눉The sign outside announces 'Luxury accomodation' and the pictures on the net certainly look nice. But don't be fooled.
During our four day stay in October we found:
- the heating, according to the reception staff, is timed to come on at 7pm. in reality it doesn't - you have to ask each evening for the heating to be turned on. On one occasion I asked the receptionist whether she was cold. 'No', she replied, "I've got this fan heater" ! When we finally tracked down the manager and complained, he told us the radiator in our room must be "faulty". Weird though that it worked each time after we'd asked the staff to turn the heating on......
- the shower water is tepid at best. Our attempt to substitute a bath was scuttled by the fact that there was no plug for it though.
- there are no tea / coffee facilities at all in the rooms. In fairness, complimentary hot drinks are available at reception and we did see a couple of brave souls teetering up five flights of stairs to their rooms ( there's no lift) with a tray of hot drinks.
- the whole place has a seedy, rundown feel. The staff are pleasant enough ( though some clearly embarassed), but there's no getting away from the run down nature of the place - traces of mould in the bathroom, shelves precariously attached to walls.
All of this we found quite distressing and it certainly put a dampener on our visit to Dublin. In the end though, we just had to laugh, it was so Fawlty Towers-esque. We came back late one evening to find the shower had given up completely. As there are no telephones in the room we couldn't face the trapse down to reception, so we put up with it. The next morning, tada!! working again!
All in all - just not worth the stress, hassle and discomfort. Find something better.
눇Location is Ok - situated at the top of the main street, a short walk from the shopping centre, trams etc. A bit of a trek down to the river and the temple bar area, but ok. The bed was quite comfy - but see cooments on the not so good.