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Hotel Butlers Townhouse Hotel Hotel 4 star
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44 Landsdowne Road Ballsbridge Dublin, Ireland -
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Guests staying at this beautiful yet cosy Victorian property, which is kept busy by the wonders of word-of-mouth, will enjoy a personalised service, making them feel really at home.

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    Location 5.11 /10

    In Ballsbridge, one of the most peaceful residential neighbourhoods of the capital, not far from the legendary stadium (rechristened 'Aviva') and the suburban train station. Taxis can be found just in front of the house as well. To reach the city centre, allow 20 minutes on foot, 15 minutes by bus and 5 minutes by train. The international airport is 30 minutes away by taxi (9 mi).

    Accommodation 7.95 /10

    Of the 20 impeccable, homogenous and cosy guest rooms, some have a comfortable king-size or queen-size bed, whilst four have beautiful four-poster beds. The remainder have either a double or single bed. All are different in terms of colour scheme, size and decor, apart from three which are identical. The furniture has been carefully chosen throughout and all rooms have low lighting, a small plasma-screen television broadcasting 19 channels), a telephone and individual air-conditioning (as well as heating). You may also find a bow-window, a wall seat, heavy drapes, an alcove with a small library, mouldings and high-backed sofas, depending on the room, each being named after a famous place in Ireland. Bathrooms have a bathtub, washbasin, hair dryer, bathrobes and 'Gilchrist and Soames' hospitality products and room service is available 24 hours a day.

    Overview 7.95 /10

    A small staircase leads up to the buzzer on the elegant black door leading into this beautiful three-storey Victorian property, located on the corner of the street. Built in 1798, this brick house, like others on this quiet street, became a hotel in 1997. The hoarse yet welcoming voice of Cecilia, the manageress, can be heard through the intercom. Once inside, you'll be pleased to find a lounge with two long and very comfortable sofas arranged on a beautiful rug as classical music fills the air, the perfect surroundings for settling down with a book from the hotel's small library. You'll also find a few bottles (some of which will be chilled) for guests to help themselves to. The parquet flooring, moulded ceiling and beautiful white marble fireplace really enhance the red walls, and heavy drapes hang prettily at the high windows. The small reception area is located on the ground floor whilst the door itself is on the first floor. The corridors here feature white-painted staircases, red carpets and brass chandeliers. There is also a concierge service.

    Food and drink 7.20 /10

    The breakfast room, where breakfast is served from 7:30am to 10:00am during the week and until 11:00am on the weekend, is a small, pleasant and colourful extension to the main building. The impeccable surroundings consist of parquet flooring, or floor tiles on the patio side, white net curtains, small paintings adorning the red walls and lighting provided by a series of wall lights, all set off by a selection of plants. Breakfast here is of the traditional Irish kind, with a small buffet serving, among other things, salmon, banana bread (a house speciality), yoghurts, etc. and other dishes that are prepared to order. The breakfast menu consists of eggs cooked in various ways (notably eggs Benedict), whilst for the rest of the day, Butler's Townhouse serves a selection of seven very light dishes (sandwiches and cheese platters). Afternoon tea is also available.

    To know

    Each guest is addressed by their first name and the staff soon become familiar with what they like. The swimming pool and gym (access to which is free to guests at the hotel) are just a few minutes' walk away. Tea and coffee are available through the day on request. The hotel provides free computer access and Wi-Fi internet and there is also a very small free car park in front of the property.

    The hotel was named after the couple who once lived in the house and who also owned the superb Kilkenny castle, an hour and forty-five minutes' drive south of the capital.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      beauty salon, hammam, massage, sauna, spa, Turkish bath, keep fit

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym, fitness

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium

    advantage

    • The restaurant service.
    • The beautiful Victorian property.
    • The furniture.
    • Impeccable.
    • The service.

    disadvantages

    • No garden.
    • No lift.

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