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“Excellent location, close to the Aviva Stadium” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sandymount Hotel
Ranked #28 of 153 Hotels in Dublin
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“Excellent location, close to the Aviva Stadium”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2011

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).

Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
Review collected in partnership with OctopusTravel

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MountHerbertHotel, Marketing at Sandymount Hotel, responded to this review, 22 April 2011
Many thanks for your detailed review of your recent stay at Sandymount Hotel. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and found our location convenient, our breakfast good, and our staff helpful.

Thank you also for your feedback on things that could be improved, which will be reviewed by our Management Team, and please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused. With regard to the €0.01 charge to your credit card, please accept our apologies for this error! For future visits, please note that WiFi access is complimentary throughout the hotel.

Once again, thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback and we look forward to welcoming you back to Sandymount Hotel in the near future.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2011

Location is perfect for a city break, or if you're a rugby fan! Staff are friendly and helpful, food in the restaurant well presented and of high quality.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2011

Stayed here for a long weekend to visit family and explore Dublin. Sandymount itself is a very pleasant area with good quality neighbourhood restaurants. With the DART just around the corner the hotel is also well located for getting into and around the city quickly. The beds were comfortable, the showers powerful and the rooms were neat and clean. We paid just over 50 euros per night for our rooms, which makes the Sandymount very good value in what can be quite an expensive city.

  • Stayed April 2011
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Wexford, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2011

As I commute to Dublin for work every day I tend to stay in Dublin once or twice a month for nights out on the town. I found the location of this hotel excellent. 2 minutes walk to Landsdowne road train station which gives you ease of access to the city centre.
The hotel staff are very friendly and there is a real family feel to the hotel. The bar is excellent and the bar food superb. I noticed a lot of locals in eating the bar food which gives an indication of the quality of food as there are an abunance of great eating places in the area.
Rooms were very comfortable and modern. Artwork around the hotel is excellent. A real gem of a hotel and great value for money.

Stayed April 2011, travelled solo
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Kilkenny, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2011

We were up in Dublin to attend a social function in the Aviva Stadium and decided to stay at The Sandymount because of it being only a 4-minute walk away. At the front the hotel comprises a number of lovely terrace house with modern extensions to the rear. Our first impression in our room was of the quietness and it is not close to any busy road. The staff at reception were very pleasant and all the public areas are very modern. The breakfast room looks out onto a garden at the rear of the buildings and is very nicely appointed. A first class hot and cold breakfast buffet was the perfect start to a Saturday morning! Our room was not large but was adequate. The bathroom was slightly old-fashioned with the shower over the bath and just a shower curtain but everything was spotlessly clean. Another advantage of the hotel is that is is just a 7 minute walk to the Lansdowne Road DART station and it is just 2 stops to Pearse Street and a short stroll into Grafton Street and Trinity College. We shall definitely stay here again! I must also compliment the hotel on the fact that parking for guests is free compared to many of the other hotels in the Ballsbridge area that charge up to €10 per night. Keep it up!!

Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Bristol
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2011

We stayed at The Sandymount for one night prior to a ferry journey. The Hotel is located close to the DART and next to Landsdowne Road stadium. We found the hotel to be clean, functional and welcoming and ideal for our purposes. The only fault was that the WIFI voucher they gave me did not work (I could have got another but I didn't bother). Recommended.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2011

stayed in the sandymount on the last weekend in march 2011 and couldn't have asked for a better hotel.

we arrived early on Friday morning and our room was ready for us which was great. the hotel is round the corner from a dart station and we got a 3day pass for bus and rail. the room was clean and comfortable. all staff were very friendly and the food in the hotel was stunning and reasonably priced. the buffet breakfast was outstanding and an array of bread, cereal fruit and full fry ups were included.

we will definitely be returning to the hotel in the future

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Sandymount Hotel
Address: Herbert Rd | Sandymount, Dublin 4, Ireland (Formerly Mount Herbert Hotel)
Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Dublin > Dublin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Green Hotel in Dublin
#5 Best Value Hotel in Dublin
#19 Business Hotel in Dublin
#39 Family Hotel in Dublin
#44 Romantic Hotel in Dublin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Sandymount Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 168
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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