I booked this hotel for my Mum's birthday present for a trip for myself and her. It was an excellent price and thats the main reason for booking. Being so cheap, I didn't think it was going to be as fantastic as it was!
The location of the hotel is just north of Dublin city centre in Finglas. It's easy to access the centre by using buses. There's a bus stop into the centre across the road and the 140 bus from the centre stopped directly outside the hotel. Alternatively the 40 bus stops just a 5 minuet walk away. It's fairly cheap to get into the centre - costly about 2.40euros each one way.
The hotel itself is very well presented, clean and has good facilities. The rooms are of good really size - we had a twin room with two single beds and a small table and chairs. In the room there's also a TV, Tea/Coffe making facilities and glass cups. There's also an ice machine out in the corridor next to a couple of vending machines. The bathrooms are good size with bath and shower facilities. Showergel and Soap is also provided and towels changed up to daily if needed. Theres also a hairdryer in the main room.
As the hotel is on a main road there is some noise from outside traffic but its not overly noisey - just as you'd expect from a city area.
During our hotel we ate at the hotel a few times for Breakfast and Evening meal.
Breakfast is really good - it costs 9.50euros for a full Irish breakfast, which is a little pricey for some peoples liking but there's plenty of food avaliable. This includes; Tea/Coffee, Orange/Apple/Grapefruit juice, Water, Toast/Bread, Cereals, Pastries and Crossiants, Yoghurts, Fruit such as pineapple and berries, Cheese, Ham, Sausage, Bacon, White and Black pudding, Fried Egg, Beans, Mushrooms. Also avaliable are items such as Porridge or Scrambled egg on asking staff.
Evening meal is also very good with plenty of differnent options of starters and mains avaliable in the bar. For instance; Salmon, Prawns, Soups and so on for starters. Mains including; Steak sandwhich, Pasta, Curries, Burgers and so on. Prices for the meals in the bar are slightly expensive but it obviously depends on what you have and you've got to remeber it is a city so prices are always higher.
Drinks in the bar are as normal - plenty of variety. Again, slightly expensive but it's cheaper than the main area.
If your thinking of alternative places to eat/drink then it's got to be the main city centre as there isn't anywhere close to the hotel except the hotel itself.
Also on the Saturday there was entertainment on in the main bar, although we didn't stay for this as we were knackered for walking around all day! The hotel also offers a DVD night where you can rent a DVD player, DVD from a big and varied selection, get a 2 litre bottle of fizzy drink and a big bowl of popcorn. Free Wifi is also avaliable in the hotel and there is a computer downstairs.
What makes the hotel is the staff. The are all incredibly friendly, helpful and attentive. On checking out the receptionist asked if we would like a taxi or needed to leave our bags at the hotel. Additionally, all waiters/waitresses were very good - asking if everything was alright or if we needed anything else and so on.
Overall, I would definately reconmend this hotel as it's absoultely fantastic especially for the price we paid!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Opened May 1, 2005 ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ardmore Hotel Dublin