We stayed one night at the Academy Plaza. I chose the hotel based on the highly positive reviews in tripadvisor. This may be the first time that I have been disappointed by my decision. Other than the fabulous location, there's not a whole lot to recommend.
The hotel is just north of the river Liffey, right off O'Connell street. The tourist buses are very close, Temple Bar is a nice 10 minute walk away, etc. For that reason alone, it is a worthy choice.
1. I booked a double room and they stuck me with a single because all other rooms were booked. They knew about it when I checked in, but didn't say anything when I checked in. Instead I had to go back and complain, then they offered me a $10 discount (which was less than the difference between single and double). A cramped single room at double rate (~$170) seemed pretty pricey to me but it looks like all of Dublin is pricey, so maybe it's actually a good deal.
2. Restaurants are unimpressive. Avoid the breakfast.
3. Interior of hotel is dated. My single room was very cramped with a TV on the wall in an awkward position. I could barely sit at the desk.
All in all, a fine hotel if you are going to be out drinking and partying and just need a home base. I wouldn't recommend if you have discriminating tastes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ACADEMY PLAZA HOTEL is located in the heart of Dublin, just off the capital's main thoroughfare. Our hotel boasts 304 stunning new bedrooms and suites, with modern facilities in all rooms. Hotel amenities include a stunning marbled lobby, Sir Harry’s Grill Bar & Bistro, 5 meeting rooms, an On Site Fitness Room, Beauty Salon and complimentary WiFi access throughout the entire hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Dublin
- Dublin Best Western