Was a little bit concerned after reading conflicting reviews of experiences but decided to chance it anyway. Travelled with spouse and son and arrived quite late at night having pre-booked for 4 nights at substantial discount with hotels direct online.Dealt with promptly and efficiently and given a twin and double on 4th floor in old part of the building which did not overlook street, which was probably just as well as town teeming with French & Aussie footy and rugby fans up for matches with Ireland @ nearby Croke Park. The rooms were reasonably spacious and the beds very comfortable with fresh clean linen, which was changed daily. The en-suite bathrooms had been recently refurbished and had very good hot showers which were very welcome every evening after a full day out. They were also cleaned spotlessly every day-- a nice touch was the complimentary spa style bathrobes and slippers. Tip-- book a twin and you get a larger en-suite and integrated fridge in bedroom which is handy. Rooms also had interactive TV/Internet access, broadband wi-fi, phone, tea/coffee making facilities. ironing board and iron.
It had all the amenities you would expect such as two/three restaurants and bars all of which were well laid out and welcoming but expensive. A full Irish breakfast was 23 Euros and a small glass of Coke 3 Euros-- we were able to get a full Irish breakfast for all 3 of us at 23 Euros in Temple Bar. But the best thing about this hotel is its unbeatable location-- its the first stop from the Airport by Aircoach/ Airlink buses and the penultimate stop on the way back. O'Connell St itself is a wide avenue a bit reminiscent of the Champs Elysee in Paris and within walking distance of virtually everywhere including Temple Bar, Grafton St, Trinity College, St Stephens Green, Ha'penny Bridge etc. Its also around 10 minutes to Connolly Station from where you can, as we did, access the Irish coast in 20 mins by the cheap and efficient DART rail system. Tip-- if visiting the Guinness Storehouse the quickest and cheapest way is to get the LUAS tram from the same station.
Also within 5 mins of the Hotel is Henry St which has all the familiar High St stores such as Debenhams, M&S, Tesco, Boots + a few Irish Department stores of varying standard. The real top end designer store is Thomas Brown ( Irish equivalent of Harrods/Harvey Nicholls) in Grafton St. Would also recommend a visit to the Blarney Woolen Mills in Nassau St for excellent knitwear. While most of the UK was being lashed by storms during the w/end of 13/15 Nov, in Dublin the sun was out and there were just a few brief showers so we had a most enjoyable weekend. Eat wise would recommend the Imperial Chinese restaurant in Wicklow St which we found from the excellent AA pocket guide book to Dublin and Bewleys Oriental Cafe, also in the guidebook.
In general therefore the Greham fulfiled all our needs. If I was nitpicking I would say that the workmanship in the refurbished bathrooms were not of the very highest standard but you do get a feeling of the grandeur of days past , particularly in the grand foyer and lobby and any hotel that includes past diverse visitors such as Oscar Wilde, Elizabeth Taylor, Muhammad Ali, the Beatles and Beyonce is fine by me. If you are watching the cents eat elsewhere but if moneys no object the food within the Gresham and associated service is of a high standard. There are at least 3 McDonalds or Burger Kings within a mile of the hotel if you are into reliable junk food, including one that is open 24 hours.
Finally although O'Connell St is always busy and buzzing, you are not immune from the Romanian gypsy type beggars who are not especially aggressive or persistent (as in London) but can be ubiquitous particularly near ATMs and shopping centres.
Dublin and its people make it great as a short city break and the Gresham made it special for us.
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- The Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin is located in the heart of Dublin, in a historic building on the famous O’Connell Street, and become one of the city's emblematic sites. This Irish hotel offers you the best facilities for you to enjoy an unforgettable holiday with RIU Hotels & Resorts. All of the rooms in this urban Dublin hotel are equipped with the most excellent amenities to cover all your needs during your stay with us, including a television, safe and WiFi connection. We also have a penthouse suite from which you can enjoy spectacular views over the city and the incredible surroundings of the Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin This new hotel in Ireland offers various unique function rooms for you to hold any kind of event. These rooms are perfectly equipped for your meetings to be a resounding success. The Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin is also located very close to the Convention Centre Dublin making it the ideal place for business travellers. The new Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin has an extensive and well-planned menu for you to enjoy authentic culinary experiences. The facilities also include a bar for you to savour the best aperitifs or relax with an authentic cup of tea. This Dublin hotel is in an ideal location for any visitor. Surrounded by the main shopping area in Grafton Street and Henry Street, you will also find the most celebrated shows and theatres such as Gate Theatre and the National Concert Hall, and some of the most famous places in Dublin like Croke Park and Temple Bar. The hotel is also located a stone's throw away from Abbey Street tram station which will easily take you to any other point of the city. ... more less
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