We stayed one night at the Academy Plaza. I chose the hotel based on the highly positive reviews in tripadvisor. This may be the first time that I have been disappointed by my decision. Other than the fabulous location, there's not a whole lot to recommend.
The hotel is just north of the river Liffey, right off O'Connell street. The tourist buses are very close, Temple Bar is a nice 10 minute walk away, etc. For that reason alone, it is a worthy choice.
1. I booked a double room and they stuck me with a single because all other rooms were booked. They knew about it when I checked in, but didn't say anything when I checked in. Instead I had to go back and complain, then they offered me a $10 discount (which was less than the difference between single and double). A cramped single room at double rate (~$170) seemed pretty pricey to me but it looks like all of Dublin is pricey, so maybe it's actually a good deal.
2. Restaurants are unimpressive. Avoid the breakfast.
3. Interior of hotel is dated. My single room was very cramped with a TV on the wall in an awkward position. I could barely sit at the desk.
All in all, a fine hotel if you are going to be out drinking and partying and just need a home base. I wouldn't recommend if you have discriminating tastes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ACADEMY PLAZA HOTEL is a family run business located in the heart of Dublin. Just off O'Connell street it is well connected to all means of transportation and a walking distance from Temple Bar, Croke park, business district as well as Dublin business convention centre. Our hotel has 304 newly refurbished bedrooms and suites, with modern facilities in all rooms as well as a number of accessible rooms. Hotel amenities include a stunning marbled lobby, Sir Harry’s Grill Bar & Bistro, 5 meeting rooms, a fitness room and complimentary WiFi access throughout the entire hotel. Our friendly staff provides excellent guest service with genuine friendliness and integrity so weather you re visiting for leisure or business it is the perfect place to stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Dublin
- Dublin Best Western