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“Lovely B&B in Ballsbridge”
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Schoolhouse Hotel
Ranked #30 of 151 Hotels in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
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“Lovely B&B in Ballsbridge”
Reviewed 24 October 2012

My husband & I stayed here our first night of our honeymoon in Ireland, after an overnight direct flight from Chicago. We arrived at around 9:30AM & our room was understandably not ready yet. Jenny (who was there to greet us) watched our bags for us while we set out to explore Dublin. We made it back before noon & our room was ready :). We had been upgraded to the Woodley & Dowdall Suite, which was completely charming & located right by a stairwell that led into the bar! My husband was very excited about this.

Overall, we absolutely loved staying here. My husband woke up early in the morning to walk around Ballsbridge & get a coffee & came back raving about the neighborhood. We had a great time hanging out in the bar, talking to Brian (the manager), Tomas (one of his servers, who was from Brazil), & Tim (one of the local regulars). Jenny was absolutely lovely & even left us a personalized note in our room, welcoming us, which I thought was a nice touch. Although it is a bit of a walk to main Dublin attractions, we knew that ahead of time & felt it was worth it for the charm & neighborhood feel of The Schoolhouse.

We would definitely stay here if/when we return to Dublin.

Tom & Katie Morley

Room Tip: We were in the Woodley & Dowdall Suite (room #332) & we loved it!
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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SchoolhouseHotel, General Manager at Schoolhouse Hotel, responded to this review, 25 October 2012
Hello Tom & Katie,

Thank you so much for the lovely review, your kind comments are greatly appreciated. It was our absolute pleasure to look after you both during your honeymoon.

The Woodley & Dowdall Suite is actually an original part of the building - it was the living quarters of the Head Mistresses when it was St Stephens School.

We are located in a great part of Dublin - in leafy Ballsbridge, by the canal and only minutes from Merrion Square. I am delighted to see you had the pleasure of meeting some of the team in the bar and I will be sure to pass on your lovely comments to them.

Looking forward to welcoming you back to The Schoolhouse when you return to Dublin!

Warmest regards,

Jenny
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Reviewed 21 October 2012

You can catch the Aircoach from Dublin airport to the front door of the Schoolhouse Hotel which is very handy indeed. It is a very doable 15 minute walk into Grafton Street and Trinity College.
The hotel is very comfortable with good sized rooms and tasteful decor. The staff were friendly and helpful.
The bar is popular and a great place for a late-night drink. We ate at the restaurant and enjoyed the food and the service at dinner and breakfast.
If you are looking for a hotel with atmosphere then the Schoolhouse is a good choice.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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SchoolhouseHotel, General Manager at Schoolhouse Hotel, responded to this review, 22 October 2012
Hello AJW52,

Thank you for taking the time to pop your feedbak online, the kind comments are much appreciated.

Hopefully we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back to the Schoolhouse in the future!

Warmest regards,

Jenny
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Reviewed 20 October 2012

I've been to Dublin six times I recently finished my third stay at the Schoolhouse since my first time in 2009. I spent 8 nights there, and not one of them was bad. The location, on the Grand Canal, steps outside the city centre, is ideal -- in a quiet neighborhood but within a 15-minute walk of Trinity College, Grafton Street, and O'Connell Street. I cannot agree with reviewers who say it's too out of the way, maybe because I'm a New Yorker and walk everywhere. If you want to be where the action is, in Temple Bar or O'Connell Street, or if you really hate walking that much, then this hotel is not for you. And even if you do hate walking that much, the numbers 4 and 7 buses across the street (1 euro 40) arrive every 10 to 20 minutes and bring you right to the center of town in 10 minutes or less. The Grand Canal Dock DART station is three blocks away and brings you to and from seaside towns Dun Laoghaire, Dalkey, and Howth in less than 30 minutes and connects with Connolly, Pearse, and Tara stations, where you can switch to trains for other destinations. Schoolhouse has its own stop on the AirCoach to and from Dublin Airport, about a 25-minute ride. The O2 Arena and Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin's version of Broadway, are also about a 15-minute walk.

The bar and restaurant are excellent and a place where locals meet, so it sometimes gets crowded, but late at night it's a quiet place for a nightcap. I always find the staff as welcoming, friendly, and helpful as the day I first arrived. The rooms on the lower floor are a little darker than those on upper floors, but I don't mind as I find it quieter for sleeping. The rooms are clean and well laid out, and the showers are hot and strong. Comfortable beds and free tea and biscuits in the cupboard are just some of the things I love about the Schoolhouse. It's also refreshing to stay in a bit of Dublin history with a family connection: several of my cousins attended St. Stephen's in the 1960s when the hotel was still a school.

I'm a fan. There's nowhere else I'd rather stay in Dublin.

Room Tip: Lower floor is a bit darker but quieter than upper floors.
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
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SchoolhouseHotel, General Manager at Schoolhouse Hotel, responded to this review, 22 October 2012
Hi Kayokid,

Firstly I would like to thank you for popping such a lovely review online! Your continued business at The Schoolhouse is much appreciated.

I am delighted at your comments regarding our location. I personally think we have a fantastic location - 15 minutes from the centre of town, 5 minutes from the Aviva Stadium / Grand Canal, peaceful location by the canal so you can get a nights sleep and on site complimentary car parking available. We also have the aircoach stopping right outside the door which travels to the Airport every 15 minutes!

I was also very pleased to see that you found the staff so polite and helpful. We have a great team here at The Schoolhouse.

We shall look forward to welcoming you back to The Schoolhouse in the near future!

