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“Comfortable but could do better”
Review of Tara Towers Hotel

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Tara Towers Hotel
Ranked #112 of 150 Hotels in Dublin
Reviewed August 14, 2013

Stayed here for three nights during a pre-Christmas visit to Dublin. It was very reasonably priced but far from perfect. No complaints about the welcome we received, the staff were efficient and friendly. However, the next day when we mentioned that the heating in our room hadn't come on, they did sound like they thought we were stupid for not being able to turn on the radiator (it was very stiff and we'd been worried about damaging it by forcing it). That night had been very cold. A feature of our entire stay was the wind whistling around the windows, which made it feel even colder!
The room was very basic. Clean and a decent size, but there were some stains on the wall and the carpet was threadbare - and even had a hole in it in one place. Over the days we were there the carpet by the window grew damp and eventually soaking wet. We weren't sure if this was to do with the radiator or the window - it was raining outside - but had to make sure to move all of our things well away from the wet patch! The bathroom was actually very nice.
If you don't like the smell of cigarette smoke, make sure to ask for the non-smoking floors. We arrived early and accepted a room that was ready for check-in, on the smoking floor. Inside the room it was okay but in the corridor the smell of smoke was very strong.
Our room was on the back of the hotel, which was a shame because the view was not ideal. In the distance the hills were very pretty but in front of them we had the bins and outbuildings of the back of the hotel. From the front the views must be nice.
In terms of location, it was lovely to be able to walk to the beach very easily and the views over Dublin Bay were stunning. There is a bus stop directly outside, with regular buses into the city centre. There is also an air coach stop, handy for getting to the airport. It is a longish bus ride into the city - be warned, it is a popular route too and the bus back in the evening in particular can be very crowded.
All in all, our stay was pleasant enough, but I'll look for a different hotel if I visit Dublin again.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Rebecca B
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

We had occasion to visit the Tara Towers hotel this weekend. While there we had dinner with family members and it was quite good. The menu suited our taste and it was reasonable, the food well presented and nicely cooked and ample portions for all. The hotel is clean and the staff friendly and helpful.

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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Gerard G
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Reviewed August 2, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for location near hospital. No attention to detail in the rooms. The room and bathroom were clean but in the bathroom the grout needs to be replaced, there was a huge mould stain on celing over shower, shower curtain rail was all rusty, sink was chipped. We had a 3 single bed room which should have only been a double due to the size, the tv had very few channels and had very bad reception on majority of those channels. The wooden furniture had many many marks, scratches and dents. The two chairs did not even match eachother in ripped fabric or style. When I pulled back the curtain (to a view of a wall) the window was dirty and there was thick black dirt/dust/mould where the wood is rotting on the wide (about 5" wide) skirting board where the radiator was and the room was crying out for painting. All these issues are minor to fix but had clearly not been touched in years. I will not stay here nor would I recommend it.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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1  Thank Suzy112
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

Hotel has introduced a parking fee since my last visit; not very customer friendly! Downstairs toilets were also not clean. However, bed was good with quality linen. Increase in Parking costs will influence whether I return.


  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled on business
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1  Thank Des G
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

We had a very nice stay here on a warm July weekend. The service couldn't have been friendlier, our room was palatially large with lovely views, and the price was reasonable. Booterstown is a little out of the way, but right on the seafront, within walking distance of the beach. It's on the Aircoach service and the DART as well as plenty of other busses into town, so even if Booterstown is not your ultimate destination it's easy enough to get into Dublin city centre. The buffet breakfast was a little pricey, and I suspect the Towers is exploiting the fact that, in its Booterstown location, travellers have no other options.

The Tara Towers is a grand old lady of the Dublin hotel scene, and could possibly do with some new clothes. The furniture was tatty, the shower rail rusted and the lukewarm shower fixed to the wall at 1.5 metres off the ground. The hotel was also full of teenagers who held loud conversations in the corridors late into the night, and I felt that the hotel staff could have done a little more to discourage this. The location right on the Rock Road also means that there is continual traffic noise all night at the front of the hotel. However, for an unpretentious stay in a gorgeous location, the Tara Towers is good value.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

To be truthful I was not expecting much from this hotel and trip advisor kind of had me worried. One arrival though we were greatest nicely and given are rooms. The room myself and a friend where given was actually quite nice, my only complaint being the tv was a and chairs were a bit outdated. The rest of the hotel was really nice, breakfast was nice but not worth 10 euro but to be fair the rest of Dublin wasn't much cheaper. All in all a nice surprise and a clear well presented hotel, I would personally stay again.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

We found rooms clean and I
comfortable. Not at all posh but have definitely clean. Great buffet breakfast and helpful staff .would definitely use this hotel again. Nice old fashioned bar. Could do with a garden though for smokers

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Additional Information about Tara Towers Hotel

Address: Merrion Road | The Tara Towers Hotel, Dublin D04 A3K1, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Dublin > Dublin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#15 Best Value Hotel in Dublin
Price Range: $71 - $228 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Tara Towers Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 111
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome Tara Towers a 3 Star Hotel offering a warm atmosphere for those visiting the city, either for business or on a Dublin City break. 111 Bedrooms, views of Dublin Bay or of the Dublin Mountains. Our rooms cater for a range of needs, including rooms with a Double, Twin, Double and Single or Triples beds. On site car parking free, subject to availability Free high-speed WIFI* is available in our public areas and bedrooms. The hotel is the ideal base Next to Elm Park Business Campus, within walking distance to UCD Campus, St Vincent's Hospital, Blackrock Clinic and the RDS. Traveling by car, or public transport, the hotel is 10 minutes to the O2, Aviva Stadium, RTE Studios, and 15 minutes to Marley Park, Dublin Port and Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Ocras Restaurant open 7am serving Full Irish Breakfast, a daily carvery from 12 noon until 3pm. Our evening meal service starts at 5pm Monday - Saturday offering Early Bird PJ Branagan's Bar is open daily and you can enjoy carvery lunch in the relaxed atmosphere it has to offer, or dine in the afternoon into late evening from our Bar Menu which is available from 3pm until 9.45Pm. The Hotel has 4 conference rooms and can cater from 2 - 300 guests. With a wide variety of set ups and styles available, our conferencing department will be able to help you select the right requirements for your business needs at competitive prices. Private Functions, Parties and Weddings ... more   less 
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