This is an elegant hotel located a few miles south of central Dublin. Yet, it is a quick bus ride into the city (about 20 mins. when traffic is flowing). This means the hotel can readily serve as a "base camp" for touring Dublin as well as conducting day trips to various tourist sites throughout Ireland. This is nice hotel with lovely grounds but, be forewarned that the lodging portion/facility of the hotel is in a wing attached to the original mansion – you will not be staying in the original estate house. So, when you’re looking at those pictures which all seem to emphasize the mansion and grounds – keep this fact in mind. Furthermore, there is evidence of "wear and tear" if you look closely at things around the hotel - not glaring or blatantly obvious but nonetheless extant. I did not expect this from a 5-star hotel. I will acknowledge that the rooms are nicely-appointed, well-furnished and clean. However, not every piece of equipment may work – for example, the towel rack warmer in our room was non-functional and the TV remote had issues. We stayed in a deluxe King room on the third floor (#319) overlooking the gardens. Given the way the building is situated in an east-west orientation, I strongly suggest that prospective guests request rooms at the east end of the building overlooking the gardens because the west end of the southern facade overlooks the parking area and lobby entrance while the entire opposite (northern) side of the building faces trees and a nearby housing neighborhood located north of the hotel. I cannot comment on views that suites on the top floor may have but bear in mind that the lodging wing is only four stories high. For travelers familiar with the Radisson brand in North America these rooms will generally be smaller but certainly adequate. Also, I will observe that these beds may not compare well with the beds commonly used in the Radisson brand in the USA because they are not "Sleep-Number" beds. The bathrooms are well appointed and, for the most part functional but size-wise they are a tad small. At this point it is important that I make a comment about the star-rating of the hotel. The hotel is listed as a 5-star property but I, unfortunately, must disagree. This is a 4-star hotel – a nice one at that - but still only a 4-star property. While the aforementioned statement is just my opinion you will find that other Trip Advisor commentators have likewise made this point in their reviews of the hotel. The services proffered and rendered are typical of a 4-star European hotel. I have stayed at other Radisson Blu hotels in Europe that are categorized as 4-star properties but proffered a better overall experience than this hotel. The front desk staff is courteous, polite, proper and helpful (or at least try to be though they may not always know the answer). Another big plus of this hotel is the full breakfast fare that may be included in the room rate (depending on the room rate selected) and which is decent though not outstanding! Even if you must pay separately for breakfast I still think it is worth the price. Served buffet-style, the breakfast menu contains a fairly extensive selection of hot and cold items which, for the most part, are tasty. A few items were either overcooked, flavorless or had sat too long or been recycled one too many times. The combination of location and breakfast alone makes this hotel deserving of your consideration if you are looking at hotels of similar category, services and price in Dublin. Other eateries within the hotel include the Talavera Restaurant and Orangerie Bar/Lounge. The former is a restaurant located downstairs in the mansion proffering Italian cuisine which is quite good accompanied by good service but the ambiance is lacking and prices are a little high for what you get. The latter is the hotel’s bar/lounge but they also offer a selection of items for dining. The ambiance and setting of the Orangerie Bar is attractive and akin to being inside an old-world, atrium-style eatery or botanical garden greenhouse. Again, prices are a bit high - notably the cost of drinks. Unfortunately, service at the Orangerie Bar can be lackluster – we waited an hour and a half to get our meal one evening because of inattentiveness by the wait-staff. Apparently, a table of young ladies had become the focal point for several of the waiters. In all fairness, I must note that they did “comp us” the meal and give us a round of free drinks but the experience was not a positive one and, in my opinion, should not happen at a 5-star hotel. Also, the place can be packed on Saturday nights. One last thing that guests should do is carefully review their bills when checking out because errors can occur and do not let them automatically convert the bill into your home country’s currency when settling/paying the balance; the reason being that the exchange rate will not be the best. A final observation I will make concerns the hotel’s location and accessibility to public transportation and Dublin. Do not let the hotel’s location deter you from considering it as a place to stay when visiting Dublin. Moreover, you do not need a rental vehicle! Save yourself the expense, difficulty and headache of dealing with a car in Dublin. If you arrive by air at Dublin Airport I would suggest using the Aircoach express/shuttle bus service instead of a taxi or other means. The Aircoach costs 8 Euros (one-way) or 14 Euros (RTP), takes around 45- 55 mins. (depending on traffic) and it stops right outside the hotel. Furthermore, you get to see a little of Dublin while in transit. As far as traveling to and from central Dublin there are three public buses of particular relevance that stop right outside the hotel – 7B (to O’Connell Street), 46A (to Phoenix Park), 145 (to Heuston Rail Station) & 46N (night bus). They all travel directly into central Dublin. The actual bus stop (#2070) is situated on Stillorgan Road just south of the Fosters Avenue intersection. Get the 3-Day Bus Pass which allows unlimited use of the bus as well as the tram and select local trains. If you don’t use the pedestrian bridge located a few hundred feet south at Mount Merrion Avenue intersection to cross Stillorgan Road then, be careful crossing the road to catch the bus into town as traffic moves briskly – but everybody does it. The one possible downside to using the Aircoach and/or the public bus system is the walk from Stillorgan Road across the hotel’s western lawn/field to reach the lobby/building entrance. When the weather is nice there is nothing to be concerned about but, when the weather is lousy then the walk can be a miserable one – particularly if you are pulling/carrying a suitcase or two with you. The walk will take about 5-7 minutes but there is no hard surface – the options are gravel or grass. Regrettably, the hotel has no local shuttle service. We recommend this hotel because of its unique setting and appearance, clean rooms, decent facilities and good 4-star quality.