Warmest regards,

Jenny
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Reviewed 17 October 2012

This hotel really was outstanding, and deserving of 5 stars, except for its LOCATION! It is in a very neighborhood-y area, which makes it very picturesque, but extremely un-walkable. We were only there for one night at the tail end of our 7-night driving vacation, so we had a car. It was the perfect spot to spend the night before going to the airport, since we just crashed out after eating a delicious meal at the restaurant on-site (seriously, probably the best pub food we had the entire trip, and that is saying a lot). Even if you decide to stay in a more central location for the rest of your trip, consider staying here on your last night. It's a great spot to wind down!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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SchoolhouseHotel, General Manager at Schoolhouse Hotel, responded to this review, 22 October 2012
Dear BennyBuddy,

Thank you for taking the time to post a review online, your feedback is much appreciated.

I was a little disappointed to read your comments regarding our location as I think we have a great location. All the perks of a City hotel as no more than 15 minutes to the centre of the city, 5 minutes to Merrion Square or the Grand Canal Dock but yet we can offer complimentary on site car parking along with a peaceful nights sleep.

I do hope you will return to The Schoolhouse and hopefully we can show you some short cuts when you are heading walking around the area.

Kind regards,


Jenny
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Reviewed 12 October 2012 via mobile

Room was slightly dark but not a major issue, overall the cleanliness was good with an excellent shower (always a good indication of the quality of a hotel).

Service was very good and although we didn't eat in the restaurant the bar food was also very good and the bar always busy but not packed.

Location was great with a good bus service into the city or a 10-15 min walk. The aircoach stops right outside the door so getting to/from the airport is simples.

Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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SchoolhouseHotel, General Manager at Schoolhouse Hotel, responded to this review, 22 October 2012
Dear Ferraris,

Thank you for posting a review regarding your recent stay, your kind comments are much appreciated.

We would be delighted to welcome you back to The Schoolhouse in the near future!

Kind regards,

Jenny
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Reviewed 11 October 2012 via mobile

we can sum up how amazing this hotel is by telling you a story, when we arrived in ireland for our honeymoon we were purely exhausted and were falling asleep even on the bus ride from the airport to the schoolhouse. We arrived at around 1030 but our check-in time was 3pm we were way too early but way too tired to go sight seeing before. so we decided to take our chances and see if we could sleep in either our room or any room just for a couple hours so we could enjoy dublin's cityscape. We arrived but found out our room as we thought, was not available. So we asked kindly if we could just rest our eyes in the lobby and the lovely receptionist said yes. They had just started cleaning the rooms to prepare for their upcoming guests. They were full so we couldnt borrow a room either. As we began to drift off in the lobby in not even 10-15mins the receptionist returned and said "your room is ready, i asked the ladies to clean yours first so you could rest." we were so surprised and thankful! After that it only got better, the staff was so helpful for us ireland newbies. The bed was incredibly comfortable and we really enjoyed the historic decor throughout the whole building even the pull chain toilet. The bonus too was the closeness to the major part of the city but feels secluded especially by the river.

Thank you to all the staff at schoolhouse hotel
We highly recommend staying here.

Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Micah H
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SchoolhouseHotel, General Manager at Schoolhouse Hotel, responded to this review, 23 October 2012
Dear Micah H,

Thank you for taking the time to post such a wonderful review online. Your very kind comments are greatly appreciated!

I am delighted to see you had such a wonderful stay. Our team pride themselves on the experience of our guests so we would always do our best to accommodate early arrivals or any other requests our guests may have.

Our hotel is filled with charm and character so I was delighted to see that you appreciated it. Our bathrooms were also carefully designed so they were in keeping with the listed property.

I do hope we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back to The Schoolhouse in the near future.

Warmest regards,

Jenny
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Reviewed 10 October 2012 via mobile

Good location if you don't want to be in the busy part of Dublin. About a ten minute walk to Stephen's Green. High quality hotel in a B&B type setting. Nice restaurant with good trad Irish food and a nice patio. We had to leave early to fly back to the U.S. so we missed out on breakfast. Room was clean, contemporary and spacious. Free parking a plus.

Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Schoolhouse Hotel
Address: 2 - 8 Northumberland Road | Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Dublin > Dublin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#21 Business Hotel in Dublin
#23 Romantic Hotel in Dublin
#24 Luxury Hotel in Dublin
#34 Family Hotel in Dublin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Schoolhouse Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In a class of its own... For those seeking somewhere truly different in Dublin, The Schoolhouse Hotel Ballsbridge is definitely ahead of its class, one of the leading D4 hotels. Unique, intimate and ideally located, the four star Schoolhouse Hotel in Ballsbridge Dublin 4 exudes a warm and friendly atmosphere. Described as a hidden gem in Dublin city this D4 hotel is located just 10 minutes walk from many of Dublin's main visitor attractions: the fashionable area of Grafton Street, Trinity College, Temple Bar, St. Stephen's Green, The National Museum, The R.D.S and Landsdowne / Aviva Stadium. Boasting luxury d4 hotel accommodation in Ballsbridge, each of our rooms have Super King Size Double Beds or Deluxe Twin Single Beds and include a host of luxury extras such as Full Irish breakfast in the comfort of your room or at The Restaurant in The Schoolhouse, on site Car Parking, Mineral Water, Tea, Coffee & Cookies, Movies, Email & Internet on your plasma television, Luxury toiletries and a Schoolhouse bathrobe on request. As one of the best Ballsbridge hotels Ireland has to offer you will be in a haven of luxury at the Schoolhouse Hotel. ... more   less 
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