Harding Hotel

, Dublin, Ireland
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Harding Hotel

, Dublin
2 star

Rooms: 53

Copper Alley - Dublin - 2 - Ireland Hotel Website | | 016796500
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Lovely hotel
Submitted by: Ducth reviewer in 28/07/08
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: Netherlands
  • Traveller type:
The location is great and the hotel looks lovely. The rooms are neat. Nothing to complain about!
Nice and clean
Submitted by: Marianne in 24/07/07
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: Norway
  • Traveller type: Adventurer
We all four girls loved the hotelrooms, it was nice and clean, we can't understand why this hotel don't have any moore stars. The staff that met us when we arrived was very nice, but the staff that served us our breakfast was a bit grumpy. But the most important thing is that it was nice and not so expensive. When I'm going back to Dublin, I'm staying here! And also, the location is perfect, we loved the Temple Bar area!
Great Stay
Submitted by: Joan & Marie in 05/04/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Weekend Breaker
All I can say is that we got 5 star service from check in to departure. The staff were all very friendly from management to the nice ladies in house keeping. The bar had entertainment friday through to sunday afternoon. The copper Alley Bistro opens all day from breakfast through to late with great food and great value for money. Can't wait to visit again in July with my husband.
Good value for money
Submitted by: Yvonne in 24/02/06
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
We have just returned from a 3 day break.hotel good value for money. Clean warm, plenty tea coffee etc in room hairdryer worked plenty of clean towels. Good location, good breakfast.
Harding Hotel
Submitted by: Bridget in 24/01/06
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Weekend Breaker
Wonderful 4 days with the Harding!!! Cannot fault the service and the cleanliness! Special thanks to the young girl on reception, she was most helpful, one of our party lost her holiday money, she was very understanding ,and tried her best to contact various stores, which we had visited,(alas to no avail)thank you for trying. Bridget, Lesley and Sally
Submitted by: kate in 15/01/06
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
Whilst I enjoyed my stay at the Harding hotel I will not be returning there. I have stayed in many hotels but have never walked into a room and found poo in the shower. We were moved straight away to a better room. The location of this hotel was very good and the staff were helpful.
Submitted by: Carol in 15/12/05
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Weekend Breaker
Our party of three women stayed for three nights early Dec 2005. Could not fault this place at all.
The rooms were spacious, immaculately clean and actually had a power shower (no dancing about under these!). We had clean towels every day.
The staff were extremely helpful, pleasant and friendly.
Breakfast in the Bistro next door was well cooked and plentiful
Even though the Bistro and bar were both open to the public access could be gained to both from the hotel. WE can highly recommend Sunday night in the adjoining bar, real Irish music and friendly folk.
When we go back to Dublin, which we fully intend to do we will definitely stay here again.
On the Saturday night our taxi was late picking us up and the hotel owner actually offered to drive us himself to the place we were going! Lovely genuine people.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Harding Hotel


from A TripAdvisor Member
I spent 3 nights at the Harding last week, and hated it. The bathrooms are gross -- no tub. You shower on the sketchy (is it clean?) bathroom floor, which isn't even tiled. After the first night, we requested and received a room change because the street was noisy, but the noise from the beer garden at Darkey Kelley's (below and behind the Harding) was actually much worse. Plus it was kind of hot with no air circulation from the alley it overlooks. When we stayed there, the computer for internet access AND the elevator were broken. Nice. And to top it all off, after I expressed my disappointment at being moved to a NOISIER room, the receptionist wouldn't pick up the phone calls from my room for the rest of the night. After trying for 30 minutes, my husband had to actually go downstairs and ask for our wake up call in person. Then about 10 minutes later the fire alarm went off (of course the fire alarm went off! why not?!), and he wouldn't even pick up the phone when I tried to find out if everything was ok. I had to actually dial 9 and call the main line. He picked up immediately...

The worst part was the price -- about 100 euro per night for 2 people. I mean, I know you have to pay a lot for Dublin, period, but it just made me sick that I paid it to them. Luckily Rick Steve's gets you 10% off. Next time I'm in Dublin, I will stay anywhere else.

