Arlington Temple Bar Hotel

, Dublin, Ireland
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Arlington Temple Bar Hotel

, Dublin
3 star

Rooms: 63

Lord Edward Street - Dublin - 2 - Ireland Hotel Website | | 016078777
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Submitted by: Dirk Mathes in 14/06/05
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: Germany
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
The rooms were clean and of an average standard. The only thing was that since the hotel is located at a busy street, it is really noisy even at night times.
The breakfast - for Irish standard - has been good.
The staff especially in the hotel bar has been really friendly. Only the lady at the front desk has been really inpolite. Since this is the first person you meet when entering the hotel, and also the person you contact if there is any problem, this has been a really unpleasant experience. So in total an ok stay!

Historical Traveller Reviews of Arlington Temple Bar Hotel

Friendly hotel at the centre of Dublin life.

from Weydonian
Very helpful and courteous staff. Decor and ambiance as expected at the price, and sited at the heart of Dublin's night life. A 15 minute walk to the Brazen Head, then finish your evening at the Porter House (----) just around the corner from the hotel for live music and a range of exclusive craft-brewed stouts and other beers.

s A Dump

from A TripAdvisor Member
I'd tend to compare the Parliament hotel to a Blackpool Guest House. It's not dirty, but it is very scruffy. I moved rooms twice before abandoning the hotel altogether in favour of the Jury's Inn (which is okay but pricey).

In short I'd avoid the Parliament Hotel, for a few Euros extra you can stay somewhere much better...

Great location, hotel a little shabby

from A TripAdvisor Member
Just returned from a 3 night stay at the Parliament Hotel.
Positive Points:
The location was perfect, just around the corner from the Temple bar restaurants and bars, opposite Dublin Castle and the Dublin City Tour Bus Stop and 2 mins walk from Dublinia, Trinity College and the River Liffey and 5 mins from Grafton Street. Other reviewers have commented on the noise levels, but we were on the top floor at the back of the hotel which was very quiet - tip: even number rooms are at the back of the hotel! The breakfast was adequate with a vege option offered along with cereals and crosssiants. The porters were pleasant and helpful. Our room was newly decorated and we noticed that other rooms are currently being decorated.

Negative Points:
The reception staff were rather unhelpful, their answers to questions were short and we didn't feel particularly welcomed. The hotel states they have a 24hr reception but while we were there this was an elderly frenchman who spoke little English - and when I went to him with a problem, he tried his best but was of little help. The hotel is a little shabby in parts. We had 2 towels that were dirty - however we asked the reception for clean ones and these had been delivered by the time we returned after our evening out.

We got a very cheap deal and would consider staying there again for this price but it is not worth the full price rate.

An above average hotel with an excellent location...

from ju123
We stayed at the Parliament hotel this weekend for our Valentines trip to Dublin. We have been to Dublin 4 times before and have always stayed outside of the Temple Bar area, this time we thought we'd take a gamble and book within this lively area.
It was a good decision, as the Parliament Hotel has many plusses and only a few minor niggles.
The location is fantastic, 2 mins walk from the hub of Temple Bar, the same distance to Christchurch Cathedral and about 10-15mins to the Guinness Storehouse. Grafton Street and Trinity college are also only 5mins away.
As for the hotel itself, it is not a particularly modern hotel and if you are used to the newness of a Jurys Inn for example you might be disappointed. In saying that the lobby is nice and the staff are extremely friendly, the hotel also has an excellent adjoining bar called The Forum which has Sky Sports on for major events.
We were lucky with the size of our room, we booked through Expedia and got the 3rd night free of charge. When we first went into the room we were surprised to see that it was a family room with one double bed and a single for good measure. The room was therefore very large and certainly bigger than some of the other rooms we managed to peer into when the housekeeping staff were doing their duties.
One major fault, the bathroom was very small and although we could normally put up with this (and have done on many occasions abroad) the shower left an awful lot to be desired. It barely dripped out and in the end we resorted to baths.
The rooms are ok in general, they could do with a touch of paint here and there and there are a few marks on the carpets but not enough to put anyone off I would think (certainly not us). Our room looked out over Dame Street and this is a very busy road. As one reviewer said below the traffic noise could be bad during summer with windows open, as it was Feb the windows were kept shut and we only heard a bit of noise from outside.
All in all we were pleasantly surprised by the Parliament and would recommend, the fact that we only ended up paying £160 for 3 nights bed and breakfast accomodation in Dublin probably helped as well. If you can find a decent rate I would recommend the hotel for sure.


from A TripAdvisor Member
Yes, I've been in better hotels and I've definitely had better breakfasts but for location & value for money it would be difficult to beat.

