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“Friendly but noisy”
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The Townhouse
Ranked #99 of 151 Hotels in Dublin
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“Friendly but noisy”
Reviewed 23 August 2014

Stayed two nights when travelling solo though Dublin. The staff were welcoming, helpful and friendly - -a brilliant welcome to Ireland. I asked for a quiet room and got one away from the street.However, the thin walls mean you can hear everything from all the surrounding rooms. I could even hear my neighbour coughing. Housekeeping seemed inconsistent,ie my bathroom was not cleaned nor bed properly made (apparently they had several new cleaners). The elegant old building has been tastefully refurbished and is well-located for bus, train and airport. Given the high cost of accommodation in Dublin, this hotel represents reasonable value, especially if you book direct and get the free breakfast. The Celt pub around the corner has live music most nights. If you book a day tour with Paddywagon across he street, you can use their free airport transfers to go to and from the Townhouse.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

We spent ages trying to find a decent hotel in Dublin that wasn't expensive and that was available (even though we booked several weeks before leaving) so eventually we settled on this hotel despite the mixed reviews.

The room was quite small and needed a little tlc and it was clear that some rooms had been refurbished while others hadn't.

However, the room was clean and the facilities were good (not the tv!), the reception staff were helpful and the location is perfect, with Temple Bar within walking distance.
We booked a parking space which was a big relief, as traffic in Dublin is chaotic and parking is a nightmare. In fact, we didn't use the car at all while we were there.
I recommend booking directly with the hotel to get the free breakfast which is very good.
I classed it as average but it is more than that (though not quite very good) and good value for money.
I would stay there again.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 August 2014

We got two rooms for 7 of us. Nice short walk to the main tourist street, and a good pub right around the corner. Our room was right net to the elevator, so we asked to be moved after the first night and they were very accommodating, moving our luggage for us. Breakfast was included and was good, although the black pudding wasn't.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 August 2014 via mobile

Quite a fair deal for a family of four, even though breakfast is not included (but only 5 euro).
Very well located less than 10' walk from Temple Bar. The street itself is of little interest but you are not supposed to stay there for your holidays.
Accommodation is correct, room for four was a little tiny though, however quiet overnight.

Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 August 2014 via mobile

Visited with my younger sister in August. The location was walkable to every site, the front desk was cheeky and helpful. The rooms while smaller and sharing a hallway bathroom is tolerable and quality given the price. Spent 3 days here and could have stayed more.

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Reviewed 8 August 2014

For a budget hotel, The Townhouse met my needs. It's located right near the central bus station, so it's easy to get to and from the airport. If you're a moderately good walker, you can easily stroll along the river to Trinity College (location of the Book of Kells and other manuscripts), and to the Temple Bar area. Again, if you're a moderately good walker you can walk to the pick-up point for a Newgrange bus tour at the corner of O'Connell Street and Parnell Square.

I'd read that Upper Gardiner street is a bit dicey, but Lower Gardiner Street, where the Townhouse is located, is fine. I'm a single female who's attuned to any sign of danger, and I felt comfortable in this neighborhood.

The building is quirky. It seems cobbled together from a few different buidings. Personally, I liked the quirkiness.
I had a single room on an upper floor that opened onto the courtyard. The room had two full length glass French doors that opened onto a little balcony. The room wasn't large, but it was all I needed. The bathroom wasn't high quality, and the hot water was sometimes lukewarm, but the bathroom was functional.

The buildings contain both a hotel and a hostel. The communal areas are the lounge and the dining room. I enjoyed the crazy mix of ages, languages, and traveler types.

The breakfast was good and filling.
Wifi was good except for part of a day; it seemed to need re-booting, but the staff didn't believe it at first, even when pointed out to them. The email part that they needed worked. It was the Internet part that wasn't working. By the next morning, wifi was fully functioning again.

For me, the Townhouse provided good value and a quirky, cobbled together, slightly run-down charm. I'd go back.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

This was a great budget option for our trip! The location was great - close/within walking distance to everything but not noisy. We took the Air Coach from the airport and it was a quick walk from our drop off point on O'Connell. Our room was CLEAN, cute and had character, and was fairly spacious compared to other places we have stayed in Europe. The bed wasn't the most comfortable but we were not expecting much. We would stay there again!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Townhouse
Address: 47-48 Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin 1, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Dublin > Dublin > North City Centre
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
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#57 Business Hotel in Dublin
Hotel Class:3 star — The Townhouse 3*
Number of rooms: 49
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