I just got back from a weekend away in Dublin, where we stayed in the 3 star Regency Hotel. It was overall a pleasant experience and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a low-cost room in the city, but with a fairly decent standard of luxury.
The hotel is situated 3km to the north on the N1, halfway between the city and the airport. We took the regular bus towards O'Connell Street (Euro1.70) and got out right next to the hotel, and took about 15mins. It's just off the main road, next to the newly opened 'Centra' supermarket. If you're driving there's an ample carpark but it costs Euro10 a day to park, which is a bit steep in my view.
My initial reaction was 'oh god, what have we booked this time'. The exterior seems to be an amalgamation of new and old buildings and is verging on the downmarket. As we walked into the reception we were greeted with the powerful smell of cooked Irish breakfast which made feel a little ill. The interior looked a quite scruffy, there were big posters advertising Christmas parties and Dinner + Show minibreaks. A particular pet hate of mine is posters attached to walls with sellotape, also in abundance. I hoped I would not have to hear one of these bargain christmas parties as I was going to sleep that night.
You can either check-in using an electronic kiosk (broken at the time) or with staff at the reception desk (very friendly). As we went up in the lift, my expectations for the hotel room were low, however I was pleasantly suprised. The room was large, clean and modern with the features you'd expect more of a four star hotel.
The room was very well equipped with good storage, extra bedding and a steam iron and ironing board. I particularly enjoyed the blackout curtains (great when you have a hangover), the tea and coffee making facilities, free wifi and the plasma tv with all the British and Irish channels. The bed was kingsized and very comfortable too. My only issue was that I could not get the heating to work so was a bit cold. I could have called down to reception, but I couldn't be bothered, we weren't there for long. The bathroom was fresh and modern with complimentary toiletries.
We didn't eat at the hotel restaurant, but it looked cozy and appeared popular with non-guests too. Guests also get use of the leisure facilities which include an attractive indoor pool and beauty treatments are available.
Overall it's a fair hotel for a low price. We had a good night's sleep in a quiet modern part of the hotel, but I imagine they might not all be of the same standard reading some other reviews. I'd recommend it for anyone looking for somewhere cheap to stay, who doesn't mind the short bus ride in and out of the city centre. We paid Euro57 for a room only in December 2010 which was an excellent price for the room we recieved.
Regency Hotel Dublin
The Regency Hotel is located about 3km North of Dublin. It's about half way between Dublin city centre and the airport. I found it to be an excellent base to explore Dublin and it currently has some great deals.
I stayed in the Regency for a weekend just before Christmas 2009. We got the deal for 120 euro for the weekend. The price didn't include breakfast but it did include complementary access to the leisure facilities.
The hotel itself was pretty nice. I wasn't expecting much for the price and was delighted with what we got. The hotel does show it age in certain areas but overall I was more than happy. The room is built to American standards and was therefore a bit bigger than other hotels I have stayed at in Dublin. The hotel itself was a breeze to find. I drove from the North and it was literally drive to the end of the motorway. Exit motorway and the hotel is on the right.
We ate a meal in the hotel on the first night. It was just pub grub and found it to be pretty decent. I had a burger and chips for 10 euro which was pretty reasonable. Can't remember the price of pints but don't remember them being overly expensive.
There was free entertainment in the bar too which was decent enough.
The leisure facilities were very good. They look almost brand new and include a gym, salon, pool, sauna and Jacuzzi. You need to buy or bring your own shower cap to use the pool.
Overall I would recommend this hotel if your on a budget and don't fancy spending all your money on a room. It was a doddle to get into Dublin on the bus as every bus that passed the hotel goes into Dublin. Surprisingly one of the cheap things in Dublin is a taxi and we were able to get taxi back at end of night no problem. My only gripes with the hotel were that they charged for car parking. Seemed very ryanair-ish of them. I believe it was 10 euro. Also the rooms could be interlinked by a door leading into each bathroom. This meant we could hear everything in the room and particularly the bathroom next door. The people next to us were up for an early flight, took three hours to get ready and at times sounded like they were getting ready in our room. Similar to a hotel experience in that way as there is always some idiot waking everyone else.
