Just another chain hotel at Dublin's airport
During my trip to Ireland in June 2014 I stayed here twice: after arrival, because I was to meet friends at the airport next morning, and at the end of my trip, before departure of my plane back to Germany. Although Radisson Blue was advertising with rates “from 69 Euro” before I booked before my flight, there was none of these medium priced rooms left, so I had a “business room” for 119 Euro including breakfast. The price was even higher on my last day, when I paid 135 Euro. As of now that I write this, July 3, 2014, their website says “rooms from 107 Euro”, so I assume that the price changes according to the season.
What can I say? It is a typical faceless business chain hotel with no charm (I don’t like these kinds of hotels, but I needed a room close to the airport in both cases). Hence I won’t tick a rating. The rooms look the same as in the majority of business hotels: bed, sofa, desks, flat screen TV, wardrobe, hair dryer, bathroom with tub and shower, sink, toilet and complimentary soap and toiletry. The coffee/tea making facility provided Nescafe and tea but there was also a Nespresso machine with 6 capsules and three different varieties from very strong to mild. However, I think that this Nespresso machine might be only available in these business rooms.
Breakfast was ample, of buffet style. Hot plates with scrambled eggs, potato cakes, grilled tomatoes, sausages, mushrooms, bacon, and continental style breakfast ingredients like cereals, several juices, salmon, marmalade, jam, Nutella, cold cuts, pastries, bread and rolls were provided. Coffee and tea was brought to the tables upon request, for coffee they had a machine with several options (including latte macchiato and cappuccino).
In the basement there is a large bar and a restaurant; dishes for moderate prices. I had a Cesar’s salad for 8,50 Euro.
Free WiFi is available, however their network is open (non-secured network it said on my notebook).
Staff at reception is nice, helpful and friendly. Credit cards are accepted, however my German bank card Maestro did not work on both occasions; the lady told me that this happens from time to time with Maestro cards from German banks. Strange!
Radisson Blue provides shuttle service to and from the airport, although Terminal 1 is in walking distance. Their shuttle bus stops close by Terminal 2 (see mark in my Bing Maps below).
Location of (1) Radisson Blue Hotel, (2) pick up station of Radisson’s bus shuttle on Bing Maps.
© Ingrid D., July 2014 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)