My friend and I were staying at a HORRID hotel, so bad that we went walking about to find somewhere else to stay. We headed for the area we wanted and liked the looks of The Mercantile. Upon entering the gleaming, wood-paneled lobby with a massive arrangement of star-gazers, we were greeted by the loveliest woman at the front desk. She fixed us up with a room immediately, we got the last room. PHEW! Even though this is clearly an older hotel it thankfully had an elevator and I was pleased there were no funky smells (my personal pet peeve). Our room was very clean with a view overlooking Dame street. I was impressed by the good-sized bathroom for a budget hotel, it even had a tub! The beds were fine. Now, if you are looking for very quiet stay, this may not be the hotel for you. Our room was on the Dame St. side which overlooks a hustling and bustling Dublin, afternoon and evening. That's what we wanted, to see and experience the city and people. Apparently rooms on the alley side are quieter. The location of the hotel is premium, minutes walk to anything, Temple Bar, Trinity College, shopping, about 30 minutes to the Guinness Storehouse. There's an amazing high-end grocery store one block south and another block over is the best French Bakery/Cafe I've ever been in, Le Petite Parisian. Directly out the door is "The Stag's Head" Bar and two others. The bar that is attached to the hotel is just beautiful, unfortunately I didn't discover it until the last night or I would've been in there more. I just loved the ladies that manned the front desk. They offered directions, advice, and one of them nearly vaulted over the counter as I walked out the front doors with my handbag slung over my back, instead of under my arm. She caught me just going out the door and spun my bag around so it was in the front, warning me of all the pickpockets. We really felt like we were being taken care of by our long-lost aunts, especially this being a girl's trip. If you're looking for a great central location on a budget and don't mind hearing the city, this is the place for you.
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