Other than that I would go back. They now even do rooms for 49 euro so for a visit to Dublin it worth considering.
I was lucky enough recently to get a break off work and my three kids, and enjoyed a short break in dublin. i stayed at the regency airport hotel, and thought i would share my thoughts on it with you.
How to get there -
this was almost too easy! now, i live in northern ireland anyway, so i was able to take my car down. just 1 hr on the motorway, and i was there. right on the main road into the town, it was very easy to spot, with the name written in large red letters on the front. situated 6km from the airport, and 3km from the city centre, it was ideal for me, as i didn't want to be right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the centre.
First impressions -
The hotel is large, and clean looking from the outside. On entering the hotel itself, we were struck by the cosiness, mingled together with a touch of class. This was excellent considering the price of the rooms, which was more than reasonable, but more of that later. We went to the reception desk, and found it was manned by friendly and helpful staff, who made check-in simple and it took two minutes. We were offered help with our bags, but we declined so we could explore the hotel. When we got to the room, we saw it was large, well decorated, clean and with all the features you would expect. The ensuite bedroom was decorated with marble floors, leading to the bedroom, which was carpeted in burgundy, as was the curtains. The kigsize bed was both comfortable and well dressed.
Room features included -
- ironing board and iron
- sky tv
- heated towel rail
- shower and bath
- air conditioning
- tea and coffee making facilities
We wanted to go down into the centre of dublin, and found that our welcome pack had all the contact numbers we needed, and also the bus route numbers that would take us. We got the bus at the front of the hotel. It cost 1.40 euro single, and at that was reasonably priced and only took 10 mins. Buses were regular and you could get one either direction every 15 mins or so. When we got back to the hotel, we went back to the room, got changed and went to the bar. It was warm, friendly and great craic! You also will get a great pint of guinness here, as i found to my cost! Live music every night, going from singers, to live irish folk music, you are not at a loss for something to do, and there was a really nice atmosphere.
We were told when we went that there were currently rennovations going on, and that we may here noise from this from 8 in the morning, however we never heard anything. We had a great nights sleep, and never moved till morning. We were told that we could use the facilities in the leisure centre and swimming pool. Now this wasn't for me, but i looked around the facilities and found them to be top notch. They included
- 16 Metre swimming pool
- Children's Pool
- Feature Pool
- Steam Room
- Relaxation Areas
- Core Training Studio
- Fully Equipped Gym
- Changing areas finished to a high standard
If you are into that sort of holiday, you have everything you need here. I however wanted to indulge myself in other ways, and found the night life to be excellent. The hotel was a welcome change of scenery from the busy centre though, and was an excellent place to relax and unwind. Well decorated and finished well, it was excellent value for money.
now, we paid room only, and as such we didn't eat at the hotel, but with 3 course lunches starting at 25 euro per head, it seemed reasonable enough.
Checking out was as easy and friendly as checking in. We paid only 170 euro for two nights, which translates to 85 euro per room per night. at todays exchange rate this translates to about £114.56!!! two nights in a three star hotel, for £57.28 per night. Excellent value!!
- 253 ensuite rooms
- 50 executive suites
- function rooms
- leisure centre facilities
- two restaurants
- 24hr access to reception desk and room service.
In my view, this hotel is well worth a try, with good facilities, and great comfort. Excellent value for money, it has all you could want from a three star hotel. The rennovations are such that certain parts are not fully decorated, but this will be remedied soon, and does not take away from your enjoyment. Great atmosphere and excellent, friendly staff make for a great trip, and you will not go far wrong with this place. The distance from the town may prove a problem for some, but to us it was a welcome relief. Transport is good, and easy to use, and your stay will be a happy one. G