“ Address: Lower Rathmines Road / Dublin 6 / Ireland „
The Days Inn is situated in a suburb of Dublin called Rathmines. Rathmines is a lovely little village all to itself, about 3km south of the city centre. There are seven or eight bus routes connecting it with the city centre and the Luas (tram) isn't far away.
The hotel itself is conveniently located on the main road. I'd love to tell you that the rooms are clean and well-kept - but on the occasion that my family stayed there they weren't, at all. The room, when we got to it after an incredibly long and bizarrely unfriendly check-in process, had a long table and chairs in it and had clearly been used for some sort of meeting. It also smelled strongly of cigarette smoke, and given that Ireland has the smoking ban in hotels and other public places this was strange and extremely unwelcome. When we complained we were told that the hotel was full and they'd move the table and chairs but we'd just have to open the window to let the smell out. Given the hotel's proximity to a nightclub (it has to be said, quite a fun one - very lively and studenty) this was not the best plan.
Once the chairs, table and smell were gone, though, we didn't have anything much to complain about. The breakfast was great, and for 69 euros per night this would be ideal for people who wanted to spend as much time out of the hotel as possible.
If you're looking for a weekend away, somewhere close to home, I can't recommend Dublin enough. I went last weekend and had a brilliant time.
We stayed for two nights and chose the Days Inn hotel in Rathmines. This is a Suberb just three kilometres south of the city centre and is well served by buses and the Luas tram system. Most of the time, we just walked into the city, although we did get the bus when it raining. Rathmines is a pleasant neighbourhood with plenty of shops, bars and a small shopping centre.
I was impressed with the hotel, the reception staff were friendly and the room was very clean. There were a few niggles, such as there being no remote control for the television, and the room was just starting to get a little shabby but nothing really to complain about.
The room also had all the facilites I required, such as an iron and ironing board - which was good as I had stuffed all my going out clothes into hand luggage, tea and coffee making facilites, TV, Hifi and fresh towels and maid service daily.
The bed was also actually a double (NOT two singles pushed together and was very comfortable with imacullately clean sheets)
My only complaint about the maid service was, that the person must have dropped some disposable daily contact lenses on the floor which were the same brand as mine. I used them and then thought I was going crazy as I couldn't see! I worked it out after a while.
The view was of airvents, roofs, cabling and sattelite dishes, but the room was very quiet and we weren't disturbed at all.
The room was Euro77 a night, which is not bad really for the area and the service and hotel were just what we were after.