These comments are based on my own experience; I travelled solo and had an individual room.
Strong points: location is simply wonderful. The Airlink bus (10 Euros return) has its stop just in front of the hotel and this is very convenient. You are half a block away from O’Connell Street and some 8-10 minutes from Trinity College with maybe 10-15 to Temple area (where pubs are located). There are many bus stops right in front including the Hop on-off (I would recommend buying the tourist tickets as would amount to both hop-on and off for two days, free walking tour and return to airport plus giving you extra transportation). There are a lot of restaurants around as well as cheaper options, e.g. Subway. There's a disco just besides but not a problem in any sense and could actually be an extra bonus for some. Wi-Fi worked very well and is for free.
The room –on the fifth floor- was quiet and clean, mattress comfortable, nice Duvet and there was a decent selection of pillows. The complimentary coffee and tea had a limited offer, but decent and regularly replaced.
Bathroom clean and towels changed every day even when not left on the floor.
The iron and board very helpful.
I tried the restaurant once and both food and wine acceptable even if not dazzling.
The area is safe and I felt very comfortable walking on my own even late in the night.
Staff gets an extra star as they really go out of their way to provide best support. Both check-in and out went very smoothly and fast.
Weak points: the room and bathroom were tiny and view rather unpleasant (internal and simply showing the external conducts). The telly was placed rather high on a lateral wall which made it really uncomfortable to watch from the bed and since there’s just a chair and the TV so high up, not too comfy to watch from the chair. Selection of channels good though. Heating system worked nicely. The shower towel was on the thin side and rather small. Toiletries very weak with fixed dispensers for soap which unfortunately is the usual for this type of hotel. No minibar either. The hair dryer was the built-in type with the hose which doesn’t work very well for long hair.
Room evidenced a recent decoration but maybe they should hire the services of another designer in the future as it was rather tacky. The common areas and the restaurant while clean and in good conditions –save for corridor carpets -need to be refurbished. The decoration is old and the environment lacks light, altogether not inviting at all.
All in all this is a very good 3 star hotel that will work great if you are spending most of the day out with a staff pampering you in a similar way as they do in a 5 star. I would definitely return as value for money is excellent.
- 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