79-81 Iona Road, DublinParking directly by the hotel
Hotel built in 1900, Last complete renovation 2005, Number of floors 2, Total number of rooms 22, Number of single rooms 5, Number of double rooms 13, of which are suitable as three-bed rooms 3, of which are suitable as four-bed rooms 1, Hotel, City hotel, Business hotel, Trade fair hotel, family-run hotel, child-friendly hotel, Family hotel
positiv: The premises have a warm welcoming old world homey atmosphere. The restaurant menu looked good, but I did not actually eat there. The bed was comfortable.
negativ: My room arrangement was a bit awkward, with two beds lined up against a very narrow shape. The TV was mounted high on the wall and could only be comfortably viewed from one corner of the room. The "coffee making" in the room was Nescafé. Breakfast was served too late to suit travellers catching an early flight out. Although I asked for a quite room, it was in fact quite noisy, being near the bar and kitchen. There doesn't seem to be a lift -- at least I wasn't told about it, nor was I offered any help with my heavy bag up the stairs. The location is a bit isolated in the middle of a residential district. It is a walkable distance to downtown, but I wouln't call it "close".
positiv: Nice atmosphere, offering the option to relax after an overloaded day schedule either to the restaurant or the Irish bar of the hotel.
negativ: There was a problem with the hotel's wi-fi network from day two of my accomondation. The staff was not very helpful in solving the problem, so I had to deal with the danger remaining for 4 days without access to my e-mails and office network. It was really frustrating because I had to find access to internet hot spots in the center of the city, between my bussiness apointments, which added more stress in my very strict program. I was disapointed from this because the wi-fi service was one of the main reasons picking up this hotel.
From Westmoreland Street or O Connell Street take bus numbers 19/19a/13, and get off at Botanic Road.
Coming from the M50 - go north bound and exit at M1 follow the road in the direction of city centre, pass Fagans Pub on the Drumcondra Road on the right hand side and take the 4th right turn on to St. Alphonsus Road.Coming from O'Connell Street in direction of the Airport . . . take the first turn left after Quinn's pub this is St. Alphonsus Road which connects directly with Iona Road . . . the hotel is on the right.