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Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
July 11, 2003
I liked the location of the hotel, as it was in walking distance of many attractions. The Dublin Tourist Information centre was just around the corner. Directly opposite the hotel is Christchurch Cathedral. It is located in the Temple Bar area, so was a good focal point of the city. My room overlooked the Cathedral, and it was a nice view!
The rooms are basic, but clean. There was a small bathroom and shower unit, TV, hairdryer, telephone and tea/coffee facilities. The reception staff were quick to deal with anything. When the bulb in my room blew, it was dealt with immediately.
However, there were lots of things I was not very happy with. Breakfast is served in the bar downstairs. I paid as part of a bed and breakfast package. However, if you book in individually, the room rate does not include breakfast. This I DON'T recommend. The cooked breakfast costs nine euros. It was not that great, consisting of fried egg, beans, sausage etc. It had been on a food warmer for a long time. Tip: the cafe a few doors along does far better and cheaper breakfasts. In addition, the staff were not particularly welcoming of guests and gave out the impresison that they couldn't be bothered with guests.
Internet access is available, but it is costly. The time taken to change pages is VERY slow, so I would recommend something with faster connections if you want more value for your euro. The keyboard was badly damaged and had keys missing, so that hindered typing speed.
The hotel has a bar downstairs, Darkey Kellys. The main problem with it was that despite the large open fire and selection of ales and whiskies, it had about as much atmosphere as a railway station waiting room. It may have been different on live music nights though. Conversation was limited and there were few people.
I don't think I would come here again -- I am sure that there are better places to go. This would perhaps be better suited to a couple travelling together who want clean, cheap and centrally located accommodation. If your travelling alone but want more comfort and privacy than hostels, I am sure you could do better than here.
From journal Breezin in Dublin
June 9, 2003
They have a computer in the lobby which you can use to check your email, but is has a dialup connection. There is a much faster internet service right across the street if you need to really use the internet.
Breakfast is not included in the price. It is available in the pub, but I thought it was expensive. There are plenty of places close by to have breakfast. The location is easy to find as it is across the street from Christ Church Cathedral and down the street from the Dublinia exhibit. If you plan to book, you get a good discount by emailing them first and asking about availability.
Visit the website.
From journal City with a soul