I stayed at the Academy Plaza for my annual pre-Christmas treat (i.e. weekend in Dublin), and although it was my first time at this hotel, it won't be my last - as long as I'll be able to secure a good deal again online.
Unfortunately, the single room I had been allocated was entirely unacceptable, but reception staff very decently upgraded me to a double room which was very nice. I believe the Academy Plaza is a 3 star hotel, but is en par with many 4 star hotels I have stayed at. Yes, the double room was on the small side but, let's face it, how much time are you going to spend in your room when in a city like Dublin? Despite the surprisingly clashing mix of fabric patterns used in the room, it had a contemporary decor and all mod cons, including free (slowish) WiFi, individually controllable hot/cold aircon, notebook-sized safe, ironing board etc. I can't imagine anyone wanting more from a hotel room.
Reception staff was helpful; the room attendant (room spotlessly clean) cheerfully obliging.
The hotel's location is excellent, just off O'Connell Street; the city centre can easily be explored on foot from here, and the main shopping streets are also within easy walking distance. For me, this was a perfect weekend!