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Grafton Capital Hotel (Dublin)

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Address: Lower Stephen's Street
Dublin 2

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      04.05.2008 21:52
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      A good choice hotel slap bang in the middle of the city centre

      I stayed at the Grafton Capital in December with my fiancee for his birthday.
      We stayed for two nights and we paid £220 including flights with ryanair too, through a tour operator. This was our total price for the two of us.

      Location:
      Hence the name it is only seconds away from Grafton street. It Is kind of tucked into a corner and if you didn't know where to look you might even pass right by it! It is only about 5 minutes walk to the Temple bar area too so is convenient for those wanting to go and visit this famous place. There are lots of amenities all within minutes of the hotel so is perfect for those who want to be in the heart of the city centre.

      First impressions:
      The hotel as I mentioned is tucked away and is a pretty small hotel. The lobby has a set of revolving doors which leads into one of the smallest lobbies I've ever been into but it's quite nice and nice and bright. The revolving door has huge plant pots on either side so it looks quite smart when you first walk up to it.

      Check in:
      This was very straight forward. We were pretty early arriving so left our suitcases in reception and came back later on. We advised our name and were given our room key after filling out a small details card. There was no credit card needed for security which I think was due to the fact that there were no mini bars in the room. The lady on reception was very friendly and made polite conversation with us whilst checking us in.

      Rooms:
      We stayed in a standard double room and we thought the room was of good size if not a little dark and it had the usual tea/coffee facilities and TV. The bed was quite large with ample space in the room for our suitcases. There was a window looking out onto a back street but, the view wasn't great with just some kind of building work going on on the building facing. Because it looked onto a back street there wasn't really much natural light in the room but the lamps were pretty bright. The bathroom had a bath tub with shower over it and they also had hairdryers in the room although they weren't brilliant as you had to keep your hand on the button plus it wasn't very strong! There was a small selection of toiletries.

      Food:
      We had breakfast included and we both thought it was really nice with a good selection of hot foods and cereals etc. It wasn't very busy in the mornings but we were up quite early both days so maybe that's why! The breakfast is served in what is actually the upstairs area of what is the bar/nightclub in the evening. You can get to this by taking the lift and entering through the doors from here rather than having to go up from the bar. The hotel serve food for the rest of the day in the bar downstairs - we didn't try anything else from here so unfortunately I cannot say how good it was but the menu did look OK.

      Other facilities:
      The hotel has not really got any other facilities besides the bar/night club of which you can enter through the hotel or from the main doors just a few feet away from the lobby doors. It is at a charge for non hotel guests at weekends. It is a nice little place with a couple of pool tables and a small dance floor. The bar serves a good range of drinks with reasonable prices.

      Overall opinion:
      I thought this was a great little hotel and I would definitely stay here as we were in the perfect location for exploring the city on foot. There was so much to see and do right on the doorstep and prices are not too bad at roughly £5 per person per night including breakfast.

      Also posted on other review sites by me.

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