Clarion Hotel Dublin Airport

, Dublin, Ireland
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Clarion Hotel Dublin Airport

4 star

Rooms: 247

Dublin Airport - Dublin - Ireland Hotel Website | 018080500
363 Traveller

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Go somewhere else!!!
Submitted by: Daniel in 30/10/05
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  • From: Australia
  • Traveller type: Weekend Breaker
At no stage did this hotel live up to its expectations. we only needed it for one night, as our flight left early the next day. A lump of solid plastic was left on the mattress - under the fitted sheet. The tv worked for 1/2hr, then stopped. They couldn't do a thing about it. There were service charges on everything. What should've been a cheap night had an extra 10% chucked on EVERYTHING. When booking the hotel, this wasn't explained. I can understand this in American hotels (the displayed price doesn't include tax), but in Ireland?? What a laugh. I should've stayed elsewhere.
Excellent hotel
Submitted by: Noel Lackey in 13/06/05
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: Ireland
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
Hotel was excellent, very clean and staff were great, I had an early flight and reception put me at ease with assurances that they would have me up in time and a small breakfast ready for me, they have a free shuttle bus to/from the airport what more could you ask for?
One nighter
Submitted by: Thomas Phillips in 12/05/05
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Sun Seeker
Unfortunately we were only in Dublin for one night. We needed to stay in Dublin because our flight to USA was going through Shannon the next day. We had spent the past 2 weeks in ?Italy & Malta, but the flight over to Dublin and Shannon made us excited to do our next vacation in Ireland. Although, we probably won't stay in the Holiday Inn at the airport because we will want to stay in a big city atmosphere or in a castle. The hotel was lovely for our only night there. We had a wonderful dinner in the restaurant.
Just relaxing!
Submitted by: peter hudson in 13/04/05
  • Age Group:
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
After a week of moving house in South Dublin it was so nice to relax and have a quiet drink together before our early check in next morning. No traffic, no hassle and a mini bus to departures. We will be back!

Historical Traveller Reviews of Clarion Hotel Dublin Airport

Parts of the Clarion are nice, but it still needs a lot of work

from ddobrien
I chose the Clarion because it was close to the airport, much less expensive and because the photos of the rooms made it look fairly nice.

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.


from Susan27
We stay here as we had an early flight the next morning. The room we got was a disgrace, we were given a smoking room which really smelled horrible even while sleeping. It was dirty, ciggarettes burns on the carpet and the windows and window stills were absolutely filty. We ate in the restaurant which was quite costly and a service charged added on to the bill, the staff were not very nice. It was supposed to be a 4 Star, First Class Modern Hotel ..... not so..... the hotel restaurant and bar maybe but the rooms or def. not up to standard. Was totally disgusted by the experience. Would not recommend anyone to stay here.

Worth the price But.....

from YoSpanish
I stayed in this hotel for one night on July 29th. The hotel in under remodelation/construction so it's somehow confusing to get to see the main entrance. I arrived by taxi from Dublin bus station. Room was clean and comfortable. It was room 142. If you are offered at the reception to be helped with your luggage say YES. There is no lift (maybe because the remodelation???). It was my mistake when I arrived. I then asked for help when I left.... I had both lunch and dinner at the restaurants. You have different choices. Please, do not order a fried rice with vegetables, pork, beef...sorry I do not remember the name..BUT it was so spyce and hot that I had to order water a couple of times.....
Breakfast really good. Free coach to the airport.

served its purpose

from A TripAdvisor Member
Stayed at the hotel as early flight next morning, with 3 children it was ideal as we availed park & stay facility which meant could just bundle children onto courtesy bus and get dropped off right at the door of departures meant no lugging around prams & suitcases (& children of course) from off site car park & on and off shulttle bus - Cost of night & parking for 1 week felt was reasonale at E159 - Yes hotel was still be refurbished outside but new reception and bar area was opened and was very modern , room was also nicely furnished, nice extra touch in the babys cot Clarion Teddy Bear to take away - I would recommend this hotel simply of its great location close to the airport and in the end it really is only for the purpose of a stop over

Beware the service lift

from moveagh
As we were flying out of Dublin early in the morning we booked an overnight stay at the
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 again

from HilBil
I stayed at the Clarion on a Sunday evening before travelling for business on a Monday morning with the thinking that a good nights sleep was preferable to a 4am start ahead of a longs days work. Unfortunately thats wasn't really possible (for me) at the Clarion. The hotel is undergoing some re-modelling and the reception area is less than welcoming.

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
After having read reviews on this hotel before our trip (2ads 1Chd) to Dublin I was quite nervous about arriving at the hotel and didn't let my other half know of the reviews, but it wasn't too bad a stay just for one night.

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 atrocity

from smoghat
Stayed two nights in this atrocity. Five minutes should have been enough. I wasn't paying, but next time i'll pay to stay somewhere else.

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 hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
When I entered the hotel room, the room was neat and clean enough. On each of the beds (there were three), there was a cushion on top of each pillow. Each cushion had dried snot on it. How disgusting! I was so revolted I didn't even complain, I dumped the cushions behind the armchair. The following day, the same cushions - snot-side up - were place neatly on the pillows again. There is absolutely no excuse for this kind of service. I just can't believe it was a Clarion hotel.


from 40degreesouth
I booked the hotel via an airline website. It is classified as 3 star. Its right next to the airport with free shuttle bus, so if you are after a travelodge type room with breakfast close to the airport fine. I booked this as I was on a business trip and the website advertised pool, fitness room, sauna and I had visions of a good steam / swim after a long day. What they don't tell you is you have to walk out of the hotel with your room towel, walk a block to a 1950s style swimming centre ALSAA. My partner and I arrived and left just as quickly. The pool was full of kids learning synchronised swimming in caps. It was scary. The hotel is being rennovated. There was hardly anywhere to sit. No wireless, no lifts. You are charged horrendously for water in the room. No style. Staff were herlpful. Lovely full Irish breakfast, make sure you get it included in the room rate.

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


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  • Address: Dublin Airport - Dublin - Ireland
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