We have been to Ireland several times since our 2008 trip with our kids. In 2008, we spent a couple of days in Dublin, but since then, we have stayed nearby, but never returned to visit the city. On this trip, we made sure to plan a few days here and also arranged to meet with our friends R & J from Sheffield.
The first order of business was where to stay. We would have no car, so would have to rely on public transport and we wanted to be near the city center and its attractions. We also wanted to enjoy a good night’s sleep, so the Temple Bar area was out of the question.
At long last, we settled on the 4 star Ashling Hotel Dublin at 10-13 Parkgate Street, near Heuston Station and Phoenix Park. It was also near the Guinness Storehouse attraction and the National Museum of Ireland. It was not right downtown, but the Luas tram line ran right outside the front door and there were tram stops close by on either side.
The price at our time of travel was not cheap. Both Booking.com and the hotel reservations had the price at $300 CAD/night. Booking.com had sent me an $80 CAD coupon off my next stay, so I opted to book through them and use this.
At 11 AM, he 747 dropped us at Heuston station, easy walking distance to our hotel. We checked in, knowing our room would not yet be ready, dropped our bags and headed out to explore. Free bag check is provided in the attached parkade.
The front desk had promised the room would be ready for 2 PM, so we popped back at 1:30 and sat in the lobby until then.
True to their word, the room was indeed ready at 2 PM and we went up to get sorted. The room was on the quieter back side of the hotel and while there was no view, it turned out to be a good choice. It was quiet and dark at night, just right for a good night;s sleep, even if this was elusive, due to our jet lag. More on this later.
The room was well appointed with good linens and furnishings and lots of space to spread out. We hoped that this would be the trend on our travels, but as often happens, the first hotel was the best.
While breakfast was not included in our room price, it was available in the lobby restaurant. Buffet continental was 11.50 Euro and the full cooked Irish buffet, promising 100 items on the buffet was available for 13.50 Euro. A great deal in a 4 star hotel and one we took advantage of on our two mornings there. For those with an adventurous palette, smoked kippers, cooked to order were available as well as the usual black and white puddings. I had none of these, but my Patty tried the smoked kippers and pronounced them tasty.
Overall, we would stay here again. Great location, great service, great rooms and breakfast, even if the room price was the highest per night we would pay on our month long travels.