One of the few family friendly hotels in Dublin, we stayed for 3 nights with our 2 children (3 & 6) over the mid term break. A 4 minute walk from Heuston station and the Luas Red line made it very convenient for us to travel around the city, the Dublin Bus Hop on/off stop also nearby. The public areas of the hotel were well appointed with a comfortable open bar to one side, we arrived early and were able to leave our baggage in the luggage store until check in. It was a 15min walk to Dublin Zoo which incidentally was lovely, not like many zoos these days which try to sell you something at every opportunity.
Our room was spacious and had all the amenities you would expect of a 4 star however we were disappointed with the view, overlooking a central flat roof area housing the A/C plant, not pleasant! This also made the room quite dark and gloomy with some noise from the A/C units.
The receptionist did not seem quite "clued in" as to what was taking place in the hotel as when we enquired about the Children's DVD night in the restaurant (as displayed on the board on the reception desk!) she didn't know anything about it. This in itself was a great idea as it allowed parents to enjoy their meal while little ones can eat and watch a movie at the same time although I would suggest making a more suitable seating area for the kids. The restaurant is large enough to take this.The waiting staff were lovely and friendly, great with the kids, which more than made up for a mistake with our food order.
Breakfast was very good with a varied range of hot and cold options. Again staff were very friendly and helpful.
I would also like to mention that the Manager was almost always present around the hotel, was very welcoming and seemed very hands on, not something you see in many hotels.
Overall I would say this is a good value option for families, good location with convenient transport links. Would definitely stay again but in a room with a nicer view!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ashling is a stunning Dublin City hotel in a great central location adjacent to Heuston Station and on the Luas red line. International Award Winning 4 Star hotel Dublin incorporating 225 bedrooms including Deluxe Rooms and Suites, 180 seater Chesterfields Restaurant, stylish Iveagh Bar and extensive meeting rooms and conference facilities catering for up to 220 delegates.On Site Carparking, special overnight / 24 hour residents rate.Excellent location in the heart of historic Dublin City, beside the Phoenix Park, Europe's largest enclosed city park. The surrounding area is home to Dublin's premier attractions - Dublin Zoo, Guinness Storehouse, Kilmainham Gaol, Old Jameson Distillery, the National Museum of Ireland, Temple Bar along with shopping districts Grafton ad Henry Street are only a short stroll away.Close by for sporting and concert events is the famous Croke Park, Th 02, Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and the Aviva Stadium at Lansdowne Road. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Dublin
- Dublin Best Western
- Ashling Hotel Dublin