I must admit that I booked a room at the Trinity Lodge with some trepidation because some of the reviews spoke of noise, lukewarm showers, etc. Still others spoke with praise about Trinity Lodge. I decided to take a chance and booked a room for 5 nights, arriving on a Friday. I was assigned Room 17 in the "annex" building across the street. The building is a beuatifully restored Georgian home with about 6 rooms in it (two per floor). My room was a standard double and was very spacious by European standards and comparable to many US hotels in size. The bed and furnishings were of very high quality and the room was pleasantly and handsomely decorated in reds and warm yellow/tan tones. the room was comfortable and QUIET!! I detected very little outside noise (and I slept with the window open most nights as I like it cool when I sleep). There were no loud discos/nightclubs...not Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday night. The bathroom contained a sink, shower, and toilet and a nice natural stone floor. The shower contained a "point of use" hot water heater common in Ireland and provided copious amounts of hot water. The water could be made so hot, in fact, that I am sure you could boil eggs in it! The room was, in short, a comfortable and welcome respite after a day of sightseeing in Dublin.
The breakfast, even by Irish standards, was remarkable. There were choices of cereals, yoghurts, much fresh fruit, and three juices, including fresh squeezed orange juice. You also could order (and I did) a full Irish breakfast (or any portion of it). It included two sausages, two "rashers", an egg, fried potatoes, mushrooms, fried tomato, and other Irish "delicacies". Toast and coffee or tea was also served with this. Needless to say, I never ate lunch in Dublin and was filled until dinner.
Location wise, you cannot do better in Dublin. Trinity College (and the Book of Kells) is steps away, the National Museum of Ireland, St. Stephen's Green, Archbishop Ryan Park, the National Library of Ireland, Grafton Street shopping, Temple Bar, Dublin Castle, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Christ Church Cathedral, etc. are all an easy walk. You are about 2 miles from Kilmainhan Gaol and the Irish Museum of Modern Art (and a little closer to the overpriced Guinness Storehouse), but there is really nothing closer to these attractions as they are located in the far industrial/residential areas southwest of the city center.
All in all, believe the great reviews about Trinity Lodge. It is located on a quiet, mostly residential street and I honestly cannot even identify what is the club/disco people are talking about. I wonder seriously if they stayed in the same place I did on South Frederick Street! Dublin isn't cheap, but this is an economical and great choice for this expensive city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Unique Georgian Guesthouse in the Heart of Dublin. Situated in the heart of Dublins business district & cultural quarter near Trinity College, this elegant guesthouse offers luxury en-suite accommodation in an authentic Georgian townhouse. Rich in character, Trinity Lodge is one of the finest examples of Georgian-period accommodation available in the center of Dublin and is comprised of 3 beautifully restored original Georgian houses. The Lodge is a splendid craft of Georgian elegance and contemporary style & comfort. Perfect for business and leisure travelers alike Trinity Lodge has a unrivaled location as Grafton Street, Temple Bar and O'Connell Street are all located within walking distance from us. Please note due to Trinity Lodge being a period property there is no lift. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Trinity Hotel Dublin