Fitzwilliam Townhouse was our home for four nights. We had a couple of problems that may have been just us but made for a less than satisfactory experience.
The room was really hot. It was October in Dublin, and maybe a little warmer the first day or two than the calendar would indicate, but our room had two radiators which could not be turned off, and the window would not remain open unless we propped it with something. I complained about the heat but received a non-sequitur response ("the heat is off now") - the problem being the heat at night. They did let us have a fan.
With the window open on account of the radiators, we had to deal with noise from the street, which was very loud. We used earplugs.
Also, there was a problem with the bath. There was a bathtub, but the water was directed to the low-flow handheld shower thingy, and the pressure was so poor it would take all day to fill up the tub. There was no way to direct the water to the faucet. Also, the cold water pressure was so poor that you were nearly guaranteed a scalding whenever you used the shower. There were marks on the door where the hooks used to be - no place to hang your clothes.
Finally, this facility does not offer breakfast. The website was a little ambiguous. On the weekends, Isabel's restaurant (in the basement) offers a fabulous breakfast, but it is only open Fri-Sun and opens rather late. At other times you're on your own. A kettle and instant coffee are provided in the room, which helps.
This facility is specifically not recommended for elderly or out of shape or disabled customers. You will be climbing stairs. There is sometimes a big guy at the desk who can help, but not always.
We found the location to be acceptable if a bit far from Dublin attractions.
We did not have a car. It was pretty hard to find the first time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- From the moment you arrive in our friendly & relaxing 3 star Guest House, you will be greeted by our professional staff who will strive to meet your every need with the utmost of attention to detail, ensuring you have a comfortable and carefree stay in Ireland's capital city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fitzwilliam Townhouse Hotel Dublin