Clifton Court Hotel

, Dublin, Ireland
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Clifton Court Hotel

, Dublin
2 star

Rooms: 30

11 Eden Quay - Dublin - D1 - Ireland Hotel Website | | 00 353 1 8743535
150 Traveller

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Submitted by: Emily in 08/09/08
  • Age Group: Under 18
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
Where do I start? We arrived at the hotel at check-in time and were told one of our two rooms weren't ready yet. We were still allowed keys to both rooms. The first room was a tiny room at the back of the hotel with poor natural light and no working main light for the room. We asked for the bulb to be changed but this never happened. The other room was just as bad, TV hanging off of the wall; tiles in the bathroom had been tiles around the toilet handle which gives you an idea of how cramped it was. My mum also got stuck in the toilet as the door was too big for the frame. There were silly little things that could have easily be changed, such as cupboard handles that didn't match, a suitcase holder that was missing the main pole through the middle for it to support the weight. The rooms were clean just dowdy. One member of staff was very helpful as others didn't really seem to be too interested in our presence. Breakfast was fine and restaurant staff were very efficient. We originally planned to stay for a few days longer than we did but after seeing it we chose to book out after the first night. Overall Dublin is a lovely place to stay; having a nicer hotel a little further from the city centre is much more worth it though!
Rude staff, small rooms, no electricity...
Submitted by: Alicia in 05/08/08
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Backpacker
This place was absoultly horrible! I stayed with a few of my friends and they made us pay 50 more than we booked online. The man at the desk was extremly rude to us. The electricty did not work when you plug things into the wall. The breakfast was horrible also. We planned on staying for 4 nights, but we decided to leave and asked for our money back becuase they charged us way too much. They said they would not penalize us for only staying one night, but then they kept our deposit and made us pay even extra as if we never paid the deposit! We were so angry and put out. I do not recommend staying at this place!
Better than expected
Submitted by: Lisa in 25/07/08
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Weekend Breaker
Not a very expensive hotel, which is what was attractive as we were 2 students seeking a short break, so needed cheap. I had read some of the previous reviews and was a bit worried. The location was great, very central, and accessible via public transport, air link just around the corner!
Everything was clean and tidy, standard b+b bedrooms, everything expected from a hotel included, only issues were the bathroom door didn't have a lock, or shut fully. Staff, especially waitresses were delightful. The breakfast was amazing, with many cooked breakfasts to choose from including a vegi choice, and cereal/bread also included. Very cheap price, very pleasant stay.
Location super but..
Submitted by: G in 25/04/08
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
Location super but the room on 4th floor, (no working lift), was very disappointing- A narrow cupboard for the shower room where my size 10 daughter could not find room to dry herself + cracked tiles, floor lino cut too small and wrinkled, loose door handle and high fixed shower head so bring a shower cap! In the bedroom- cracked mirroir, drawer facing falling off, no room for a chair , 14" tv (or smaller) but it did have sky. Crowded breakfast room but food fine. Friendly staff only a few Irish others have good grasp of English. Would not return unless Hotel was fully refurbished.
Not bad!
Submitted by: Catherine in 03/04/08
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Weekend Breaker
Great central location, not too noisy as we were at the back, but don't expect much of a view! Generally the hotel appeared very shabby and tired with a strong aroma of cigarette smoke. BUT the sheets,towels and bathroom were very clean and the breakfast good. They even offered a veggie breakfast which is almost unheard of! On the whole, not a bad spot if you are just using it as a base.
Check your room has central Heating !
Submitted by: anita in 10/12/07
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The service was good and the staff very friendly. The breakfast left a lot to be desired although plentiful was poorly cooked. The central heating wasn't working in our room and we were supplied with an oil filled radiator which did not heat up the room and we were extremely cold when we returned after a day out. We had tried leaving the heater on all day to warm the room but this was turned off while we were out.
Staff were great
Submitted by: Chris in 25/10/07
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
Had a double room for four nights. Decor a bit shabby but towels and bedding very clean. Staff were great, breakfast good. Don't know who does the maintenance but shower looked as though it had been grouted with a spoon. Food in bar was ok, as was entertainment. Basic hotel that can be noisy, but handy for city center and pretty reasonably priced.
Good location, lovely staff
Submitted by: Lucy Waterhouse in 13/09/07
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young & Single
Great location and staff were very friendly especially the hot bouncer.... We was 4 young girls and they did put us in a room which had no window and stunk of chip fat so when booking make sure you dont ask for the family room.

But apart from that it was great, food, location, people.

