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“Nice hotel, nice pub”
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Grand Canal Hotel
Ranked #38 of 151 Hotels in Dublin
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Palmyra, Virginia, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Nice hotel, nice pub”
Reviewed 11 July 2014

Enjoyed this hotel and the attached pub. Comfortable room. No AC but opening the windows worked fine and our room was very quiet. The location is not as convenient as perhaps one without a car might want, but we are walkers so it was OK for us for one night. The only thing that seemed odd was that the only printer was on the pay internet station in the lobby - no way to print a boarding pass for your flight. Also used their laundry service - a bag for 11.50 seemed very reasonable and was back by early afternoon.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Sue R
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SheilaBaird, Manager at Grand Canal Hotel, responded to this review, 14 July 2014
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Thank you for your comments and glad you enjoyed you stay. We have free WIFI through out the building and are happy to print boarding passes for our guests. Just forward it on to us at reception.
Hope you will be able to stay again soon.
Kind regards
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2014

Stayed here with my son when we were over for the rugby. Could not have picked a better place to stay. Very welcoming staff. Lovely hotel, which was spotless and served up a first class breakfast.

It was very close to the stadium and not too far from Dublin City centre. Easily walking distance. I certainly would stay here again and I would recommend it to anyone.

Room Tip: Top floor if possible. We had a massive balcony with a cracking view.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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SheilaBaird, Manager at Grand Canal Hotel, responded to this review, 14 July 2014
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Thanks for your posting and delighted you had a good stay. Hope to see you again soon.
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

I recently stayed here with my daughter and saw a show at the grand canal theatre. The staff were ever so friendly and helpful. The rooms were modern and comfortable and the food was lovely. It's about a half an hour walk from st.stephens green.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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SheilaBaird, Manager at Grand Canal Hotel, responded to this review, 14 July 2014
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Thanks for the posting and delighted you enjoyed your stay and the show. Dirty Dancing is getting rave reviews and there is more to follow with Joseph, Blood Brothers and Elf all coming soon.
Many thanks again.
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Blackburn, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2014

My partner and I have just returned from a mini-break to Dublin and 4 nights at the Grand Canal Hotel. Overall, we were delighted with our choice and found its position away from the city centre to our advantage and it's in a pleasant area near the canal for walking trips. The price was reasonable and continental or cooked breakfast round about 9 euros was also good value. Apart from the adjoining sportsbar/pub where you can dine, a small snack bar is in the lobby and open till about 2pm. We asked for a quiet room on the 4th floor and 406 was perfect. Ice and vending machines close by the lift. Rooms are modern and clean. Some TV channels not always perfect reception but this is not a concern. Free wi-fi in the room was excellent. Reception staff are friendly and efficient and will print off material for you from your laptop for bookings etc. Returning to the airport from the hotel can be booked at reception and costs 4 euros each. Buses run every 2 hours and ours was punctual!
We explored the canal path area on foot the first night and eventually found an excellent hub of shops/restaurants about 10 minutes away on Upper Baggot Street. We ate at the Bloom Brasserie the night after - small entrance and down some steps - and can recommend this restaurant from our personal experience.
Arriving at the airport, we bought a Leap Visitor card for 19.50 euros each (Spar shop) which gives you 72 hours of travel using local bus/train services so it runs out after 3 days use. We got the Airlink bus service into the city ( Custom House Quay) from the airport and then walked across the river to Tara Street rail station (Dart). There may be an easier route to the hotel but we chose this way from the airport. Taxis probably about 25 euros. Two stops to the Grand Canal station from Tara Street and 1 minute walk to the hotel. Trains are clean and quite frequent once you check the times and an easy way of travelling into the centre.
The Aviva rugby stadium is just down the road and run daily tours on the hour from 10am. Well worth a visit to a modern stadium.
So, all in all, the Grand Canal gets the thumbs up and a hotel to seriously consider if you are in Dublin and don't want to be in the centre.

