Sandymount Hotel is the closest hotel to the Aviva Stadium. It is also very close to Lansdowne Road Station on the DART Railway, with frequent trains to Dublin City Centre.
I visited Dublin with a friend, to attend a Heineken Cup rugby match. We stayed at the Sandymount for three nights, and combined our visit with sightseeing. Not surprisingly, the hotel was patronised by lots of rugby supporters. Most of the guests attended the match and the hotel management erected a marquee in the grounds. They also set up extra bars and a hog roast. After the match, there was live (and loud) music in the bar.
This hotel is located in a pleasant residential street,, which is usually very quiet. Consequently, it is equally suitable for business or leisure travellers, and provides a perfect location for events at the Aviva Stadium. However, the entire area becomes very busy, when there is a major event at the stadium. Consequently, it is worth checking the sports calendar, if you are seeking peace and quiet.
The hotel's reception area and public rooms are clean, bright and attractive. The breakfast buffet (full Irish breakfast or continental breakfast) was excellent. Although I did not use the Internet , the hotel facilities include a business centre and WiFi (chargeable).
Our bedroom was not particularly large. However, it was spotlessly clean and perfectly adequate for a short stay, with comfortable twin beds, drawers and hanging space in a small wardrobe, and tea & coffee making facilities. The wardrobe also contained an iron and ironing board. However, the position of the TV (on a high shelf) was virtually invisible from the beds and chairs.
The bathroom was acceptable, although the shaver light did not work (even though I did report the problem to reception). The plumbing was slightly temperamental and the only way to fill the bath was to turn on the hand-held shower. Furthermore, it was very difficult to adjust the temperature of the shower. On a more positive note, the hotel provided clean towels every day.
Although our accommodation was prepaid (via Octopus Travel), the receptionist requested credit card details (for extras). We paid cash for everything in the hotel, so there was nothing to pay, when I checked out. Consequently, I was intrigued to discover that the hotel had subsequently charged the princely sum of €0.01 to my credit card. I wonder why !
Dublin is not a cheap location and the Sandymount Hotel is reasonably priced. The staff are helpful and efficient, and I would have no hesitation in staying there again.
You can use the Aircoach service for travel to and from Dublin Airport. However, the nearest Aircoach stop is a 10-15 minute walk from the hotel. Consequently, it might be better to purchase a combined Airlink / DART ticket to Lansdowne Road station.
For sightseeing, I recommend a combined Dublinbus/Dart rambler ticket (postage-free from www.dublinbus.ie/en/Fares--Tickets/Tickets/2-Journey-Daily-Weekly/Bus--Rail-Tickets).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located just 10 minutes from Dublin city centre, 14km from the airport and two minutes from the DART train station which links you to all Dublin's main attractions in minutes, Sandymount Hotel is the perfect hotel for every visit to Dublin. The O2 Arena is less than a 5-minute drive from the hotel and the Bord Gais Energy Theatre is 1 stop away by DART rail. There is free parking and WIFI also available. A family run hotel for the last 59 years it's the people that make your stay special. A full Irish breakfast is served daily in Whitty's Restaurant and we have a casual dining menu available all day in Line Out Bar which features a terrace overlooking private gardens. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mount Herbert Dublin
- Hotel Mount Herbert