Next on our Insight Tour was The George BOUTIQUE Hotel, for one night 18 August. Question, does boutique mean its upstairs or that linen is so odd as we found in our room. As users of the George will know the hotel nominally faces O'Connell Street but you enter from a side street and are faced with a single lift and a single escalator up to a dark space with two "reception desks". The escalator goes up or down at the whim of staff??
Our tour group arrival was marked by a "sturdy" youngish man who, on his own, had to constantly consult a computer screen and then flick through a hardly held bundle of room-key folders over and over and over again seemingly in endless fashion till he allocated a room to the restless and tired throng before him. Using alphabetical order as we had seen elsewhere just was not done here. WHAT A START!!
Once in, we found our room overlooked O'Connell Street once you pushed the furniture away from the window, opening upward as usual for noise and limited fresh air. Not necessarily a blessing as we found later!!
Rooms in this standard of Irish hotels are over-furnished for the space, usually with a big old style arm-chair as well as a desk/table and its chair with a king/queen bed in what was built as a double. Our bed seemed to be nearly king-size (by pushing together two smaller beds) with a duvet/doona that was queen size AND THEREFORE DID NOT FIT THE BED. So somebody lost the battle for the doona that night. No A/C in this room.
Towels were old and thin, just a shower in the bath with a nylon screen, no washer again, no clock or radio, BUT wi fi was available and working.
After a settling drink we checked out O'Connell Street nearby, found nothing leaping out to attract us and settled for more beer, wine and snack food in the George's bar (a not very exciting area besides reception, which then was re-arranged to double as breakfast space in the morning). The toasties and chips were good, served by a pleasant waitress which helped.
Next morning team reaction was that b/f was just passable, with a limited range and patchy service.
NOW for our night-time entertainment while fighting over the doona!!! Limerick had been in a losing Hurling final that Sunday and the locals celebrated?? in the restaurants and bars until 2am and later. They were NOISY and some found doorways toilets; seeing two yobs leaping into and destroying a planter/flower feature below while taking photos and howling to the moon was local colour we could have well done without. (No fault of the George in this).
Certainly not the best on our Tour and glad to be on our way. (Next Killarney Towers, Killarney) Killarney.
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