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Stay With Celebrities!
Member Name: velveted
Date: 07/04/03, updated on 07/04/03 (168 review reads)
Advantages: Celebrities stay there, Luxurious, Near everything you need
Disadvantages: No in room heating controls, Can be noisy
If your a fan of U2 or want to meet celebrities then this is definitely the place to stay!
Situated on one side of the river and backs onto the trendy temple bar area, this has it's advantages and disadvantages. It can be a little noisy and although trendy temple bar is very popular with tourists and you may meet more US and English people than Irish. In my opinion the best bars and pubs for Irish culture are outside the temple bar area a short walk or taxi away. The benefits of the location are obviously the view of the river - which is beautiful and that it's near to everything you need.
The staff are very friendly and happy to assist you, I had never been to Dublin and really didn't have any idea, they suggested places to go and even gave me free tickets to a gig as the band was staying at the hotel! The reception were fax and efficient on check in/out, they easily provided maps and were happy to book taxis. I have stayed at many hotels and feel that the staff here were really the best.
Decoration was top quality and modern throughout the hotel and rooms. Obviously everything had been quite newly done, so the lifts, fittings and lights all worked efficiently.
The rooms seemed to all had the same style furnishings, matching in with the modern clean look of the hotel. Basic layout of the room I chose was as follows
Bed - not too hard and not too soft with good sheets and duvet
Long desk with light chair huge mirror and TV - useful with reasonably sized TV although obviously you don't really stay at a hotel to watch television
Table with 2 comfy chairs - good for eating and with a nice view of the river
Bedside tables with lights clock and phone/fax - handy and the light switches were easy to find which is actually quite rare
Large wardrobe with shelves, hangers and mini bar - this was very smart and painted purple inside to go with the modern theme. The mini bar was nicely
stocked for a variety of tastes.
Bathroom - nice clean yet simple design with cabinet, huge mirror, bath/shower, sink and toilet.
The room had all the right little extras that come in useful, there was paper postcards envelopes pens pencils and information on the hotel in a smart folder on the desk. In the bathroom there were lots of free toiletries, nail file cotton buds soap conditioner shampoo moisturiser tissues shower cap - absolutely everything you might need and it even came in a silver gift bag.
The hotel restaurant is popular so it is probably best you book if you want to eat at a busy time, if you do try it you will find out why. The food and service was good and I felt reasonably priced. The hotel also has a bar called the Octagon cause of it's shape, the drink mats are octagon as well, this is open to the public and located towards the back of the hotel. There are always seemed to be quite a few people drinking throughout the day although obviously more in the evening, again the staff are friendly and it's quite upmarket. When the bar is closed you can still order drinks and snacks in the lounge room, this is only for hotel guests but still often has a couple of people in.
At 2am I was lucky enough to go to the lounge room and was amazed to find Bono and his wife, we didn't really want to interrupt as they were having a drink with friends but after a while we just had to go over and they were happy to sign autographs and shake hands with my friend and I.
I stayed at the hotel over St Patrick's Day for 4 nights and when I'm next in Dublin will be staying there again, if you want luxury and the chance to meet the stars give it ago.
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