I chose Bell Grove for it's proximity to the airport, as I only planned to stay for one night before departing. I found such great reviews on this site and expected far more than what we got. I only had a quick chat with Paul, but Gussie was very nice and helpful with maps and directions. She offered us homemade soup upon our late arrival, but we declined, as we had just come from a late lunch. I have stayed in numerous B&B's in various parts of Ireland and almost all have had a common sitting room where you could relax and read a book or watch television. Bell Grove does not have that, and our only option was to sit in the dining room. Our small room was not ensuite, with the bathroom across the hall. Yes, it was December, but the bedroom was very cold. The heat had not been turned on before our arrival, so it was a little uncomfortable. As it turns out, we had to leave very early in the morning due to new travel security measures, and were not able to have breakfast before heading to the airport. When I phoned prior, I had asked about negotiating a price, since we would arrive late and not stay for breakfast. I was told we could discuss that in person, but the conversation never happened and I still had to pay full price. I believe we were the only guests for the night, and I just think it was unfair to pay for a cold room with bathroom across the hall, nowhere to sit comfortably, and no breakfast. We let ourselves out in the morning and never saw our hosts again. Apparently, this is a good location to travel to Dublin city center, but I would not recommend it if you are looking for something comfortable.
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- Welcome to Bellgrove. We take great pride in our home and try to make each of our guests feel as comfortable as possible. Born and living in Dublin all our lives, we take great pride in our city and have vast knowledge of what our city has to offer our visitors. We can tell you the do's and don'ts of Dublin. Bellgrove is a bungalow with no stairs or steps and we have one room with private bathroom for wheelchair users. ... more less
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