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Fantastic hotel - would stay there again!
Pembroke Townhouse is a beautiful Georgian townhouse, situated approximately 15-20 minutes walk from Dublin city centre. The walk into the city centre is a pleasant one, with plenty of bars, pubs and a selection of shops along the way. However, if you don't fancy the walk there are plenty of buses that run regularly (the no. 7 bus), with the bus stop being just round the corner from the hotel, and the fare is a little over 1 euro to get to the city centre (cheaper than a taxi!).
The hotel prices were very reasonable at £77.50 per night (115 Euros). The rooms were lovely; simple decor, very clean and comfortable. The staff were friendly and helpful and granted our request for a room on one of the upper floors, at the front of the building.
The full Irish breakfast was delicious and a very welcome start to the day! There are of course alternatives if you don't want the full Irish breakfast; breakfast cereals, fruit, yoghurts, baked goods etc.
All in all, neither myself, my partner or the couple we were visiting Dublin with could fault the hotel or the staff and we were all in agreement that we would use the hotel again without any hesitation.
The Website states that "Pembroke Townhouse located in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, is one of Dublin's finest guest houses and offers excellent hotel accommodation in Dublin city" and has a 4 star rating.
We were attending the Rod Stewart concert in Dublin and as we received cancellation tickets, we booked the room at the last minute as it was near the venue and other hotels in the area were booked out. We were quoted €170 for a standard double room that included a full Irish Breakfast. When we arrived we were disappointed as the room was a bit small for a 4 * but it was very clean. The next morning we came down for breakfast but the lobby was packed with rather irate people waiting to be seated for Breakfast. We were told that the waiting time was 25 minutes approximately. As we had a train to catch we decided we could not wait. We checked out and they asked for the full price of €170 we argued that it should be reduced, as we did not have breakfast. Finally they agreed and the bill was reduced. This hotel should review its pricing and also its ability to cater for large numbers. We enjoyed our stay in Dublin and the Rod Stewart concert was brilliant.
Excellent location for Ballsbridge/Baggot Steet, Dublin 4 Area.
From once we entered the Pembroke Townhouse, the staff were very friendly and efficient. Check-in took a matter of minutes and we were assigned (as requested) upper level room at back of house. Open sitting room area beside reception with very comfortable couches and daily newspapers provided. Our bedroom was small but with high ceiling and large window. Furniture in our particular room was very simple but the room and bathroom were spotlessly clean. For us the bed was a little hard and not comfortable but a very quiet room which we appreciated. Personal safe in room and toiletries supplied. Do request a room away from lift and air vent if you want quietness as the corridors are narrow and you will hear doors closing etc. Breakfast room bright and airy and full Irish served cooked to order. Self service cereals, juices, yogurts. Light snacks served up to 9pm but complimentary tea/coffee when ever you want. Free private car park at rear but if you don't know the area, make contact with the Guesthouse beforehand for directions. On one of their web links, directions are wrong ([--]I think it is!) Also, check out web fully for prices. Firstly, I was quoted 220 euro for double B & B. Rang The Pembroke and was quoted 170 euro. Kept checking the web and got 135euro. Big difference as you still get the same room. Location is excellent for Ballsbridge area. A good 15 minute walk to Grafton Street. Overall out stay was excellent.
Just returned from a three night stay at the Pembroke Townhouse and would highly recommend it.
The staff are fantastic and could not be more helpful.
We booked direct and managed to get them to extend a two night special to three nights and get a free upgrade to a mezzanine style room. The hotel was full but the only real issue this had was at breakfast time on the weekend when you had to wait about 5 minutes for someone to finish up as dining room is a bit small)
Rooms - had mezzanine room so extra upstairs space but is a bit odd as just ahs a sofa and mini-hifi and you kind of look at the wall! Saw regular rooms, which look nice and ok size. DO NOT ACCEPT a room of floor 2...this is the reception entrance and there are 2 rooms just of here. We were on floor three front facing and it is noisy until midnight (ish) and again from about 5.30am...ask for a room towards the back for quiet or higher up. Rooms on floor 1 are at semi-basement level but looked into a couple and all are light and airy. Showers are great pressure, beds big and comfy, linen all new. TV was small but I wasn't there to watch that.
Staff - couldn't be more helpful, all are European (not Irish) but speak perfect English so communication is not an issue. There is no tea and coffee making facilities in room but you can get this free of charge by room service and they give HUGE pots and nice biscuits too.
Location - a good 10 minutes to St Stephen's green/Grafton Street but a pleasant walk, or take the bus €1 each way and stop is 2 minutes form the hotel. Taxis are expensive but needed in the evening - think it was about €10 from Temple Bar
There is also a DART station within 5 minute walk, we took this out to Bray on Dublin Bay was really nice to get out for the day and see something different.
Ate at variety places inlcuding O'Connel's at the Bewleys Ballsbridge (about 10 minute walk south) which is good value for the early bird dinner. Also ate in Temple Bar at the Caverina - really nice small Italian tucjked down a side street.
Overall a great weekend.
Lovely hotel, but very hard beds
We stayed four nights in this hotel and found it to be a very charming place. The people who worked there were friendly and helpful and our room was clean and fresh. The breakfast was excellent, with a choice of hot dishes plus a buffet with breads, fruits etc. Our only problem was the bed - it had an extremely firm mattress. We got an extra duvet to make it a little softer, but it did not really help much. It was a pity, as it ruined our stay somewhat, but I guess some people prefer hard beds.
The location was quiet, with 20 minutes to walk to the centre of the town. While good exercize, I think I would prefer a more central location next time we go to Dublin.
I'd stay again
I just returned from a two night stay at the Pembroke. The staff was very accomodating, and my request for 9am check-in, with a high floor, non-smoking room facing the front was met. Room was spartan, but nicely furnished, and in very good condition. Staff was excellent. Breakfast was very good. An excellent value. Note that the hotel is a bit of a walk from the main parts of Dublin, but as a New Yorker, I had no problem with the walk (about 15-20 minutes, through a nice part of Georgian Dublin, with pubs and shops along the way). Cabs were abundant, however, so no worries. Also, the airport express bus stops at the Jurys hotel about a block away, so it is very easy and inexpensive to get to the hotel.
We stayed here after problems with our previous B&B but were not impressed. The room was small and boring with no personal touches although the bed was very comfortable. The staff were indifferent and knew very little about the area. Some of them also had problems understanding us, twice the items I'd ordered for breakfast did not arrive. The breakfast was bland, one morning the fresh fruit (melon) was inedible as it was not ripe. I also had problems sleeping as there was a creaking lift next door and a noisy air vent outside the window. We had also asked for a four poster room on the phone and were told that was OK but when we arrived the member of staff on the desk did not know what a four poster was!!!! Not the best start to our stay. I did write to both the hotel direct and the Manor Hotel Group who own the hotel but neither of them bothered to respond.
Good value for money
Conveniently located 15 minutes walk from Grafton Street or a short taxi ride this hotel at 135e is good value for money. The rooms are fairly small but they are modern and clean. This is not the sort of the hotel that you could spend your whole day relaxing at; however, if you just want to somewhere to crash you probably could not do much better for the price although the breakfasts are a bit disappointing.
The hotel is located in a very safe and nice area though a bit of a walk into town.Very very clean and helpful staff.
Breakfast was fine and price is great considered the standards!Really enjoyed my stay!