Room Tip: Rooms at the rear may be quieter and we did not find any problems.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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SheilaBaird, Manager at Grand Canal Hotel, responded to this review, 14 July 2014
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Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback. Delighted you enjoyed your stay with us and hope you have the opportunity to visit again soon.
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

The hotel itself if actually pretty nice. The only downside is that it is a bit outside the city center (a bit over a US mile). And with Dublin's winding streets it made walking to and from the hotel a bit of a chore. Cabs are usually out front and it's a quick ride to the city center. Nice people, good room for the money, breakfast was ok.

  • Stayed April 2014
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SheilaBaird, Manager at Grand Canal Hotel, responded to this review, 4 July 2014
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Thank you for the feedback and glad you enjoyed your stay.
Thanks again.
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Manchester, New Hampshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2014

From the reasonable price to the amazing location, this hotel was the perfect find for my first trip to Dublin! Really fun bar with good food and great service. Customer service at the desk was excellent too! It was located within walking distance of everything we wanted to do - River Liffey, shoppes of Dublin and Temple Bar. If you go in the opposite direction, theres a pub with the best Guinness prices in town! (I only remember that "bush" was in the bars name - sorry!). Will stay here again when I go back!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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SheilaBaird, Manager at Grand Canal Hotel, responded to this review, 4 July 2014
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Delighted you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to seeing you again on your next trip. Many thanks for the posting.
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St. John's, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2014

I have no idea how anyone could rate this hotel as a good place to stay. I have traveled all over the world and stayed in hundreds of hotels and this one ranks amongst the worst. Our room was old and smelly (like sewer), the beds were not fit to be called beds (it was like sleeping in a lumpy hotdog bun - you lie down in the middle and the sides of the bed just fold in around you - awesome support!!!), and the service just sucked. The front desk staff could care less that we were not happy, the cleaning staff did a poor job, and overall the hotel is a dive (stained sheets, rags for towels, etc.). Think twice before you stay here!!!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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SheilaBaird, Manager at Grand Canal Hotel, responded to this review, 4 July 2014
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My apologises that your stay with us was not enjoyable. I would be very keen to discuss these issues with you directly, as they do not reflect our normal standard of service or hospitality. If you could contact me on gm@grandcanalhotelc.com I would really appreciate it.
Many thanks
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Property: Grand Canal Hotel
Address: Grand Canal Street Upper | Ballsbridge, Dublin Dublin 4, Ireland
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 Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Green Hotel in Dublin
#30 Luxury Hotel in Dublin
#33 Business Hotel in Dublin
#40 Family Hotel in Dublin
#43 Romantic Hotel in Dublin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Canal Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 142
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience Irish hospitality as it should be at the Mc Eniff Grand Canal Hotel in picturesque Dublin 4. Featuring a coveted location in the heart of the city centre, the newly refurbished hotel is only steps from the vibrant Grafton Street shopping promenade.At the meeting point of the Dublin's technology hub & Ireland's Broadway like theatre district of Grand Canal dock, The Grand Canal Hotel is truly amidst the best of what the historic Georgian city of Dublin has to offer, such as the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Aviva Stadium, Trinity College, The Irish Financial Services Centre, The RDS, Convention Centre Dublin and The 3Arena. The 142 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites cater to the need of the most discerning travelers, featuring start-of-the-art smart televisions and complimentary 50mg WIFI as standard. The Business Executive floors of the Grand Canal Hotel provide additional luxury and exclusivity to our corporate guests.After a relaxing nights sleep you can look forward to a sumptuous breakfast in the Epic restaurant, the hotels more formal dining choice. In a rush and don't have time for breakfast? Grab a coffee and a pastry at canal express. Gasworks bar, serving casual food and drink in a lively atmosphere, is the perfect location for an important business meeting or just an informal coffee with friends. The Grand Canal Hotel offers an array of additional facilities such as 2,200 square feet of fully equipped meeting and conference space, a fully equipped gymnasium and a two story parking for all guests. Business and leisure travelers alike will find comfort in the hotels friendly but professional environment, combined with the quality, efficiency and reliability that is synonymous with Irish hospitality. Step into a simple world of elegance where a friendly welcome awaits you. ... more   less 
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