know for again though and it definitely won't stop us coming back. The staff were really friendly and helpful; the location is perfect and I love the laid-back funky decor. Looking forward to a visit to the Candle Bar next time as well! Highly recommended and a great find.

Room Tip: We asked for a quiet room and we given one on the third floor at the back of the hotel. It was great...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

We stayed here for three nights total while in Dublin. We flew in from California and our flight landed at 5:15 a.m. When we arrived at the hotel at 6 a.m. exhausted they were able to accommodate us at the last minute with a room for us to take a nap and shower. The room was their 'Executive' level so we paid an additional 30 Euros for it but it was well worth every penny to have them give us a room 8 hours before check-in began. When it was time for us to depart Ireland and head home, they arranged a taxi for us at a flat rate they have arranged with the taxi company (and 10 Euros less than what we paid for the cab from the airport to the hotel).

Yes, it is noisy above the bar with no name BUT they hotel provides earplugs and that bar is a very cool space to spend a nightcap before heading up to the room.

Room Tip: Didn't see much difference between the executive level room and the standard room. I wouldn'...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

Kelly's is hidden above Hogans bar and adjoins the "Bar with no name". Our room was on the small side but the bed was comfortable and the bathroom perfectly adequate although larger persons will have considerable difficulty getting to the loo - there wasn't a lot of space. It was fine for a short stay. Rooms 1-6 are directly above the "Bar with no name". This is a lovely bar full of character and a great place to have a drink. However, it is open until 2.30am and did get very noisy. Kelly's provide earplugs and you need them! If you're out enjoying Dublin's nightlife then Kelly's is a great place. Temple Bar is a few minutes away and there are numerous bars and restaurants close by. However, if you need a good nights sleep - stay somewhere else.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 October 2013

Up until a few years ago, this was a characterful old-school Dublin hotel, frequented almost entirely by Irish (and me ...).

They've now renovated it, and it’s like staying in an Ikea showroom. Ghastly.

Pity, because it’s in a great location, almost across the street from the Long Hall. That's why I'm giving it two stars rather than one.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled solo
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Karin P, Manager at Kelly's Hotel Dublin, responded to this reviewResponded 7 October 2013

Thanks for posting . We brought the building back by uncovering many of its original features. In the Loft Style Penthouse you will see the markings by the craftsmen dating from 1870. We love The Long Hall too! Karin

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Reviewed 22 September 2013

Dont be fooled by words like hip and boutique.Found myself standing outside a pub wondering where my 180 a night hotel was.Turns out its a pub with rooms above claiming to be a hotel.This place is a way overpriced glorified bedsit.There is a mouldy damp smell throughout,the room was tiny with no proper furniture and a closet with a shower installed inside.Left immediately and found a room in a real hotel 5 minutes away.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Karin P, Manager at Kelly's Hotel Dublin, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2013

Hi Alan
Sorry you decided not to stay with us Karin

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Reviewed 16 September 2013

No water, no flushing toilet, and a LOUD band that played directly under our room until 1;30. All of this in the penthouse suite!!!!! Could have slept in BUT...... the kegs were being loaded and unloaded.. dropped and rolled..first thing in the morning.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Karin P, Manager at Kelly's Hotel Dublin, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2013

Hi Liam
I have to apologize re the noise, It was an exception that a band was playing in The Candle Bar, this was a 1 off. We are located in Dublin's Creative Quarter with many pubs & entertainment venues in the surrounding area.
I hope you liked the layout of the Penthouse & saw the original markings on the beams which exist from 1870?
Sorry for your lack of sleep Karin

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Reviewed 5 September 2013

Had the misfortune to depart my beautiful Cork to visit a friend in Dublin recently. Found Kellys online, in a rush the week before and took a chance. Very welcoming receptionist, clean common areas, high above the street bustle. The room blew me away, totally spotless, well stocked with free bottled water, barrys tea (is there another?) and a beautiful sheepskin furnishing too big for the suitcase..After sampling the many delights of Dublin city, fell into the place to find a big private party in the bar, which bodes well I think, if the natives like to use the hotel for functions. The tired barmaid was replaced by the most gregarious and pleasant nite porter, who poured the finest whiskey til all hours. Banter and craic was had.. Next morning wasn't too bad for noise, the windows are old sash style, and not double glazed, but that's charming on a sunday, maybe not during a busy weekday morning. Not rushed to vacate, and close enough to town to find a lazy breakfast nearby. Have to say a lil pricey for the budget minded, but moneys worth is to be had in the facilities. Apparently theres access to the bar/club downstairs, but with so few party hours in the day, will keep that for next time. Will be back, will bring a 'friend'.

Room Tip: rooms to the front will be noisier, but then you miss the street vistas and the atmosphere from the...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled solo
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Address: 36 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Dublin > Dublin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #93 of 150 Hotels in Dublin
Price Range: £60 - £172 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Kelly's Hotel Dublin 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kelly's Hotel Dublin, is the sharpest new urban hotel in the heart of Dublin's City Centre. Brought to you by the same mindset that has created some of Dublin's most popular bar and restaurant environments, Kelly's Hotel Dublin is cool yet affordable. While the rooms on offer have the comfort and style expected from a high end hotel, Kelly's Hotel Dublins unfussy sensibility appeals to a broad range of travellers. The Hotel has 16 rooms which: 1 is the Loft Penthouse Suite, which can fit 4 people in 10 are Standard Double with a Queen Size Bed 5 are Executive Double with a King Size Bed All rates include continental breakfast served in our award winning French restaurant L'Gueuleton. We look forward to welcoming you at Kellys Hotel. ... more   less 
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