My boyfriend and I stayed at Kildare Street Hotel for one week this spring. It's certainly a "budget" hotel, and if you're okay with no-frills, then consider this place for your upcoming trip to Dublin.
The price? Just right, if you're hoping to avoid a serious dent in your bank account. We stayed six nights at under 60 Euro per night. That's not a bad deal at all, especially given the hotel's proximity to some noteworthy attractions. KSH is within reasonable walking distance of several landmarks, including (but not limited to) Grafton Street, St. Stephen's Green, Trinity College (across the street!), and Temple Bar.
Although we managed to save some change, we also had to realize that we were getting what we paid for.
The rooms are modest -- cozy enough, but somewhat dreary. (Our room had torn wallpaper, for instance.) Our bed was remarkably comfortable, however, which was perfect for those chilly nights. The bathroom, on the other hand, was very cold (until the shower turned on - and that provided ample hot water.)
This wasn't necessarily a problem for us, but this hotel does lack an elevator/lift. If mobility is a problem for you, please consider this detail before booking.
The staff were attentive, overall, but not perfect. In particular, the staff at the adjacent restaurant, The Blarney Inn, kept us waiting for almost an hour before taking our order. (Long story short: Chefs were switching shifts, but our hostess didn't do a very good job of notifying us of this -- and we had a planned tour to catch.) Keep in mind that check-in is at 3 pm; our flight arrived very early (thanks, Aer Lingus!), and we were able to stow our luggage while we ate breakfast/took care of small errands. (But little did we know, after returning to the lobby and waiting until the 3 pm check-in time, that our room was done way ahead of schedule. The concierge, who was making small talk with us, forgot to tell us that little detail while we were internally clamoring for a warm shower and comfy bed - but he was very apologetic.)
One final detail: There is an adjacent bar/restaurant (as I already mentioned), as well as a nightclub. We were on the second floor, but barely heard a peep and slept well every night. I can't speak for the first floor experience, but it may be worth requesting a room on a higher level, to avoid any potential noise pollution.
Kildare Street Hotel is fine for what it is: A budget hotel in a very central (and safe) area of Dublin. I wouldn't say it exceeded our expectations, but it provided us with adequate lodging during our week in the city. If you can sacrifice a few amenities -- and make peace with a few other shortcomings -- for the sake of saving money, then consider this establishment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Kildare Street Hotel is a budget hotel located in Dublin city centre. Our Dublin Hotel accommodation offers guests clean comfortable rooms at very reasonable rates. If you are looking for cheap hotels in Dublin our hotel is ideal, you'll find the hospitality warm and friendly; and the atmosphere bustling.The hotel has been recently refurbished; the reception area and bedrooms have all been redecorated with modern furnishings. More facilities are now included in the rooms – tea / coffee making facilities and bathroom toiletries. Wifi is available in the Hotel free of charge.Our staff will be happy to help you plan excursions, arrange taxis and help you with your luggage.Early & Late check outs available and FREE WIFI is available throughout the hotel. ... more less
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