I booked six nights at Arlington Temple Bar for our honeymoon in mid-September for less than $600. We were really pleased with the hotel overall, especially after arriving as weary newlyweds coming off a trans-Atlantic flight; the staff at reception let us check in immediately rather than making us wait until a certain check-in time, which was incredibly appreciated.
Our room was on the second floor facing Lord Edward Street. I had read complaints about the street noise for rooms on the street-side of the hotel, but my husband and I really weren't bothered at all. Ambulances go by the hotel frequently, but we didn't find it to be obnoxiously loud or unbearable by any means. We slept most nights with the window open even and weren't bothered at all.
The room definitely had a little wear and tear - a little peeling paint on the ceiling in the bathroom, and the shower knob was very stiff and hard to turn (so much so that I was unsure how to turn it off and had to call the front desk, but a staff member responded to our room immediately and graciously showed us how to turn it off).
The elevator was a bit touchy. It made me nervous a couple times when it lurched going between the ground and first floor, and when it would open the doors on the first floor rather than the second where our room was, we took it as a sign to take the stairs. The elevator was out of service the morning we left, which was inconvenient when we had two large suitcases to take down two flights of stairs, but it certainly wasn't unbearable.
The bed linens were clean and comfortable - unfortunately the beds were not very comfortable. Our room had two twin beds on either side of a full bed (which gave us a very generously sized room, as far as European hotels go), and we layered the duvets from the twin beds onto our full bed. The housekeeping staff was attentive and thoughtful enough to notice that we had attempted to make the bed a little more comfortable for ourselves and even made our bed with the extra duvets on top after servicing the room. Additionally, they left us extra tops sheets when they noticed we had pulled up the sheet to sleep under when the duvet was too warm.
We enjoyed meals at the hotel regularly - my husband really liked their full Irish breakfast and raved about the bangers and mash. Their general menu is fairly reasonably priced, and has good variety. We didn't partake in the 29.95 dinner menu offered every night - we were more than happy with their general menu. There are plenty of other dining options in the area, including nice little cafes and restaurants down Dame Street, and only 5 minutes from central Temple Bar which of course is teeming with places to eat and drink.
Dublin is easy to traverse on foot, but one of the hop-on hop-off buses does stop almost immediately across from the hotel, which was incredibly convenient, and several Dublin buses stopped just outside of the hotel as well.
Incredibly accessible, very good value, and worth the slight discomfort of stiff mattresses. We had a great and very memorable honeymoon, and neither of us would change a thing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Parliament offers three star accommodation in Temple Bar and is an ideally located Dublin City Centre hotel. Situated opposite Dublin Castle, on the doorstep of Temple Bar and just a short walk from such sights as Grafton Street, Trinity College, Stephens Green, The O2, Museums, Theatres, Parliament Buildings and much more! This 3 star Dublin hotel offers a prime location making it one of the most conveniently located Dublin hotels in Temple Bar and a perfect place to stay while attending the many events in Dublin City. The Parliament Hotel consists of 63 beautifully appointed en-suite bedrooms for those seeking quality accommodation in Temple Bar. All rooms are non-smoking. This 3 star hotel Dublin has satellite TV, direct dial telephone, tea/coffee making facilities, hair dryer, trouser press and much more, making The Parliament Hotel one of the finest 3 star hotels Dublin has to offer. For hotels Dublin city centre, look no further than The Parliament Hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arlington Hotel Dublin
- Parliament Hotel Dublin
- Dublin Hotel Parliament