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Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane
Ranked #33 of 150 Hotels in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 25 April 2009

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.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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EddieMcKeever, Deputy GM at Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2009

Thank you for your very in depth review of the hotel and Dublin, I think this will be very useful to guests coming to visit the city. I look foward to welcoming you back to the Maldron hotel

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Reviewed 30 March 2009

I have nothing but praise for this hotel. The room was terrific: spacious, pretty and clean. The service was also very good and really friendly and always willing to help. The food was great, in despite of the fact that I'm not very fond of English Breakfast, but this is just my personal opinion. I had the impression that when I arrived at the lobby, punctually at the arranged time, my room was not ready or something like that. Before I had time to complain, or event noticed what had just happened, they had already gave me a room much bigger then the booked one and without any additional cost. Some members of the staff (room service and etc...) seems not to speak English, but this never bothers me.

  • Stayed: November 2007, travelled on business
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conorokane, General Manager at Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2015

Dear domingos_soares

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Maldron Hotel Cardiff Lane has recently re-branded as Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane. We are currently reviewing all historic reviews both positive and constructive feedback so as to enhance guest experience moving forward. We hope to see you again soon at Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane and once again thank you for your contribution.

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Reviewed 26 March 2009

Stayed in the Maldron Cardiff Lane over the St Paddys week celebrations. Found the hotel and staff excellent throughout our stay from check in to check out. The hotel location is good, the area is still being generated but no problems - temple bar area/trinity college is bout 20minute walk or €8 taxi. Found the room very spacious, clean and excellent value. Next time we visit Dublin will deffinetly stay at the Maldron and have recommended to our friends and family to stay on forthcomming visits. If you are looking to have an excellent base to see the sights and sounds of dublin then stay at the maldron, also use the green open top bus city tours excellent way to see the city and jump on and off at the places of interest

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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conorokane, General Manager at Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2015

Dear reedo5

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Maldron Hotel Cardiff Lane has recently re-branded as Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane. We are currently reviewing all historic reviews both positive and constructive feedback so as to enhance guest experience moving forward. We hope to see you again soon at Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane and once again thank you for your contribution.

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Reviewed 23 March 2009

This was our first trip to Dublin with our one year old son. We had a great time! The hotel was within a 15 minute walk to Trinity College. The rooms were clean and comfortable and the hotel breakfast was a great way to start our mornings. The rooms were spacious and well-furnished, perfect for our toddler to play and relax in after a day of sightseeing. We would definitely go back to Maldron!

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled with family
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conorokane, General Manager at Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2015

Dear carmelstreetking

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Maldron Hotel Cardiff Lane has recently re-branded as Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane. We are currently reviewing all historic reviews both positive and constructive feedback so as to enhance guest experience moving forward. We hope to see you again soon at Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane and once again thank you for your contribution.

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Conor O’Kane
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Reviewed 12 March 2009

We visited Dublin for 3 days. On arrival at the airport we purchased a 3 day freedom ticket (available from vending machines at the Airport) which cost 25 euros each. This entitled us to unlimited travel on all dublin bus services (including the airlink and nightlink buses) and the hop-on hop-off city tour bus, valid for 72 hours from purchase. Information available at www.dublinbus.ie/sightseeing. This was great value for money and saved us over 150 euros in travel costs, as a taxi alone from the airport to the Maldron hotel would have cost 25 euros each way. The airlink bus from the airport stopped on O'Connell St which was a nice 15 minute walk along the river Liffey or a 5 minute bus ride from the hotel. The local buses were very frequent and drivers were extremely helpful in telling you where each bus went and when to get off etc. Reception staff at the Maldron were also helpful in directing us to the bus stop and giving time table information. The hotel is situated in an area that is quiet but also within easy walking distance of all main areas. During our stay we used the hotel pool and leisure facilities which were very nice and free to all guests. There is also a bar which is reasonably priced in comparison to other bars in Dublin as food and drink in the area can be quite costly! Our room was very spacious and was very clean and well maintained. The room had a hair dryer, iron, ironing board, tea and coffee facilities and an interactive T.V system with music, internet and hotel information inbuilt. Whilst in Dublin we would definately recommend the hop-on hop-off bus tour (included on 3-day freedom ticket). The tour was very informative and covered all major sights of Dublin city. The drivers were very knowledgable and entertaining (even giving their own renditions of Irish folk songs!) The tour enables you to get off at any of the 23 stops at points that may be of interest to you and then rejoin at your leisure to continue the tour. Buses are regular, running every 10-15 minutes. The highlights of our trip to Dublin included the tour of the Guinness Storehouse (again on the hop-on hop-off tour) and visiting the famous Temple Bar pub in the Temple Bar area. Overall we had a fantastic 3 days in Dublin, and felt the Maldron Hotel offered excellent value for money. You may have read other reviews that mention building work opposite the hotel, this is the case but DON'T let this put you off as it did not effect our stay at all !

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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EddieMcKeever, Deputy Geberal Manager at Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2009

I would like to thank you for choosing the Maldron Cardiff Lane as you choice of destination while visiting Dublin. Thank you for your postive comments and we hope to welcome you back to Dublin again in the future.

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Reviewed 11 March 2009

We thoroughly our enjoyed our stay at the Maldron. It was actually one of the highlights of our couples get away trip to Dublin. The hotel was very modern, clean & upscale. We took advantage of the Fitness center with pool, spa & equipment every day of our stay. The breakfast buffet (included in our package) offered a great variety of hot & cold choices including juices, and delicious coffee. This is a fine place to stay. About a 10 min walk along the beautiful River Liffey to the Temple Bar area for those who want to explore a bit of the city on foot.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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conorokane, General Manager at Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2015

Dear DisneyMom123

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Maldron Hotel Cardiff Lane has recently re-branded as Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane. We are currently reviewing all historic reviews both positive and constructive feedback so as to enhance guest experience moving forward. We hope to see you again soon at Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane and once again thank you for your contribution.

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Reviewed 9 March 2009

Was pleasantly surprised at decor and layout of hotel when my husband and I arrived for our two night stay. Staff very friendly and efficient. Rooms spotless. No parking available at hotel but manager Conor O'Kane did everything possible to get us a parking space. Much appreciated. Fifteen minutes pleasant walk along River Liffey into junction of
O'Connell St and Temple Bar/Trinity/Grafton St area.Excellent leisure facilities. Good bar and restaurant. Will return.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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conorokane, General Manager at Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2015

Dear AnnaTeresa

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Maldron Hotel Cardiff Lane has recently re-branded as Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane. We are currently reviewing all historic reviews both positive and constructive feedback so as to enhance guest experience moving forward. We hope to see you again soon at Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane and once again thank you for your contribution.

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Address: Cardiff Lane, Sir John Rogerson's Quay, Dublin 2, Ireland (Formerly Maldron Hotel)
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Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Dublin > Dublin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Spa Hotel in Dublin
#27 Luxury Hotel in Dublin
#27 Romantic Hotel in Dublin
#30 Family Hotel in Dublin
#36 Business Hotel in Dublin
Price Range: £99 - £240 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane 4*
Number of rooms: 304
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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