Not a great hotel.....
Just got back from a 2 night stay at the Holiday Inn Dublin.
Like some of the other reviews there were some good points but unfortunately some bad points about this hotel.
Rooms were big and comfortable, though the room was looking a little "tired" - paint peeling off walls, bedspread having seen better days etc. Unfortunately we were stuck in room 121 overlooking the main entrance. This meant that we could constantly hear the traffic noise - even with the windows fully closed (which meant that the room was too hot to sleep in!) No air conditioning at all in the room (unusual for a Holiday Inn as all the others I've stayed in have had it).
The traffic noise wasn't the only noise we had to deal with as every morning at 07:30 the cleaning staff would encamp en masse in the corridor outside the room and shout, not talk, to each other (I just wish I knew several of the Eastern European languages - at least then I could have followed the conversations!) This would last for at least 30 mins, so no chance of a lie-in.
The location of the hotel wasn't too bad - definately not a central hotel - it is a brisk 10 minute walk to Trinity College. The area around the hotel is a little run-down but there are some newer buildings being built around it (they're knocking a buiding down opposite the hotel). We didn't try any of the local bars around the hotel - they didn't look that welcoming to tourists - one even had a window shrine to the Irish Revolutionaries who chased the English out of Eire (so I don't think they would have appreciated any English custom!!)
All in all not a bad hotel. Would I stay there again? Probably not. Far more central hotels in better neighbourhoods.
fine nothing special
stayed three nights with my girlfriend
minibar contained no guiness - a shame
breakfast is below holiday inn standard
15-20 min walk to temple bar district
good value for dublin room rates seem to be usually higher on the night to sunday
Fawlty Towers , its almost worse!
Being a Priority Club member I use the Holiday Inn exstensively for both business and holiday. I can honestly say this is the worst I have stayed in , it makes HI Walsall look like a palace.
Basically , the food is atrocious both evening and breakfast . I am sure that Igor was working in the kitchen it truly was awful . Dry , unpalattable and as for the breakfast it wasn't worth 3 euros never mind 13!!
The room was quiet but tired and dark , we were overlooking a side street that looked Coronation Streetesque. This was after being in a room next to the lift shaft whioch was like being actually in the lift shaft.
Thank god for temple bar and the bars and shops otherwise this dump of a hotel would have ruined the whole holiday. Not one irish person in sight in the hotel , I felt like I was teaching English the whole time I was there!
An ok place
Hotel was ok, rooms very big. staff very very rude but the location of the hotel is great its no longer than a 5/10 min walk to the shopping districts of grafton street or henry street. take a walk west from the hotel and your in one of the most fantastic georian areas of dublin. all in all not a bad hotel despite the staff
Expensive and not a 'city centre' hotel
stayed here for one night with some friends and it was a good hotel but with a few problems. It is atleast a 15/20 minute walk to the centre and we got a taxi a few times. we got put in a smoking room to begin with - not very nice but our room was changed as soon as we said we weren't happy. Its a little bit rough around the edges. the bar was ok and breakfast was ok. all in all and expensive hotel and not sure we got what we paid for.....
On the upside a great city and definately would go back never seen so many bars, pubs and clubs in one place!!
Don't even Bother
Do not use this hotel no matter how desperate you are. If you want a hotel in this are use the quality brand hotel which is 2 minutes away or try the trinity capitol hotel which is just around the corner from trinity and is cheaper than this tip of a place!
The hotel is situated in a run down area surrounded by council flats, run down buildins, run down dodgy pubs and book makers! the decor is tacky and the rooms are sub standard!
Please do not stay here!
Nothing Wrong with this H.I., except a little far away from City Centre
We stayed at the Holiday Inn, Pearse Street, Dublin for three nights in early April 2006. We arrived an hour before check-in time but was given Room 110 immediately. This is a big (USA-sized) room, very clean and tidy with two queen beds, kettle with tea/coffee, TV with a good selection of Irish, UK, satellite and pay-per view movie channels. Refreshingly the windows opened wide to give plenty of fresh air (with many safety warning signs in prominent places!). Bathroom was fine - plenty of water pressure for shower. There was only one tiny bar of 'real' soap, but there are two liquid soap/shower gel dispensers in strategic locations. Hair dryer is hidden in a drawer in the dressing table in the main room. We didn't need to use the phone, but next to it there is was card with a clear scale of charges.
We saw signs for WiFi internet access on each floor by the lifts (elevators) but didn't have a lap-top with us, so don't know whether it is free. Suprise, suprise! On 2nd floor there is an ice machine (first one we've seen in Europe). Maid service was okay but the east-european housekeeper didn't re-make the beds, she just kind of pulled the sheets up a bit. And each day she reset the room for two people when in fact there were three of us booked in. So we had to ask at reception each evening for an additional towel, glass, tea cup, etc.
We never ate in the hotel at all - as our family prefer a light breakfast we visited the useful Centra convenience store almost next door, open from 7 to 11, for fresh baked bread, rolls, etc, ideal for a good (but economical) breakfast. The hotel has a large bar area which serves meals and shows a lot of TV sports. This is seperate from the restaurant which we never visited.
As other posters have mentioned, the hotel is about 10-15 minute walk from the centre of the city, but although it isn't a very inspiring walk there's no safety problem whatsoever. That's maybe because a lot of the derelict looking houses along Pearce Street are actually small annexes for various Trinity College departments. Pearse Street station (the oldest in Ireland) is just a couple of minutes from the Holiday Inn and gives convenient access to the DART train network.
Front desk staff were friendly and very helpful at ordering taxis to city and airport. The lobby is full of signed photos of music stars (unknown to us, but we think they are country-music stars who've played at this HI in the past). During our stay a bus load of visitors from Germany used the hotel as their touring base.
Without hesitation we'd stay there again.
uncletony, aberdeen, scotland, uk
Well run hotel
Stayed at this hotel during a conference we were hosting there. bedroom very well equipped, clean, gorgeous bathroom with neutrogena toiletries. mineral water etc in room. breakfast very nice. staff could not have been more helpful throughout the conference. facilities were excellent in the hotel for a meeting with lovely original artworks on the walls. lunch at the hotel is particularly good value given dublin prices. it's a 4 minute walk to the city centre to trinity college (book of kells) and college green. in fact trinity college grounds are accessed a 2 minute walk away opposite the DART station. this train service for great outings to the coastal towns of dun laoghaire, dalkey and bray or northward to howth. however, not advisable to walk back to the hotel at night, but it's only about €5 taxi drive from anywhere in the city centre. would highly recommend it.
Good, decent hotel
We found the room clean and comfortable. The bathoom was a fabulous green color that we found delightful. We were glad for the windows that were large and opened all the way, so that we could regulate the room temperature easily. The web site shows the exact location of the hotel. The biggest problem with the hotel may be the parking. Being from the US, it was difficult to get our rental car into the space in a reasonable time. The walk to the attractions in Dublin was long, but not overly so. I was surprised when I asked the girl at the front desk for directions out of town to a major highway (such as it is) and she wasn't able to give them to me. It was as if no one had ever asked that question before. Overally, a good place to stay. I'd stay there again.