Room (standard double): The room was spacious and spotless clean, one double and one single bed. The beds were very comfortable. The bathroom was nice and clean, although the hairdryer was very unconvenient located in one of the drawers of the desk in the room. The view was very poor as you can see on the picture and the corridor was sometimes very noisy.
Area: The hotel isn’t a 10 minute walk from the center as some reviews tell here. It’s definitely a 20 minute walk. You can take the tram close to the hotel but that isn’t a very nice experience, as all the trams are constantly packed.
Breakfast: The first morning we had breakfast in the room that was very poor. Some burned toast (see picture), coffee and jam. The breakfast buffet was average.
Staff: The staff was very friendly and professional.
Bar/lounge: The bar is small and cosy, but the interiour don’t live up to the prices (2,60€ for a cola).
Restaurant: The food in the restaurant is average to good, but again expensive for what you get.
When checking my bill back at home I noticed that the drinks of a night in the bar that were all payed in cash were on my bill and payed again. I mailed the hotel to check this out and they responded the same day by phoning me to tell I was right and they would refund the 30 euro to my creditcard. The explanation although was a little bit funny. They told me they charged the bar-bill of the room next to mine on my bill. What a coincidence that the people in that room had drinks for the exact same amount on that same evening and hour (specified on the bill). Ofcourse no blame for the reception staff here, on the contrary, as they responded very quickly and correct. But one cannot say that from the serving staff in the bar, so check your bill.
The Ashling is an average hotel, but the location for tourists is certainly not interesting.
I found Dublin a suffocating and non-attractive city. The city is packed with people, I've never seen a city with so much heavy traffic in the center, it's full of buses and trucks. Manhattan is cosy and relaxing compared to the center of Dublin.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ashling is a stunning Dublin City hotel in a great central location adjacent to Heuston Station and on the Luas red line. International Award Winning 4 Star hotel Dublin incorporating 225 bedrooms including Deluxe Rooms and Suites, 180 seater Chesterfields Restaurant, stylish Iveagh Bar and extensive meeting rooms and conference facilities catering for up to 220 delegates.On Site Carparking, special overnight / 24 hour residents rate.Excellent location in the heart of historic Dublin City, beside the Phoenix Park, Europe's largest enclosed city park. The surrounding area is home to Dublin's premier attractions - Dublin Zoo, Guinness Storehouse, Kilmainham Gaol, Old Jameson Distillery, the National Museum of Ireland, Temple Bar along with shopping districts Grafton ad Henry Street are only a short stroll away.Close by for sporting and concert events is the famous Croke Park, Th 02, Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and the Aviva Stadium at Lansdowne Road. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Dublin
- Dublin Best Western
- Ashling Hotel Dublin