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3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   10 - 14 Findlater Place | Off Upper O'Connell St, Dublin, Ireland   |  
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Ranked #60 of 176 Hotels in Dublin
Wiesbaden, Germany
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Nice hotel in great location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

From the airport, the hotel is to find. It is half a block from the major bus stops on O'Connell Street. Close to the shopping area, and short walk to many of the Dublin sites. The room was small, but clean and efficient. The breakfast was excellent, and we really enjoyed the local fare. The staff was friendly and helpful. Overall, we really enjoyed our stay, and we would recommend this hotel to any Dublin visitor.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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16 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Great hotel and nicer than I would have thought with the "Best Western" name, at least compared to my experience with Best Westerns in the US. From a tourist standpoint, it's sort of on the edge of all the attractions, but I didn't see many hotels that were more central and with O'Connell St (a main pedestrian way) and bus service right outside the door (the big sightseeing buses for Dublin and day trips to other areas all seem to have stops there, a few of which we used). It's also within walking distance from the main train station, which we did for the train to Belfast. The cabbie who dropped us off from the airport did suggest it wasn't as nice of an area ("don't go there alone after dark" type comment) in the other direction from the hotel, but we never needed to wander that way and saw nothing to be concerned about.
The room was clean and contemporary in style. The layout of the hotel is a little bit of a maze, but we only got lost once on the way to our room. The breakfast, which we had included in our stay, was worth it as well.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Modern, clean, fantastic location just off O'Connel street. Really enjoyed this place.Not really in to chain hotels but it was good.
Quite a walk to Temple Bar etc but just yards from the GPO and other attractions.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Tunbridge Wells
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Great location for central Dublin and more that pleased that my room was very quiet given the area. Lunch was very good but breakfast was the usual help yourself heated trays, not a favourite of mine. I realise it has to be this way in a large hotel. No nice toiletries just dispensers on the wall.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Frenchburg, Kentucky
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

I wanted to stay at this hotel because of it's location to O'Connell Street and the bus from the airport stops right outside the front door! The room was clean. We were given a triple room so it was a little bigger. There was a desk and a sitting area. In the room were the usual hair dryer, coffee maker, safe, iron and a macro mirror in the bathroom for makeup. The lobby was big and very modern looking. The staff were friendly and helpful. The beds were comfortable and I liked the pillows. The shower was very nice. The Television was small with very few channels. Don't look for any wash clothes because they don't have them in Ireland...or at least in none of the hotels we stayed in. We were in room 529 with a view over looking an alley. It was very noisy at night (till about midnight) then again in the morning. They must get deliveries in this alley because I kept hearing a cart being pushed around that made a lot of noise. There are plenty of bars, restaurants and sites close by all within walking distance. The elevators (lifts) were big and very fast. I would stay again if nothing else just for the location, you can't beat it.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

The room we had felt small, but was of good quality and served it's purpose for a weekend stay very well.

The hotel is located right on the shopping area's and is a 15 min walk from Temple bar, the bus from the airport stops right outside - perfect!.

We enjoyed our stay and can report no issues with this hotel, it was what we expected for the money!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rockhampton, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We did not know our way round Dublin and were booked into this hotel by our travel advisor -and weren't we pleased! A 70 metre stroll and you're in O'Connell Street - bars, restaurants, many varieties of shops etc & it seemed to be handy to every place we wanted to visit - Temple Bar, Trinity College, very handy to the Hop on - Hop Off buses. Rooms were good and tidy and staff were great :). The first night we were kept awake due to the nightclub next door, we asked for room change and were given it with no fuss or bother.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on 3rd floor or higher to keep out the noise from the night club.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 10 - 14 Findlater Place | Off Upper O'Connell St, Dublin, Ireland
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Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Dublin > Dublin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Spa Hotel in Dublin
#46 Family Hotel in Dublin
#53 Romantic Hotel in Dublin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — BEST WESTERN PLUS Academy Plaza Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 304
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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