Well, we stayed there for 3 nights. Here are our experiences:
Arrival: Having the pictures from the homepage in mind, you don't believe that's the Hotel we booked. It is located at the end of the docks, and the surrounding area is somehow stuck in the middle of what we we call 'development'. There are many open areas with half rotten, half ready made buildings. You don't feel really save when arriving there. There is also hardly something what you would expect regarding a lobby at the entrance. It is hard to find the entrance, and then you first need to go up to the 3rd flloor find the reception (we found out later). We headed directly to the parking space underground.
Reception: Well, friendly indeed. Nothing to complain about. Just the normal stuff that you expect from a 4star Hotel.
Room: OK, we got the better room on the 6th floor with a balcony. The room was quite small for that price (179, resp. 209 Euro/night, incld. breakfast). Bathroom again no window. View left allows to see the frequent ferries coming in and out, enjoy the trucks and sirens. View to the right and you see first some ruins/new constructions stuck in the middle of that process and some new towerson the other side of the river. Straight you see the O2 arean. Nothing worthwhile to look at. Again the room floors: Carpet. I don't understand why a hotel is still using them. OK, some people may like it from home, but from hygenic perspective there is nothing like a wodden floor which your feet can trust. Remember: The Hotel is just 4 years old.
Breakfast: If you like the "Full Irish Breakfast" you will find the usual stuff. The bacon (these big slices) is not my thing, and has that smelly appearance. The rest as you find in any 4star hotel. No fresh juices. Nobaody asked us e.g. for an egg other as the offered ones (sunny side up). The staff is mostly frienldy and capable to do a proper job.
Hotel bar: Well, we droped in one night to watch a world champions match. It is a typical hotel lobby style bar. They tried hard to make it somehow fancy. Not really cosy. Not really sterile. Anyhow. The staff that evening was working under influence or worked before in the temple bar area. My guess: Both. The lady who tried to bring us a drink struggles rigth away not knowing anything about wines. There is just a small number of wines (about 8 open, another 6 or 7 in bottle) and we asked for a glass of the italian Sangiovese. She didn't know anything about wines, just laughed like she is insane and only after pointing on the wine list she understodd what we wanted. I was ready for a pint, and she brought me a glass (half pint). OK, you say, that may happen. Yes, indeed. But the way she passed by with her insame laugther and smile was highly annoying. The guests behind us on another table were also insulted by her. They got BTW the wrong food and the manager had his time to calm down the audience.
Room service: One day we order breakfast to the room. Asking another 4 Euro per personis something you wouldnt expect for such a Hotel. Anyhow, the selection was OK and delivered along our selection we did.
Sunday experience: That Sunday afternoon was a football match in Dublin. Some people booked an area close to the reception fort a private after-match party. The music they played was extremely loud and very very annoying to normal Hotel guests. There is just a curtain to separte the party area from the lobby area, which is not sufficient to keep the noise to an acceptable limit. Reducing the volume was not an option, as been told by the receptionist. Uhhhh.
Conclusion: Not a bad place to stay. The tram brings you quickly to the city. Keep in mind that they stop operation around midnight, even on weekends. So for longer bar excursions have some spare money left for the cab. I think the Hotel is somehow overpriced, and not worth the money they ask for. Would I stay there again? Propably not, as there are better choices. Keep in mind that there is an extra of 14 Euro/night for the parking.
- 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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