Return visit to the Harding....

from A TripAdvisor Member
This was the second time that i had stayed at the Harding Hotel in Dublin, and the fact that i returned means that it must have something going for it.

The Harding often seems to be included in budget websites/package breaks and i think that if you purchase in this way you will probably get good value for money. If you book directly through the hotel it is significantly more expensive and some how the trip doesn't seem quite as much fun.

The rooms have basic but modern clean decoration, and are spacious and comfortable. The views of Christchurch catherdral are stunning and it is well positioned to potter round Dublin in the day and shuffle round the Temple bar area at night.

True, there is no bath, but the shower is powerful and the bathroom spacious enough to enjoy.

I anticipate that i will be making a third visit to the Harding in the not too distant future.........

Needs a good cleaning

from Grandma51
Very good location and the front desk staff are great. We stayed there a total of 5 nights, before a tour and after. Not one of the rooms was what I would call clean. The last one had a layer of dust all around the sink and on the tea and coffee caddy. My socks were very dirty after walking around in the room a little.
The showers in two of the rooms we had, had no temperature control and I had to keep pushing the knob for water as it only stayed on a minute or so.
Darkey Kelley's pub provides the breakfast for 10Euro. Save your money and walk down to temple bar for some good food.

Great Hotel, Great location

from polo72
Great location for this friendly hotel. 5 mins to Temple Bar pubs and the shopping is 10 min walk.
Huge room for 3 of us, all had separate beds, double, king and single and still plenty of room. Breakfast was a fantastic buffet style (cereals, hot food, fruit etc) and set us up for the whole day. This is served in the adjoining pub.
I would definately stay at this hotel again and would highly recommend it.
Would also recommend to do the Viking bus tour. Can get this from Stephens Green.

Harding still fine

from paddyh
Spent three nights in the Harding last week. This definitely is not the Ritz but for 57 E a night (single) includes Rick Steves discount, It can not be beat. Bathrooms are a little small but clean and no complaints with the staff. They were more than willing to help with any request I had. Leo Burdicks fish & chips is about a two minute walk and the Lord Edward is a friendly pub just up the street. Hop on Hop off bus tour has a stop only a half block away. The adjoining restaurant and pub are pretty much a bust but there are plenty of both nearby. Would definitely stay again.

Real value for money

from chocolate_teapot
I have nothing but praise for this hotel. Very handily placed for Temple Bar but without the late night revelling outside the door. Within easy walking distance of shops (Grafton St, O'Connell St), Cathedrals (Christ Church is literally on the other side of the road, St Patricks 10 minutes walk), Dublin Castle etc. Rooms and bathrooms were large. Our room (a twin) looked as if it had at one time slept 5. Breakfast in the bar more than adequate. Cereal, fruit juice, yoghurt, toast, tea or coffee plus sausages, bacon, eggs, beans, white pudding. Staff were helpful but unobtrusive. I would stay here again and recommend it to others.

Quaint hotel; perfect location

from A TripAdvisor Member
I must say, I was very impressed with this hotel. I stayed here for 3 nights during March Break 2005.

The most important thing I HAVE to mention is the location. It's right on the west end of Temple Bar, within walking distance to all of Dublin. If you're planning to spend your time walking around the city, this is the perfect hotel. It's even close to Kilmainham Gaol and the Guinness factory (~20 minute walk). Right across the road is the Christ Church Cathedral, and the next door neuigbour is the place where Handel first performed The Messiah.

The lobby is quite tight but beautiful in it's own way. The service at the desk was always helpful and there's a computer there that you can use to surf the web (it's not nearly as cheap as some net cafes just a few blocks east; just walk, you'll find at least one). There's a large bar (they had a poster advertising "Labatt", that reminded me of home!) and a small dining room off the side. Large Groups like us used the dining room; I don't know about individuals. In the morning the bar turns into the breakfast area. Take note that you have to pay extra for the heated stuff.

