Lots of pluses and many minuses. I stayed for two nights.
On the plus side, my room was huge by any standards - particularly as I had booked for single occupancy. It was very clean, the bed was comfortable, linen excellent quality, bathroom contained all the necessary though I don't like pump dispensers for shower gel. The location is great and very central.
On the minus side, these are relatively few but relatively serious.
Kicking off with the big one, there was no hot water on my first morning. I had to be out at a certain time, had to take a cold shower and it was miserable! I went to the front desk on my way to breakfast - hair clearly still wet. The girl was friendly and vaguely apologetic with a happy - misplaced - smile and told me that the whole hotel was out of hot water - something to do with engineers doing work and forgetting to turn it back on. But it was fine because it would be back on in 20 minutes. Possibly but this didn't figure with my schedule. To be fair there was plenty of hot water the second morning and when it worked, the shower pumped out the water with loads of pressure. I did find the bath needed a non-slip mat though.
Next biggest was that there is not one single non-Irish TV channel available. As someone who is news-hungry and needy for news channels, I felt deprived. I know perfectly well that Irish TV has access to UK TV as standard and don't know why the BBC was denied to guests, never mind CNN and Sky or the rest. I happen to be odd in that I like a lull of TV news on all night - having nothing to listen to in the wakeful hours was boring and difficult.
Third, they have a very nicely decorated bar which was closed. Though they offered to open it especially for me and my guests - nice - it lacked any sort of atmosphere due to lack of traffic.
Finally, breakfast was verging on the not okay. Horrible tasting coffee and a meager buffet. There was a menu for cooked but none of it appealed and I didn't have time anyway.
All in all, a disappointing experience and I am still waiting in vain for the manager to get in touch with me for a refund discussion on the lack of hot water my first night.
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