Chose this hotel for an overnight stay to watch a concert at the O2, on the Saturday night of St Patrick's Day, 2014! The hotel proximity to the O2 is excellent - just a 50m walk across a pedestrian courtyard, which means no need to factor in taxi fares and tricky travel home if you are watching a concert (add this cost onto a 'cheaper' hotel elsewhere in town). We asked for a 'smoking room' in order to be allocated one with a balcony (works everytime!).Room was available earlier than stated, we were asking to see if we could leave our bag (which we could have done) and got lucky as it was ready for us. The double room was nicely furnished - decent double bed, fridge, tea/coffee facilities (but no biccies!), bath/shower, TV, Wifi, comfy chairs and desk, plenty of different lighting, hairdryer, iron and board. Room was a decent size (room 504). If you are very picky then you might fault a few minor marks on the carpet and paintwork - but everything was clean and fresh bedding and towel wise. The hotel itself is very handy for the town as the Luas stop is directly outside the hotel, meaning you can't get lost as all trams come back to the stop! There is not much 'on the doorstep', but it makes for a quieter stay. The hotel has a nice 'quirky' ambiance - large concrete sheep reading different things each day in reception!, flowers which you can take to your own room and real plants in them, lots of outdoor seating, lovely sofas and pouffes etc. Breakfast was included in our room rate, help yourself jobbie with all the usual (you have to ask for scrambled eggs, but they arrived fresh and piping hot very speedily), some of the best croissants, pain au choc that I have had outside France, decent filter coffee, nice selection of juices, fruit, homemade porridge, cold meats and cheeses, cereals etc as well as all the usual hot selection. I would definitely use this hotel again - very friendly staff (although perhaps not so good at breakfast) and the location for me and hubbie is great.
If I was going to be mega picky I would say that the quality of the toiletries, lack of biscuits on the hospitality tray and quality of the towels (lack of wash cloth) stopped me giving a score of 5, but none of these would prevent me from using or recommending the hotel again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chic and understated with a music pedigree that runs deep, the gibson hotel Dublin is the ultimate urban retreat. Music lovers, art junkies, food fanatics - whatever your passion it's right on our doorstep. We do sleeping, meeting, dining, gigging, touring, wedding and relaxing really really well. We mix all these things with a fresh, energetic, slightly off centre approach and we know it works. Exhibitions, supporting local artists, urban weddings and the odd celebrity are elements of what makes us different to the normal Dublin Hotel. You will find our staff friendly, responsive and happy - there is a secret to this that we can't possibly share. The gibson hotel is the ideal location to explore the city and planning your stay is easy. The M1 and M50 are 8 minutes away via the Port Tunnel and we have ample covered parking for our guests. With the luas stop right outside our front door Connolly train station is only 8 minutes away and Heuston train station is a short 20 minutes from the hotel. The Luas will take you to the City centre in 10 minutes or if you prefer to take in the views of the River Liffey a brisk 15 minute walk along the quays will bring you to O'Connell street, the heart of Dublin city. Great beds, 100MB complimentary WiFi, a gym, relaxation area, restaurant, bar and meeting space are all part of the deal. The gibson hotel is modern yet comfortable, it's different and it's better, it's large, it's friendly and it's a building that is alive with great people from the moment you set foot until the moment you leave. ... more less
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