Just returned from a fantastic 2 night stay at Ariel House (18th-20th Feb). We arrived early, knowing our check-in was scheduled for 2pm but hoping to drop our bags down and head out. We certainly weren't expecting such a welcome after reading various reviews, describing the check in as 'efficient' rather than friendly.
However, as soon as we stepped through the door we were made to feel unbelievably welcome. Our bags were immediately taken from our hands and popped into the luggage room and we were offered a table in the dining room straight away to sample the famous breakfast! We took up this offer without hesitation and sat down with a lovely cup of tea, freshly baked bread, granola, jams and chutneys as well as delicious poached eggs with crispy bacon and smoked salmon with potato cakes. The best welcome ever! We were then told they could have our room ready in 15 minutes, despite it only being 10am.
We decided to take a stroll and come back a little later anyway. The hotel is situated in the leafy suburb of Ballsbridge, literally right next to the giant Aviva stadium. It is a little far out from the central attractions of Dublin (a 30 minute walk...but I am a slow walker!). We found the best way to combat this was a 2 day 'hop on/off' Dublin bus ticket which can be taken from Merrion Square which is just a 10 minute walk from the hotel and takes you to all of the main attractions in Dublin.The train station is also a 2 minute walk from the hotel but we didn't actually use the service. We also got a taxi to Temple bar when heading out for the evening (about 8euros each way)
When we arrived back, the drawing room was full of trays of little cakes, scones, tea and coffee. A lovely little touch! Our room was lovely and spacious, perfect when returning after a long day of sightseeing.
What really makes this hotel is the service, nothing was too much bother for the staff we met during our stay. They gave us recommendations on where to dine and visit, booked taxis for us and even called the Aircoach company for us when we were unsure of where the stop was for our return journey! It really was top notch service and always with a smile! A perfect example amazing customer service.
To echo nearly every other review, you really need to try the breakfast too. We had breakfast every morning, it was too amazing to miss! The staff at breakfast were also lovely and friendly.
I can see why people return here whenever they stay in Dublin, just like a home away from home. Amazing service in an elegant and traditional setting. Although a little far from the main central attractions, I would still recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Dublin. Transport links are great and besides, the extra walking is a great way to see the whole of Dublin (a beautiful city!).
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- Also Known As:
- Ariel House Hotel Dublin
- Ariel Hotel Dublin