The Maldron Hotel in Smithfield is in the heart of Old Dublin. Many years ago, the city's cattle market used to be held in the concourse outside the hotel. The concourse is now used for occasional activities - for example, there is usually some event taking place on national holidays. There are still a few remnants of old Dublin to be found if you go looking around this hotel - the city council flats which overlook the concourse on the other side; a few dilapidated Georgian houses on the north side and the pawn shop around the corner all tell a story of Dublin's past, less affluent days.
The old Jameson distillery is just a short walk from the hotel; there, you can buy a bottle of the good stuff, or grab a coffee. Don't waste your money on the distillery tour though, this tour is overprices and is rather weak on substance: it doesn't even guarantee one or two drams of whiskey at the end.
The fashionable shopping districts around Grafton Street and Temple Bar are a 10/ 15 minute walk from the hotel and across the river Liffey. On the way, you will pass through ancient Dublin - founded in the year 986 - where the Vikings first settled. You will also pass near Christ Church Cathedral where the legendary Jonathan Swift - author of Gulliver's Travels - is buried.
Heading directly east from the Hotel will bring you through Capel Street, Mary Street, past the Jervis shopping centre, and then all the way O'Connell Street, finishing at the strangely singular millennium spire - a tall spike erected one year late in typical Irish style during 2001. Taken at a leisurely pace, this ~ 1 mile walk provides an opportunity to see the earthier side of Dublin; on a Saturday the streets are crammed with regular Dubliners doing their shopping for clothes, food and other general items.
My room came in at a very reasonable daily rate - I guess this hotel is seen as being outside the main city centre so the prices reflect this. Room facilities were good, the room was spacious and the bathroom was clean. The hotel is fairly new, so no need to worry about the general condition of the furniture. I preferred to leave the window open during the day, because there was a slight odor of cleaning products in the room which never seemed to disperse.
The foyer is fairly basic, but there is a good breakfast room which converted to a restaurant and bar in the evenings. I preferred to eat out of the hotel as there are plenty of places on the north side of the river.
Being located just outside the city provided some benefits - parking was easier. Also the hotel is located just a short walk from the Luas Tram line. If you are planning to see Ireland by Train, then the hotel is very conveniently located because the same tram line will connect you Connolly station for trains heading north to Belfast and Heuston Station for trains heading south and west.
All in all a good experience - would recommend this hotel for someone or a group looking for a base to explore the city but you need to be prepared to do some walking!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- For outstanding service, a home away from home, competitive rates and city centre location the Maldron Hotel Smithfield is the place for you. The Maldron Hotel Smithfield has just undergone a new refurbishment and is a modern and stylish hotel in the heart of Dublin city centre, with the LUAS on the doorstep and only 3 stops away from O Connell Street and 2 stops to Heuston Station. All 92 guest rooms are furnished in a contemporary style with complimentary WIFI access as standard. Many bedrooms feature wall to ceiling glass windows or balconies with panoramic views of the city. Maldron Hotel Smithfield's doors open onto Smithfield Plaza, a vibrant and newly developed quarter of Dublin City Centre. The Stir Restaurant and bar offers an extensive all day dining menu and shows all major sporting events on the big screen. Complimentary WiFi access is offered throughout the hotel. Shopping, entertainment, sightseeing, eateries and business districts within the O'Connell St and Quays area are within an easy stroll from the Hotel with Grafton Street, Temple Bar and Trinity College just a stone's throw away. The O2 theatre, the Bord Gais energy theatre and Croke Park Stadium are very easily accessible. Smithfield's LUAS light rail station is only moments away from the Maldron Hotel Smithfield providing easy access to the airport and main bus & rail stations. Facilities at a glance - Superior 3 star property - City centre location - 92 superior guest rooms and suites - Stir Restaurant - 2 state of the art meeting rooms - Complimentary WIFI access. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maldron Hotel Dublin
- Comfort Inn Dublin
- Comfort Inn Smithfield Dublin