by Foxboro Marmot
July 24, 2003
Bewleys' Ballsbridge, just south of Dublin City center is an excellent choice. Ten minutes walk from the US embassy, a block away from the Royal Dublin Society -- host to the annual Dublin Horse Show as well as a recent Paul McCartney concert -- and across the street from the plusher, pricier Four Seasons, Bewley's Ballsbridge is well located. The DART -- Dublin Area Rapid Transit -- is a five minute walk from the hotel and it's only two or three stops to downtown.
The building itself looks nothing like a hotel. It's a converted school, set back behind a lawn. Only a few cars and taxis hover around the front door because the garage . . . or car park . . . is hidden underground, underneath the lawn.
Rooms are clean, spacious and comfortable but best of all are the showers. Pure delight! After days at B&Bs with only the merest trickle of lukewarm water, here was a deluge! And it could be warm, hot, hotter still! Ah, the luxury of it all!
We didn't find this on our own. Friends living in Dublin suggested Bewleys as a hotel they often used for business travellers coming to Ireland. At 99 euros per night, plus tax and another 6 euros for parking we agree with their recommendation.
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