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Hotel Gresham Hotel Dublin Hotel 4 star
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The classical facade of the Gresham hotel, aginst which the hotel's interior pales in comparison, stands proudly on the famous street of 'O'Connell Street.' Indeed, its former glory now makes it seem outdated.

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    • Hotel Gresham Hotel Dublin

      Gresham Hotel Dublin   -   © Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin

    • Hotel Gresham Hotel Dublin

      Gresham Hotel Dublin   -   © Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin

       
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    Location 9.23 /10

    The establishment is located on O'Connell Street, the Bond Street of Dublin, at a short distance from River Liffey, Temple Bar, the O2 Arena and the shopping districts. Dublin's international airport is about 8 mi away.

    Accommodation 7.45 /10

    The 288 rooms are divided into three distinctive categories: standard, Executive, and suite. The average area of the standard rooms is 270 sq ft and they are decorated with a rather nice red wall-to-wall carpet, thick curtains and mirrors. On either side of the headboard of the light wood bed, wall-mounted reading lights brighten the space up. You should be aware that 15 standard rooms afford a nice view over O'Connell street, but they can be very noisy, despite the double-glazed windows. The other rooms look out over the rooftops and are much quieter. The wide plasma screen television receives a number of channels and it is fitted with a keyboard. The minibar can be stocked up upon request and has tea and coffee-making facilities. In some of the rooms, an adaptor board has been installed to accommodate all sorts of plugs. Every room has an electronic safe, individual air-conditioning, a hair-dryer, an ironing board and an iron and wireless Internet connection. As for the bathrooms, they are small, lack charm and have an angular layout. You will even find it difficult to move around as most of the available space is taken up by a large bathtub and a rectangular sink. Despite this, the bathrooms also have a hair-dryer and hospitality products. With a minimum surface area of 360 sq ft, the 100 'Executive' rooms are simpler and less cheery than the standard rooms. They have brown wall-to-wall carpet and light brown furniture and are altogether very quiet. In the bathrooms, the bath and shower are separate. As for the suites, each of the seven suites is decorated in a different way. The Elisabeth Taylor suite is the biggest and most ornate, but in a very pompous and dated way. Whereas the other suites are more modern. Room service is available in all the suites 24/7.

    Overview 7.45 /10

    The beautiful residence of the Gresham was built in 1817, before undergoing expansion work and becoming one of the most celebrated hotels in Dublin. After O'Connell street was totally destroyed during the civil war, the most beautiful hotel in town was rebuilt in 1923, but without its original walls. It was then renovated in 2006, and today the Gresham is a real maze of long, windowless yellow corridors in which modern paintings hang. The reception area is divided into several spaces and furnished with comfortable and colourful sofas, a dark blue wall-to-wall carpet and a semi-spherical reception desk. Breakfast is served here from 8:00am till noon. Your room's key card gives you access to a small gym with five fitness machines and their individual televisions. You can also use the business centre for free.

    Food and drink 7.45 /10

    The hotel's Gallery restaurant is very spacious and the modern art that hangs on its orange walls is changed every six months. The breakfast buffet, with its selection of pastries, croissants, etc is open from 7:15am till 10:30am on weekdays, and from 7:15 till noon on the weekend. The buffet offers a very wide selection for the continental breakfast, but you can also opt for the Irish breakfast. This windowless and old-fashioned room has brown wall-to-wall carpet, wooden chairs with silk upholstering, a pretty stucco ceiling and benches on one side. For lunch and dinner, the lobby menu is standard: sandwiches, fish and chips, salmon, etc. However, in the afternoon, guests can ask for an afternoon tea with little pastries served on three levels (?18 or ?25 with champagne). For lunch and dinner, you can go to the very popular Toddy's bar. It is an Irish bar, with typical green and wooden interior, and it has a separate entrance from the hotel. From 3:00pm, the food on offer here is much lighter than in the hotel's restaurant. Moreover, its great oval counter offers an incredibly large choice of single malt whiskeys.

    To know

    The hotel even has a concierge...who possesses the golden keys. Wireless Internet access is free of charge here. The hotel has partnered up with a spa on Castle street; the cab ride to get there takes about a quarter of an hour, but hotel guests get a 10% discount and you can also ask to have the treatment in your room. The hotel's car park has around 120 spaces (?14 for 24 hours).

    Equipment

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

      Turkish bath, spa

    • Sports equipment

      fitness, gym

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Perfect location
    • Standard rooms
    • Relatively big communal areas
    • Magnificent facade

    disadvantages

    • Rather dull atmosphere
    • Very dated interior
    • The dullness of the 'Executive' suites

    Traveller Reviews

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      • Package deals in juillet 2013 Posted on 2013-11-12 Seul - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre avec vue)

        Accueil très sympathique en mode auberge de jeunesse. Rapport qualité-prix raisonnable. Parfait pour un week-end en mode petit budget.

      • Advantages

        Prix très raisonnables, petit déjeuner servis en chambre, wifi gratuit

      • Disavantages

        Superficie des chambres, qualité de la literie

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      • Overall Score 6.25/10
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