My wife and I had a very pleasant, comfortable three-night stay (31 March - 2 April 2009) at the Maldron Hotel, Cardiff Lane, Dublin.
The staff are friendky, helpful and courteous. Whist we were checking in, I was quite surprised when the receptionist asked if we would prefer a smoking or non-smoking room.
I'm a smoker but my wife isn't, so (it was a no-win situation) we opted for non-smoking.
We were allocated room 529, on the 5th floor at the front of the Hotel.
It was a large spacious room, containing 1 king-size bed (very comfortable) and one single bed.
The room was spotlessly clean, the decor and furnishings looked fresh and new (apparently the Hotel opened only four years ago and the rooms in this part of the Hotel were completed in August 2008).
The power-shower (over bath) was excellent, always plenty of hot water.
Tea and coffee facilities are provided in the room. A trouser press, an iron and ironing board are also provided in the room.
The room had an outside furnished balcony.
There is an ice dispensing machine on each floor, but no ice bucket in the room, but I'm sure recption would provide ine if required.
No in-room safe provided.
The swimming pool (situated on the lower ground floor) is excellent, swimming caps are required and can be purchased for 2. 50 euro each.
Breakfast is 15 euro p.p. but we were on a room only basis, so could not comment on quality of breakfast. We don't normally have a large breakfast anyway, just a cereal and coffee, so while we were outin the morning exploring Dublin, we just got a coffee and sandwich to-go, from one of the local shops.
We had dinner in the Hotel one evening. They had an offer on at the time - any two courses (including a half bottle of wine p.p.) for 25 euro p.p.
From this menu there was a choice from three starters, three main courses and three sweets. The meal was excellent and well presented.
There are new building works taking place in Cardiff Lane, but we were out all day and by the time we got back to the Hotel in the evening the workmen were finished for the day, so we did not experience any noise from the nearby building sites. Once the builing work is completed this area will be very upmarket.
The Hotel is located in Cardiff Lane, only about 100 yds from the south bank of the river Liffey. It's a commercial area, with office blocks, some of which are completed and others in the near compleation stages. We felt very safe walking about in this area.
It takes at least 20 mins or more to walk to walk from the Hotel to the city centre, but it's a nice leisurely, picuresque walk along the banks of the Liffey. We did this a few times, then decided to save our energy and take a local bus.
When you walk out of the Hotel, turn right and walk to the traffic lights, the bus stop is situated diagonally across the road to the right.
Take the number 77 or 77A bus to College Street (This is where Trinity College is located). From College Street turn right and it's only a few nins walk down to the Liffey ( To the left is the start of the Temple Bar area) to O'Connel Bridge and the city centre..
A one-way system operates in part of the city, so the buses take a slightly different route back towards the Hotel. To catch the nunber 77 or 77A back to the Hotel from the city centre, walk across O'Connell Bridge to the south bank of the Liffey, turn left and walk along to the first street on the right. Walk up this street to a small Cinema on the left. Turn left at the Cinema and the bus stop is the last one on the left.
On arrival at Dublin Airport we went to the information desk where we purchased what is called 3-day freedom bus tickets. The cost of each ticket is 25 euro. The ticket entitles you to return journeys on the express bus to and from the Airport and city cente, the hop- on hop-off city tour bus (green line) as many times as you wish and can also be used on the local bus service (i.e. number 77 or 77A). The ticket is valid for 72 hours from the time it is first validated. It's excellent V.F.M.
Looking for a nice meal, try the 101 Talbot Restaurant on Talbot Street, just off O'Connell Street. The food is excellent, check out their menu on the Internet. Best to telephone and book in advance because it's a busy restaurant.
If you like Chinese food, there is a good Chinese buffet restaurant on the north bank of the Liffey, just off O'Connell Bridge. Excellent selection of starters, main courses and sweets. Noticed quite a few Chinese customers eating in the restaurant, which is a sign that the food is good. Price 13.95 euros p.p. Good V.F.M.
Drinks and snacks for your room can be purchased from two local supermarket shops nearby the Hotel.
These are situated on the bus route, just along to the right from the traffic lights previously mentioned.
Entertainment - Try the Arlington Hotel, Bachelors Walk, on north bank of the Liffey, just off O'Connell Bridge. Live groups playing Irish music, also Irish dancers from 9 p.m. 7 nights a week. A meal is 29.95 euro p.p. but you can just go in, buy a few drinks and enjoy the night. It's a great atmosphere.
Across O'Connell Bridge on the south bank of the Liffey is the Temple bar area, where there are pubs and restaurants. This area has a great atmosphere, but is more suited to the younger crowd.
Places to visit - The hop-on hop-off bus stops at all the major sites and are all worth a visit if you have the time.
Would visit Dublin again and would have no hesitaion in returning to the Maldron Hotel, Cardiff Walk, which is a good quality 4 star Hotel.
- 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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