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Gate Hotel
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

Smelled like a dirty gents toilet in a pub, doors didn't close fully, sheets and towels were filthy and the night staff were the rudest I've ever come across. If you're after a terrible experience, then The Gate is what you're looking for!! As for the price, I'd have got better value for money paying the homeless to borrow their sleeping bag.

Room Tip: Tip? Yeah, don't go anywhere near it!!
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 29, 2013

If you want a recommendation, I've been coming to this same hotel for years now, and wouldn't go anywhere else. This small hotel is run like a family business. From the momment you walk in, you are welcomed like one of the family returning. It is extremely centrally located, and exceptionally good value for a capital city. The hotel is in the process of a major refit, and although good before, is even better now. New windows make noise levels, which are high anywhere in this busy capital, greatly reduced. My room was very smart, with a lovely new ensuite (I want the shower at home!), and had the usual television, tea and coffee, but with the little touches of packets of biscuits, and toiletries associated with higher starred accommodation. The reception staff go out of their way to help, and even the cleaning staff bend over backwards to ensure that your stay is enjoyable (the room was spotless). Breakfasts are amazing. I came into the breakfast room, and it was like a mammy away from home. The ladies take time over each guest, especially with those whose language is not English. The choses are carefully explain, and to be honest, I rarely need lunch after all that is given to you. Everyone at breakfast was commenting on how good the hotel was, and many make return visits. It is very easy to get to the hotel, as the Airlink bus comes straight from the airport and stop just round the corner, and being in the centre, every major attraction is near, or the Dublin Tour Bus is again within a minutes walk away. Restaurants and clubs are close, but so are supermarkes if you want to buy a picnic. The Gate theatre is almost on the doorstep.The major cinema, the Savoy, which hosts the Jameson Film Festival is just round the corner also.
If you want the best value for money, with that extra service, this is your place to go.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled solo
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3  Thank Ken T
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

This hotel is a great little spot if you are just looking for a bed for the night. We had a twin room that cost €55.00 and this included breakfast!!! Where else in Dublin would u get that rate on a sat night. The room was spotless and we had an ensuite bathroom which was also spotless ( check before booking as some rooms share a bathroom) . Our room was on the 3rd floor that overlooked a courtyard of pubs, which could prove noisy but didn't bother us at all. Beds were really comfortable. The stairs in this hotel lists slightly to the side when u go up(not good if u have vertigo), but after a few drinks, the stairs were perfectly straight! Staff here were very polite and friendly. I would defo stay here again.

Room Tip: Just double check if the room you have selected is en suite.
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Andrea O
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annie99Dublin, Owner at Gate Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded December 12, 2012

On behalf on the Management and staff at the Gate Hotel.
Thank you so much for your lovely review, we greatly appreciate this, I do hope you will stay again with us in the future, we aim to please our customer and keep the rates competitive at all times.

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Reviewed December 5, 2012

Good god, where do I start? First of all, location. It is right above a busy bar called Fibber Magees. This is one of Dublins oldest heavy metal bars. It is usually busy and there is live music most nights until 1 am. Thursday night however is 'new band' night and god help you if you are on the first floor, the racket goes on till 3am, and usually continues on the street for another hour or so. This, combined with the sound of Dublin Buses parked outside, starting their engines at 5:30 am means any hope of a good night sleep is out the (single glazed, wooden framed) window - especially Friday and Saturday nights. The area itself, Parnell Street, is one of the seediest and most dangerous streets in Dublin. Not even the homeless would hang around there. I'm well used to the area and would never walk around there at night. Woe betide any hapless, innocent wandering tourist.

Second, hygiene is not a priority in this place. The scent that greets you when the front door opens is reminiscent of a large wet dog. The carpets are old and filthy. Do not under any circumstances look under your bed or at your mattress as you will most likely see your lunch again. The bathroom fixtures and fittings are covered in an accumulation of mildew and that horrible black gunk that only appears after years of neglect. This place will be a real test for your immune system. The stairs and floor are, as mentioned in another review, wonky and unstable. I am unsure as to the structural integrity of the entire building. The cold tap seems unable to supply cold water, only tepid, lukewarm stuff that may or may not be supplied from the mains.

I could go on and on but suffice to say that this place is easily the worst I have ever stayed in. I will end on a positive - the breakfast is decent (although the room itself is quite shabby) and I found the staff to be very friendly (granted one of the blokes on reception can be a bit grumpy).

My advice - the Simon community (a homeless shelter) is a 5 min walk away, and they will give you a higher standard bed and breakfast for free.

Room Tip: Avoid the first floor at all costs, try and get a room at the rear of the hotel.
  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled on business
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2  Thank Piarais M
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annie99Dublin, Owner at Gate Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded December 12, 2012

Dear Customer,
I apologise on behalf of the Gate Hotel staff and Management for any distress or discomfort caused to you. The Hotel is located in the City Centre which can cause noise problems, buses etc., There is a late bar beneath the Hotel but this is advertised on all sites and customers are informed the first floor can be noisy. The Hotel offers very competitive rates in lieu of this including full irish breakfast. While i appreciate you were unhappy during your stay, I wonder that it took so long to write the review, and should you have come to Reception there is a refund policy, and the staff would have assisted you in finding other accomadation.

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Reviewed October 12, 2012

Stayed here for my week in Dublin. The central location was a plus, with many tourist attractions within walking distance. The Hotel was quite old, but that was okay with me and was reflected in the room price.
Location/Getting there: 80 Parnell Street. From Dublin airport catch the 747 Bus to O'Connell street (Stop 6 Ardagh St/Upper O'Connell St). From the bus stop walk ahead to O'Connell St, turn right to see the Parnell Monument ahead of you. Walk towards the Parnell Monument. At the Parnell monument turn right into Parnell Street and it's a minute's walk to the Hotel.

There are a couple of supermarkets and a shopping centre located on Parnell St. Just leave the Hotel, turn left and walk straight ahead on Parnell Street past the monument .
The Hop on Hop off Bus is located on O'Connell Street. Grafton Street , Temple Bar precinct, National Museum and Trinity College (Book of Kells) were within walking distance.

The staff I interacted with were all friendly and helpful, answering my tourist questions and offering help.
My room was good, but faced onto Parnell Street and there was noise from late night pub patrons. The Hotel building is old but my room's facilities were good. Nothing fancy.
I used the Hotel as a base to explore Dublin and it was very good for this purpose.
I was on a tight budget and found it good value. Bear in mind the potential noise late at night, but I still managed a decent sleep every night.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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