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“Gorgeous House & Amazing Staff”
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Ariel House
Ranked #4 of 151 Hotels in Dublin
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“Gorgeous House & Amazing Staff”
Reviewed July 10, 2012

The Ariel House is a gorgeous "Georgian Style" B&B/Hotel located right off of Lansdowne Road. The location is just east of the City Center of Dublin, but is a very short walk to the DART station (200 yards at most). We stayed for two nights over the first of July and we could not have enjoyed ourselves more.

My wife and I, along with six other members of my family (all adults) all stayed at the Ariel House. To say that they made our accommodations perfect, is almost an understatement. From our arrival to check out, the management and staff all made sure that we were all looked out for. I will say, that I also felt they paid equal amount of attention to all of the other guests at the hotel as well.

The Ariel House is probably more of a B&B, but has a bit of a boutique hotel feel, which is very nice. Our three rooms were on the first floor (ground level) and had nice views of the gardens. The rooms were very large, and the bathrooms provided everything you would need and expect in a top end hotel.

Our entire party arrived on the overnight flight, and while check-in was not until around 1 pm, they were more than happy to store our luggage and allow us to eat breakfast in their dining room. The dining room is a beautiful solarium in the back that probably could seat up to 20 guests. The food was excellent (the brown bread was amazing!).

Throughout the day and during tea time they would have coffee/tea/water along with bread/biscuits/etc in their drawing room. It was always nice to come back to after being out, and the room is well appointed with seating and reading material.

The location of the Ariel House is great for the DART station, although maybe a bit too far for walking to the Dublin City Center. In the "Embassy" region, the area has many tree lined roads and is very quiet. We found this to be quite nice though as it provided a bit of an escape from the activity of Dublin. Within walking distance were a few nice pubs and restaurants (perhaps 1/4 mile?) that we ended up going to during our stay.

Overall, we could not say enough about how great the Ariel House nor its staff and management were. All of our expectations were exceeded and we would definitely stay there again when in Dublin.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

My partner and I have stayed here three times in the past year. The last time we walked up those steps, it felt like we were coming home, and we received such a warm welcome. The staff are wonderful; they go out of their way to help, and make you feel well looked after.

As others have said, the breakfasts are stunning. We had to leave early to catch a ferry but that didn't mean having to miss out! Deirdre prepared a take-away for us: yoghurt, fresh fruit, homemade granola, bread and cakes, and tasty cheese. Nom! Nom! Nom! :) By the way, you can find recipes on the Facebook page. Definitely worth a 'Like'!

The place is immaculate; the bathroom chrome gleams. The toiletries come from The Handmade Soap Company; all made in Ireland (and you can buy the whole range in the Kilkenny Design Centre in Nassau Street, Dublin). The bathrobes are not the usual one-size-fits-nobody towelling things you find in most hotels, but BIG luxurious fleece robes that you can really wrap around you (and I loved having those slippers to wear for breakfast).

Our room (255) was at the front, and surprisingly quiet. No problem getting a good night's sleep here. The bed is a proper super-king (not a zip-link) and very comfortable, with gorgeous linens.

Perfect! Simply perfect! Looking forward to staying again.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

We stayed at this hotel on 23 and 24 June at the start of our two week drive around Ireland. Very easy to find from Dublin Port. The Aviva Stadium is practically next door and the Dart railway into the centre of Dublin is a 30 second walk away. We had a superior room which was very spacious, a queensized bed together with a seating area. Breakfast was good and their raspberry jam to die for!! One little niggle though, when we left one morning at 9.30am we put the sign on the door to make up the room, on returning at 3.30pm when my husband didn't feel well, our room had not been serviced at all. I phoned reception who then sent someone up to do it, which wasn't convenient as my husband was sleeping, consequently we had no fresh coffee cups, towels or tea/coffee, which I had to ask for. But apart from that I would recommend it.

Room Tip: As for a superior, you will get a large room.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 7, 2012 via mobile

Very nice hotel. Centrally located. The wireless Internet worked well in all of our rooms. We stayed one night before our flight out and it was an easy 15 minute drive in the morning. Since we left before breakfast was served they put together some croissants and breads for us to eat for later. We wish we had more time to spend there.

Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Clearwater, Florida
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Reviewed July 6, 2012

While planning our family trip to Ireland with our daughters aged 13 and 10 (which included brief stops in London and Paris) we discovered that unlike the States it is not easy to find accomodations for a family of four. During my search I came acorss the Ariel House and all the wonderful reviews, in particular as a place for a family of four. It did not disappoint. A previous reviewer suggested an upper room would be quiter. Upon arrival we discovered that the room did not typically sleep four but beds were moved in to accomodate our family. There was plenty of room and it was a very enjoyable stay. The breakfast was delicous. The staff was very accomodating including helping us with reservations at a local restaurant on a Saturday night, and suggesting the best way to see the city. We enjoyed some quite family time in the front room complete with refreshments. We would absolutley stay there again.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Denver, Colorado, United States
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Reviewed July 5, 2012

The staff is very friendly and helpful and the free breakfast is amazing. They let us check in early and check out late with no trouble and the room was very clean. I would highly reccommend anyone going to Dublin to stay there.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Santa Rosa, California, United States
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Reviewed July 3, 2012

A hushed, elegant, soft-carpeted air in the large piano/sitting room, decorated with period furniture. The ever-present coffee, tea, and cakes were welcome when we arrived 'home' between excursions to town or the neighborhood. Kudos to the lovely desk managers, who were so patient and helpful, with recommendations, directions, assist with phone calls for rental car, etc. Our rooms were modern in their size, big, comfortable beds, dark wood furnishings. Very clean. Bathrooms modern. Breakfast in the sunroom was first class! I loved the poached eggs (fluffy like a meringue) and smoked salmon, with brown bread on the side. Sideboard with fruits, compotes, fresh yogurt, and cereals. Service was excellent. Felt pampered, hich was nice our first leg of the trip, when we were jet lagged.

Room Tip: Just 1/2 block to the Dart station, and only a few stops to Trinity College area, Dublin.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Ariel House
Address: 50-54 Lansdowne Road | Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
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Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Dublin > Dublin
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Dublin
#5 Family Hotel in Dublin
#5 Romantic Hotel in Dublin
#7 Best Value Hotel in Dublin
#14 Business Hotel in Dublin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Ariel House 4*
Number of rooms: 37
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