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“Good value for an old dame, if you are looking to splurge go elsewhere” 4 of 5 stars
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Gresham Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   23 Upper O'Connell St., Dublin 1, Ireland   |  
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Ranked #37 of 177 hotels in Dublin
lmillertx
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“Good value for an old dame, if you are looking to splurge go elsewhere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2009

The Gresham is a lovely old dame, and we got a great deal on hotels.com which allowed it to be within our budget. When we arrived, we learned they had upgraded us to a larger room, with a nice-sized bathroom and excellent tub - very big by European (and older hotel) standards. The lobby is beautiful with a nice bar area and cozy place to sit and have a drink. We found the service generally to be adequate but a bit icy – not as warm and friendly as the rest of Dublin – and didn't try the room service.

A few odd things; first, there was no minibar. Mind you, there was a minifridge in our room, but it wasn't on, and there was a note saying if you wanted to partake in the minibar they'd be happy to stock it for you. I found this odd as usually hotels delight in charging you the exorbitant minibar fee for your bottle of water, which is exactly what I would have used it for, but instead we had to order one up to the room. A bit inconvenient and just not what you'd expect from a more expensive hotel. Housekeeping was a bit odd as well - our room was thoroughly cleaned each day but didn't do the usual tidying up, which I assume is to prevent thefts or accusations. Concierge was not overly friendly, again, just something you expect when you are staying at a four-star historic hotel. In short, they don't bend over backwards for you here, but it is a perfectly lovely place to stay and a great value as long as you can find a deal. One caveat, we saw the standard rooms, and they were a touch small, so go for the upgrade if you can.

If you are looking to splurge on a romantic weekend away, the Gresham was once good enough for Liz Taylor, but I would think there are now more elegant places to pamper you in Dublin.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2009

Stayed for 3 nights. Excellent location, very good service. Clean, warm and comfortable in general, excellent breakfast. Rooms spacious with good facilities (no mini bar), reception polite and efficious. On the negative site, O'Connel street very noisy and rooms overlooking this street not well soundproofed.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Peterborough
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2009

Staff were very helpful and stored the lugage in the morning when we arrived and again when we checked out. Rooms comfortable, very clean although alittle plain. Breakfast was very good with plenty of choice including porridge, fruit, breads, ham and full Irish cooked breakfast although the hot dishes needed to be hotter. This hotel is exceptionally easy to find from the airlink buses from the airport and they stop just outside the hotel.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2009

We received a great deal to stay at the Gresham for 2 nights. The room we stayed in was really spacious, comfortable and clean. The staff are helpful and the bar and restaurant are really great. The hotel is convenient for everything as the Airport Coach stops right outside and to get back it is on the opposite side of the road. It is central for the open top bus tour and all buses and taxi's you need to get anywhere. It is about a 10 minute walk into Temple bar and a short walk down O'Connell street to all the shops where there is Penney's, Debenhams and Arnotts Department Store. All round great place to stay.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bromley, Kent
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2009

The AirCoach from Dublin airport stops right outside the door so a really convenient way to travel to the Gresham at 7 Euros .
Although we had to wait to check in as reception was unmanned when we arrived (it was very late at night) this was a minor inconvenience particularly as we received a free room upgrade on an already cheap package.
Room was really good - large, clean, nicely furnished and a decent bathroom with both bath and separate shower cubicle. View was not so clever as it looked out onto the back of the hotel (bins, industrial extractors etc), but this is part of the territory if you stay in an old traditional hotel and is no different to a lot of rooms in very expensive London hotels.
Service was pretty good and friendly although we did have an issue with our room still not being cleaned and made up by 5.30pm on one of the days.
Public areas are comfortable and the bar staff helpful and pleasant. Prices like virtually everywhere in Dublin are a nasty shock and obviously compounded by the lousy £/Euro exchange rate. Expect to pay upwards of 5 Euros for a beer (nearly £5) and breakfast comes in at a whopping 23 Euros per person. We chose to eat outside where you can choose from dozens of cafes / bars and get a decent breakfast for well under 10 Euros per person.
Overall I thought we got good value. I doubt anyone pays the published room rates (if you did you would expect a lot more) and the advantage of the hotel location is that you can choose what facilities you do and don't use as there is plenty of bar cafe and restuarant choice within a 5 minute stroll.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Stockholm,Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2009

I found the Gresham to be a very nice hotel. Nothing is fantastic but all is good.
Staff , public areas etc are all in very good shape.
The rooms are nice and well furnitured.
The only thing which i find a bit strange is the very short beds ?!
I think they are about 1.80 and that is for Scandinavians a bit too short. So feets outside the bed was the deal. Location is also good, even though Upper O´Connel street is for me not ideal, but for shoppers maybe. Quite close distance to Temple Bar Area.

  • Stayed October 2009
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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lurgan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2009

Stayed in this hotel with my girlfriend and it was PERFECT, i had champagne on arrival and a huge lovely bunch of flowers waiting in my room. Also got surprise complemntry cup cakes which were lovely. Staff or excellen and would do anything to help, the room was fantastic and all in all it got me many brownie points with the other half. So thanks to the gresham cant wait to get back

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 23 Upper O'Connell St., Dublin 1, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Dublin > Dublin
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#25 Romantic Hotel in Dublin
#30 Luxury Hotel in Dublin
#35 Family Hotel in Dublin
#51 Business Hotel in Dublin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Gresham Hotel 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Classic Hotel on Dublin's main thoroughfare. Excellent proximity to major attractions and shops. ... more   less 
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