The Gresham is a lovely old dame, and we got a great deal on hotels.com which allowed it to be within our budget. When we arrived, we learned they had upgraded us to a larger room, with a nice-sized bathroom and excellent tub - very big by European (and older hotel) standards. The lobby is beautiful with a nice bar area and cozy place to sit and have a drink. We found the service generally to be adequate but a bit icy – not as warm and friendly as the rest of Dublin – and didn't try the room service.
A few odd things; first, there was no minibar. Mind you, there was a minifridge in our room, but it wasn't on, and there was a note saying if you wanted to partake in the minibar they'd be happy to stock it for you. I found this odd as usually hotels delight in charging you the exorbitant minibar fee for your bottle of water, which is exactly what I would have used it for, but instead we had to order one up to the room. A bit inconvenient and just not what you'd expect from a more expensive hotel. Housekeeping was a bit odd as well - our room was thoroughly cleaned each day but didn't do the usual tidying up, which I assume is to prevent thefts or accusations. Concierge was not overly friendly, again, just something you expect when you are staying at a four-star historic hotel. In short, they don't bend over backwards for you here, but it is a perfectly lovely place to stay and a great value as long as you can find a deal. One caveat, we saw the standard rooms, and they were a touch small, so go for the upgrade if you can.
If you are looking to splurge on a romantic weekend away, the Gresham was once good enough for Liz Taylor, but I would think there are now more elegant places to pamper you in Dublin.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin is located in the heart of Dublin, in a historic building on the famous O’Connell Street, and become one of the city's emblematic sites. This Irish hotel offers you the best facilities for you to enjoy an unforgettable holiday with RIU Hotels & Resorts. All of the rooms in this urban Dublin hotel are equipped with the most excellent amenities to cover all your needs during your stay with us, including a television, safe and WiFi connection. We also have a penthouse suite from which you can enjoy spectacular views over the city and the incredible surroundings of the Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin This new hotel in Ireland offers various unique function rooms for you to hold any kind of event. These rooms are perfectly equipped for your meetings to be a resounding success. The Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin is also located very close to the Convention Centre Dublin making it the ideal place for business travellers. The new Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin has an extensive and well-planned menu for you to enjoy authentic culinary experiences. The facilities also include a bar for you to savour the best aperitifs or relax with an authentic cup of tea. This Dublin hotel is in an ideal location for any visitor. Surrounded by the main shopping area in Grafton Street and Henry Street, you will also find the most celebrated shows and theatres such as Gate Theatre and the National Concert Hall, and some of the most famous places in Dublin like Croke Park and Temple Bar. The hotel is also located a stone's throw away from Abbey Street tram station which will easily take you to any other point of the city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gresham Hotel Dublin