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“Overrated, in my humble opinion”
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Brooks Hotel
Ranked #9 of 151 Hotels in Dublin
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Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Overrated, in my humble opinion”
Reviewed June 13, 2011

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...

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 13, 2011

My husband and I stayed at the Brooks hotel for 5 nights in May and we could bot have picked a better hotel to stay at in Dublin. We flew in from the states and arrived early in the morning. The staff was very friendly and our room was ready right away. Any time we had a question about where to go in Dublin or any other question the staff went above and beyond to find an answer. We cannot thank them enough for making our trip so wonderful! Connor was absolutely the best concierge we have ever encountered! He knew our names after introducing ourselves only once and greeted us every morning in the lobby. The rooms were beautiful and nice size, VERY clean. The food was great as well and the lounge area downstairs was very cozy. If you find yourself traveling to Dublin you must stay at this hotel, you will not be disappointed! The location is great you can walk to most places and the friendliness and hospitality at the hotel was the best we ever experienced, we will definitley return in the future!

  • Stayed May 2011
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West Jordan, Utah
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Reviewed June 11, 2011

This is a great small hotel in the heart of the action. Occasionally some noise, and the computers in the basement never seemed to work, but everything else was wonderful. Connor the Concierge is an icon, however the rest of the staff were great as well.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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glasgow
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Reviewed June 7, 2011

Our first visit to Dublin, what a fantastic time we had, would definetly return and stay again at the Brooks hotel. We booked the romantic package and it was all it said it would be, the rooms were really big with every amenity you needed. Breakfasts - great selection, real authentic irish food and made to order. Had dinner, compliments to the chef, well presented, plenty not pretentious and delicious.. The staff added to the whole aura of the hotel, very welcoming and helpful, nothing too much of a bother. Location was perfect, 5-10 mins to Temple Bar area, you actually only had to walk round the corner to find great pubs and restaurants too. All in all, thanks again to everyone at the Brooks.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Cocoa Beach, Florida
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Reviewed June 7, 2011

We stayed at this hotel for 3 days over the St. Patrick's Day festivities. It was the perfect place to stay. We arrived early morning from our overnight flight and our room was not ready. The hotel has a guest lounge where you can rest and is happy to store your luggage for you. The concierge Connor is a kind, lovely gentlemen who goes out of his way to insure that you have a pleasant stay. The hotel is located across the street from a car park (warning - it is pricey) and is within walking distance to all the sights of Dublin. Breakfast was terrific and the hotel bar was lovely in the evenings. It was an easy walk to Temple Bar without all the noise. I highly recommend this hotel.

Hint: If you attend the St. Patrick's day parade, get grandstand seats on Westmoreland. This grandstand is very near the hotel and is near the beginning of the parade. Afterwards, we went to Trinity College and almost had the Book of Kells to ourselves.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
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beaumont, texas
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Reviewed June 6, 2011

My husband and I just stayed at the Brooks Hotel in May, 2011. We thought it was very nice and convenient. The entire staff was very friendly and hospitable. We would definitely recommend staying at Brooks House.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Salford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 3, 2011

I booked this hotel for a five-night stay in Dublin with the girlfriend.

The first thing to say about the hotel is the location. You're on Grafton Street in five minutes, at Trinity College in another two, or are a fifteen minute stroll from O'Connell Street. And the Aircoach stops just outside Trinity College, so it's nice and easy to get there if you've just landed in Dublin.

The staff are friendly and knowledgeable about where to go in the surrounding area, and how to get a little further afield, happily giving us several travel options for getting to the Aviva Stadium for the football (the less said, the better).

We'd booked on a room only basis, but this wasn't a problem at all, as there's a plethora of resteraunts serving breakfast within minutes of the hotel - not just on Grafton Street, but on plenty of the side-streets all around.

Yes, the room we were in (312) didn't have a lot of floor space, but was taken up by a HUGE bed. So, can't complain too much. There were a couple of things which brought the room down - the decor is a little dated, there were a couple of chips and cracks in the bathroom, and the view was of the car park across the road (but there was no road noise at night at all).

But, it's very hard to be picky about a well-apointed, 4* hotel in Dublin for 65 Euro a night!

If the Tartan Army return to Dublin, I'll be booking here without a second thought.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Brooks Hotel
Address: 59-63 Drury Street, Dublin, Ireland
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Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Dublin > Dublin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Luxury Hotel in Dublin
#12 Romantic Hotel in Dublin
#14 Family Hotel in Dublin
#15 Business Hotel in Dublin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Brooks Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 98
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