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WHAT WE LOVE...

This four-star hotel is in an historic Victorian building, an old school dating from 1880 with a stunning red brick exterior. Inside, the hotel is modern and relaxed, with well-appointed rooms plus a spacious bar and restaurant area with an all-day menu, and lots of cosy corners. Rooms are classic in décor and some have baths and original windows, while luxury executive rooms have air conditioning, extensive TV channels and Nespresso machines. The hotel has its own front grounds which set it back from the busy main road but give it convenience for public transport, and it also has a large underground car park, plus a small gym and a barber. The hotel is beside the RDS which holds many events.

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Yvonne Gordon
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Yvonne Gordon is an award-winning travel writer who writes for publications around the globe including The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, National Geographic Travel and BBC Travel. She is author of Frommer's Ireland, co-author of Lonely Planet Experiences Ireland and her awards include Travel Extra Travel Journalist of the Year. Follow her at www.instagram.com/yvonne.gordon.

THE DETAILS

Location

Ballsbridge is a quiet area away from the buzz of the city centre with some lovely tree-lined streets, a river and park.

The hotel is within walking distance of Herbert Park. It's also near RDS and the Aviva Stadium for events.
By plane: direct flights to Dublin from Manchester and Birmingham (1 hour), and London (1 hour 15 minutes). It's a 20-minute drive to the hotel. Parking costs €12 per day. skyscanner.net

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Style & Character

The hotel has a wide appeal, ideal for those on business, a leisure break or families, and people who want to be near but not in the city centre. An historic façade and events space, the Thomas Prior Hall has original arched windows and vaulted ceilings; it was once the school assembly hall.

Service & Facilities

We appreciated the extensive range of Sky TV channels in the executive rooms and junior suites.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Fitness centre
  • Family-friendly
  • On-site parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

Rooms

The luxurious Executive Rooms in the newer wing have Sky TV, Nespresso machines and air conditioning, and Junior Suites have a separate lounge area. You'll find views of the RDS showgrounds and Dublin Mountains from many rooms at the rear.

Double Room, Superior Room, Executive Room, Family Room, Junior Suite, Thomas Prior Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

We loved the casual vibe, space and comfortable seating in the bar area, and the outdoor tables in summer. The slow-cooked crispy lamb shank with roasted peppers, fondant potato, green vegetables and lamb mint jus was delicious.

Grandstand: restaurant and bar, locally sourced produce. Dishes include duo of lamb, pork belly and chicken supreme. All-day dining, open daily.
Red Bean Roastery: coffee shop, serving pastries, soups and salads. Open Mon-Fri, 7am-3pm and Sat, 8am-3pm.

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