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!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- BEST WESTERN PLUS ACADEMY PLAZA HOTEL is located in the heart of Dublin, just off the capital's main thoroughfare. This Best Western hotel boasts 304 stunning new bedrooms and suites, with modern facilities in all rooms. Hotel amenities include a stunning marbled lobby, Sir Harry’s Grill Bar & Bistro, 5 meeting rooms, an On Site Fitness Room, Beauty Salon and complimentary WiFi access throughout the entire hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Dublin
- Dublin Best Western