There is one elevator, and it can get pretty congested. Since the lobby is so cramped, it can spill out, so you might want to avoid it and just take the stairs, but they're kind of inconvenient.

All the rooms that I saw were very nice. Included in room was a TV, some mugs, a kettle, tea & coffee supplies, soap and shampoo. The beds were clean, comfortable, and the view was spectacular (on the west side at least). The way the roof was shaped, our room had a kind of a makeshift balcony. The washroom was clean, although I wasn't prepared for how the shower (no bathtub) shared a floor with the toilet. It was different, but I have no complaints.

Well worth it

from porty1
Stayed 17-19 Jan 2005.

Friendly staff, great breakfasts, room we had spot on - excellent value for money. Darkey Kelly's is very inviting and friendly Close to Temple Bar and only 10 mins to O'Connell street
Would defiantely stay here again if going to Dublin

A Great Hotel in a Good Location

from lisae74
Stayed at this hotel and would definitely recommend to those looking for central location at a good price. Easy reach of shopping, pubs and restuarants. Hotel had a bit of character about it. Right next to Christchurch Cathedral. Our room (three adults sharing) was spacious and clean. Bathroom was clean and bright. Didn't make it to breakfast so can't comment on that!

Must read review!!!! -We would stay again!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
This hotel has received very mixed reviews and we were concerned at poor reviews for breakfast and bathroom facilities, but still went ahead and booked. The price we paid included breakfast and we thought overall we got very good value for money.

We booked a double room but in actuall fact got a room with double and single beds, the clothing storage was of the' ferry style' (doorless wardrobe and shelves rather than deep drawers). Adaquate for us but might not suit some people. Otherwise very spacious, usual facilities but no clock/ radio which is always a useful feature. Well heated but with opening windows, direct dial telephone and a list of services the hotel can provide ( too big to detail here).

The bathroom was unusual with the only sink actually located in the room and with push operated taps which may save water but can be irratating.
The shower and toilet are seperated by a curtain but are on the same level ( there is no shower tray) This gives the impression that the shower will flood out the entire bathroom and room carpet!!! but it doesn't!.
Very powerful shower always hot when required but with cooler options if needed, and consistent temp control. There was evidence of the previous shower and it looks like ours at least was very new .this could account for some older poor reviews of the hotel.
Breakfast is served in the next door bar between 0730 and 1000 this is open to the public but also has an internal door from the hotel. The advertised breakfast was a full Irish but poor reviews suggested to us this might be egg, bacon and 1 sausage.
In actual fact the breakfast is buffet style and consist of as much juices, cereals, coffee and toast as you want FOR STARTERS AND SIDES!!.
Together with fried eggs, sausages, beans, toms ,bacon and the must have white pudding (a cross between black pudding and haggis)
Overall it depends what you are used to but we felt we got value for money from the Harding and it is in an ideal location for exploring most of Dublin.

Top Local Tips for Dublin

Transport Getting about was no problem but make sure you find your departure points in advance -that way you can relax for the rest of the day.

Do the Dublin Tour On your first day do the Dublin city tour where you can hop on & off, this will give you your bearings and you can then decide which areas are best for you.

A word about beer! Don't visit Dublin if your sole aim is to drink real ales - there aren't any. Only drink Guinness as it's the cheapest beer (though cheap is relative in an expensive place like Dublin). Don't expect many deals and happy hours - they're few and far between, still Dubliners are happy 24/7 so why bother! All Dublin bars seem to have a simlpe beer price structure which is always displayed near the door, so always check prices before you order, also be aware that late at night and at weekends some bars rack the beer prices up, but these higher tarrifs should be on display too. Whatever you're after enjoy your drinking but don't overdo it. Also the top, top, tip is - always use the toilet before leaving the bar you're in as Dublin has virtually no public toilets outside of their public buildings, alternatively, just visit another bar!


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  • Address: Copper Alley - Dublin - 2 - Ireland
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