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Annally Bed & Breakfast
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Annally Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #31 of 162 Dublin B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Bangor, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
30 hotel reviews
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“If you want to experience the true, kind heart of Dublin people...”
Reviewed September 4, 2010

Mrs Beoirgra and I stayed in the Annally B&B on the basis that we wanted to experience a sense of what it is like for normal Dubliners away from the noise and chaos of Dublin city centre. One of the results of Ireland's growth and economic strength in recent years is that Dublin city centre has become very much like many major cities throughout Europe. Don't get me wrong - it still retains many of the charms I enjoyed frequently whilst staying there as a child, but like all places of beauty and historical interest, these charms come at a price. Accommodation in Dublin city centre is great if you like the sterile and rather hands-off hotel chains, or the scruffy and bustling hostels. But if you want to experience the 'real life' of Dubliners outside of the city centre, then the Annally B&B is the best place I can think of.
Situated in the charming suburb of Raheny, north-east of Dublin centre, and perfectly placed between the city and the coastal delights of nearby Howth, the Annally B&B is easily accessed by the Dart train service. The rooms are lovely and comfortable with a very 'home' feel to them, and the local pubs are inviting and contain a host of lovely locals.
And this is where we get on to the real reason why I always want to stay at the Annally when visiting Dublin - the owners Bill and Kathleen. A nicer, more helpful, professional and funny couple you would hard-pressed to ever meet again. My attitude to B&Bs is that really I want to be left alone to unpack, and then go and see the sights. But Bill and Kathleen are so utterly charming that you may find yourself spending all your time nattering with them! (Though of course, they leave you to it when you need space and privacy). As others have noted, they cannot do enough to help you. Bill picked us up from the train station, and then dropped us off in Howth, and then DEMANDED that he pick us up. As it happens the trains, buses and taxis in the area meant that wasn't necessary, but Bill was insistant that he help us as much as possible.
The breakfasts are delightful - except Bill had cooked some of his lovely bacon for a traditional Irish breakfast, whereas myself and Mrs Beoirgra do not eat pork. The look of sheer pity on Bill's face is testament to the quality of the breakfast, I feel.
As I have said, there are plenty of places to stay in Dublin centre if you so wish, but if you want to taste real Ireland, real Dubliners and a sense of real life in this most beautiful city, Annally is the place to stay. If I could stay in an equivalent of Annally in every major city in Europe, I would be taking city breaks a great deal more often.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 7, 2009

If you are wanting to visit Dublin but do not wish to put up with the hubbub (and higher accommodation prices) of the city, Annally Bed and Breakfast is the place for you. Located in the Dublin suburb of Raheny, Annally B and B is situated on Howth Road which is serviced by three buses that travel back and forth to the Dublin city center. (There is a DART station several blocks from Annally, but the bus is more convenient.) Do not fear getting lost--Bill Phillips, who is the proprietor along with his wife Kathleen, provided us with maps, bus numbers, and detailed pick-up and drop-off directions. He is an extremely gracious and helpful fellow.

Annally B and B is a well kept establishment. It is neat and clean throughout. The room where we stayed for 2 nights was ample in size, with nice big windows overlooking the not-very-busy Howth Road. The shower was probably the best we had during our stays at a half-dozen different B and Bs across Ireland.

Annally is also located pretty close to the Dublin airport. It is about a 20-minute drive. Bill gave us not only detailed hand-written directions on how to get there, but also volunteered to take a pilot drive with us out there and back, since we were a little anxious about getting to the airport in time to catch our morning flight. We demurred on the offer but found it very indicative of his good nature and selfless willingness to help us on every facet of our stay.

Because of our planned early-morning departure, we told Bill and Kathleen that we would decline having breakfast. We didn't want to inconvenience them so early in the morning. They seemed more disappointed than we were! Bright and early Kathleen was up and about to make sure we at least had a very good cup of coffee before departing for the airport. More hospitable folks we will never hope to meet.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 18, 2009

I was in Dublin for 1 night and found this B & B ideal. they are are loevely couple and couldn't enough for me. I didn't know where I was going and they even offered to drive me!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled on business
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Beaumaris, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 13, 2008

Excellent place to stay, clean, tidy, wonderful hosts.

The breakfasts are second to none!

  • Liked — The breakfasts
  • Disliked — leaving!
  • Stayed September 2004, traveled solo
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Property: Annally Bed & Breakfast
Address: 525 Howth Road, Dublin, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Dublin > Dublin
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Ranked #31 of 162 B&Bs / Inns in Dublin
Number of rooms: 3

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