Me and my boyfriend stayed at Kelly's Saturday and Sunday 14th and 15th December for my boyfriends surprise birthday trip.
I was worried about getting to the hotel as some reviews hadn't been great but I had already booked the rooms, so I took the risk.
We arrived, great location, easy to get to from air link bus from airport to temple bar area (10euro return), cute little entrance, lots of character, the carpet needed a clean so it was a mixed arrival. We entered the 1st floor where the reception is. Quite quirky, cool furniture, and beer bottle coffee table (as seen in pics on here and the website) the receptionist was helpful, took our bags whilst we pottered until our room was ready.
It takes about 5 minutes to walk to all the well known bars, grafton street is literally 2 minutes away and we walked from the hotel to the guiness storehouse, really nice walk on a Sunday morning through the garden of st. Patrick's cathedral. So 5 out of 5 for location.
The receptionist didn't take our bags upstairs which would have been a nice touch for the standard of hotel that it is trying to convey.
When we got to the room it was quite a good size, I'd booked an executive, well worth the extra money, you get a lot more for your money.
It was decorated white which was quite cool, but the hotel lacked little extras at every turn. The room was clean, the window ledges were mouldy due to the lack of ventilation and the old single glazed windows.
The blind was broken, one piece snapped off and when my boyfriend went to open the blind to see the view it went wonky, basically you couldn't open them which was annoying. On the first night, I went for a bath, my boyfriend the couldn't have a wash properly, all hot water had ran out. V ANNOYING. And not good considering the amount I was paying.
The bed was AMAZING!!!!! So so comfy! Perfect. The bathroom was bland in comparison to the room. The bath plug chain had broken.
The bedroom was cleaned the next day, was lovely- perfectly made bed for when we got back after a long day.
I asked the hotel via email if they could do something nice for in the room on arrival for my boyfriends birthday. They didn't- a nice touch would have been a couple of chocolates and a note saying happy birthday from Kelly's hotel!? This would have been lovely to come into instead of a broken blind and a mouldy window. TOP TIP FOR THE MANAGERS! :)
All in all- a nice stay, you could hear traffic and noise from the bar, but you're in dublin and that's what you do, you should be out in the bars anyway! We didn't have a problem with the noise and went to sleep fine.
Good value but needs a few extra touches. :)
- 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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