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“Very happy - lovely staff”
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Durban Residence
Ranked #77 of 149 Dublin B&B and Inns
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Very happy - lovely staff”
Reviewed 1 December 2012

This hotel is much more than I expected for the great value price. It's plain, simple (but you get what you pay for!) but most importantly it's clean, the showers are hot and the staff are great. We were upgraded to an en suite room when we arrived (we had booked a shared bathroom), they were more than happy to let us have breakfast after the cut off time, they let us keep our bags in the hotel for a few hours after we checked out and were just all round helpful and attentive people. Special thanks to Jimmy who gave us some great tips on where to go in Dublin. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who is on a budget but would like a decent place to stay.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2012

When we arrvived we were early but the lady who greeted us was fine with this and let us put our bags in the office while we had a walk round...when we came back a man called jimmy greeted us ...he was lovely down to earth and so helpful he rang us a taxi very early in the morning and was again so sweet and kind to us...room was very clean and great location...overall excellent room and service...will deffo book again :)

  • Stayed November 2012
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Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2012

Good, central location, not the most quiet place in town, but comfortable, definitely clean, freshly renovated and is worth the price! Polite management, immaculate towels, simple, but enough breakfast, clean dining room.

Obviously - having read the previous notes - things have changed recently. What hasn't though, is the terrific location: the place is really 10 minutes from all major attractions and about 25 minutes away from the airport by bus which can either pick you up right in front of the building, if so arranged, or can be reached in two minutes, just around the corner.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Durham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 September 2012

We stayed here two nights and the best part of the place is definitely the staff who were so friendly, hardworking and helpful. Unfortunately the place is dirty and in need of an update and repair. It was okay for budget accommodation but I would never stay there with our children because it just wasn't clean. We're not hugely picky but the room was simply mucky.

Breakfast was very simple but the bread for toast was thick and nice and there were a few cereals. Basically you get tea and toast for breakfast which is fine for us as we eat light on a morning anyway. The breakfast room was clean. We were given WiFi access immediately and kindly allowed to use the computer on the landing.

LOCATION: This was most important for us and it is within easy walking distance (10mins) of most attractions. We did several museums (they're all FREE!) and went out in Temple Bar on the night.

It is noisy at night. Single glazing and beside a main road, also some late night revellers shouting in the street.

Transfer to Dublin airport is easy and the air port bus stops just down from the hotel. The staff kindly kept our bags for us after checkout as our flight was late evening.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Limerick
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2012

This place is an absolute Kip.. My cousin and I stayed there for a night and it was the most unpleasant experience.. The walls were filthy with holes and stains every where. There was cigarette burns in the curtains, the carpets were all white stains and the window wouldn't close! It was horrific! The bathroom was tiny. It was disgusting and they make you pay on arrival.. I wonder why!! I would not recommend anyone to stay in this place, it is vile and that is putting it mildly!

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 18 July 2012 via mobile

Pictures nothing like the real thing. Made you pay before even going to your room. Beds were stiff, no fresh clean towels, creepy place, very noisy. I could go on and on. Don't stay here. Oh...and the breakfast is crap.

Stayed July 2012, travelled solo
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Gweedore, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2012

Booked room 8 months in advance, you think this would have secured a good room, obviously not. Entrance of the hostel was nice, staff member who greeted us nice, stairs down to the basement bedrooms nicely tiled, however that's where the niceness ends. I can only describe our bedroom as "the dungeon". The room had no windows and contained 2 dark brick walls to really give you that dungeon feeling, the lament floor was held together in places with electric tape, there was a brick sized hole in the wall above where the bed was located, where this lead to or what it was for???? There were 3 bathrooms located in the basement, the smallest bathroom had what seemed to be a disastrous attempt to install an extractor fan located above the toilet which had no cover and full of mold, the next toilet had the toilet's seat taped down with copious amounts of masking tape? The 3rd bathroom was the best of a bad bunch, it was clean and vastly bigger than the rest, tiled but holes in the walls. Asked if we could change rooms but told no other non en suite rooms available but should the bookings for the en suite rooms not turn up they would move us. We just ended up staying in the room, moved the bed away from the wall with the big hole in it, must say that the bed was comfortable. Breakfast was good and plentiful, however not enough tables in the dining room to facilitate all the residents!!!! It was extremely cheap but I think it was below standard, the bedrooms upstairs may be of better quality ie look like the rooms on their website. Location is superb, close to city centre, bus station and Croke Park.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Durban Residence
Address: 69 Lower Gardner Street, Dublin Dublin 1, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Dublin > Dublin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast
Hotel Style:
Ranked #77 of 149 B&Bs / Inns in Dublin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Durban Residence 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
!!!UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT!!! Durban Residence is a fully refurbished, listed building, which boasts impressive Georgian architecture and interiors. We are located in the heart of Dublin city centre; with O’ Connell Street; Dublin’s main street, only a 3 minute walk away. It is also just 5 minutes from Temple Bar the main party zone of Dublin. Room facilities include tea/coffee station, TV, central heating and fresh towels every day. Free Wi-Fi internet connection. Cots available on request. Free city maps & guides at reception. Reception is open 24hours. 48 hrs cancellation policy. Check out 12 noon. Credit cards accepted. ... more   less 
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