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“Warm welcome to Dublin”
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Number 31
Ranked #36 of 151 Hotels in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
Vancouver, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
156 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Warm welcome to Dublin”
Reviewed July 20, 2013

I really enjoyed this hotel, sadly only had three nights here but would come back when next in Dublin.
I arrived jet-lagged and tired to a very warm welcome from Linda and I was in time for a lovely cooked breakfast and some friendly conversation with other guests in the conservatory/breakfast room.
We were two friends travelling together, meeting in Dublin after our respective flights. (we live in two different countries) We had a twin room (number 33 in the Georgian building) which was lovely, high ceilings, comfy beds, very nicely decorated, a dresser to unpack into and enough hanging space in the wardrobe.
The bathroom was very nice and I liked that it was quite separate from the bedroom, you could close the door to the bedroom and there was a small vestibule and bathroom off that.

The breakfast which was included in the price was fantastic, lots of different cooked choices plus a continental selection of fruit, yogurt, cereal etc. Delicious porridge!! It was all delicious in fact, and the servers were all delightful and efficient. After the breakfast here we were set up until dinner.

There were quite a few stairs to climb but this did not bother us, we are not exactly young anymore but we are fit.
We also enjoyed the walk into St.Stephen's Green and the centre of the city, did not find it far at all. Mind you, we are walkers and both enjoyed looking at the lovely old buildings and taking in the neighbourhood.

We were given some local restaurant recommendations by Linda and enjoyed both of them very much, and they were an easy walk from the hotel.
On our last day we had a really interesting chat with Noel. Could have sat there all day chatting but we had more of Ireland to explore!

Room Tip: We had number 33 in the Georgian building.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Clarksville, Tennessee, United States
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

Like many others, we looked forward to staying at this highly rated B&B in Dublin. The room we were given opened directly into the dining room (literally...we could hear the forks and plates each morning as soon as anyone came to eat). The bathroom had no area to place toiletries at all, including the shower (how about a little shelf or soap dish?!) and the funky-designed shower essentially flooded the bathroom every time because it's only a half-door. Half of the outlets and lights didn't work, and even after kindly making them aware of the issue, it did not get fixed. Moreover, we only had one little window with little to no ventilation and not even a fan to keep the room cool. Other than that, the breakfast was very good (as expected at a top B&B), and the hotel interior design was impressive. As this was our final stop in Ireland, after staying in amazing B&Bs in Galway and Cork, we knew it would be the most expensive. However, the B&B experience is truly lost in Dublin (no real connection with the owners here as in other B&Bs) and we would 100% stay in a nice hotel for less than what we paid. In the end, it's just not worth the price, even for their delicious food...bottom line, stay in a hotel in Dublin, you will save money and have a better experience.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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south carolina
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

Was excited about this stay based on reviews. We arrived and having indicated it was our anniversary was hoping for a nice room. Was led from one building through courtyard to another building along a maze of uneven , dangerous stairways . My husband tripped with his luggage on a deceiving bottom step ,which we felt should have been pointed out by our host who was leading it. We were led below street level to a dark room with poor lighting. Room had one window that was below the street. It did not smell moldy or dusky, so decided not to complain and went with it! But we were unhappy. The lighting was extremely poor in the room and especially the bathroom. The bathroom was colored in dark brown, which I couldn't help but feel was disguising some issues. I took a flashlight and discovered areas of mold in several places on the curved ceiling. Bed was uncomfortable . Just felt as if we were in a dark moldy basement. On the upside.....the breakfast was delicious especially the eggs benedict!
would not recommend for the elderly or impaired as many uneven surfaces and stairs. Request that you not get a basement room! The hotel was quirky and interesting in other ways! Also, the rate was too high compared to our other stays in Ireland .

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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east coast
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

Number 31 would have garnered a 5 rating, but with no lift and very tall ceilings the trek up to the third floor was a little daunting while carrying luggage or coming in from a late night of music.
Otherwise, the house is beautiful! One of the old Georgians, it's location is perfect for exploring Dublin City Centre.
The house itself is elegantly decorated with lovely antiques as well as contemporary pieces. I felt as though I'd stepped into a story from Joyce's Dubliners!
Our room was lovely, octagonal, with aubergine walls and gilted moldings. The mid-century furniture added just the right quirk. The bed was comfortable and bathroom completely modern.
It was a little noisy, what with the car alarms ringing for hours, but that's to be expected in a city. We had no trouble sleeping.
Breakfast in the modern addition was fabulous. There we were able to visit with our host, who was a delight.
We had many choices including a buffet of cereals, fruit, and yogurt. My favorite was the cheese omelet. Also, the French press coffee was a great addition.
We would stay at Number 31 again, as long as we are able to climb those stairs! (In fairness, there are rooms on the first floor!)

