The Harding Hotel has hundreds of reviews, so I will be brief (this review will be buried in a few days).
When arriving at the DUB airport, take the #747 express bus just outside terminal 1 and get off at the Christchurch stop. The bus stop is right around the corner from the hotel (6 euro one way, 10 euro round trip).
The best value is the “Rambler” bus pass good on this and all other city buses for the number of days chosen, e.g. 15 euro for three calendar days, not necessarily in sequence. The pass can be purchased on the terminal 1 arrival level next to the official tourist information desk, where you can get a useful free city map (the hotel has a better free walking map of downtown).
Alternately, a Hop-on Hop-off bus pass for two days is 25 Euros (I think), available at the same airport location. This offers an open upper deck and commentary, but has a fixed route and thinner schedule.
The rooms at the Harding are attractive and comfortable. They have convenient empty refrigerators and electric kettles, good for snacks and tea. There is a Dunnes grocery store about 15 minutes away on Great George’s St.
I found a better room rate through a search engine than on the hotel web site, but the manager is helpful and conscientious about emails and you may be able to book directly via email and match the search engine price (just a hypothesis).
I had a single (-03), which was the smallest of the rooms, but still adequate for one person. Even numbered rooms face the street and have a view, odd numbered rooms face a narrow back alley and adjacent building. The latter may have a bit of noise from the hotel pub on week-ends, but I had no problem during my week-day stay (my initial room assignment was not ready for my early afternoon arrival, and my second room was just above the pub, so I asked for and got an upper floor room on the alley side). I spend so much time sightseeing that a view is not important to me.
Some reviewers have noted the heat in the rooms. I found that this came from the bathroom and was not a problem if I kept the bathroom door closed and the window open. I am not sure what the heat source was.
My room rate (about 49 euros per night single) did not include breakfast, and I did not eat at the hotel or use their pub so I cannot evaluate either.
The hotel is ideal for active walkers, since less than 20 minutes on foot will get you to most tourist sights, and your bus pass will get you to the remainder (use Christchurch Cathedral as your marker on the map).
All in all, the Harding is an excellent choice for your Dublin stay. I will happily stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Harding Hotel is a red bricked, traditional property located between the fashionable and lively Temple Bar and the old city areas of Dublin City, suiting both the leisure and business traveler, with comfortable 3 star quality rooms and facilities, coupled with a warm, welcoming, friendly service.Our spacious rooms are decorated in warm and relaxing tones, some offering views of the cathedral and are equipped with TV, iron and ironing board, tea/coffee making facilities and fridge. Our comfortable beds, fresh linen and towels all serviced daily, will ensure that you just have to relax and enjoy the city when staying at the Harding. So why not come and sample the warm welcome, the excellent location, the spacious rooms and see for yourself how easy life in the city can be when staying in the Harding. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Harding Hotel Dublin