I like modern architecture and decor with lots of glass/light. I got that at the Gibson. My 4-week trip to Ireland started here, and most importantly to me, with a good bed to rest in after plenty of walking and touring. Comfort 5 stars; Decor 5 stars; Cleanliness and pleasant maids 5 stars; Management helpful 5 stars. Internet computers available in lobby 5 stars. Location could be down a hit depending on your wants and needs. This is not the location for people who wish to party hearty in pubs and wander about the city in fellowship with other party people. It seems to do a good bit of business custom and front desk is professional if not friendly. Bar has nothing of interest. Friendly young bartender did give me helpful recommendation to find micro-brews in Dublin - Porterhouse! They are in Dublin, Cork and I think I saw one in Dingle? or somewhere. OK, with all this positive, what was negative? Restaurant and food. My brother and his wife joined me in the bar area one evening for dinner and the Thai selections were quite horrid. the pork belly tasted rancid, but apparently that is due to use of Chinese 5 spice. Another negative: Snootiness of breakfast hostess. This was reported to management. I couldn't get a cup of coffee. That is a BIG minus for US customers. I found my way walking to Spencer Dock area along the Luas tracks to a Lottery store that allowed a large cup of fresh hot coffee with choice of muffin for 2.49. Sanity restored. BTW, you can also pick up beer and crisps at SPAR just a couple blocks away. I am female, traveling alone, and a cab driver told me not to go out in the neighborhood at night due to "druggies." I asked others, and they confirmed. I would go back to this hotel in a heartbeat. Really liked it, but I do like staying away from crowds of milling people. I do not like haughty hostesses who send you to bar for cup of coffee when bar is not set up with coffee cups.
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