Make no mistake this is a very good hotel situated on the south side of the river Liffey about 10 minuutes walk from Grafton Street and two minutes walk from Trinity College. Bus routes, etc are literally through the front door and turn left, while the Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) nearest station is a turn to the right and about 400 meteres away. The Dublin tram system does not extend south of the river so if you want to go over to O’Connell street – the main shopping area, etc then you can walk (20 mins) or use public transport.
The hotel is described as a boutique hotel offering a blend of old meets new and to be honest this description is spot on. The hotel isn’t huge but it does have a very grand feel about it when you step through the door. The reception area forms part of the lobby which in turn gives way to a small relaxation area which itself gives way to the Presidents Bar. Here you can get alcoholic beverages, tea\coffee, light snacks or even a full meal. If you want a full dining experience then you can make use of the main restaurant on the same level as the lobby.
The whole layout of the hotel is clean and comfortable – and quiet – away from public areas. There’s a very grand and regal feel about it! The guest rooms are the same. Clean, comfortable and with all the facilities you would expect from this class of hotel. Ironing board, trouser press, tea\coffee making facilities, TV, internet access and all the rooms are made up fresh each day. If you want extra towels, etc you only have to ask.
During our stay we were there for the Dublin Marathon and obviously The Davenport is in just the right place for the start and finish and it’s so nice to come back after the race to a comfortable hotel.
There were only two minor points that gave some cause for concern during our stay and so therefore I would say this to the hotel manager. 1) Don’t employ anyone who doesn’t really want to work there. Bar staff rolling their eyes and tutting when you ask them if you can order a drink isn’t very warm and welcoming. 2) When ordering room service can you ask the kitchen staff to cover the meals on the tray during their journey from the kitchen to the 5th floor. This helps them stay warm and stops dust and germs, etc from getting on to them. You might also want to make sure that the salt a pepper pots on the tray contain er; salt and pepper!
My opening line still rings true and we’ll be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on a quiet corner in the heart of Dublin City, only moments away from the buzz of city life, the O’Callaghan Davenport Hotel Dublin is where history and modernity unite. A fusion of old and new is a distinctive feature of this traditional, elegant Dublin City centre hotel. Imaginatively decorated in warm, vibrant colours, the 4-star Davenport Hotel Dublin has been designed with style and comfort in mind. Upon arrival at the Davenport Luxury hotel Dublin City you will be greeted by the hotel’s striking facade, distinguishing it from any other. It is all that remains of the landmark building, Merrion Hall Just off Merrion Square Dublin City, designed by Alfred G Jones in 1863, after a fire engulfed the building in 1990. The interior refurbishment and exterior restoration has been sensitive to the historic nature of the building. There are a host of facilities available for the business or leisure guest at the O’Callaghan Davenport Luxury Hotel Dublin. Rich dark woods engulf President’s Bar, creating an inviting, clubhouse ambience, where residents and locals stop to unwind and enjoy a drink, coffee, or light lunch. Lanyon’s Restaurant is famed for its relaxed atmosphere and tasty European fare. If fitness is your relaxant, there is a 24-hour gymnasium for exclusive use of hotel residents at Dublins Davenport Hotel. The discerning business guest is certain to feel at home in O’Callaghan Davenport Luxury Hotel. There is a wide range of facilities at your disposal in the business centre, open 24-hours, while wireless broadband is available in the lobby. As flexibility and choice is a core value of O’Callaghan Hotels, guests can use the facilities and services of any Dublin City O’Callaghan Hotel and have the account conveniently billed back to your room. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Davenport Hotel Dublin