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Number 31 (Dublin)

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31 Leeson Close,
Lower leeson Street,
Dublin 2, Ireland.
Tel: (01) 6765011
Fax: (01) 676 2929
E-mail: number31@iol.ie

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      20.07.2001 05:44
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      ~ ~ The old saying goes, “If you want to know what to do, where to visit, or where to stay when visiting a strange city for the first time, there’s no one better to ask than a taxi-driver.” While that holds true a lot of the time, just be a wee bit careful when asking a taxi-driver here in Dublin (or anywhere else, come to that!!) about either eateries or hotels and guesthouses, as often a commission is paid to entice a driver to deliver unsuspecting tourists to, well, shall I be charitable, less than salubrious establishments. This is common practice throughout the world, so if you are ever recommended accommodation, then ALWAYS be sure to check out the room and facilities before accepting or paying out any of your hard earned pennies. On the other hand, if you are lucky enough to be a member or user of a website like dooyoo, you can always check out the ops of one of the members, or better still, the ops of THIS particular taxi-driver, who will soon give you the low-down on whether a place passes muster or not, at least here in my adopted city of Dublin. ~ ~ One place I have absolutely no hesitation in giving my five star rating is the guesthouse called simply “Number 31”, as it is situated only a stone’s throw from the very heart of Dublin, St. Stephen’s Green, at, appropriately enough, No. 31 Leeson Close. This real home from home is run with great skill and amazing hospitality by a couple called Noel and Deirdre Comer, but the real boss of this household is a character called Homer. No, not THAT Homer!! Homer Comer (it even rhymes!) is a rather large aristocratic Labrador type dog, who waddles regally around the house, letting all and sundry know in no uncertain fashion that while Deirdre and Noel may do all the work and run the place, HE is in fact the chap who rules this particular corner of old Dublin. ~ ~ This guesthouse is a rather curious mixture of both the old and the
      new. The house was formerly the home of a guy called Sam Stephenson, who is renowned as one of Ireland’s leading architects, so you can imagine that it has been created and built with some style and elan. Leeson Close is a mews, just off Leeson Street itself, and this section of the house is a sort of modern 1960’s style, with a huge central sitting room dominating, with a very curious “sunken” seating arrangement. This is difficult to describe, so if you’re really interested have a look at their website at www.number31.ie, where you’ll see a picture that will describe it better than I ever could. But if you wander through to the part of the house that looks out onto Fitzwilliam Street, you have immediately stepped back in time to old Georgian Dublin, with huge rooms with high ceilings and totally massive windows. So straight away you have a choice to make. Do you want to sleep in the style of the 18th or the 20th century? The choice is yours, but be sure to stipulate when you make your booking. ~ ~ The place is spotlessly clean, and the breakfast that is served will set you up nicely for the whole day. Noel and Deirdre don’t serve dinner, but you are only a hop, step and jump away from any number of good restaurants and pubs, with Coopers, a middle of the road establishment that serves good value fare, literally 15 yards or so from the back door. Also, you couldn’t be more centrally located for access to nearly all of the good shopping areas, parks, Georgian Dublin, and theatres and museums than here at No. 31. If you’re driving, there is a small parking area just off the mews that is locked at night, but there isn’t that much space. So if you do leave your car on street, then be careful. No.31 is very central, and as such has parking restrictions throughout the day. Move your car before 8AM unless you want a ticket, or worse still, to go out and find
      it clamped!! Children are more than welcome here, but there is no wheelchair access, so it isn’t really suitable for invalids. ~ ~ The guesthouse is fairly large with twenty guest rooms, all of which are en-suite and individually furnished, and with an average price of about the £60 to £90 (Irish Punts) per head for persons sharing. If you’re on your own, then you’ll have to shell out another £25. They have a special offer that they run for the months of December, January and February, where you can stay for three nights for £45, provided they are midweek. You can book online at their website, and they accept all major credit cards. TEL: 0044-1-676 5011 FAX: 0044-1-6762929 EMAIL: number31@iol.ie

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