Alright, why select one of the largest hotels in the city (300 rooms).
Usually small is better. But there are exceptions to the rule.
We were taking the airport bus back and forth from Dublin city and the "747" bus actually stops outside the door, just across the street on the trip in the from the airport. On the way back to the airport the bus actually stops just outside the front door.
So the bus is very convenient.
If you want a day of touring the city on the on/off bus, one of the stops is just around the corner from the hotel.
Lastly, O'Connell Street is 35 yards from the front door of the hotel. O'Connell Street has the widest pedestrian sidewalks in all of Dublin and the widest street in all of Dublin and all that comes with that.
Location, location, location.
We walked everywhere from here except when we took the bus to the prison for the tour.
A friend of my wife's has lived and worked in Dublin for the last 25 years and she told us "avoid being in a place where you have to take buses and taxis to get back and forth especially when you are tired of walking of sightseeing." She said she tells all his friends, company and business associates when they are visiting the city that this is the place to stay for convenience and price.
If you pay a little extra you can get rooms that are situated through a door on each floor that has fewer rooms and therefore less pedestrian hotel guest noise. We like this feature and never heard others going in/out of their rooms. Perhaps half of the rooms are empty due to the additional cost. It's worth asking for one of these rooms and paying the small additional price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ACADEMY PLAZA HOTEL is located in the heart of Dublin, just off the capital's main thoroughfare. Our hotel boasts 304 stunning new bedrooms and suites, with modern facilities in all rooms. Hotel amenities include a stunning marbled lobby, Sir Harry’s Grill Bar & Bistro, 5 meeting rooms, an On Site Fitness Room, Beauty Salon and complimentary WiFi access throughout the entire hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Dublin
- Dublin Best Western