As a regular Radisson guest when travelling on business, I had accrued enough loyalty points to redeem for 2 nights in a Business Class room at almost any Radisson hotel in the world. Despite me having spent countless weeks in Ireland during 2012, my wife wanted to visit Dublin, as she had never been to Ireland, and wanted to experience some of the craic I had often described on my return home. So back to Ireland it was - but this is not a chore. I will never tire of Ireland. If you too have not yet visited - why are you waiting? Get it booked!!
As an added "Brucie Bonus", we were lucky to have been upgraded to a Junior Suite. I can imagine this is partly due to the overuse of my Carlson Club loyalty card, but was a very welcome surprise on check-in - thanks. The Junior Suite was very nice, with a lovely bathroom, bath with TV and separate shower and plenty of room with huge heated mirrors. The room was dominated by a, (quite unnecessarily), large dining table and over-sized settee - leaving little room for manoeuvre.
There was a large decked patio area outside the large floor to ceiling french windows, from which you could see much of the City of Dublin skyline. The significance of this decked area was soon to change from a welcome positive, to a most annoying negative. At 3.15 am on our first night, we were rudely awoken by some rowdy guests from the neighbouring room, who had invited others to use their decked patio to double up as a nightclub.
I flew out of bed in a rage and had a very brief exchange of views with the delightful occupants of the room next door. The neighbouring neanderthal declared that, "I've paid for the room and will make as much noise as I like". Hotel staff spoke with him, which had a beneficial effect, but given my increased heart rate and desire to rip his heart from his chest, meant it would be an hour or so before I settled back to sleep.
At reception the next morning, we spoke with Adele and Sonia, who were superb - very professional and genuinely disturbed by the incident. They were horrified to have read the reports from the night's incident log - it seemed the person who went to quieten the mood also received a mouthful of abuse. The staff were superb and this incident should not reflect upon the hotel in any negative light. We were assured that the primates next door were to be moved, or we would, to prevent a repeat of the unacceptable events. This was a wise strategic move on behalf of the hotel.
When we returned to reception later that day, Sonia was pleased to offer us an upgrade to The Presidential Suite. This was quite unnecessary, as our noisy neighbours had "decided to leave", but she was happy to offer the upgrade as way of an apology, which we were happy to accept. "Presidential Suite!!" How Presidential would this be? I was imagining all-sorts, and abundance of space, a veritable plethora of decadence and luxury? To say we were disappointed might sound like we were ungrateful, or difficult to please. Well, for a room that often sells for over €500 per night, it was pretty average to be honest. I'd only be guessing, but if Barack had booked this room, Michelle would be bending his ear. Perhaps, when they named it "The Presidential Suite", they were aiming more for Michael Higgins, (the President of Ireland), more than the Obamas?
Upon entry you're greeted with a maze of doors, heavy doors on violently sprung self-closing mechanisms. One led to a "Guest toilet", (with no lock on the door), another to a broom cupboard sized space, containing only a suitcase rack. Two large double doors led to the living space. This was indeed large, with more settee space and scatter cushions than you could poke a stick at. A large dining table and another decked patio are outside were obvious features. Decor was "50 shades of.….well brown", quite unimaginative.
The bedroom was small compared to the Junior Suite, we'd probably have been better off in the previous room, as it was more spacious by comparison. The bathroom was smaller, much smaller, and access was almost impossible, due to a serious design floor regarding the opening of the door and positioning of the shower and basin. Moving from room to room was comical, given that we could be in different rooms, separated by two heavy fire doors (with no door-stops), the process became very tiresome, very quickly.
Wi-Fi in both rooms was first class, like I have become to trust in Radisson hotels - reliable, easy to use, fast and FREE. Breakfast was stunning. More choice than I have ever seen in any breakfast room - and I stay in a lot of hotels, (101 nights in 2012), truly excellent. The environment was great too, spacious and light, and tastefully decorated.
So, despite an unfortunate brush with man's evolutionary past, and The Presidential Suite being more of a let-down than The Guinness Storehouse, the hotel was excellent. We especially loved the genuine, personable manner of Sonia, and we loved the feeling of being made to feel extremely welcome, which to be honest, doesn't happen in most hotels I stay in. The Radisson Blu Dublin is a modern, really well located place to stay when visiting Dublin, one that you can easily use to walk around the city from. Book with confidence, and enjoy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This Dublin hotel's location provides guests with elite access to city centre attractions, such as Trinity College and Dublin Castle. The hotel sits at the crossroads of Golden and Chancery lanes, just steps away from popular restaurants, theatres and nightclubs. Located 12 kilometres from Dublin International Airport, this hotel offers the ideal accommodation for both business and leisure travellers.Centrally located hotel in Dublin offers convenience. The stylish and sophisticated Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin sits at the crossroads of Golden and Chancery lanes, a few steps away from popular theatres, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Situated in the heart of Dublin, the hotel's location affords guests prime access to Trinity College, Dublin Castle and the city's famous shopping district, Grafton Street. This Dublin hotel boasts 150 spacious, well-appointed rooms and suites, in-house restaurant and bar and modern meeting facilities for 400 delegates in an ideal city centre setting.This Dublin hotel is near popular attractions and less than 12 kilometres from Dublin International Airport.The 150 spacious guest rooms and suites provide premier amenities like Free high-speed, wireless Internet access and 24-hour room service.V'n V Restaurant serves the Super Breakfast Buffet, as well as a dinner menu, offering a different culinary experience each day.Enjoy cocktails and light meals at SURE Bar, a modern and stylish Irish bar.The Vintage Room presents a selection of vintage whiskeys, spirits, wines and Champagnes and fine cuisine.Guests receive access to the on-site business centre and the nearby Iveagh Fitness Club.This city centre hotel houses 15 contemporary meeting rooms, a ballroom and two unique meeting venues on the seventh floor overlooking city centre.Secure, underground car parking is available for 40 vehicles. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin Hotel Dublin
- Radisson Dublin
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