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Handels Hotel Temple Bar
Ranked #58 of 153 Hotels in Dublin
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“Great location.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2014

Superb location, quiet surroundings, close to airport bus. Would have liked a cooler room, even when all heating was off and exterior temperature was only 18 C it was too hot. No possibility to run the fan without having lights on. Both fans, in the room and bathroom, sounded like the takeoff of an airliner, too.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled on business
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GFH-Manager, General Manager at Handels Hotel Temple Bar, responded to this review, 5 June 2014
Dear Guest,

We thank you very much for leaving this review. It is always very important to us to hear all feedback from guests, so we can continue to improve.
We are very sorry about the issues you had with the ceiling fans, we are in the process of servicing them, with some new ones in place already. We hope that if you stay with us again, you will be delighted with the improvements.

Kind Regards,
Alexandru Hurduc
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

We picked this hotel for a couple of nights in Dublin based upon its location and the reviews we read on Tripadvisor. It was about as expected (which was a good thing). It's in a great location close to everything like Temple Bar and other tourist sites, but it's on a quiet street without all the noise and traffic. Room was clean and spacious, but nothing spectacular. The workers were friendly and helpful. We were there the weekend of the One Direction concerts so we paid a premium (at least I hope it was a premium to the normal cost). Still, the price was fairly comparable to the other hotels on Tripadvisor with similar ratings.

A few tips. Thankfully I had read some reviews to alert me to this, but you're not supposed to park and leave your car for unloading as it is across from the City Council building. We asked at the front desk and they were kind of enough for one of them to wait out by our car in case they came around to put a boot on it while we took our luggage up to our room. Next, there is a nice cafe next door for breakfast that we ate at as breakfast wasn't included in our room rate. We got a great, filling breakfast for about half the price. Lastly, I highly suggest Darkey Kelleys down the street for dinner and/or drinks. It was a fun mix of locals and tourists. The night we were there they had a great Irish band that played for 4 hours! The food was also pretty good. It was much less crowded than the bars/restaurants in Temple Bar which was nice for us.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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GFH-Manager, General Manager at Handels Hotel Temple Bar, responded to this review, 20 June 2014
Dear Mike B

Thank you so much for leaving this lovely review. We really appreciate all of the feedback from our guests.
Yes, we do warn guests about parking in the loading bay and do everything we can to help avoid anyone getting clamped. We are also very happy to keep guest's luggage in the hotel while they park in the carpark, which is located very near by.

We hope to see you again soon,
Kind Regards,

Alexandru Hurduc
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2014

I recently stayed at the George Frederic Handel apartments, this was chosen after looking at the pictures on the internet. It was clean and tidy but the beds in the apartments are very worn and in urgent need of replacement. The beds are lumpy, squeaky and very uncomfortable with very little or I should say no back support.
The apartments are well placed to the Dublin night light and the hotel staff are friendly and nothing is too much for them.
On the whole, I really enjoyed my stay in Dublin with the friendly people, lots to see and do and I would recommend to my friends and family.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank Karly40
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Tarpon Springs, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

had the pleasure to stay for 6 days in May. We were treated like honored guests. Loved the location. on a quiet street with a great name, "Fishamble street" nice view of Christ Church Cathedral. Wonderful ambiance, close to everything. We would definitely stay again !!

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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GFH-Manager, Manager at Handels Hotel Temple Bar, responded to this review, 4 June 2014
Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you so much for your generous review. We strive to provide consistently high levels of customer service and it is a pleasure to see that you enjoyed your stay,

We hope that you will come visit us again soon.

Kind Regards,

Alex Hurduc

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

We chose this hotel because of the location, and it was a good choice. We could walk everywhere in Dublin that we wanted to go - Trinity College, St. Stephen's Green, O'Connell St, Grafton St. all in one direction, and the Guinness and Jameson breweries, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Christ Church in the other. Of course, it is adjacent to Temple Bar restaurants and pubs. It is on a quiet street but there are occasional traffic noises but that would be much worse in almost any other location in the city. We were on the third floor (of four) but I don't think it would make a difference on any floor regarding the noise. You could also hear the chimes at Christ Church around the corner, and that might wake a light sleeper at 6:00 am if you had the windows open. It was an extra bonus to have a triple room - a king-sized bed for my wife and me and a twin for our son. I didn't know king-sized beds could be found in Europe! The beds and linens were great. Nice bathroom. The only negatives were that an occasional odor emerged that may have been the carpet although it appeared clean and the room was otherwise clean. There was a light out in the bathroom that we reported although it did not get corrected. It was also expensive, but seemed in line with other downtown Dublin hotels. Staff was very friendly as was everyone we experienced in Ireland. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Thank KnoxJimily
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GFH-Manager, General Manager at Handels Hotel Temple Bar, responded to this review, 5 June 2014
Dear KnoxJimily,

