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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Tara Hotel Dublin