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Roxford Lodge Hotel
Ranked #9 of 153 Hotels in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
Washington, DC
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17 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Mixed review”
Reviewed July 16, 2007

I have a very mixed review for the Roxford Lodge, and can absolutely see what both positive and negative reviewers have had to say about it. My husband and I booked this B&B after researching this website, and we spent six nights there.

The building is impeccably clean, as was our room and bathroom. Breakfast was wonderful, maybe the best we've had in Europe, with plenty of fresh fruit and cereals for those who choose not to eat the more substantive egg breakfast. The breakfast room was extremely small though, and did not accommodate all guests at the same time, so that could be an inconvenience when visitors are on a specific time frame or schedule.

It is also very convenient if you rent a car, as the parking lot is secure, and free! The parking lot is also, however, very small and tucked in a narrow alleyway, and fills up easily, so if you are unaccustomed to driving the British/Irish way, that can make for a lot of difficult maneuvering getting in and out (believe me!).


For the staff itself, I have mixed reviews. They were efficient, and one or two were rather friendly, but they weren't as warm or as willing to go out of their way for guests as I would have expected after reading reviews on this site. We were indeed offered cookies, etc. upon arrival, almost every time, but that seemed more routine than anything else. It was fine since we did not require much help, but it was still noticeable.

Perhaps my biggest complaint has to do with the location, and the room itself. Location: it was not bad at all for getting to the Dublin city center, once you understand that you need to walk a good 20 minutes (we are both moderately fit and able to walk quickly and easily) or take a bus. This made dining something of a problem. There was no option to just step out of the hotel and find a place for dinner (except for the one pub around the corner) or even buy a bottle of water. Given how rainy a city Dublin can be, this really became a bother after the first day. On the positive side, it did help to be a bit far from the city center, because it was a lot easier to get on some of the freeways or major roads when we took day trips.

The room: Well, I just don't get the sauna in each room either. It didn't make any sense to me or my husband, and it took up so much room! It made the room rather small, and the decor--as another reviewer mentioned--was bizarre. A sauna and bizarre decoration in each room does not equal luxury accommodation in my book, unfortunately! Besides that, the bed was extremely uncomfortable, and the room was rather cold with no option for turning on the heater. There was some painting and remodeling work going on outside the building, which made for very loud mornings and afternoons, and we didn't even spend much time there.

So, it was an adequate stay in a very clean B&B outside the city with certain conveniences and a very good breakfast. No major complaints, no major disasters. But I also find myself unable to rave about this place the way others have, and probably have to agree that it should not be ranked in the top 10 places to stay in Dublin.

We did, however, love Ireland, and thoroughly enjoyed our week there, what a beautiful and fun country!

  • Liked — Clean and efficient
  • Disliked — Painfully small room, lukewarm service
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
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Staines, England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed July 16, 2007

I stayed with my girlfriend at the Roxford Lodge in May for her birthday weekend.

The Roxford is essentially a B&B/Hotel situated just on the outskirts of Dublin - probably a 15 minute walk to the centre. We booked it on the basis of price and the reviews on Trip Advisor.

This is not a 5-star hotel, but is a clean, well presented B&B/hotel, which seems to be good value for money in comparison to the other options at this price. We had a room with a small sauna and a Jacuzzi bath, but didn't really use either.

The breakfast was excellent and the whole hotel was spotless. I would consider staying again, but might try to find somewhere a bit close to the centre - as we prefer to be a short stroll from everywhere.

  • Liked — Clean and relatively cheap
  • Disliked — Location - a bit of a walk into the centre
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, IL
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed July 15, 2007

My inlaws and my husband and I stayed here our first night in Dublin. The location was close to town and had a secure car park for our rental. Breakfast was lovely and the porridge was fantastic! Our room was quite small, and with our two large suitcases (two week trip) it was tight maneuvering around to the sauna. The jacuzzi in the bath was delightful after trekking a lot of miles in the UK the previous days. Our hostess was warm and helpful in getting us a cab to our restaurant and also met a few people from Scotland in the parlor. It was clean, had drinking-friendly tap water (otherwise icky), and internet connection. We'd stay there again!

