Booked this hotel for the Lady Gaga concert at the Aviva Stadium - for myself (50+!!!)and 15 year old son. We arrived on the 6.30 Ryanair flight from Edinburgh - i had phoned the previous day to see what the chances of an early check in were and spoke to a very pleasant young lady who assured me she would see if she could get me one , but that the hotel was very busy that weekend.Arrived at hotel around 9 and spoke to the same lovely girl I had spoken to the previous day - she told me to come back at 11 and she would see what she could do - but offered us the use of the luggage room until then.Enjoyed a lovely cup of coffee (table service ) in lobby then went for a wander to the Aviva. Time to say Dublin NEVER disappoints - made to feel so welcome by staff at the Aviva, The Garda around the stadium etc. Returned to hotel around 10 45 and a member of staff at reception came over and asked if we had requested early check in - got booked in and were off to our room where we had a chance to sleep and prepare for the show!!! The rooms themselves are disappointing - clean , but shabby ,cracked washbasin in bathroom(Rm503), no extractor fan, no 'folder' to tell us what facilities the hotel offered eg if room service available, odd energy saving light bulbs 'poking 'out of ceiling , cigarette burn in net curtain etc.. Had to phone reception to determine if , and what we had to pay for wifi(7.50 euro for 24 hrs). DEFINITELY needs a lick of paint!Having said that we had a GREAT weekend - hotel food excellent and well priced, service EXCELLENT in main hotel (Dubliner Bar understaffed) and buffet breakfast good value at 10 euro pp.This hotel is ideal for rugby/concert weekends at Aviva. Rooms large and comfortable for purpose - reception staff excellent. Paid £120 for 2 for one night without breakfast therefore would like to see rooms upgraded to match price - but for the early checkin and chance to recharge batteries - can't really complain!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ballsbridge Hotel is a 4 star property located just minute's from Dublin city centre. With 400 luxury guestrooms (many of which were refurbished in 2013), a traditional Irish pub and the fantastic Raglans Restaurant serving delicious cuisine, Ballsbridge Hotel is the perfect choice for any visit to Dublin. We're located beside Aviva Stadium, home to Ireland's international soccer and rugby teams, and just a short stroll to the 3Arena and Dublin's theatre and shopping districts. ... more less
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