As noted by other reviewers, the website-advertised "15 minute walk" to the city centre is barely credible.We are fit, healthy, regular walkers and runners - we couldn't do it in twice that time.
We were there from 12 - 15 July, when the city and the hotel were very hot and airless. The hotel cannot control the temperature - but the inability to open room windows more than an inch seemed unreasonable.We booked through a Dublin-based agent, which meant that we were treated, effectively, as package visitors. This meant, variously, a limited menu choice (mushroom risotto was the only veggie option on two of the three nights) and morning tea from a (glorified) urn.The cost of drinks in the hotel was,I felt, extortionate - 5 Euros 20 for two 33 cl bottles of soda water, for example. And while I know you can soon get too much in the way of local touristy culture - the incessant drums'n'bass soundtrack in the dining room and adjoining "Dubliner" pub was grating.
Breakfasts were good, and most of the employees were helpful and friendly - with the exception of the Irish waitress ( unusual amongst the majority non-Irish waiting team) who seemed to take it as a personal affront if any guests came into breakfast towards the end of the advertised meal time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ballsbridge Hotel is a 4 star property located just minute's from Dublin city centre. With 400 luxury guestrooms (many of which were refurbished in 2013), a traditional Irish pub and the fantastic Raglans Restaurant serving delicious cuisine, Ballsbridge Hotel is the perfect choice for any visit to Dublin. We're located beside Aviva Stadium, home to Ireland's international soccer and rugby teams, and just a short stroll to the 3Arena and Dublin's theatre and shopping districts. ... more less
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