My husband and I visited Dublin during the first week of June. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL weather during our vacation (aka Holiday as the Irish call it!). Average high temperature was around 62 degrees Fahrenheit, with nighttime temperatures in the 40's. A wonderful break from the high 90 degrees we have in Memphis!
We stayed at this hotel June 2 and June 3. The rooms were small, however this is to be expected with most European hotels. Think of the hotel room size as equivilent to a New York City hotel room. The rooms were clean, fresh smelling and overall a nice remodel job.
The air conditioner worked ok, however simply did not cool the room off enough at night. The lowest setting on the climate control is 19 degrees Celcius (66 degrees Fahrenheit) - not near cool enough considering the outside temperature.
Our room was on the back side of the hotel, that overlooked the courtyard where the bars are, and I can certainly attest to the fact it is very loud. Due to the noise we were unable to leave the window open, so our room got rather stuffy during the night. On our second night, we slept with earplugs in so the window could be left open.
We decided upon check-in to pre-pay for the breakfast buffett for our two mornings at the hotel. I must say, I was highly disappointed with breakfast. We never received good service, it was ok at best, and the food was not very appealing. Overall, in my opinion, the breakfast is incredibly expensive (10 Euros or $15.00) for what you get and I would not recommend it. We saw several local eateries with boards out front advertising a Full Irish breakfast served all day for 7 Euros ($10.50).
The hotel, along with most of Ireland uses white pepper...so be ware if you are not familiar or do not like the taste. On our first morning, I sprinkled a heavy amount of pepper on my eggs...big mistake!!!! My plate smelled like a barnyard and I was unable to eat the eggs. I ended up eating sausage, toast and yogurt. Certainly not worth the price we paid.
The hotel staff were extremely nice, polite and most helpful. We barely made our connecting flight in Philadelphia, so our luggage did not arrive with us. It came one day later...and the hotel staff was absolutely wonderful. We notified them of the luggage delay and upon our return to our room, we found our luggage had been placed in the room for us.
Check in and check out were very smooth and hassle free. Upon check-out, we requested a taxi to drive us to Connolly Station, in order to catch our train to Belfast. We waited MAYBE 5 minutes. I was super impressed and would certainly stay in this hotel again.
The location is absolutely excellent. Literally just around the corner from O'Connoll Street. Plenty of eateries, souvenier shops, and quick stop markets within walking distance.
Overall...I highly recommend this hotel.
- 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