Ballsbridge is an affluent area of Dublin with many Embassy's nearby - there is one right next door - and few 'value' hotels for visitors to the RDS (2 mins away) or the Aviva stadium (10 mins walk). Bewleys neatly fills that gap.
On arrival the hotel looks very impressive - a big, old-looking, brick building sitting almost castle-like set back off the road in it's own grounds with pleasing gardens out front. Unfortunately the interior does not reflect the promise that the outside creates.
I was alone and chose the hotel because I had to get a visa from the Chinese Embassy which is 2 mins along the road. In fairness the hotel did everything I needed it to do. It was reasonably-priced (around €100), clean and with efficient staff.
The room was big and had a double bed and a single so if there were 3 of you or a family it could be excellent value.
From what I seen in my short stay it was a rather uninspiring but perfectly fine value hotel convenient to some local venues and not far from Grafton Street / St Stephen's Green areas.
I pretty much see the hotel as a average but does what it says on the tin. I'm marking it as 'Average' but only because it is not as well-appointed as many of the hotels I say in.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Next to the RDS Arena in the heart of Dublin's exclusive business district and embassy belt, Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge, formerly Bewleys Hotel Ballsbridge, is a beautifully restored 19th century Masonic School with presebtable gardens. With luxurious bedrooms, dining facilities and Tom's Bar the hotel is popular with guests and locals alike. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bewleys Hotel Dublin
- Bewleys Hotel Ballsbridge
- Bewleys Ballsbridge