Stayed here over a 2 night break to Dublin. I took advantage of a Travelzoo offer which worked out as 75 Euros per night for the room so it was good value. This rate was for 2 persons, 2 full Irish breakfast, a free drink on the night of arrival in the bar, 15% off any food or drinks purchased and a free upgrade to a deluxe room. As we were in a deluxe room it also meant that we had access to the executive lounge where light refreshments – biscuits, sweets, fruits, hot drinks, orange juice and bottled water was available complimentary all day. As all of this was included in the rate we paid we really did get value for money.
The location of the hotel is approx a 15-20 min walk into the town centre. We did the walk there on the first evening and then got the bus back as the concierge had told us that parking was quite expensive. We found this to be true on the Saturday when we drove to a dinner show at the Arlington Hotel and had to pay 9 Euros for just under 3 hours parking. However, as I live in London, it really wasn’t that bad. As we had hired a car and spent most of our time exploring Wicklow – the location of the hotel was not an issue and they offer free, secure car parking. On that note, Glendalough, Bray, Blessington Lakes etc. are stunning – a must see. The other thing about the hotel’s location is that you can avoid the toll charge.
The service at the hotel was nice. We were welcomed warmly with hot towels and told where to find the bar etc. The room was spacious and very clean. Cleanliness of hotels is one of the first things I note and this one was up there with the best of them. The bathroom had a separate bath and shower – another plus in my eyes - and Aveda shower gel, razor and foam, toothbrush and toothpaste etc. There was also a trouser press, iron and board in the room. TV with the usual channels and a CD player. Bathrobe and comfortable slippers – slightly better quality than your usual hotel slippers. If I were being picky the only thing I could fault was the view – a rail track and some buildings.
Breakfast was another plus. There was a wide selection and the pastries were gorgeous. The juices however were all terribly watered down so the only thing we drank was the orange juice. You can also order hot chocolate, lattes etc. Other than breakfast we did not eat at the hotel. We took advantage of our complimentary drink in the bar. It had a nice layout and some very comfortable sofas in front of a massive TV projection.
My husband has also asked me to mention the free in room wi fi as it’s something he says not all hotels offer complimentary – he found it a real treat! There was also a free ice dispenser on our floor and an ice bucket provided in the room. On our check out date, we rang 10 minutes before the allotted check out time to ask for a bit longer and they gave us a whole extra hour.
The only thing that slightly disappointed me (but not majorly) was that the website stated there was a turn down service in the evening and hot water bottles – none of which we received. But I didn’t actually make mention of it to stay as it wasn’t a major deal for me.
All in all we had a great stay at this hotel. I would definitely recommend it and would not hesitate to stay here again.
- Also Known As:
- Croke Park Hotel
- Croke Park Dublin
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located just ten minutes from Dublin city centre, seven kilometers from Dublin Airport and close to Dublin’s shopping district, theatres, cinemas and entertainment, it is the people at The Croke Park Hotel who make it more than just an inviting place to stay. A close knit team with a love of special occasions and a passion for providing perfect service, aim to make just being there a pleasure. The best 4-star bedroom of any hotels in Dublin; a warm, sociable bistro and bar where you never know who you’ll see or meet; The Croke Park Hotel also sports a leisure centre, business centre and complimentary car parking. For anyone in town for a concert , Gaelic Football or Hurling match, it doesn’t get better than a ticket to the game and a room at The Croke Park Hotel. Located across the road from Croke Park Stadium, the GAA sports’ Mecca, The Croke Park Hotel is the preferred leisure and business hotel for GAA enthusiasts. Recent awards include inclusion on the Expedia Insiders’ Select List, voted the #1 GAA hotel by GAA President - Liam O'Neill and recent winners of the Gold Green Failte Award 2012.The hotel is close enough to allow easy access to Dublin City Centre and all of its attractions but also far enough away to guarantee a perfect, quiet nights’ sleep away from the city revellers.The Croke Park Hotel has an excellent transport network, with several Dublin bus routes stopping nearby. These bus routes service both Dublin Airport and city centre attractions. There is also the touristic Hop-On Hop-Off bus which has a shuttle service stopping directly outside the hotel. ... more less
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