I stayed at Aberdeen Lodge in March 2013, during the St. Patrick's festivities. To be honest it's a bit off the centre and Temple Street, but I think that's exactly what I was looking for. We took a bus from the airport, unfortunately the driver missed our stop and we had to make the rest of the route to get back, but once we got there the stop was very close to the hotel.
The hotel is situated in a very pretty, quaint residential neighbourhood, and is run like a home: as soon as we got there we were greeted warmly and offered wine or tea before being showed to our room. To be honest I would have rather unpack and then have the wine, but it was very relaxing, in a living room with an awesome fireplace, where we talked to another guest. Other guests kept coming and were greated in the same manner, until there were around 5 of us drinking and chatting in the living room. Great experience!
We then went up and were showed our room. The hotel is an old Mannor, but very clean and well preserved. The room and bathroom were a bit old fashioned, but all very welcoming. Bed was comfy and the view was nice but we had to minor issues during our stay: the night we arrived, the heating was not working in our room. Middle of March in Dublin can be cold, and we asked for it to be solved. In the end it was indeed solved, but it took a couple of hours and 2 visits from the owner and a technician. The other issue was noise-related: the second night a guest sleeping in the adjacent room snored like a drunken beast, and we could really hear it. We tried to bang a bit in the walls to see if something happened, but eventually fell asleep after an hour or so.
The location is very nice and we made it walking to the centre and aviva stadium, which was great for getting to know Dublin. You can also take a cheap bus, but the weather was fair and we opted for walking. The only problem with the location is that it's extremely residential, and the night we arrived I was dying to get a drink but we got there late (around 10pm) and the pubs nearby were closed when we checked them at around 11pm.
The best thing of this hotel, by far, is the breakfast. My goodness, it was one of the greatest breafasts I've had, with pancakes, eggs, scones, tarts, and just about everything cooked to order, with delicious pastries, syrups, breads, juices and coffee. The dining room overlooks a beautiful garden and we truly enjoyed waking up every morning to have breakfast there.
All in all, I think the hotel is very good, nothing fancy (other than the breakfast), but the service was excellent and we truly felt at home. Would glady repeat my stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The perfect balance of luxury, privacy and location. Aberdeen Lodge Ballsbridge is one of Dublin's gems, discretely hidden in the exclusive embassy district of Ballsbridge. Large well-kept gardens surrounding grand mansions give the place an air of refined exclusivity. Aberdeen Lodge Hotel Ballsbridge Dublin shares all these privileges. The elegant rooms and suites in this urban estate include four poster beds, period furnishings and views of the attractive gardens. The award winning breakfast is served in the period style dining room overlooking the landscaped gardens. Afternoon teas and fine wines are served in the main drawing rooms and library where guests can relax. Staff are extremely welcoming and are happy to assist guests in arranging city and countryside tours. Complimentary secure guest car parking is available onsite at Aberdeen Lodge Dublin. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aberdeen Hotel Dublin