The friendly service at this hotel was equal to or the best we have ever found. When we arrived, we were offered a cup of tea or coffee served in the sitting room, using silverware. We didn't realise that this would be offered every time we arrived back after a day of sight seeing. It was a warm and welcome end to a cold and rainy day, although the locals call this summer in June.
The rooms were clean and traditional. The owner, Dan Halpin, told us that this was once two adjoining residences that he carefully restored in a very quiet area just outside Dublin Centre. Apart from the wonderful service, a great highlight was the tasty breakfasts. The freshly cooked local berries, rhubarb, prunes, apples and other fruit were delicious as was the muesli and home-made yoghurt. We had the same 'a la carte' service for tea and coffee with silverware as well as a range of delicious cooked meals such as scrambled eggs with chives and smoked salmon, pancakes cooked with buttermilk and traditional Irish meals.
We were a little concerned to observe stairs with no lifts when we arrived but had our bags taken to our rooms. This friendly service occurred when we left as well.
The staff could not have been more helpful in printing out itineraries, providing directions, and other local information. Our only problem was not to do with this delightful residence, itself. It was more that it was so hard to find, especially late at night. One evening we became lost on our return from Belfast by car and we were so worried about not meeting the time that reception was to close (my husband thought it was 11.00pm but we were relieved to discover afterwards that it was 1.00am), that we hired a cab to lead us to the lodge. Even he had difficulties finding Aberdeen Lodge. The lodge is actually in Sandymount and the street names are very small and difficult to read. This is the case in many areas of Dublin.
Overall, this hotel is exceptional for its courteous and helpful staff, quiet location and excellent breakfasts. Thank you!