We chose this hotel because of the "stay 3 nights, pay for 2" deal. This was one of the cheapest options with a decent rating for staying in Dublin.
We found the location to be excellent. Without paying the city centre prices, it was a simple walk to the top of O'Connell street and Temple Bar; we felt no need to rely on public transport at any point. It was a 20 Euro taxi from the airport, and right next to the Croke Park Stadium, which offers a landmark as well as an interesting tour (regardless of your interest or knowledge of Gaelic Sports).
The hotel itself was well designed and well maintained, although we found it was not up to 4 star standards throughout the hotel room. The plug hole kept making slurping noises at random intervals and shower knobs had bits missing. The room was a good size and for the most part, very well kept.
The major issue we had with the hotel was the unfriendly and often condescending staff. There was one member of staff who was very helpful, but the others appeared quite patronising. I cannot fault the results, but their attitude did not make us feel welcome to be there. They had informed us on check-in that the price had included breakfast, but the next morning that was not the case and yet they sat us down without explaining if we did have to pay or if they had resolved the matter. As it happened, they had expected us to pay without informing us, which we felt was quite presumptuous and arrogant.
I'd say it was a case of the hotel striving to be 5 star with a pretentious attitude, yet the prices and standards did not reflect this and not all of the customers will have money to burn. Despite the general unfriendliness, the hotel itself was ideal for a city break and was excellent value for money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located just ten minutes from Dublin city centre, seven kilometres from Dublin Airport and close to Dublin's shopping district, theatres, cinemas and entertainment, it is the people at The Croke Park Hotel who make it more than just an inviting place to stay. A close knit team with a love of special occasions and a passion for providing perfect service aim to make just being there a pleasure. The best 4-star bedroom of any hotels in Dublin; a warm, sociable bistro and bar where you never know who you'll see or meet; The Croke Park Hotel also sports a leisure centre, business centre and complimentary car parking. For anyone in town for a concert, Gaelic Football or Hurling match, it doesn't get better than a ticket to the game and a room at The Croke Park Hotel. Located across the road from Croke Park Stadium, the GAA sports' Mecca, The Croke Park Hotel is the preferred leisure and business hotel for GAA enthusiasts. Recent awards include "City Hotel of the Year" in the Gold Medal Industry Awards 2014, several awards at the Responsible Travel and Tourism Awards 2014 including the Water Management Improvement Award and the Packaging Waste Award. The hotel is close enough to allow easy access to Dublin City Centre and all of its attractions but also far enough away to guarantee a perfect, quiet nights' sleep away from the city revellers. The Croke Park Hotel has an excellent transport network, with several Dublin bus routes stopping nearby. These bus routes service both Dublin Airport and city centre attractions. There is also the touristic Hop-On Hop-Off bus which has a shuttle service stopping directly outside the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Croke Park Hotel
- Croke Park Dublin