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Academy Plaza Hotel
Ranked #46 of 153 Hotels in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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14 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Good location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2013

The hotel is in a good location just off O'Carroll street. The airport link bus stops right outside as do the Hop on-hop off buses, so very convenient. We had booked and prepaid for 4 nights in a standard room, but on check in we were offered an upgrade for a few euros a night more, which we accepted. (about 25 euros more a night I think). It was well worth it. The room was very spacious and very clean. The bed was also very comfortable. While it was overlooking the front of the hotel, we had absolutely no issue at all with noise and slept very well. Thoroughly recommend paying for this room. We had a evening meal at the restaurant downstairs and the food was good quality, though we had the restaurant to ourselves, with no one else eating there. The bar was comfortable and the bar staff very friendly. We would happily stay here again if we manage to get all the way from New Zealand to Dublin again.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Plano, Texas
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26 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2013

Great Hotel, Clean, Staff was very helpful, and AWESOME Location... we went with 10 ladies, for a girls trip to Ireland, the staff was very helpful and the location of the hotel was excellent, everything was walking distance... we never once took a taxi... we used the Airlink bus for the airport run, which runs on the street.

Rooms were spacious, and clean,

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Rockville, Maryland
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92 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights. The hotel was very clean and the free breakfast was very good with a good selection and a great espresso, latte machine. The rooms are very small with a double bed but it was well laid out and the bed was comfortable. It is in center city Dublin just off the main street, O'Connell st. The front desk people were very helpful. This would not be a good family hotel unless you had extra rooms as there is no room for any additional bedding.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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sedona
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2013

This hotel has all the potential to be a 4 plus star establishment. It is in a great location; nicely appointed, has comfortable bedding, nice touches in the rooms and the common areas are well done. Were it not for all these factors, ours would have been a two star experience. The issue for us was less than good experience with service and a poor sleep experience. The service issue was an attempt at early check-in, a seeming indifference to the fact that we had an overnight flight. In addition, the first 2 wake up calls which we requested were never received, on the third request the call came 17 minutes late. The design of the hotel bathroom was incoherent, the bathroom door opened into the toilet and blocked access to half of the bathroom requiring one to straddle the loo to access the other side of the room. The biggest down side to this hotel is its proximity to a night club next door. The late night noise from music, drinking revelers and racing car engines kept us up until well after 2 AM on both a Friday and Saturday night. We had 4 others in our party who shared the same experience. A call to the front desk at that hour received an apology from the receptionist, not what one would hope to hear at that hour.

Bottom line: we would not return to the Academy Plus based upon our experiences.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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36 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2013

I recently stayed here with my family and although we didn't choose it because we bought a large vacation package that had our hotels planned, it ended up being a great place! The location is RIGHT in the heart of downtown Dublin, walking distance to all the major Dublin attractions and lots of touristy things, like shopping. The front desk staff were very nice and helpful, but could have given us a better introduction upon check-in, like mentioning the breakfast they offered that we could sign up for, or mentioning the fact that all the plugs were European, so if we needed to borrow an adapter, we could (which was GREAT they had them available once we knew about them!). The breakfast ended up being very good, for 7.5 euros a person. Overall, we really enjoyed our 2 night stay here and would definitely stay again!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Meg S
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glasgow
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21 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2013

Great hotel excellent staff. Our visit to this hotel was all the more enjoyable by the courteous and helpful staff. I sprained my ankle just before my trip so I was hampered in my ability to walk. I was provided with a wheelchair by most helpful staff and to my astonishment was upgraded to a triple room for my comfort. I have never had this level of treatment anywhere else. The rooms were not large but more than suitable for us. There was four in our party and we all got upgraded from twin to triple rooms. Breakfast was superb. And again the staff were exceptionally helpful. All were so cheery and pleasant. Altogether I found the people in Dublin really friendly and helpful. I would recommend this hotel to anyone. It was also very handy for getting around the shops and sightseeing and buses . And very handy for airport bus too. Just off O Connell street . Footnote. Couldn't. Wait to get to bed at night as beds were sooooo comfortable. Ignore my points for swimming pool hit wrong button and don't know how to delete it , didn't have swimming pool.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Belfast
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119 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2013

Great location (off O'Connell Street). The rooms are fairly small (we stayed in a double) but they are clean and the ensuites feature a bath which is great, plus the shower is lovely. Staff are very friendly and helpful. Fantastic value for money. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Academy Plaza Hotel

Property: Academy Plaza Hotel
Address: 10 - 14 Findlater Place | Off Upper O'Connell St, Dublin D01 X2X0, Ireland (Formerly BEST WESTERN PLUS Academy Plaza Hotel)
Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Dublin > Dublin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#43 Family Hotel in Dublin
#46 Romantic Hotel in Dublin
#56 Business Hotel in Dublin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Academy Plaza Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 304
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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