Mespil hotel - a good time had by all
Hi folks have used this hotel twice now both times in november each year. firstly use it because of location, then price. the rooms themselves are very spacious with a modern feel. all have hairdryers, irons etc and loads of space for suitcases. location is excellent, walking distance from st stephen's green nr grafton street (even after a few pints of black stuff and numerous alcoholic substances!). note: if you want to book this hotel direct be warned, i tried this first and was disappointed, as it would have cost us a lot more for the room without breakfast than actually doing a price check with all the online hotel operators such as hotelclick.com which was cheaper and included breakfast. breakfast is ok - if you are used to a full continental breakfast i found this above average by uk standards, but not as much variety in food items as you would find in germany or italy where continental breakfast is normal. full cooked breakfast is nice, sausages are particularly good. service is prompt. staff - i found all staff helpful and friendly. i particularly liked the fact that some speak more languages than just english/irish such as german, dutch and french which helps visitors who do not speak english to feel more relaxed and welcome. one of our rooms had a sink which drained away slowly and we reported this to reception and they sorted it out straight way whilst we had breakfast. so 10 out of 10 for prompt action. getting there - instead of using taxi's from the airport we opted for bus passes from inside the airport (tourist info) and caught a no. 747 from the airport to o'connell street and switched to the no.10 to lower baggot street which crosses the mespil road. both services are every 10-20 mins and easy to navigate with suitcases. the hotel is literally around the corner so very easy to use. again use the no.10 to get back to st. stephen's green or grafton street or temple bar area. getting back to the airport - we found that if you leave on sunday and need a bus before 9am you are stuck. however instead of using taxi, you can walk up mespil road towards leason street and catch an aircoach from the blue and orange bus stop which costs 7 euros each and takes you directly to the airport approx. 40 mins away from the hotel. these go by every 10 mins which was a very cheap alternative to the taxi. finally i would recommend this hotel to anyone, but the younger ones (say 18-24's) might prefer hotels directly on temple bar which is literally collapsing distance from the night clubs. the hotel's overall atmosphere is family/business/sensible orientated and not party life/being sick in the corridor type if you catch my drift. although having said that there were a number of quite 'fit' rugby types around and the majority still had a pulse! all in all have and would stay again at this hotel. especially nice in november just after half term. city is not as busy but has a lovely buzz to it.