Clarion Hotel Dublin Airport
Reviews - Clarion Hotel Dublin Airport
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Parts of the Clarion are nice, but it still needs a lot of workfrom ddobrien
The actual experience was a bit of a rollercoaster ride. The outside of the hotel is just plain ugly and run-down. Then, you step into the lobby and it has been completely rehabbed - it's very modern and quite well done. Then you walk down the hall to your room...which feels like walking down a decrepit apartment building or students' dorm. Then you enter your room, which has also been recently remodeled - with modern furniture, etc. However, the bathroom looked like it had been hastily cleaned. Finally, the lounge and restaurants have also been remodeled (and look great) and the food and service were good.
It's not a horrible choice if price and proximity to the airport are your top concerns. However, the hotel still needs to continue updating and improving service.
Worth the price But.....from YoSpanish
Breakfast really good. Free coach to the airport.
served its purposefrom A TripAdvisor Member
Beware the service liftfrom moveagh
Clarion Hotel Dublin Airport.On arrival we were allocated a room which seemed satisfactory on inspection.We had a pleasant dinner with friends and retired early to get
a good nights sleep.However sleep was impossible as our room was next to a service
lift which banged and crashed into the early hours.At checkout I complained and was told
that we should have been given a room elsewhere in the hotel as there were plenty of
other rooms available.They offered a small discount.So if you are booking this hotel check
the location of the room.
Never againfrom HilBil
However, the real problem is in the rooms. To begin with I think I stayed in a recently re-modelled room and all the fixtures and fitting seemed quite new. Unfortunately little (if anything) has been invested in the sound insulation between rooms and the outside environment. The internal walls are paper thin and the windows are old and keep out little of the sound of aircraft from the airport (which is probably 500-800 metres away).
Dublin airport is by no means Heathrow but flight noise starts at about 5 am and continues til about 1am so if you're a light sleeper you'd be better off booking the Great Southern hotel just down the street.
By any measure I found the rate of Euro 187.50 for a room only and another Euro 22.50 on top for breakfast to be opportunistic at best i.e. they seem to believe that there's a captive audience that will need to stay at the airport and hence they can charge (gouge?) clients for as much as possible.
Could be worse!!from A TripAdvisor Member
Close to the airport and with a shuttle bus available to take you there it is very convenient (the shuttle bus operates every half hour and there is a direct free phone in the arrivals area of the airport, look for the lcd screen on the wall by the left exit/entry).
Admittedly, the decor and furnishings in the common areas are fairly dated and GRUBBY to say the least but there does seem to be alot of refurbishment going on and from the sneaky peeks we had it looks quite trendy.
Our room was very spacious and clean (bedding was clean, but as mentioned in a previous review - dirty cushion on bed) as this was a family room our son had a double sofa bed which he was quite chuffed about and said was comfy but I had a quick lie down on it and wasn't that impressed with the very thin mattress on it, our bed, i think, was a king size and very comfortable. The bathroom was clean and bright.
I would recommend having breakfast at the hotel as it has to be one of the tastiest i have had in a long time, and there is plenty of choice as it is a buffet, so make the most of it as we did and we didn't eat again until late tea time. They gave me a voucher for breakfast which cost 15 euro per adult and children free.
Most of the staff were very friendly and very helpful but I do have to say that the check-in staff during the day were unfriendly, couldn't manage a smile and not too helpful either. They tried to charge me again for my room that I had already paid for in full at the time of booking in Oct on arrival, and then tried to charge me extra when I checked out, so please do CHECK AND QUESTION if you need to about the charges on your bill. They did sought it out but didn't seem too pleased about it.
If you are planning to stay here it is a good option for a quick one night stay if you are just commuting to and from the airport, but with the public transport system being very fussy and confusing it can be a nightmare to get into the City and even more so if you are coming back late at night, the buses are very cheap and worth the money but when you are stuck a taxi will take you back no problem (it cost is approx 18-20 euro from Croke Park so i would probably add another 15-20 euro to get into the City.
All in all a good night's stay (went to see Bon Jovi at Croke Park), and if only the check-in staff would cheer-up i would probably return for a stop-over, but would recommend staying much nearer the City if you were travelling for 2 or more nights given the transport.
irish atrocityfrom smoghat
The hotel seemed amateurish enough when I got to reception, which was set up temporarily in a corridor while the rest of the place was renovated. I had some bags with me and would have asked for help, but when I heard one of the desk staff remark to the other that there was an old lady who needed help but they were too busy and well, she would just have to fend for herself, chuckle, chuckle, I decided that I might as well not bother. I was given a room that smelled of filthy cigarette smoke. Did I ask for a smoking room? Why would you assume that I would want such a filthy sty? The light in the celiing cast an even more unhealthy hue over this stinky room. Resolved to stay somewhere else if they didn't give me a room, I went back to the front desk.
Is there a problem, sir? Well, yes, of course, you gave me a smoking room. I'll grant that they managed to find a non-smoking room, but it was on the second floor (or as they charmingly call it in Ireland, the first floor) and there was no elevator due to renovations. I lugged my baggage up the stairs and to the room (the hallways are long and maze-like, which doesn't make getting around easier).
I got to my room, booted up my computer, only to find no Internet. Oh, sorry sir, we are undergoing renovations and there is no Internet. Well, surely there must be a publically accessible terminal? No sir. Well, where can I get the Internet around here? You'll have to go to the airport sir. Fine, when does the bus leave. Sorry, sir, that part of the airport is closed now. I called for room service, but because the hotel was extremely busy that night, it took 45 minutes to deliver my guinness and a rather unappetising chicken sandwich.
The next day, I had to catch a morning flight and return in the evening. I took the complimentary shuttle which was packed full of people. After waiting all too long in the lovely Clarion Hotel car park, we proceeded to lumber down the road to the airport. It was raining out and the hatch in the shuttle kept leaking copious amounts of water on me!
After my day's journey, I returned that night on my own. Better a 1/4 mile hike than another round with that shuttle. Good thing too. Even though it was supposed to run 24 hours, it was sitting in front of the hotel with its lights off and no driver to be seen.
The key for my room didn't work on the second night, but this, I was told, was my fault for not taking good care of it. No further horrors were visited upon me that evening, but I strongly urge prospective guests to stay away!!
As for the breakfast.... if someone had told me about the breakfast I would have been delighted to have it! Of course the staff never mentioned it until the bill came and they said, 2 nights, room and breakfast. Charming.
t recommend this hotelfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Top Local Tips for Dublin
Taxi TO the hotel Be sure to tell the taxidriver that it is the Clarion Hotel placed directly inside the airport. There are a Clarion Hotel more in Dublin :o)
better hotels Try the raddisson or the Carlton. Both are far better that Clarion.
Dublin Aircoach get the air coach for trips from the airport to Dublin city centre
Other names for Clarion Hotel Dublin Airport
- dublin clarion
- Address: Dublin Airport - Dublin - Ireland
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