Everyone was friendly, room was clean and tidy (though a little bit smokey - but that was probably because we asked for a smoking room). We had a bit of traffic noise but that didn't bother us, possibly it would be a little bit noisier in the summer when the windows are open but this is what you come to expect in the centre of Dublin.

All in all a good value hotel.

t go wrong with The Parliament

from A TripAdvisor Member
I've now been twice to Dublin, both times staying at The Parliament Hotel, and cannot fault it. I've found the staff very friendly and helpful, and the food, both breakfast and meals in the bar, are very good. It's in the perfect location, right in the centre of the city, within walking distance of all the attractions, sites, and nightlife. Hoping to go again next year, and will try to stay here again.

Good Location

from A TripAdvisor Member
Good location, just a couple of minutes from Temple Bar but hotel is in desperate need of refurbishment throughout. Picture on their internet site is taken at night and makes the hotel look great. However, the reality in daylight is a real disappointment and the hotel looks very 'tired' and tatty both inside and out!

Dont go as a family

from A TripAdvisor Member
Well not child frendily staff but then i found most of the city wasent they had no intrest you were disterbing them surfing the net. Room was awfull stank of damp and was so small for three of us my wife and daughter had no were to put there clothes the noice was apolling we were at the very top rear of the hotel over looked by an apartment that partyd while we were there
they gave my daughter who is 6 a bowl of chips and a single snoker as they had no childrens menu that was it and a pint of orange the only thing that was good the bar staff good lads and the 3 day of our weeks holiday we got out quick to the best hotel i have ever stayd in best western central for the same daily rate we had a huge room with a seprate room with in ours for my daughter the staff exallent.

Great Location but Noisy

from finchyboy
Stayed here in August 2004. It's a fantastic location right beside the temple bar area and about a 10min walk from the shops. I was on the second floor. The room was clean and pleasant enough. Unfortunately the maids start shouting at each other around 7am and woke me both mornings i stayed. I got a cheap deal but couldn't recommend this hotel if paying full price.

Beware of online bookings!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
Booked the room through the Regency Group Hotel website. I received a confirmation of deposit and received a confirmation email - Great I thought...All done.(This was on 13th July)
Before we flew out (21st July) I rang the hotel to inform them that we shall be checking in late (I had put this information on the booking form)...they could not find my booking..and they were fully booked!! I told them that I had received an email confirming my booking!! After a few strong words they found a twin room which they would keep for us and they said they would sort out a double room for us the next day. The next day they got me a double room with a single bed and wanted to charge me extra for the room! I was not happy with the customer service the reception provided. The staff was rude (when my boyfriend was trying to explain they it was not our fault, the receptionist ignored him and started serving the next customer!!) No-one said sorry for the mistake their system had made. I was polite and calm when I was trying to rectify the issue and all I got was "yeah, yeah, yeah!". I wouldn't of been bothered if it had been just a mere visit..the trip was a birthday present for my boyfriend.


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transport around the city Get the shuttle bus from the airport and include it in the one of the tour bus packages on sale at the information desk in arrivals at the airport. We used the city tour bus and in the same pass for 25 euro's. Getting around the sights of the city couldn't be easier than jumping on and off the tour buses (with driver commentary) at all the main attractions

If going to museums Most of the museums are closed on Mondays, and always close at about 5pm. So make sure to take that into account when planning what day to see what. Also you should know that any of the National Museums of Ireland of (archaeology, decorative arts,....) are free admission. So if you can, save seeing those for after your Dublin Pass expires. The Dublin Pass is definitely worth getting.

Pubs Take some time to unwind in some pubs over dinner and get to know the locals. You find out all sorts of things you won't read in a tour book.


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  • Address: Lord Edward Street - Dublin - 2 - Ireland
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