Our first experience of the incredible hospitality you will find at this hotel was when we realised we had made an error in our booking. We telephoned to see if we could put right our mistake and were answered by Mr Pat Halpin, who dealt with our problem with the greatest warmth. We were travelling with friends and staying only one night but felt like we were to be personal house guests. On arrival we were not disappointed and were greeted with pots of tea and home made biscuits in the lounge. Having established the nature of our trip, whilst enjoying the tea, Pat presented us with maps and information on getting to Dublin, where to go in nearby Sandymount and details of the local beach walk.
We were then shown to our rooms, which were clean, spacious, comfortable and very quiet. The en-suite had a bath with a shower, sumptuous bathrobes and lovely, heavy towels. After a great hot bath we were then ready to head out to the city.
We were in Dublin for a concert at the 02 Arena (previously known as The Point). We were given a late-night swipe card for the front door and pointed in the direction of the DART, Dublin's frequent and fast train service, which is located a short walk away. Twenty or so minutes later we were in Temple Bar enjoying a pre-concert Guinness.
After the concert, as it was a pleasant evening, we decided to walk back to the hotel where we enjoyed a glass or two of port before bed (if it had been raining a taxi would have taken only a few minutes from the 02).
After a great night's sleep in a very comfortable bed and an excellent shower, we went to meet our friends downstairs for breakfast. They too had enjoyed a restful sleep. We were greeted by Pat and presented with a breakfast menu. We all chose the 'full Irish', which did not disappoint.
After breakfast we checked out of our rooms, left our bags securely downstairs and, as it was a nice day, went for a stroll along the beach.
We were only in Ireland for about 24 hours and crammed a lot in but we came away feeling refreshed and uplifted.
I travel internationally extensively as part of my job and have stayed in so many hotels of different standards all over the world. The mark of a hotel is whether you remember it afterward and that isn't simply down to how luxurious it is. It is more down to personality. This is one of the most memorable I have stayed in and whilst its location and standards are part of that; it is the warmth of Pat and his team that make it so. Irish hospitality at its very best!
- 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