  • Stayed July 2007
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1 Thank akampy
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Moss Beach, California
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32 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed July 7, 2007

This was our first stop in Ireland and we weren't disappointed. We had six people and took two rooms (115, the handicapped equipped room, and 118). 115 had a double and two twin beds. 118 was a double bed. Both rooms had jacuzzis and saunas. The rooms were clean, comfortable and blessedly quiet. The breakfasts were excellent. But the best part was the service. You can ask for tea any time of the day or night. We had an overnight flight and arrived at 9:30 am, expecting to have to leave our luggage and walk around the town until our rooms were ready in the afternoon. Instead, we were warmly greeted by Agnes with tea, cookies, toast, jam, cream etc. They had us in the rooms by 10:15. Roxford is in Ballsbridge, a nice, quiet, tree-lined area of Georgian buildings. It's about a 10 minute walk to Trinity College, 15 minutes from Grafton Street, and if you don't want to walk there's a bus stop right in front of the hotel. The DART is one block down and two blocks over (a five minute walk). On the day we left we had a flat tire (and the spare was flat as well). We had already checked out, but Agnes helped us get hold of the Auto Club to get the tire fixed. Altogether a great experience.

Stayed June 2007
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Lakewood
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed July 1, 2007

WE ENCOUNTERED THE FOLLOWING PROBLEMS DURING OUR RECENT STAY OF TWO DAYS/NIGHTS:
1. Very tiny room.
2. Toilet broken
3. Upon arrival we failed to receive: (as per your letter)
bottle of wine
fresh flowers
box of chocolates
4. Loud continous music from adjoining room on the second
night.

Gerald Brady and Krystnya Malenda, Lakewood, NJ USA

  • Liked — Nothing
  • Disliked — Facility
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank JerryNJ
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Berkeley, CA
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79 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
Reviewed June 23, 2007

I don't see what people are raving about. This is a dumpy little B&B not far from the center of Dublin, but really!, the fourth best place to stay in the entire city? Our room was dark and claustrophobic and the combination portable sauna/radio (I'm not joking) took up at least 1/4 of the available floor space. I don't usually take much notice of the decor in a hotel room but this place was so bizarrely decorated even I was amazed. Instead of being "a short stroll" from the center of Dublin, it was a 20-minute brisk walk along a very busy road.

On the positive side, the breakfast was substantial and, if you are driving a car, the free parking makes this place really economical.

We wanted a place that we could easily retreat to after a couple of hours of museum-going, walking, shopping, whatever, so we checked out after one night and moved to the Westbury. It was 2.5 times as expensive as the Roxford but, in my opinion, well worth it.

  • Stayed June 2007
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New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed June 6, 2007

The Roxford does not know what it wants to be? To support its claim that it is a "luxury" accommodation, our room had an enormous sauna that took up 60% of the living space. So, you could take a sauna or open your luggage. Guess which one we chose? There are also Jacuzzi bathtubs that make for a life threatening climb in to the bath. With all this luxury they forgot to ventilate the bathroom. So, there is the added effect of an unwanted steam room. On the other hand, it looks like a bed and breakfast. Sadly, it lacks the helpfulness and charm of a friendly staff (with the exception of one lovely desk clerk) and has no hospitality to speak of. We arrived at 10:45am after flying all night from New York . Despite being told in advance that we could have breakfast even if we were not able to check in, we were rudely informed that he kitchen closed at "half ten" and the city center was a 15 minute walk. Not exactly the charming hospitality of some of the less expensive but more cordial B&Bs. So, what does the Roxford want to be? A luxury accommodation or a B&B? Now it fails at both. We checked into the Westin for the second night. It is a luxury accommodation with no false pretenses. Skip the Roxford.

  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Roxford Lodge Hotel
Address: 46 Northumberland Road, Dublin 4, Ireland
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Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Dublin > Dublin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#11 Best Value Hotel in Dublin
#16 Business Hotel in Dublin
#21 Romantic Hotel in Dublin
#26 Family Hotel in Dublin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Roxford Lodge Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Roxford Lodge Hotel is situated in the heart of Ballsbridge, one of Dublin's most fashionable and exclusive areas. It shares its location with that of the World's Embassies, the Royal Dublin Society (RDS), Lansdowne Road Rugby Stadium, and many other luxury hotels such as The Four Seasons and Jury's Hotel to name but a few. This elegant Victorian townhouse is only a short stroll from the bustling centre of cosmopolitan Dublin, and the city's main tourist attractions. ... more   less 
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