on November 12, 2012
The Crowne Plaza is part of the shopping complex that is the Blanchardstown Centre on the outskirts of Dublin, just off the N3. I booked to stay one Friday night with the plan to do some shopping. I arrived just before four and parked in the underground car park - free car parking. Went up to reception to check-in. The lady on reception was friendly and welcoming. She said that as I prepaid did I want to register my credit card in case I wanted to order a movie or room service, so as I wasn't sure how tired I'd be feeling later I decided that seemed like a plan just in case. Took the lift up to the room. It was a tastefully decorated room in blues, with crisp white bed linen and dark wood furniture. There was a desk area, and a table with two comfy chairs. There was a feature wall of decorated blue wallpaper with leaves, flowers and butterflies in a shimmery blue, that was behind the bed. There was a flat screen TV - with a limited selection of channels RTE, TV3, T4, BBC, ITV, C4, and then also per to view films. The bathroom was good - separate bath and a large shower. Nice toiletries. Clean as well. And it was a huge bathroom - more than enough room to swing a cat.The bed was so comfortable. But only two pillows - which was okay as I was on my own but not if I had been sharing. There was the usual minibar. But they also provided a small complimentary bottle of water. The only other issue was the room was too hot - I'm not used to sleeping in such a warm room.I headed out on foot - across the road there are a few restaurants including a Starbucks, so I stocked up on some caffiene before I went shopping. The main shopping centre is just opposite the hotel. So I had a nice few hours shopping and walked back to leave off my purchases. I decided I didn't feel like changing out of my rather scruffy but comfy jeans so felt a bit out of place going to the restaurant in the hotel, so instead went to Wagamama which is just across the road. But the bar and restaurant looked really lovely. As it had been a really long day, any plans to enjoy the bar went out the window and decided that comfy bed was too appealling. So had a warm bath and tucked myself in nice and early and watched some TV.I did like that the receptionist put me in a room near the lifts rather than at the end of the corridor which I hate when travelling alone. But the noise of the lifts didn't bother me, but rather the clip-clop of heels on the tiled floor just by the lift. It seems strange to have tiles there when everything else is carpeted and there are no doors to muffle that noise down the corridors. Small annoyance but not major.Wasn't sure I was going to take breakfast so I hadn't booked it. Yet glad I didn't as there were two conferences going on that day in the hotel and there were people everywhere. Went and did two small messages in the shops I had forgotten the night before and got some coffee. Came back to the room, packed and checked out.It was a nice stay. The restaurant options within walking distant are chain type places and nothing that spectacular. But the shopping was nice especially as it was within walking distance. I would happily stay here again for a night...but not the place to use if you are going to see Dublin though there are buses from just opposite the hotel into the city centre. It was a good stay...but next time I will make sure I'm not so tired that all I want to do is sleep.
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