From reading other reviews, I was a little nervous about staying at this hotel. We booked through a travel agency, which seems to be the case for most people who stay here.
I had some pre-trip e-mail communications with a manager, she was helpful in letting me know what bus route to use from the airport and that we'd need exact change for the bus. When we arrived, we opted not to pay extra for the ability to check-in early (would have cost 20 euros to do so, even though a room was available) and just checked our bags. When we returned at 2:00 (check-in time), we were given one of the old rooms. It was pretty obvious it had not been renovated, so we went to front desk to ask for a different room. Some guy was standing there YELLING at the manager about the same issue so we nicely informed another staff member that we were in the same boat and would like a renovated room. 15 minutes later, we were in our new room.
This certianly isn't a 4 or 5 star property (according to US standards), but it was clean and worked well for us as we were only there to sleep. I do have to say, the beds were rock hard. I ended up taking the comforter/duvet from the other bed and placing it on top of the mattress to ease my aching back. That did the trick and I didn't have any more issues. The pillows were hard too.
The breakfast each morning was good, we ate around 9 each morning and didn't experience any of the rush that other reviews mention. Brief interactions with the hotel staff during our stay were friendly, they helped us get an idea of things to do and how to get around the city a bit better.
The hotel is close to the bus line which made getting around the city easy. We bought the 3 day bus pass for 25 euros and definitely got our money's worth out of it. The bus drivers were helpful when we would ask if we were on the right bus.
If you have kids and may spend some time in your room, note that the tv was limited to about 13 channels, some of which were repetitive.
OVerall, I would recommend this hotel to a friend with a couple of disclaimers. My friends who like to get a good deal and travel inexpensively? Yes. Those who have more refined standards? No.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Regency Hotel is a Superior 3 * leisure & business hotel located on the north side of Dublin City. The Flagship Hotel of the McGettigan Family Group, it enjoys a prime location midway between Dublin City Centre and Dublin Airport offering easy access to all that the bustling city of Dublin has to offer. Located just a short walk from Croke Park, home of the GAA and venue for major sporting and music events, The Regency is also just a quick taxi journey from the new 3 Arena or Aviva Stadium for Rugby & Soccer fans, leaving you in the perfect location for all major Dublin events. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Regency Hotel Dublin
- Regency Dublin
- Regency Airport Hotel