We had 3 nights at the Westin Dublin in a classic room.
Overall the stay was good but we had room only and did not use any of the facilities.
Check-in was not as smooth as I would have though from a Westin. Yes, we arrived at 8pm but no one greeted us at the door and we bought in our own luggage. The guy who checked us in was so pushy about getting us to join their Starwood Preferred Guest club that I wanted to swear at him. (We were member years ago but dropped it.)
Our room was on the first floor facing the busy street at the back. Our view was of scaffold and construction so I instantly thought ‘noisy’. But I could not be bothered asking to move. Surprisingly though, the room was quiet, with a little construction noise through the night but nothing to keep you awake. The double glazing worked well.
Bed was comfortable and everything worked. Only complex item was the coffee machine which is the only way to boil water for tea but the plug has European points so you have to use the adaptor in the room to plug it in. Yes, the adaptor is there for you to use, but they advise that if it is missing you will be charged for it. Hence, as I like a cup of tea in the morning before heading out you either have to pack everything away or be charged (and trust me it appears on the bill if you dont put it back!).
The mini bar also is sensor controlled so if you don’t wish to pay the exuberant prices for drinks and put one of your own, you are charged for this on the bill too. Thankfully, after a discussion upon checkout my 50 Euro bill from the mini bar and power converter was dropped.
Our bathroom was enormous and beautifully presented with lovely toiletries. Only thing is, for a bathroom that is as big as a spare bedroom the shower would not take someone over 100kg. It would be about 80cm by 80cm. I mean, I am tiny, and I struggled to move without hitting my arms on the walls/glass - dumb!
I cant comment on the bars and restaurants as we didn’t use them. Why would you when Temple Bar is across the road. It is strange though as they all seem to be hidden away. The bar is downstairs seemingly under street level, the ‘atrium’ coffee lounge is surrounded by rooms, and the restaurant is off to the side of reception, so guests are hardly encouraged to become passing traffic users.
A few reviewers have said the Westin is expensive. Were you in Dublin? Did you eat or have a beer? A panini and coffee is around 10 Euro. 2 beers around 12 Euro. Dublin is expensive! Compared to that I found the Westin cheap - although we did book and pay before we left Australia and through Expedia.com so we got a good rate of about 400 Euro for 3 nights.
The location, as other reviews have said is fantastic. Less than 5 minutes walk to anywhere. The green airport bus goes from O’Connell St outside the Post Office about 10-12 minutes walk away. Its 6Euro pp one way and we used this on the way back and it was good.
All up, the Westin is great for the location and I found the rooms very good. The shower, although small, is good (although warning you are in Ireland so hotter means colder and colder means hotter in the shower!!), there is a safe in the room, heaps of English tv channels through Sky and the rooms are clean and quiet. I would stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Westin Dublin is a 5 star luxury hotel, located in the heart of Dublin city centre. The hotel offers an ambience of warmth and Irish hospitality, together with an international level of service and amenities that are uniquely Westin, inviting guests to unwind and recharge with a replenishing atmosphere and natural service. Occupying one of the best locations in Dublin, overlooking Trinity College, The Westin is in the centre of the main shopping and entertainment areas and is within easy walking distance of the Convention Centre and the International Financial Services Centre, Dublin's major business district. Behind the historic 19th century façade of the hotel, all of our 172 spacious guest rooms and suites each feature a signature Westin Heavenly Bed(R) ensuring the best night's sleep, a Heavenly Shower(R) and characteristic Irish décor. ... more less
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