Would stay again!
Submitted by: Pauline in 01/08/07
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Weekend Breaker
I'd read mixed reviews on this hotel but can say it's great.Myself and two friends have just come home from a great weekend in lovely Dublin. Staff very polite and friendly. Breakfast good. Room perfectly fine and clean. If you don't like noise could be a problem but location is fantastic- can't get any closer to the centre!
Good basic hotel
Submitted by: Joseph in 01/04/07
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
We have just come back from this hotel and for a basic hotel in the heart of Dublin, 5 mins walk from both Graffton Street and Henry street it is Ideally situated. The staff are very friendly and helpful the service in the dining room is very good (although it is a bit small) the food is of a high standard both in the bar downstairs and in the hotel. There is live entertainment in the bar every night Irish singing and dancing. If you want a posh hotel and peace and quiet this may not be for you but if you want to use the hotel as a base to sleep in after the entertainment it is worth a visit.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Clifton Court Hotel

Avoid at all costs!!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
Ignore ther website, you'd get more accurate information from all of the negative reports written here. The place is a disgrace ! The rooms are disgusting and were so bad we couldn't bring ourselves to sleep in it!
Nothing about the hotel has been refurbished, this is a PIT not a hotel.
The staff were arrogant, menacing and clearly used to taking complaints, the manager was unhelpful and condescending, all in all an experience I never want to repeat. The "bathroom" door would not open , until 15 stone of "security" virtually pulled the handle off trying to wrench it open, he was was not interested in resolving the other problems with the room. ie, 4 coat hangers in a double wardrobe (mucky inadequate cupboard), a light fitting hanging from the wall, apparently that was someone elses responsibility.

The small broken window looked out onto a pile of cigarette butts and a load of extraction vents

I couldn't believe the place. We cancelled the booking left and got the next flight home the following morning having spent the night in a clean and comfortable travel lodge at the airport.

This place runined my weekend and I will never even contemplate using this "hotel" again and if you've got any sense don't book it, way overpriced and completely misdescribed on their website.

A V O I D A T A L L C O S T S !

t book it......

from ChubbyArse
The first room we were given was on the 4th floor (308), and was a foot wider than the tiny double bed. One side was against the wall, and you had to climb off of the end of the bed! The en-suite was the width of a shower, and there was absolutely no room for manuvoer. THe television had no remote and the minus button was missing, meaning you couldn't turn down the volume etc. Most of the drawers on the table and the bedside table were nailed shut. It had one window overlooking the back of the hotel and there was an office block opposite which coud see right in.

We complained and the receptionist moved us to another room on the 1st floor (101). This room wasn't much bigger, but at least we could walk down either side to get in/out. The bed was only just a double, unfortunately we didn't measure it, but it must have only been four foot in width (similar to the previous room). We could tell it was non-standard as there was a headboard nailed to the wall which was a foot bigger!!! The en-suite was bigger but had a bloacked out window and it smelt of drying laundry, as it was obviously near the laundry room. The room didn't have a window as such either, more like a laundry chute with a skylight at the top.

Both of the en-suites we had, had wall fixtures (soap dispenser, toilet paper dispenser) which were once attached to the wall, but now just led on the sink and toilet respectively.

We stayed during the week, so we didn't hear any nightclub noise (but that is probably different at the weekend), however in the morning all we could hear were staff coming and going and slamming doors.

Breakfast was OK, and the staff polite, but nothing can detract from the overall state of the "Hotel". We have been left with a stale taste in our mouths, and our "Hotel" experience has let Dublin down and it was ultimately far less enjoyable than similar trips we've been on to Limerick and Belfast.

Get a Grip!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
I found Clifton Court on the internet . . the photo of the hotel and the descriptions lead you to believe one thing but be prepared for another! No one told me they didn't have a "lift", but I could get over that, just a warning the staircases are SO narrow you have to walk sideways with your luggage. I was told that the rooms had recently been refurbished - I am still trying to figure our what was done to improve those tired, dirty, nasty rooms! I was also told that hairdryers were in every room - come to find out that was not true. The first room they gave us had no hairdryer, a broken window, and bed that reminded you of the one on the I Love Lucy episode when Ethel had to tie Fred to the bed rail so they wouldn't end up piled on top of each other in the center of the bed. When I asked where the hairdryer was the employee at the front desk said that room didn't have one but I could use the room next door for one morning to use their hair dryer . . .after that I would not have a hair dryer to use. The second room they assigned to us was one floor up, but it actually took two flights of stairs, down a long hallway (through the cigarette smoke) and down four more stairs . . .it had a hair dryer but was SO small!!! We ended up finding other accomodations - better location, better room and ended up paying less money . . . go figure!!!

Right price!

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed in Clifton Court with my boyfriend in 12/2004. I was worried about the reviews I read from Tripadvisor, but the hotel was nice. Yes, the bar downstairs is noisy and the room a little bit shabby. BUT. The location is excellent; you can walk everywhere. And we solved the problem with the noisy bar simply by not going to sleep so early. And I really appreciated that the adjustable heater in the room worked. (In my previous stay in Ireland the heater in the hotel in Cork did not work and that wasn't funny at all)

So if you go to Dublin to have fun in the pubs and to drink some Guinness I highly recommend this hotel. Hotel room is only for sleeping few hours after partying all night, isn't it.