Thank you so much for your review, we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us!
We are sorry that you experienced some issues with the room, the light in the bathroom has since been repaired and following up on your other comment, the room was cleaned with the high level of attention and care we always strive to provide.
We hope that you will visit us again soon,
Kind Regards,
Alexandru Hurduc
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Decatur, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2014

Although the GFH is reasonably priced and conveniently located (very near Temple Bar but on a quiet street half a block of the Quay), I was a little concerned at first that this place might be a little sketchy. When we arrived from from the airport around 9:00 a.m., we knew it was too early to check in and asked if our bags could be stored while we got breakfast. The polite staff member behind the desk tagged each bag with a number and gave us numbered claim checks--and then stowed the bags in the unsecured lounge area. When I asked about security, I was assured, "They'll be fine. The doors to the street are locked, and nobody can go in there without me seeing them." Still, it seemed a bit off; the lounge was open to the bar area, and access didn't appear to be that limited. Furthermore, the lobby ladies' room was a nightmare. The area above the slide-bolt on the door looked as if it had been hacked by a sharp instrument, the only soap was a nasty-looking little sliver of hotel bar soap (no dispenser), and the hand dryer hardly worked at all. When we returned from breakfast, our room was ready! And yes, our bags were fine. However, the gentleman at the desk informed us that, since there were three of us, we would be staying "in the apartments"????? We were escorted a few yards down the sidewalk to a locked gate (and instructed, "Don't use this entrance at night"), through an open courtyard, and back into an apartment building, all the while being instructed about which of the three keys to use for which lock, door, or gate. When we entered our room--apartment, really--by way of gray and orange-painted industrial-looking concrete and steel, our twenty-something-year-old daughter said, "I'd live here!"
We opened the door into a split-foyer layout, with the living area--living room and full kitchen (even a clothes washer!) with large plate-glass windows and lots of light--upstairs, and two bedrooms and a bath downstairs. It was, especially for the price, huge and absolutely livable. During our two days there we found it a haven for recovering from jetlag and a great, hospitable place to plan our activities. I have seen other reviewers' comments about noise, but we experienced none of that. Christ Church Cathedral is across the street, but maybe our next-door location (and possibly thicker-glass windows?) saved us from hearing the quarter-hour chimes. (We've had that experience elsewhere, and I sympathize.) In fact, the comfy beds and quiet rooms afforded us the rest we needed to recover and enjoy our trip. The decor is youngish and funky (which suited our daughter), and we found the whole place comfortable. I was greatly relieved.
Our associations with the staff only added to our confidence that we'd made a good choice in hotel. Alex, Catalina, and Beibhinn (which she told me is pronounced "Bevan," and I hope she'll forgive me if I have misspelled it) were friendly, helpful, and helped make our stay in Dublin all the more special with their suggestions and conversation. I'd stay again. My daughter would move in if she could.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2014

We stayed for 3 nights in April and the room was modern and efficient with a lovely big bathroom. the staff were charming and able to help with restaurants and directions.
Position in Central Dublin was good for sightseeing and restaurants

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank Priscilla284
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GFH-Manager, Manager at Handels Hotel Temple Bar, responded to this review, 22 June 2014
Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you very much for reviewing our hotel. We are happy you enjoyed your stay. We aim to provide as high quality service as possible in all aspects of our hotel and appreciate your positive feedback. We hope you will come and visit us again in the future.

Kind Regards,

Alexandru Hurduc

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Property: Handels Hotel Temple Bar
Address: 16 - 18 Fishamble Street, Dublin Dublin 2, Ireland (Formerly George Frederic Handel Hotel)
Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Dublin > Dublin > Temple Bar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #58 of 153 Hotels in Dublin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Handels Hotel Temple Bar 3.5*
Number of rooms: 40
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