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“A fabulous little guest house”
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Ariel House
Ranked #4 of 150 Hotels in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 21 April 2014

We've just spent 3 nights in Ariel House and I have to say it was great overall. The service was excellent with a great breakfast in the conservatory and the staff were very helpful and charming and willing to do anything they could to make our stay as good as it could be. The rooms could do with a little updating (gaffer tape on the radiator in room 227), but, they were very clean and comfortable. In terms of position it's very close to the Lansdowne Road stadium, a 15 minute walk to the museums and 5 mins from excellent restaurants in Ballsbridge. I would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: rooms overlooking the garden are quieter
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Reviewed 17 April 2014 via mobile

Booked a twin room for three nights. We had room 235 on the front ground floor over looking the garden. The room was spacious and warm. The bed was a little hard for my liking but ok for a short trip, you can as others have said hear the floor boards above you but just take ear plugs!

It's a 30 min walk into Dublin at a slow pace. You can walk to O'Donoghues on Merrion Row in 20 mins, they play music there. The Searsons pub is nice too and they do cocktails. Highly recommended is Rolys Cafe walking distance, great food and to die for puddings (you can just go in and buy the cakes to take away too!).

We went to the races at Curragh on Sunday so skipped breakfast, reception booked us a taxi to get to the station and gave us a bag of booked goods for our journey which was a lovely gesture.

What really makes this a great B&b is the service and the fab breakfast. I travel a lot and this was up there in my top 3 (Milan has chocolate cake so that's hard to beat if you've a sweet tooth like me).

I would definitely stay here again.

Stayed: April 2014
2  Thank suzanneb933
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

We very much enjoyed our stay at Ariel House for two nights in early April 2014. The staff were absolutely wonderful and all the nicest people! They were generous and spot on with recommendations and advice. We were even upgraded to two rooms from a large single room for our family of four because they had some extra space that night. The breakfasts were the best we had on our weeklong stay in Ireland; they set the bar high and our other hotels did not come close. Great food, generous portions. Try the breakfast berry granola yogurt. The scones are fabulous! I found this place to be an excellent bargain, in a great location - quiet, but walking distance to downtown. My only complaint was the bathroom, could use some more towel hooks and more hot water. We would definitely stay there again and recommend it to others.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank Lisa J
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

We stayed 3 nights in a Standard Twin Room at Ariel Hotel. Unfortunately, we were not very lucky with the room we got. The wifi was not working there and therefore we had to go to the Drawing room to use our Smartphones. According to the Hotel they will get a better Wifi soon. Several things were not working in our room, but were fixed during the stay: The batch mirror light, screws standing out of the wall. We were also unlucky with the water - during our stay something was block and there was hardly any water. But we got a discount from the hotel for that, which was really fair. Anyhow the water pressure coming out of the shower was not powerful, but that is something we experienced at several B&Bs during our trip around ireland.
Based on the good reviews I read here, it might depend on the room / building you stay. Based on the website and the reviews I expected a place to be fine in the first place and didn't need fixing. All in all this was the worst hotel of our trip, but in the end also the cheapest (With the discount we got the price performance was ok).

Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
2  Thank KaPach
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

We took the airport bus to a stop nearby and walked to Ariel House. We arrived exhausted after flying in. Deirdre observed our arrival and helped us in, welcomed us, and gave us a place to rest as we waited for the room to be ready. Our bags were carried for us and delicious refreshments were delivered to us. How lovely!

We enjoyed our stay very much. Our room was lovely and comfortable. The friendly staff at all hours looked after our needs without hesitation--we really appreciated the young men who worked the night and early morning shifts. Thank you to all of them for looking after us so beautifully!!

Breakfast was hearty and delicious. Service there was incredible. Tea and goodies were waiting for us every single day when we retuned to the hotel--and we were even given a pot of tea to take to the room with us. That was special.

The hotel is right next to the Dart, which takes you right down to the city center. Easy trip and nice transportation. We got around all over town all week from here with the Dart, walking (in a lovely, peaceful, Georgian neighborhood), the on/off bus, and then we only took a cab a couple times. When we did take a cab, the hotel called it for us and it was there in minutes. The hotel's location is just perfect.

The wi-fi was a headache the week we stayed, but maybe that was temporary.

Yes, the hotel is older and charming. Don't expect a brand new hotel. We enjoyed its unique ambiance. The staff in this older and smaller place went extra mile for us without batting an eye. We never had this kind of service in a new hotel...and we would stay here again on a return visit.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
6  Thank CarolingLibrarian
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

Our family of 6 stayed at the Ariel House during the St Patrick’s Day Weekend, what a fantastic B&B in Dublin. Deirdre and the rest of staff are amazing, extremely nice and helpful. Outstanding service. We arrived early in the morning and they were very accommodating and offered us coffee and tea as we waited for the room keys (loved the very unique key holders). We felt welcomed right away.

We loved the location and the coziness feel of Ariel House. Every night after exploring Dublin all day we used the parlor room in the front of house to relax and enjoy a nightcap. Our rooms were comfortable, spotless and very nicely decorated.

Everything that is said about breakfast is true, WOW. Between the six of us we tried everything on the breakfast menu and everything was outstanding. Besides that the breakfast is yummy the service is impeccable.

I would definitely recommend Ariel House and would love to stay here again if I am ever in Dublin.

Thanks Ariel House for making our first stop in Ireland fabulous.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank Orchid-lady11
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Reviewed 2 April 2014

Hotel was nice - could use a few updates (bathroom in room 222). Staff was friendly and helpful. I don't base my stays on WIFI availability BUT the 'complimentary WIFI' was basically non-existent in the rooms. Even in the downstairs Drawing Room - the network was hit or miss. We were told there had been a recent upgrade but apparently it wasn't done properly. The staff did not hesitate to offer us use of their office computer if needed. Parking was a slight challenge but we were accommodated just fine. The restaurant was nice - good breakfast and staff. Quiet street at night, a few restaurants within walking distance but may want a cab if planning on going into City Centre. I would stay again if the network issues were corrected.

Room Tip: All have well worn older decorative furniture - assume rooms are all the same in that respect. We w...
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Additional Information about Ariel House

Address: 50-54 Lansdowne Road | Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Dublin > Dublin
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Dublin
#4 Family Hotel in Dublin
#5 Romantic Hotel in Dublin
#5 Best Value Hotel in Dublin
#14 Business Hotel in Dublin
Price Range: £86 - £339 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Ariel House 4*
Number of rooms: 37
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