I took advantage of the special deal they have for families with kids, whereby you get breakfast, Dublin tour bus tickets and swimming lessons.
The good bits:
The package rate is excellent and the kids had a fantastic time both on the Dublin bus tour and in their swimming lesson
The hotel is lovely, modern, clean and I thoroughly recommend staying there
Breakfast buffet was fine, kids and adults fed and watered and set up for the day. The best hotel Black Pudding I think I have ever had (i.e. nice and edible, not something made by Michelin)
Swimming coach was great, really pleasant and had my 5 year old doing four lengths of the 20 metre pool on his back before we left. Even the more troublesome three year old loved the teaching and had a great time.
The rooms were nice. Two adults and two kids easily fitted in, even with all of the toys brought by the kids.
Lovely views of the new Conference centre across the Liffey and will be right across the road from the new Theatre when that opens shortly.
The bad bits:
On arrival I took the kids down for a late dinner. Kids menu is basic, so ordered pizza for them. Plate arrived with two barely cooked McCain mini-pizza's. Truly awful and the kids duly left them.
I ordered the Thai Green Curry. The closest to Thailand it came was the French beans. The coconut curry tasted like a pot of cheap chicken chasseur sauce. On a scale of 1-10 it gets the -10!
Package. When you go to book the package, you can only book one night. We therefore booked the package twice (far cheaper to book including breakfast and deal than just the room). You only however get the bus tour and swimming lessons once. It doesn't say this on the website, so be warned.
The Saturday night, I avoided eating in the hotel, but getting back late again the kids were hungry, so I took them down for something OTHER than the pizza. Ordered the Pasta for them, which they asked for with cheese and that is exactly what they got, cooked, drained plain pasta with some dried cheese shavings. No seasoning, not even butter. Desert was a fruit cocktail, but at €9 for plain pasta and a fruit cocktail, it was completely overpriced.
Would I go back? Yes, but would I ever go near the restaurant again, no way.
Lovely hotel, blighted by a truly appalling restaurant.
- 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:
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