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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Roxford Hotel Dublin