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“absolutely sublime”
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The Croke Park
Ranked #5 of 150 Hotels in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 24, 2009

cleanliness - you could eat your dinner off the floor!
location - only a 15 minute walk to "temple bar". If you can't do this; stop eating too much and exercise more!
rooms - so sublime you don't want to leave it!
service - "nothing" is too hard for this excellent collection of people, called the staff !
value - if you want to treat the lady in your life; put your hand in your pocket & book a weekend in this place, "now"!
My wife & I were on the executive fourth floor & "wahey"; no I mean "WAHEY", these rooms open yours eyes wide & drops your chin!
If you don't fancy a cooked breakfast, go for the continental one in the executive lounge; the best meal I had! However watch out for the voracious airline captains & stewardesses; you would think that they never got fed & the airline food must be lamentable, on the grounds of the plethora of "carry outing"; that occurs!

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Reviewed August 24, 2009

Top marks to the Hotel , first class in every respect.
This hotel is great value for money.and the Management and staff deserve great praise for their efficient friendly manner..
However the downside is the area around the hotel,- it is abominable. Very run down and sub standard.
Adjacent to the hotel, beside the canal, a warning notice proclaims that the area is under surveillance by security cameras because of the high level of unacceptable activity !

On our first day as we walked into town, it was self evident that this was a fairly undesirable area with some seedy characters lurking about.
In the evening on our return we felt uneasy and intimidated,- always looking over our shoulders checking things out .

We don't want to exaggerate the situation but suffice to say when dropping us off at the hotel our taxi driver initially questioned us as to why we did not stay at the Jury's hotel in town, rather in this area !
In addition when we were walking back one night, we were greeted by a friendly (harmless) drunk , who welcomed us to Dublin and repeatedly kept telling us in his wonderful Irish brogue to ' watch yerselfs now '.
A fine, decent fellow indeed and so reassuring.!

To us it seemed that Dublin is a city of two halfs and the best half is definitely at the end of Oconnoll Street over the Liffey Bridge, with much better restaurants, shops and hotels.
There are some very entertaining street buskers in this area who provide amazing entertainment, - for a small donation.

Because of the many good reports in T.A., we headed for Ryan's Irish Pub opposite the information centre. We had one good meal and one fairly indifferent meal of very fatty / grisly roast beef and stodgy potatoes.
We found many good , healthy options , further around the corner behind the info centre. In fairness maybe we hit a bad day.
Incidentally they open at 12.30 on a Sunday, not 12.00, - which is weekday opening time.

What did we think of Dublin ?
First and foremost, the Irish are lovely people, very helpful and pleasant at all times.
Unfortunately everything in Dublin is very, very expensive.
The cost must be horrendous for a family having to eat out.
There is little point shopping here when everything can be bought so much cheaper in the U.K.

Would we go back?
Yes, we would.
Despite some of our misgivings, there is something magnetic , almost irresistible about the City.
Maybe it's the black stuff,- I'm a convert now , creamy delicious,nourishing and alcoholic!!

P.S. Don't miss a visit to the Guinness Storehouse, it's brilliant, - especially the Irish band and dancers after the factory tour , - not to mention the pint you pull yourself.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 21, 2009

Room excellent, wins best bed award for our trip to Ireland - v comfy. Bathroom so clean it looked new and unused. Restaurant and bar area spacious and attractive and food was good too. Staff friendly and efficient. Good parking.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank redhouse227
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Reviewed August 18, 2009

My wife and I stayed in the Croke Park hotel on the first 2 nights of our honeymoon trip to Ireland.
We were pleased to discover that parking was free, and check in was very fast. The rooms were clean and well stocked with an LCD TV, a stereo, and a desk with wired internet (internet cable included). The bathroom was very clean and modern, including a shower that was among the best I have ever seen in a hotel. All of this was for a very reasonable $200 Canadian (for both nights).
The location was fine, since a walk to the centre of town was only about 20 minutes each way, and it was a very pleasant and scenic trip. Once downtown, walking was absolutely the way to go - whenever possible in Dublin, leave the car behind!
The view was not that interesting however, but across the street is the Croke Park stadium, if you are interested in catching a hurling match (which we were not fortunate enough to see).
The only negative - the elevator is very annoying, with its audio announcement of every action: "door opening, door closing, second floor, door opening..."

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3  Thank NeuroTurista
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Reviewed August 14, 2009

Got a great value deal for a superior room on the internet.

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Reviewed August 11, 2009

Stayed here from July 23rd through July 28th. Super convenient for attending the 3 U2 concerts at Croke Park. The room was ready when we arrived very early (around 830-900am). Room was nice and clean. Hotel was very nice and front desk staff was very nice and attending to all of our requests. The hotel was very crowded (as expected) after each of the shows, but it is definitely a real plus not having to trek back to a hotel after a show with 80,000+. However, the amount of people did not effect our sleeping or room noise (we were on the 3rd floor with a window to the inside courtyard).

Since on north side, closer to the airport.

Only drawback is that it is far away from city center. It is about a 20+ minute walk down to the River Liffey. You can hop on a bus over on Lower Drumcondra though. A taxi ride will probably cost you about 10Euro.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank dcv2002
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Reviewed August 10, 2009

Very friendly staff. Warm towel to refresh on arrival. The bed was like heaven, pure luxury, words cannot do that bed justice. Lovely flat screen tv, music centre and fully stocked mini-bar in room. You could check how much your bill was on the tv! To my shock my phone call was very expensive! When I stayed there they didnt have wireless broadband in the rooms but there was wifi in the lobby.

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled on business
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Address: Jones's Road, Dublin D03 E5Y8, Ireland
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Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Dublin > Dublin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Dublin
#3 Romantic Hotel in Dublin
#3 Business Hotel in Dublin
#5 Luxury Hotel in Dublin
Price Range: $112 - $307 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Croke Park 4*
Number of rooms: 232
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located just ten minutes from Dublin city centre, seven kilometres from Dublin Airport and close to Dublin's shopping district, theatres, cinemas and entertainment, it is the people at The Croke Park Hotel who make it more than just an inviting place to stay. A close knit team with a love of special occasions and a passion for providing perfect service aim to make just being there a pleasure. The best 4-star bedroom of any hotels in Dublin; a warm, sociable bistro and bar where you never know who you'll see or meet; The Croke Park Hotel also sports a leisure centre, business centre and complimentary car parking. For anyone in town for a concert, Gaelic Football or Hurling match, it doesn't get better than a ticket to the game and a room at The Croke Park Hotel. Located across the road from Croke Park Stadium, the GAA sports' Mecca, The Croke Park Hotel is the preferred leisure and business hotel for GAA enthusiasts. Recent awards include "City Hotel of the Year" in the Gold Medal Industry Awards 2014, several awards at the Responsible Travel and Tourism Awards 2014 including the Water Management Improvement Award and the Packaging Waste Award. The hotel is close enough to allow easy access to Dublin City Centre and all of its attractions but also far enough away to guarantee a perfect, quiet nights' sleep away from the city revellers. The Croke Park Hotel has an excellent transport network, with several Dublin bus routes stopping nearby. These bus routes service both Dublin Airport and city centre attractions. There is also the touristic Hop-On Hop-Off bus which has a shuttle service stopping directly outside the hotel. ... more   less 
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