We stayed in this hotel for two nights as part of 1 2 night b&b + 1 dinner weekend break.
I booked the hotel a good few weeks in advance and a few days before our stay I got a call from the hotel letting us know that the resturaunt was booked out for both nights but that we would be able to have our inclusive dinner in the bar from the same menu.
I did not have an issue with that and while on the phone I enquired about parking and I was informed that there was a car park available across the road.
We arrived in Dublin at around 5PM on a Friday and we were lucky to find parking on the street outside the hotel - I didn't see any sign of a "car park across the road". Thankfully parking was free on the street Saturday and Sunday so we were able to leave the car there over the weekend.
FIrst impressions of the hotel were good, nice lobby, efficient reception staff etc. We were also told that we were upgraded to an executive room due to the fact that the resturaunt was booked out for the weekend - nice thought. While checking in we received a voucher for our inclusive dinner in the bar.
The hotel room was nice, clean and spacious with a couch, table and chairs. So no complaints there....
We went down to the bar on the Friday night to have our dinner - the bar was very busy but we managed to get a couple of stools at a high table in the middle of the bar area. I was very disappointed to discover that the inclusive dinner we were to get was going to be from the bar carvery and not from the resturaunt menu. Although the food was alright, in my opinion, a carvery dinner is not comparable to a three course resturaunt dinner and not a suitable substitute. I did complain when I was told that we would be ordering from the carvery menu and to be fair to the manager in the bar area she was very helpful e.g. offered to get us melon as a starter etc. The hotel was very busy that weekend with christmas parties and tours but if I had known this when I booked I don't think I would have stayed at the hotel. Another issue with the carvery in the bar is that there was no wine list available - just the quarter bottles of wine or wine by the glass from the bar.
Breakfast at the hotel was okay - nothing very special.
In terms of location I was quite happy with the hotel. We were attending an event in the RDS on the Saturday and Pearse St dart station was only a short walk from the hotel - about 5 minutes. I also walking into Grafton Street in about 20 minutes from the hotel.
In summary, I think our stay would have been alot better were it not for the very busy Christmas period and if the hotel staff had done a better job in terms of communicating the set-up for our inclusive dinner. The hotel is nice but I would rate it more of a three star superior standard perhaps than a four star hotel.
I would recommend the hotel if you are attending an event in the docklands area and if you get the hotel at a good rate.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane 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 offers a 22m swimming pool and a fully equipped gym with sauna, steam room and a jacuzzi. All this plus a range of meeting spaces makes Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane an award winning 4 star hotel in the heart of one of the most exciting areas of Dublin city centre. 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