Room Tip: Request a room on the first floor if you have trouble climbing stairs.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Madison, WI
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 10, 2013

We stayed here for our last two nights for a 2 week trip in Summer 2013. We were travelling with our 4 and 6 year old.

Number 31 was very responsive to emails with questions we had about car rental drop-off, etc. before we arrived. When we arrived we were able to check in early which was great since I was able to stay at the hotel with the two kids while my husband dropped off the rental car in Dublin Center (per their recommendation). They had us come over to the lovely lounge area for tea and hot cocoa. My kids thought getting to have cups and saucers and their own pot was amazing. The kids requested we have tea the next day, too and are still talking about it.

It is really well located. There is a fantastic playground in St. Stephen's Green which is about 2 (long) blocks away. We were able to walk to Temple Bar, the museums, and Grafton Street without whining.

It would have been hard to find the place without a GPS. Dublin is really hard to navigate in in a car.... much more so than anywhere else during our trip. The GPS unit was a great help throughout our trip.

The breakfast is great. From the fruit to the fresh-squeezed OJ to the breads to the omelette it was all great. And, again, they made cocoa for the kids to have while we were having tea and coffee with breakfast. Such a cool treat.

They arranged car pick-up early one morning and had early breakfast for us on the day we flew out. It was 35 euros and made getting to the airport easy.

Room Tip: The room was great. It was spacious and in the basement (with a big window to let in light) which me...
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Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Valley Mills, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed July 9, 2013

On my 3rd trip to Dublin I had no doubt where I wanted to stay, here at #31. Rooms and service are always great along with the owner and staff. Wonderfully located for those walks into shopping and St. Stephen's Green. There are several restaurants close and one right across the canal at Upper Leeson area, not to mention a pub or two. Owner has always been helpful with any request and managed a slightly earlier breakfast before we left. Customer service is always a wonderful thing. There were a few negatives though that came up. In order to get Wi-Fi we had to get "codes" daily and this was an inconvenience for 4 days. Other would be lobby does need a bit refurbishing as someone else stated. Lastly there was a young woman to check us in and there was no way we were asking her to drag 4 heavy bags up stairs to our rooms but it would have been nice to have help with that (and she did offer) after a long trip.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Seattle, Washington
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58 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed July 8, 2013

Number 31 is in the perfect location. It is in a safe Georgian neighborhood a half mile from St. Stephen's green, Trinity college and Grafton Street.

We received a very warm welcome and were given breakfast as soon as we arrived, which was very much appreciated after 16 hours on an airplane. When we finished eating a delicious breakfast, our room was clean and we were able to check-in. We reserved a family room which easily slept four (2 adults & 2 teenagers). The room was beautiful with high ceilings, beautiful crown molding, and floor to ceiling windows. The bathroom was updated and very clean as was the room.

We really enjoyed our two nights here and would not hesitate to recommend this hotel.

We bought a hop on hop off bus ticket that let us get around the city for the two days we were there. You can pick up the bus right at St. Stephen's green.

Room Tip: Our room overlooked the street so if you're a light sleeper you may want to wear ear plugs or re...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Number 31
Address: 31 Leeson Close | off Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Dublin > Dublin
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Hotel Style:
#5 Best Value Hotel in Dublin
#13 Family Hotel in Dublin
#16 Romantic Hotel in Dublin
#23 Business Hotel in Dublin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Number 31 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Number 31 is famed for its unique hospitality,excellent service and probably the best breakfast in Ireland.Number 31 is situated between a classical Georgian Townhouse and a stunning modern mews by Ireland's most famous architect. Each of the 21 en-suite bedrooms is fitted with luxurious Hastens beds and are individually furnished. Wifi available. The famous sunken conversation pit was the meeting place for Ireland's elite. ... more   less 
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