Stayed here with my girlfriend, the first weekend of January. It was our first time to Dublin and although we had done our research we didn't realise just how close the Heuston train station was, next time we will travel in by train for the convenience, although the taxi price wasn't too bad at €30 each way.
The hotel was in really good condition, we arrived very very early to get the most out of our weekend as a result no rooms were ready so we left our luggage with the Porter out the back who stored securely and gave us a ticket to return with later on. I did request a phone call for when the room was ready so that we could comeback and freshen up before heading back out, this didn't happen and was probably the only downfall in the entire trip.
Ashling Hotel is located very close to the nearest LUAS Tram station, which is ideal for getting into the Temple Bar region, come out the hotel, turn left and it is roughly a 5 minute walk down the road. Make sure you have plenty of change for the machine, I think it was something like €3/4 for a return ticket inside that one zone, there is an iPhone app for the LUAS which I found useful to use.
Dublin zoo is a short walk away, approx 20mins and you can take the scenic route through Phoenix Park which is one of the most highly maintained parks I have been through, one side of it has wild deer roaming around too. Dublin Zoo is certainly worth a visit.
It is also approximately the same distance in the opposite direction to the Guinness Storehouse (after we found it!!), don't follow the map provided in the hotel to the exact road, it takes you the long way round as we found out haha!
One night after having done a lot of walking during the day and really couldn't be bothered to move we had room service, the portions were a healthy serving, price is not too bad, what I would expect for a city centre 4* hotel. Breakfast in the morning was very good, we ate from the continental menu which was everything but the cooked breakfast. We had a lot of choice, from toast, to half a dozen different bread rolls, croissants, cereals, fruit, ham, cheeses and more.
Overall this was a really pleasant stay and for anyone that wants to stay outside of the main hustle and bustle but has no problem getting public transport into the Temple Bar area or walking to some of the local attractions then this hotel is brilliant, highly recommended and made my girlfriends Christmas present even more special.
- 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