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“Let down by room quality”
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Ariel House
Ranked #4 of 151 Hotels in Dublin
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57 reviews
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“Let down by room quality”
Reviewed March 8, 2013

Firstly let me say that we enjoyed our time at Ariel House, and we would definitely return, but we were disappointed with the suite we stayed in. On its own we would have rated the room as a '3' because the furniture was very tired - not sure about it being antique unless antique just means old. The dark wood wardrobe had an unfinished bit of ply as a handle, the drawer was falling apart, the settee and chair were grubby and had seen better days and there was woefully inadequate storage for clothes. One drawer! Liveable for a couple of days but no longer. Also the tiling around the bath was very tacky, and don't get me started on the water pressure. More of a trickle than a shower. Bed was very comfortable though.
That's the negative bit. Everything else was great. It's an attractive house with high-ceilinged elegant rooms. The staff are extremely polite and helpful and nothing is too much trouble. And the breakfast! Well, all I can say is that it was the best breakfast we'd had, anywhere. The poached eggs and salmon are to die for. There's home-made bread and pastries available, and the home-made soda bread was lovely. The dining room is perhaps a little cosy and does get very busy, meaning we had to wait one morning, but all is forgiven when you see the food!
It's a fair walk into the city centre but a pleasant one. If you're visiting the Aviva stadium it's a perfect location. Just a few minutes walk from the Dart station too.
So overall we'd return, which kind of sums it up really, but would book a Superior Room (which we had a peek at), not a suite. Then I would expect to be able to give it a '5' overall.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed March 2, 2013

Myself and two of my children have been anticipating our stay in Dublin at the Ariel House since booking our reservation. We were treated like family from the minute we walked in the door.We traveled overnight and were quite exhausted when we arrived. Deidre offered us a seat in the front sitting room while she checked on our room. When it was not going to be available she offered us another room to nap in until ours was ready. Wow! When we awakened from our nap our room was ready. It was spacious , Immaculate, and the two large windows looked out on the lovely neighborhood outside. A plus we could open those windows if we wanted fresh air. The room was immaculately clean. The bath room quite large. (Room 223 if you are interested in that) The beds were comfortable. As with others comments the water pressure was low but I have encountered this in much of my international travel and consider this conservation. There was a towel warmer that seemed to be on a timer and towels were warmed at the time of my am shower.
Back toy our first day. Once we were fully rested , we offered a variety of beautiful and Delicious cakes and a glass of champagne. These tasty treats were available daily and I felt like the we anticipated relative of someone who had been looking forward to seeing us with anticipation. We ate breakfast everyday except one when our daily plans had us up very early. The dining room was lovely with a beautiful glass seating area as well. The full Irish breakfast, pancakes, and Herby scrambled eggs were wonderful ways to start our days. This is coming from a person who has had many compliments on her "American" breakfast. Its my families favorite meal of the day and the food and the hospitality of the Ariel staff made us feel so welcomed.
We felt very safe the entire time we were here. We stayed 5 nights. We both walked and used public transportation to visit about Dublin. Both were pleasant and easy to use. Cabs were easy to catch. The walk was safe and pleasant and the bus stops were easy to find.
I would highly recommend staying here and will look no further in the future when in Dublin.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 1, 2013 via mobile

4 of us stayed in Ariel house for 2 nights and it was a lovely hotel. The owner and staff were the best part always helpful and when we had a few difficulties they were quick to resolve.

The hotel is further than we thought from centre however the train station was 2 mins away and the return journey into city was around 3-4 euros! It was a great for a little sight seeing as well and only took 10mins. Walking takes 30mins but is a intetesting walk with lots of sights to see on the way.

Rooms were nice and had what you needed for a couple of nights.

Breakfast was fab, lots of variety and great cooked breakfast.

On our checkout the staff offered to fill flasks for long journey home and added some lovely homemade scones. A extra special touch!

  • Stayed February 2013
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Silsden, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 1, 2013

perfect...very clean, friendly staff, great breakfast and fantastic room, would recomend the oscar wilde room its huge with a really nice bathroom...afternoon tea/coffee and cakes were delicious, the DART is only 2 min walk away.....would def recommend to anyone who is going to dublin, you will not be dissapointed.

Room Tip: the oscar wilde...massive room...great bathroom with big walk in shower and corner bath.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Stafford, Virginia
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Reviewed March 1, 2013

My wife, two daughters and I recently returned from a three night stay at Ariel House. It's a nice Victorian boutique hotel with exceptionally friendly staff. We chose this as a good place to explore Dublin and we weren't disappointed. The family room was equipped with two beds and was quite spacious. It contained an iron/ironing board, hair dryer, hot pot with tea/coffee, and plenty of pillows. The only downside was the low water pressure in the shower, but we adjusted.

The hotel is a pleasant 20 minute walk to St. Stephen's Green. There is a convenience store, Starbucks, and Subway just down the block if you want something quick and easy. The breakfast in the hotel was among the best that I've ever had. My wife particularly enjoyed the pancakes with creme freche and fresh berries.

We will definately stay here again on our next trip to Dublin.

Room Tip: We had a room in the front of the main building facing the street and were not bothered by any traff...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Oakland, California
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

We just returned from three nights in this lovely guest house.

Our room and bathroom were clean, though much of the furniture was falling apart. There was very limited storage space, and the crown of the armoire was not secured so it kept sliding from side to side.

A note about Irish toilets - flush with a firm and quick push on the lever, otherwise the toilet will not empty. Also, the toilets take quite a while to refill, so be prepared to not flush too many times in a row (for example, if you have multiple people staying in one hotel room). The staff was fairly responsive to this problem and even brought out a plumber to investigate why our toilet only flushed once every twenty minutes or so. . . but in the end we were told that the toilet was just fine. (!)

This hotel is located further from the city center than we had thought it might be, and we found the bus system difficult to navigate due to a lack of bus maps. We wound up making the 30 minute walk each way to and from town most days because of this trouble with the buses, which really cut into our touring time.

The breakfast, however, is excellent. Fresh fruit, hot homemade scones, pancakes made to order, and the best porridge I have ever eaten. If you find the room disappointing, the breakfast will make up for it!

The staff was generally friendly and helpful. We found the "double" bed quite small compared to "double" beds throughout the rest of Europe.

If we visit Dublin again, I think we will try to stay closer to the city center.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Norwich
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

This is a perfect hotel for a stay in Dublin. We had one night here selected on TA reviews and they were spot on. Access from the DART was 2 minutes walk and there were also buses for the city & airport that also stopped nearby. Our room wasn't quite ready when we checked in at lunchtime. This was no problem though as our bags were looked after and subsequently delivered to our room and there was hot drinks and cake available in the residents lounge in the afternoon which was a very nice touch.
Our room was very large, warm and extremely comfortable. The staff were extremely helpful both before our stay and throughout and the breakfast was superb and lined us up nicely for our flight and journey home to Norwich. Would definately recommend Ariel House to anyone staying in Dublin and not just for events at AVIVA stadium and the RDS.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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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 Romantic Hotel in Dublin
#5 Family Hotel in Dublin
#6 Best Value Hotel in Dublin
#14 Business Hotel in Dublin
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Hotel Class:4 star — Ariel House 4*
Number of rooms: 37
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