I have been in Clifton Hotel and I am going again....

from marybbloom
As everything in life whether you like the Clifton Court Hotel or not depends on who you are and what your expectations are. Me and my husband enjoyed being there because of all the pro mentioned here and also because of the irish cheerful atmosphere in the Lanigans pub downstairs that makes you feel you have landed straight into the Irish element. I don't care for luxury clean and anonymous hotels that could be anywhere in the world. So now we are going again o Dublin in March and reserved it for 2 nights - I hope I will not be disappointed this time :-)

Do NOT even consider staying here!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
I am astounded that there are positive reviews posted for this place! The description of the 'hotel' on their website borders on the fraudulently inaccurate, and the negative reviews posted here are spot on. For the money, the least you should expect is clean, comfortable accomodation; what you get is a flea pit above a nightclub with no soundproofing. If you're in Dublin to party until the early hours then this would be the place for you, except that you might as well save yourself £50 and book one of the hostels instead....
The staff are indeed friendly & helpful, I have a feeling that they are accustomed to dealing with unresolvable complaints from almost everyone who stays here! The owners of this property are clearly running a nightclub which happens to have a few sadly neglected rooms above it which they might as well try & do something with. Great location & views from some rooms, but all in all an absolute disgrace which can only harm the image and reputation of this great city for anyone unfortunate enough to stay here.

So bad it is funny!

from A TripAdvisor Member
All the negative comments writen for this hotel so far are perfectly true. The rooms are small, yellow with a faint wiff of cigarettes. They are generally dirty - there was a large piece of what looked like snot on the side of the basin. The TV remotes, once you have walked up and down 4 flights of stairs to get them from reception, do not work. You can only faintly hear the cosmopolitan bar from the 4th floor but don't worry because the residents bar, which opens at 11pm, will keep you entertained until at least 4am.

The staff are generally friendly in a desperate way that would indicate that they are trying to compensate for all that negative energy that must be thrown their way day after day when bleary eyed guests stagger down stairs to check out and complain.

The lady on reception viewed me with great suspision when I came down to talk to her at half 11. She perked up no end when she realised that I was not going to complain about the noise (my friend had just done that) and that all I wanted was the TV remote. I refer the reader to my first paragraph.

She also took it in her stride when I mentioned the fact that the radiator in the room did not work and that the other very helpful gentleman had been unable to fix it with a pair of pliers earlier in the day. An electric heater was later produced for our comfort........... It did not work.

Faulty Towers eat your heart out.

You have been Warned

from A TripAdvisor Member
For what you pay this hotel is the pits. The rooms are tiny and I mean tiny with a small shower room - no bath. The bed was small and very uncomfortable. For just a few euros more you could go to the likes of the Aston Hotel which is great and is the Ritz in comparison. The Clifton hotel is centrally located however is right next door to the Salvation Army Shelter so there is a lot of drunks hanging around. If you have booked and are reading this just cancel and get somewhere else unless you like staying in a tiny yellow room with a lumpy bed and building noise if you are situated at the back - from 7am in the morning. One positive note is the staff member was very helpful and found us alternative accommodation - Aston Hotel.

The Ritz...I Think Not

from GlobetrotterSue
The hotel website is in urgent need of review - the only thing refurbished is "Lanigans" traditional bar which is now the swish and nocternal "Metropolitan" bar and nightclub. No mention of this on website. On arrival the receptionist over emphasised the nightclub presence to the point where we were terrified of what was to come. She managed to make us feel stupid for not knowing it was there and therefore booking somewhere else, we hadn't voiced concerns and I think I aged 20 years during this 5 minute exchange!
By 2am we took her point and as they say, if you can't beat them...
Breakast was the worst I have had in Ireland and we didn't bother after the first morning prefering to try to get a little shuteye in anticipation of the night ahead!
The rooms are basic and compact - ok as a crash pad but poor if you expect comfort of any kind.
Staff friendly and polite.
One concern is that the pub has an upstairs area. There is a door which leads from here directly into the hotel and therefore potential access to rooms. ..
Overall we had a great time in Dublin, it really is a fantastic place. If you have the money I would suggest you go further upmarket and enhance your stay with the aid of sleep!

Ab Fab

from A TripAdvisor Member
Fab - we booked hotel for a friends 40th saw the comments here and had our doubts but we shouldn't have - we really couldn't fault the hotel. Recently refurbished and spotless, staff could not have been friendlier or more obliging. 10/10 I'll definitely be back.

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Take the bus. I would recommend using public transportation. The bus system is very easy to use and the bus drivers are very helpful in finding the right bus you need. Also the locals are very helpful as well in trying to navigate the bus system.

proper irish if like us you were looking for the proper irish culture pubs you need to venture into the smaller back streets.temple bar is a street with many great pubs on but they are very english and very busy but on saying that still great fun.

DUBLIN Bus 747 from Dublin airport to the city center, bus station. Direct bus, 6 euros per person. Dublin is not cheap at all, a normal dinner is very expensive. Had dinner in the Terrace Restaurant, which belongs to the Temple Bar Hotel, in Temple Bar. There was a menu blackboard in the entrance of the Hotel. Cheaper and best quality than other restaurants in the area. There are also lots of fast food restaurants in the area. Irish stew, beef of ireland, and Guinness casserole seem to be the same ! so just try one and you will have tried all them. Carroll's seem to be the cheapest gift store in the city center. You can find several . Temple bar is a good area for nightlife. There are nice pubs with irish music and dance.


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  • Address: 11 Eden Quay - Dublin - D1 - Ireland
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