Stayed here for one night while attending a concert in The Point. It was the weekend of The Ireland V Samoa rugby game at Lansdowne Road, so it was quite busy, but not uncomfortably so. This is the former Jury’s Ballsbridge Hotel, once one of the most prestigious hotels in Dublin. Unfortunately it has lost its prestige and is beginning to look really shabby.
The reception is big, open and airy and quite impressive when you walk into it. Staff at the reception was very friendly and helpful and greeted me with a smile. The bar was nice and bright and a comfortable place to drink. Breakfast in bed the next morning only cost €5 and the food was plentiful and tasty.
The room itself, while old and dated, was clean and of adequate size. While the decor does look dated, the room was clean. The bathroom was stuck in stasis and hadn’t been updated since the hotel was built. Cracked tiles, hair dryer that was partly removed, creaky taps and old shower (water pressure was great though).
The biggest problem was one we didn’t discover until the next morning. This was early November and it was quite cold outside, however the room was like a furnace as the sun was beating in through the window and there was no air con. The radiator in the room was off and the window was open, well it was slightly open as this is as far as it would go. I shudder to think how hot the rooms get in summer with no air con.
The location of the hotel is perfect, however over the years, so many better hotels have popped up around Dublin city centre offering better rooms at similar or better value.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ballsbridge Hotel is a 4 star property located just minute's from Dublin city centre. With 400 luxury guestrooms (many of which were refurbished in 2013), a traditional Irish pub and the fantastic Raglans Restaurant serving delicious cuisine, Ballsbridge Hotel is the perfect choice for any visit to Dublin. We're located beside Aviva Stadium, home to Ireland's international soccer and rugby teams, and just a short stroll to the 3Arena and Dublin's theatre and shopping districts. ... more less
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