We were down in Dublin for one night to go to a concert, us and two kids 18 and 14 so they counted as adults really. We managed to get a room for four and I was worried it would be a double and camp beds but we had asked for four adults and we got a room with four single beds and still enough room to walk around so we didn't feel cramped at all.
We picked the hotel due to its location close to Temple Bar and Grafton Street and were very pleased at exactly how close it was even after reviewing the map. Out the door turn right, end of the street, cross over and you are in Temple Bar. Out the door turn left and keep walking to the end of the street and voila! Grafton Street. Hardly 5 minutes in either direction and that allows for waits at the Traffic lights. If you turn left then right from the front door you are at secure underground car parking. Carrying overnight bags was no problem, cases would have been just a short wheelly away. Full marks for location.
Breakfast wasn't included but 9 Euro could take care of it in the hotel or pleanty of local cafes and coffee chains to choose from. We didn't require any particular service but the reception was polite and efficient. Value wise £100 for one night room for 4 adults in a city centre location was fine by me.
The room had an old fashioned appearance although clean and tidy, in fact the whole hotel was of its period and more of a homely feel than ultra modern. No complaints from me.
What let it down was its location it is right in the heart of the night life and the night life can be heard through the night in al its guises, people, singing, shouting, music, traffic, sirens etc the hotel is aware of this and advises you before your visit, if you seek peace and quiet ask for a room away from the street side. The premises covers a corner site so it fronts onto two streets. Perhaps the best way to avoid the noise is a) get a hotel further away from the action or b) join in the action and don't go to bed until 3am. It's a vibrant part of the city especially at weekends and I would say that's part of the fun.
I'm certainly not complaining but be aware if daytime sight seeing and peaceful nights are on your list then maybe somewhere else should be your choice. To reassure, I can say the hotel itself was in no way the source of the noise but rather the surrounding district. It is what it is. Would I go back? Yes!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is in Dublin city centre, close to the bars, restaurants and shops. It mixes traditional charm with modern comforts, such as free Wi-Fi and en suite rooms. The Central Hotel is less than 500 metres from the bars and restaurants of Temple Bar and the shops of Grafton Street. Dublin Castle, Trinity College and Christ Church Cathedral are all a short walk away. The Central Hotel was built in 1887. The award-winning Library Bar is a great place to relax with a drink. The Exchequer offers beers, wines, cocktails and fresh, local food. The en suite rooms have TVs, telephones, hairdryers and tea/coffee. Hotel Rooms: 70. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Dublin
- Central Hotel Dublin