If you want luxury, this is not for you. If you want a pleasant hotel, close to the main parts of Dublin with friendly staff then this is for you. The check in was fairly quick, we arrived early knowing it was unlikely to be able to get to our room, and these were taken without fuss and the receptionist overheard our conversation about the need to rehydrate at a good pub and got a map out and showed us where to go.
Location wise, Dublin is very small - you can walk from the outskirts to Temple Bar/Grafton St central area in about 25 minutes at most. This was a 15-20 minute walk away and so it is not in the hustle and bustle of all the bars and avoid this hotel if you want your hotel on the doorstep of everything, but it was a nice and somewhat needed walk to get back to once you have had a few drinks. It is also only about 15minutes walk to the Aviva Stadium if you are watching rugby.
The room itself was nothing amazing but plenty big enough for three of us, clean and the beds were comfortable. I am a bit picky with pillows and these weren't to my liking but apart from this nothing at fault. The bathroom again nice and clean although the water pressure in the shower was minimum and whilst not an 'issue' per se in that it did not hinder me from showering, all 5 of us did mention it was poor.
The bar was good, live sport on and open from 11:00 which pleased us. The breakfast was a large selection of hot and cold food, and whilst it was a buffet, all food was fresh and replenished often so wasn't just sitting around. We also went at the busiest time on Sunday morning (known because notices are provided in the lifts asking for patience and giving guidance when it would be quiet/busy), we still only had to wait only 5 minutes which I thought was not bad.
There is also a swimming pool, sauna and gym which was busy enough to know it is worth going and quiet enough to allow you to go! Free for hotel members as well, so no added cost although it would have been nice to know that swimming hats are required and although they do only cost 2.50 euros, it seems this is not mentioned on the website (or hidden very well) so that they can make a bit more 'easy' money.
The only reasons I am not giving 5 star is that it wasn't The Westbury, but value for money, I would recommend this no-ends, and even think that with the clean big size rooms and the fact it has a swimming pool and sauna mean it should even cost a bit more!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane (formerly Maldron Hotel)is a seven storey, contemporary landmark building off Sir John Rogerson's Quay in the Dublin Docklands, a stone's throw from the city center. A spacious 304 bedroom hotel, each designed to meet the needs of both business and leisure guests the beautifully appointed guest rooms offer a light spacious contemporary style at least 25 square meters. Vertigo Bar is a funky bar space within the hotel open throughout the day, Stir Restaurant offers an array of dishes to tempt your taste buds, Club Vitae Health & Fitness Club and a range of meeting space make Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane an award winning 4 star hotel. Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane is within easy access of the airport and main bus & rail stations. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maldron Hotel Dublin
- Quality Hotel Dublin