Dublin is a very expensive city and often, the price to quality ratio with the hotels is not always favourable.
I scoured the top booking sites reading dozens of reviews and weighing up many factors before finally deciding to take a punt on The Harcourt Hotel. I booked through Expedia for £145 (pre pay/non-refundable cost) for 3 nights, plus cashback through my employer which made the price even more attractive.
I was familiar with the area having stayed in the nearby Jackson Court hotel 4 years ago and much like the Jackson Court, the Harcourt Hotel go to great lengths to explain what a noisy area of Dublin this is before you book. Bars and clubs line this street and from Thursday night through to the weekends, you are gonna need your earplugs unless you plan in advance and ask for a quiet room like we did.
We were kindly allocated a top floor loft room (5102) in the adjacent building to the main block/reception. Although our room faced out onto the street, this was apparently a far quieter option than the rooms which face out onto the rear beer garden!
Indeed, for 2 out of the 3 nights we stayed, we experienced complete tranquility! It was only the third night where a combination of throbbing rain on our skylight window, sirens and general partying kept us awake which wasn't ideal due to us having a very early flight - but it certainly wasn't the hotels fault!
We were happy with our room. It was fairly compact in size, but the bed was cosy, the bathroom despite being tiny was clean and served its purpose well. Plenty of clean towels, a hairdryer, wardrobe space, ironing board, tea and coffee facilities etc all added to the value.
Staff were friendly although we had minimal contact with them other than initial check in and check out. They arranged a taxi for us which we booked using our room phone and this arrived promptly at 4:30am for our trip to the airport.
We spent two nights at the Olympia Theatre for a concert which was within a 10 minute walking distance. The beautiful St Stephen's Green park is 5 minutes down the road and we had a lovely stroll around it.
We would return to the Harcourt in a heartbeat!!
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- Also Known As:
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