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“Wonderful B&B to enjoy while visiting Dublin”
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Ardagh House
Ranked #1 of 4 Rathgar B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 27 October 2013

Ardagh House was a great place to stay while in Dublin. It is a beautiful house that was built over 100 years ago and has all the character of that time period, but yet kept up and very comfortable! Mary and Willie were so nice...and the breakfast was wonderful!! The whole staff was so kind and always helpful.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Dee S
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Reviewed 22 October 2013

Ardagh House is a beautiful old house with lots of period features. The bedroom was comfortable, with all mod cons including wi-fi. Willie and his staff could not be more helpful. The breakfast was excellent and filling. The house is in a peaceful setting, Highfield Road is very quiet and within easy reach of Dublin town centre. Driving around is easy and parking is plentiful and inexpensive compared to most capital cities.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank bg_robinson
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Reviewed 9 October 2013

A very comfortable place to stay whilst in Dublin. Our room was well furnished and comfortable. The bathroom was good with soap, shower and hair cream and good towels. The shower was excellent and easy to use and control.

The dining room has a wonderful view of a well-tended garden. The breakfast was excellent with a good choice from the buffet and from the menu for 'hot' food. The portions were generous.

From the moment you go into this hotel you feel comfortable. The furnishings are very tasteful and the staff very friendly and efficient.

A much more comfortable and happy stay compared to the big chain hotels. Parking facilities are good and it is only a 5 min walk from an excellent bus service into the City and its attractions.

Room Tip: We had a small room but it was bright and sunny. We were fortunate with the weather as we were able...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Stranton
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Reviewed 5 October 2013

A short bus ride from Dublin Center, Ardagh house is a terrific B&B. Run by Mary & Bill - efficient, good breakfast, hospitable and always there to help. We enjoyed our second stay - nice spacious rooms, very clean, and well priced. You will enjoy the friendly atmosphere and the accommodating staff. We ended up here in 2012 when all of the B & B in central Dublin were sold out. The bus runs here frequently (right across the street) from the center. We found it to be such a nice neighborhood, with grocery store and a few restaurants, that when we came back to Dublin this year, we just booked it. Highly recommended. The owners are always around and take a great interest in the comfort of their guests.

Room Tip: Email Mary for any info you may need - she is the best and so very helpful.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Daniel D
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Reviewed 15 September 2013 via mobile

I stayed at this hotel for 3 days, hospitalality is excellent, rooms have thin walls. It's a bit out of the city, but there's a bus nearby that runs every 30 minutes. All in all, a pretty good value given prices in the city

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Thank JonnyBoyAmsterdam
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Reviewed 13 September 2013

To be honest, we settled for this place while trying to find a good deal in Dublin. By the time we figured out that "good deals on B&Bs" didn't exist in Dublin, this was really the only thing left that was in our price range. (And it was still a little above our price range.) €105 per night, when we were paying €60/70 per night in the country-side.

Regardless, we arrived and checked in. There are 20-some rooms, so you can see why I call it more of a hotel. We had a triple room (room 9, on the second floor) and a double room (room 19, on the third floor). The rooms were small, but manageable. Both were en suite, although room 19 had an interesting feature: the bathroom was actually up a small flight of stairs.

The rooms were cold, as the cleaning staff left the windows open, and it happened to be in the 50s that day. However, the radiators hadn't been turned on yet, so when you arrive, it's hard to get the room warmed up to a normal temperature. (The windows had probably been opened that morning. Which, I understand you need to air out the room, but as a guest, I didn't particularly appreciate walking into a 50 degree room either.)

Breakfast was good, and offered nice and early, so we could start our day.

The restaurants are in short supply nearby. We walked to a few of the suggestions, but they were either way out of our price range (silver, crystal, and china on the tables, and no prices on the menu) or full. However, about half a mile away, we found the most amazing Aussie BBQ place. (I'll write a separate review, but I have to rave here as well; it was that good.) I was skeptical about eating BBQ while in Dublin, but I was so wrong. I was very impressed, and if you stay at Ardagh House, eat at Aussie BBQ! (9 Orwell Road, turn left out of the hotel, walk about half a mile, turn left on Orwell Road, and it's on your left, not far down). Not to be missed.

I digress, back to the hotel. There is a bus stop across the street, but the frequency of the bus isn't very often. A taxi cost five people about €15 to get to St. Stephen's Cathedral, and about €20 to get back from O'Connell Bridge that night. (Not horrible, as we would have paid about €10 for us all on the bus, and the taxi was much faster.)

It's about 10 miles to the airport but took us about 30 minutes, because you go straight through downtown Dublin. Also, be aware that we got lucky and were leaving on a Sunday morning, so there was ZERO traffic in town. On a weekday, I'm assuming Dublin is quite a busy place, so plan your airport journey accordingly. (I'd say this isn't the most convenient location if you want an easy trip to the airport.)

Overall, I'd stay here again, but it wouldn't be my first choice if other options were available in Dublin.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank Cory J
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Reviewed 1 September 2013

Mary and Willie are very welcoming, accommodating and unobtrusive hosts. Ardagh House is a spacious and clean guesthouse located within walking distance to Rathgar village.Thanks a million for a very pleasant stay and I look forward to my next visit.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: 1 Highfield Road, Rathgar Dublin 6, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Dublin > Rathgar
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Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Rathgar
Price Range: £81 - £124 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Ardagh House 3*
Number of rooms: 19
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