Cassidys really pulled through for us - we arrived at 9am local time and were able to check in immediately to dump our luggage and begin our whirlwind tour.
We booked a triple room (a double bed and a single) as there were two adults and one child, and we were really pleased with the rooms. The beds were a bit lumpy and shorter that we were used to, but I attribute that to Europe having different standards than the U.S. Our hotel room was small but very clean, and the bathroom was really, really nice - a welcome change from the public restrooms around town which had lower standards of size, temperature, and quality.
For location you simply can't beat Cassidy's. As it's one block from the tour bus pickups and also one block from the Ireland tourism store, it was perfect. Although it was a record cold spell during our trip, we were able to comfortably walk or hop on/hop off almost anywhere we wanted.
As to what's hot and what's not in Dublin...the Guiness warehouse was ok, Trinity college book of Kells was fabulous, Kilmainhaim Goal was incredible, Dulbinia was disappointing, Viking splash was great, St. Patricks was amazing, the monastary ruins and tour to Wicklow were breathtaking, Malahide was ok, Howth was nice, but my favorite time of all was kicking back with the locals in the pubs. The people were very, very friendly to us (surprising since so many reviewers said they treated Americans with disdain) and we felt very welcome indeed. The only negative...our 10 year old daughter was unfortunately not allowed in the Temple bar pubs after 8pm so we couldn't pub crawl - and this kept us from listening to a great deal of live music, but still we found places that would allow us in (I assume because they were eating establishments) and let us hang out there for hours (Toddy's). Thanks Dubliners! and thanks Cassidys for a wonderful trip!
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- Modern Hotel with Georgian facade, in the heart of city center, convenient to The Writers Museum, Hugh Lane Gallery of Modern Art. ... more less
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