We stayed here during what Katie and I like to call our “engagement moon,” which I will detail in a later post. If you want to know how we were able to book the hotel, you can read about it here.
I chose this hotel because we had a ton of Club Carlson points, it was that simple. Additionally, I had been traveling to London for work and staying in Radisson Blue properties, and I really enjoyed them, so I thought this would be a nice place for us to spend a few nights.
You really cannot beat the location here, especially for the price. Having lived in Dublin for a year while doing my MBA at Trinity College, I knew the city of Dublin fairly well. There are not many places that aren’t within a 20-minute walk if you’re staying in city center, and that’s exactly where this hotel is. It’s right by a lot of pubs, restaurants, and shops so perfect for exploring. From here you can walk to the following attractions:
- Dublin Castle: 7 minutes
- Temple Bar: 7 minutes
- Grafton Street: 5 minutes
- Trinity College Dublin: 10 minutes
- St Patrick Cathedral: 5 minutes
- St Stephen’s Green: 5 minutes
Not to mention the Gaiety and Olympia theater for concerts and shows, as well as one of my favorite pubs, the Long Hall.
Lobby and Check-in
After about a 25-minute cab ride from Dublin airport we arrived fresh in the morning to no wait and the news that our room was available, they even upgraded us to a business class room with a view of Dublin Castle. Since I have the Club Carlson Visa card I’m eligible for free room upgrades (where available). We were also given free buffet breakfast, which we immediately took advantage of after we checked in.
Since we were upgraded, we were on a business class floor, which was quiet and we barely saw anyone else during our stay. The room was spacious and clean, and as a nice touch came with US-friendly outlets in case you forgot yours. The bed was a bit hard, but that’s pretty standard for European hotels.
Restaurant and Breakfast
We did get a late night pizza for a snack at the restaurant and it wasn’t bad, although it’s tough to get any good pizza in Ireland in my experience. I preferred to go out to dinner, one place being the Port House, but I’ll have a separate post for some of the restaurants (and pubs) we visited (spoiler alert: there were many). We did hit up the breakfast buffet every day and let me tell you, it really kicked things off well for us. This was by far the most comprehensive and best hotel buffet (free or paid) that we have both ever encountered. Anything you wanted, they had, including cereals, smoothies, pastries, fruit, meats/cheeses and a bunch of other hot options. We always started the day ready to explore the city, plus we love free breakfast. Absolutely nothing to complain about here.
I would stay here again in a heartbeat. With paid rates as low as $130 a night, this modern-looking hotel is a great value for the comfort, service, and location, especially considering how outrageous hotel prices can be in city center. We were able to stay 3 total nights for free at a rate of 40,000 Club Carlson points each night, well worth it to us.