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“Great location, but noisy”

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Grafton Capital Hotel
Ranked #124 of 150 Hotels in Dublin
Reviewed 8 October 2013

Stayed here one night in September, unfortunately it happened to be a Saturday night. This is an old city hotel, but does have a certain charm to it. There is a courtyard where you can have a cocktail and watch the action on the street. The lobby is very small and becomes crowded at checkout time. Our room was on the fifth floor and we hoped that it would be above the street noise, but we were wrong. The sound of revelers continued until after 3am. Even with the windows and curtains closed, it was noisy.
The room was average size and the bath was was well. The room was clean and we had everything we needed except soap, which seems to be a common shortcoming of most Irish hotels.
On the positive side, this hotel is in a great location with pubs, good restaurants, shops and department stores nearby.

Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

This is a relatively cheap hotel located in walking distance of all the main areas of central Dublin. As such it's a great location to explore. However as this is central Dublin, this means at night it is relatively noisy, not helped by the nightclub under the hotel. Given other places I have stayed in Dublin, is is not unusual, but if you are someone who needs almost perfect quiet in order to sleep probably not for you. Interior clean and staff polite. Allow you to leave bags securely pre and post checkout.

Room Tip: Higher up the further from the nightclub
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Neil R
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Reviewed 28 September 2013

This is the saddest hotel I've stayed in for a long time. Forget location, DO NOT STAY HERE WHATEVER THE OFFER unless you are a 20 something, ecstasy popping, insomniac who loves clubbing and has no intention of sleeping in the room. There are NO quiet rooms.
I stayed at the weekend and there is a nightclub IN/UNDER the hotel so you cannot escape the noise until 3/4 am or beyond. It is crazy. When the music stops you are then entertained by ladies of the night who are being serviced in adjacent rooms loudly, violently and graphically. Slapping flesh on flesh is not a pleasant sound at any time, let alone when you are exhausted.
AVOID AT ALL COSTS. IT SHOULD BE CLOSED DOWN. OLD, TIRED, OBSCENE

Room Tip: Find another hotel
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

PERFECT location to explore Dublin. Right next to the shops, lovely bars and restaurants.
The rooms were big and nice and quiet.
Our rooms were kept clean each day.

The pub "the hairy lemon" across the street was great and we had such a lovely time in Dublin.

If you are looking for great place to eat, then you shold go to F.X. Buckley, Pembroke Street. Great steaks!

Room Tip: Floor 5, 508(quite, clean and nice room)
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Hanne-M76
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Reviewed 21 September 2013

We booked 4 nights because I had stayed there in 2004. It has not been updated in any way in the last 9 years. Our room was in the front and the noise from their bar on the Saturday night was so loud we couldn't sleep. The only toiletry they provide is a shower cap! If you are a bath person like I am you have to stand up in the tub to reach the liquid shampoo/soap which is placed at shoulder level. Dangerous!! We placed two wake-up calls - the first at 6am but they phoned at 6:15. No apology. Instead he said "Well, the time is marked here at 6:15." We almost missed our 1-day tour that was booked and paid for! The next call was for 7am on the morning we were leaving on a 5-day tour. They NEVER called!

Stay at the Arlington Hotel - O'Connell Street. It is much cheaper and infinitely a better place. Breakfast is great too.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Thank DideeM
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Reviewed 20 September 2013

Lets start with the best bits (there arent that many):

- PERFECT location to explore Dublin. Right next to the shops, lovely bars and restaurants
- Front desk staff were accommodating and helpful
- The rooms were warm (it was freezing outside)

The things that let the place down:

- No hot water one day (ALL DAY!!!)
- TV didn't work (not so big a deal for me, but its the point)
- Hairdryer didn't work (BIG deal for me!)
- Someone opened the door to the room when i was having a nap - he left as soon as he realised I was in the room - but i have no idea who he was or why he was coming into the room at 5pm when housekeeping had already cleaned the room?!
- Although the club downstairs wasn't that noisy, it was a little annoying having to fight through the queue of people to get into the hotel

All in all, i probably wouldn't stay at this hotel again

Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
Thank Anisha1981
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Reviewed 20 September 2013

This was a disappointing note to end our Ireland trip on. The room itself was ok, old but functional. The bathroom was the biggest we had been in. The windows are paper thin and most things are broken - door latches, jacuzzi nozzles, curtains. All of it dealable until you get crabby service. Our room was part of the 50% that didn't have wi-fi and it wouldn't work in the lounge either (which it was supposed to). Our room was also somewhat closer to the elevator that sounded like a jet was taking off in our room. When we asked for help with the wi-fi, they didn't care, when we asked for a different room, he didn't even look up and immediately said they were booked. When we asked about a room for the following night, he said, we'll see. So we got through the nightclub outside night of tossing and checked out the next day to spend our last 2 nights somewhere else. The lady the next morning was much more helpful but too much damage had been done. Oh, and the water stopped working.

Room Tip: Everyone pushes the Temple Bar area but look for something near Grafton Street.
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Mackenzie B
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Address: Lower Stephens Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Dublin > Dublin > South City Centre
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #124 of 150 Hotels in Dublin
Price Range: £121 - £143 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Grafton Capital Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 75
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Grafton Capital Hotel is a traditional Georgian townhouse which offers spacious accommodation and a warm ambiance. Located in the heart of Dublin City Centre, paces away from Grafton Street, entertainment & cultural attractions; it is the perfect tourist choice. Each room in the Grafton Capital Hotel is spacious and elegantly designed. Decorated in rich traditional Georgian colours, each room provides guests with tea & coffee trays, ironing facilities, hairdryer, TV, power shower and telephone. ... more   less 
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