We were on vacation throughout Ireland for 10 days. Our last two days were spent in Dublin and we were most excited about our stay at the Brooks Hotel. Not only was our two-night stay the most expensive hotel of our trip, but it was also the highest star rating (4*).
PROS: Great location with close proximity to all attractions. Dublin is a small city, so everything is within walking distance. The staff is very friendly and helpful.
CONS: It's located in a busy area and if you are not on a high floor, you will hear a lot of noise from the streets. It is also located on a small "alley-like" street, which is a little sketchy late at night. Some of the rooms are not renovated and that's the biggest complaint of the trip (see below)
When we arrived, we were placed in a first floor room. Seeing pictures from their website and tripadvisor, we expected at least modern (but quirky) designed rooms with similar decor. What we found was something you would find in a 1-2 star Motel 6. The walls and carpet had really old wallpaper and carpet. The mismatched curtains and bedding were bold and multicolored and the TV on the table was old and boxy. I understand the appeal of this style, because it looked a little retro and had some character to it. However, we paid a TON of money for our stay and with it being advertised as 4 star we expected a little more "posh" to the space. Another negative was that it was right above the street and was so loud. Luckily, my dear husband asked the front desk to be moved to a higher room because we were very light sleepers. The wonderful woman at the front desk moved us to the fourth floor and it was literally night and day. I wish I took pictures. Our new room had new carpets, a flat screen tv, solid bold colored curtains and bedding and a beautiful bathroom. It was like we were in a different hotel! THIS was what I expected the rooms to be like. It was still the same size (in fact the same location, just 3 floors up).
We heard a lot of noise at night, but it was a little better being farther up.
If you choose to stay at Brooks, make sure you specify a higher floor. I think that the lower floors have not been renovated yet. However, if you want a little more modern comfort I recommend looking elsewhere. It's not a bad hotel and the staff are lovely, but I don't know why it's so highly rated. Maybe I missed something...
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- Brooks Hotel Dublin