My wife and I traveled to Europe with our 16 year old daughter in late May. Dublin was the first stop in a ten day trip and I wanted to find a hotel that provided a situation where we could get a good start and recover from our jet lag in comfort.
We stayed in an executive room with an attached lounge. Both rooms were spacious - and thankfully each had their own door as well as flat screen TVs. The doors to each room opened to a shared foyer connecting to a large bathroom. It really was the perfect situation. The room was quiet, on the upper floor. It had a view of a courtyard, but the view was not memorable and probably not exceptional. The location could not be better.
The best part for me was the breakfast. Lots of options, lots of fresh fruits and juices, and of course the Irish sausages and grilled tomatoes. The only downside was the lack of soda bread - which I love, but seemed to have more trouble finding on this trip. Breakfast was included in our room rate. (I think it would have been 24 euros otherwise - it's not worth 24 euros).
On the downside, we had to wait almost an hour past check in time before our room was ready. It could have been the hotel's fault, but I'll forever blame Beyonce's road crew who had stayed the previous night. As we sat in the lobby, the crew drifted down to check out. Dressed in the all black concert regalia of their previous campaigns, they didn't seem like people who spent a lot of time worrying about check out times. I'm just glad they all found something to do after Tower records closed.
The reception staff was apologetic, but offered no recompense. Though, somehow I think we got even as my daughter, asleep and snoring in their fancy lobby, was now drooling on their chair. My wife, though still vertical, was asleep, but could easily have taken for dead by a casual observer. Probably not the best first impression for customers of a five star hotel.
Though a nice hotel, I now wonder if it was just too much. Given the state of the Irish economy, the hotel is certainly pricey. And in a way I regret that this was the first exposure our daughter had to European travel. I didn't get to Europe until I was well into my twenties and for the first few trips I stayed in scary hotels or on the couches or floors of friends. For our daughter, her first trip was a much different experience. Seeing her close the door to her private room wrapped in a fluffy Fitzwilliam robe, I wondered if it was all just wrong.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Fitzwilliam Hotel, Dublin’s most luxurious design hotel is located in the heart of the city. Experience the best of both worlds when staying at this chic haven, to one side the tranquility and calm of St Stephen’s Green and to the other, Grafton Street, Dublin’s finest shopping avenue.From its central location, in amongst this buzzing vibrant city it is an easy stroll to explore the leading cultural, historical and leisure attractions. Or just step out to the chic shopping, high energy bars, fine dining restaurants and chattering Cafes ... more less
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