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“Nice, but in need of modernisation” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Dooley's Hotel Waterford
Ranked #4 of 12 Hotels in Waterford
Certificate of Excellence
Dublin, Ireland
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53 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Nice, but in need of modernisation”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2008

We stayed here while attending a wedding. The hotel is located on the main road right beside the river and is within walking distance of anywhere in the city. The staff in reception were friendl enough and we got checked in without any problems.
We were in a smoking room (which was brilliant as they are rare these days) and the room was a decent size.
It would be fair to say that the room was quite dated but I actually liked it. The breakfast which is included in the room price was good i.e. plenty of variety and tasted good too!
I would have no hesitation recommending this hotel, but if anyone is lookin for a modern hotel this is not for you.

  • Liked — a big breakfast
  • Disliked — nothing bad to say
  • Stayed August 2008
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank cudman
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2008

We stayed in this hotel as part of a tour. I had read mixed reports so went straight up to check the allocated room. Was well appointed and clean . We had a room on the front and the road is extremely noisy. There is no air conditioning but I could not have slept with the window open. There is a crossing immediaately outside too and on the main route, it seems, for emergency vehicles.

Very helpful and friendly staff. Quiet lounge area near reception.
They have an Irish Show one night each week. we did not go but others enjoyed it. Didn't try the food but people said OK. hard to find somewhere local to eat though. We ended up somewher just because we needed a meal.
Hotel was fine and overlooked the river estuary.

Suggest people specify a quiet room required.

  • Liked — quiet lounge area
  • Disliked — noisy road and no air conditioning.
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank DR26June2014a
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Dublin
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2008

Our stay in this hotel was an experience in terrible service from start to out early check out.....
Firstly when the key cards did not work and we alerted reception they asked had we gone to the wrong room and made a big fuss over activating them!
30 mins after checking in a staff member came into the room, without knocking! She said "Oh I am just checking has the plumber been in.." and proceeded to head into the bathroom...then came out and said "Yeah he was, bye..." No apologies for the interruption or the fact she didn't knock.
The room was very dated, as is the hotel, and the bathroom is very old fashioned and not even fully tiled, with an old white shower curtain. The bathroom reminded me of your Granny's house, 1950's style!!
Next morning we were told upon arriving at breakfast to join a table with some strangers as there were no tables for two! I asked what about those tables as I could see two tables for two free but I was told "Oh someone is waiting for them"....Noone sat there the whole time we ate! We actually found another free table and then got cutlery off another table and set the table ourselves. Why would a couple away together want to eat breakfast with strangers?
After breakfast we went back to our room and then came the final straw....... at 11 am on a Sat morning another staff member came on into the room, let herself in and said "Oh is everything alright?" We were completely in shock, undressed and wondering were we dreaming??? We answered "Apart from the interuptions" and she just headed off, no explanation as to why she came in. Surely we would have rang reception if we had a problem. Also she could have rang our room rather than let herself in?! This made us wonder whether they were in and out of the room when we weren't there? We were disgusted with the lack of privacy and the bad service and went down to check out a day early. The receptionist was not apologetic and didn't seem to care we were leaving early and offered no explanation as to the visitor in our room that morning.
So overall this hotel needs to seriously look at the service it provides. For somewhere so dated and shabby it would want to make up for that in service, which it doesn't. A Boutique Hotel it ain't......

  • Liked — Leaving it!
  • Disliked — Complete lack of privacy and unannounced staff coming into the bedroom
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank Fizzelina
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usa
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2008

This is an older hotel and it shows but the rooms were clean. the food at the bar was ok but a bit over priced.
The hotel is in a nice area and you can walk to shopping.
The downside is that the hotel is so old and that the do not have parking. the only parking is pay parking across the street.

  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Zoidberg-7
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Ireland
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344 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 330 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2008

A great boutique hotel.

We stayed there for a long weekend with another couple.

I have to sa, the staff were excellent. extreely friendly & couldn't do enough for us.

The Bar has a great atmosphere & the restaurant s very reasonably priced with a great menu.

The Rooms are spacious & really clean.

It is right on the river 2 mins from the train sation, the bus stops outside & it is a 5 minute walk to the town centre.

Defintly reccomend for a weekend break!

  • Liked — Room, Location, Bar, Staff
  • Disliked — Beleive it or not; Nothing!
  • Stayed May 2005, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
2 Thank Mclaren1Ireland
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DUBLIN
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47 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2008

Dooley's is ideally located if you wanna get about Waterford City on foot. While there's a 5.50 charge for the car park directly across each time you use it, I left my car there for the whole weekend as we were able to walk everywhere.

The staff were polite, smiling and helpful and eager to be so. Room was spacious and comfortable and the shower water pressure adjustable and very good. Overall I was very happy with Dooleys and would return again.

  • Liked — Location convenience
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
1 Thank 1966DUB
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Ireland
Level Contributor
20 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2008

I stayed in the hotel with my girlfriend and found the hotel perfectly adequate for what we wanted. The view was the only thing which left the room down. Our room was at the back of the hotel so our view was of the other rooms adjoining the hotel so my only bit of advice is when booking to request a front room with a view of the river.

We ate in the bar and the food was lovely and well priced. Breakfast was included in the price and was grand, no complaints at all.

All in all Dooleys is an ideal hotel well located, but at the end of the day you get what you pay for.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Slow lifts and view of the back of the hotel
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Tom_G_Ire
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Property: Dooley's Hotel Waterford
Address: Merchants Quay, Waterford 00353, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Waterford > Waterford
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Waterford
#5 Family Hotel in Waterford
#5 Romantic Hotel in Waterford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Dooley's Hotel Waterford 3*
Number of rooms: 113
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dooley's City Centre Hotel, Waterford is a family run hotel in the heart of the Sunny South East. Dooley's Hotel is just a few minutes walk from the main shopping, business & cultural centres in Waterford. ... more   less 
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