Hotel Isaacs

, Dublin, Ireland
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Hotel Isaacs

, Dublin
3 star

Rooms: 104

Store Street - Dublin - 1 - Ireland Hotel Website | | 1 - 8134700
512 Traveller

Reviews - Hotel Isaacs

On my list of worst hotels ever!
Submitted by: Sue in 12/06/06
  • Age Group: 60 +
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Retired
Trying to think of a more unpleasant hotel stay, but it's tough. My husband and I are very experienced travelers worldwide. Stayed two wretched nights here - fairly warm nights for Ireland, and devastatingly hot in 3rd floor room with no A/C and high windows. Very loud outside noise meant a choice between air circulation (such as it was) and sleep. Bus station noise is bad enough, but worse is the part where they power hose the buses between midnight and about 1:00 a.m. Felt like tryng to sleep in a factory going full pelt manufacturing something very noisy with machines that create a lot of heat! Room smelled of cigarettes although this is advertised as a non-smoking hotel ... balcony outside the window was full of cigarette butts, so this isn't taken seriously. Lift smelled even worse. Advertised email access in lobby did not work. Staff were not exceptionally helpful. Location is convenient but not worth the sleepless nights.
Cannot recommend highly enough!
Submitted by: Mrs Williams in 02/08/05
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
From the time we left home, access couldn't have been easier. Directly outside Dublin Airport is the Airport Bus. It makes 2 stops only, one in the centre of Dublin and one at the bus station. Buy your tickets on the bus, not on the plane. We got off at the bus station and Isaacs Hotel is right across the road. Modern Hotel with young staff. Staff were extremely pleasant and courteous, nothing too much trouble. Room doesn't have much of a view, but we didn't go to stay in the room. Having said that, the room was compact but furnished with everything you need. It was also stylish and good quality fixtures and fittings.the best bits in the room were that the hairdryer was located right in frint of the dresser and large mirror - at last, a hotel with common sense! The shower was hot and powerful, and my husband was enthralled by the bathroom mirror that doesn't steam up no matter how long you spend in the bath or shower. Breakfasts were excellent and as much as you can eat, again service spot on. There is a shared courtyard with the next door backpackers hostel if you want a smoke with your cuppa, and there is a quiet bar if you fancy a drink. the only down side during our stay was that the lift broke down and it took a couple of days to be fixed - having said that the hotel laid on extra porters so no-one had to cart luggage up and down the stairs. It took us exactly 10 minutes to walk from the hotel to the centre of O'Connell street. Perfect location for seeing Dublin but located in a really quiet area so no noise from bars. On the day we left, the hotel stored our baggage for us and we got the airport bus back directly to the airport. The bus station also has buses that go to places like Cork if you fancy a day trip further afield. The train station is also just around the corner. All in all, warm, clean, cosy, tasteful, friendly.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Hotel Isaacs

Ideal Isaacs !

from borimund
Took my wife to Dublin for her birthday. I had never been to Dublin before and tried in vain to do my homework as best as possible...when it came to a hotel I don't think I could have done any better for our money. If you fly to Dublin and it's your first time the Isaac's is by the far the best introductory hotel for your stay. Its immediately opposite the main bus station (Busaras) and a special service runs every ten minutes from Dublin Airport direct to the main station which is very helpful. The hotel itself is clean, quiet, comfortable and has a nice bar and restaurant (albeit we didnt do either of these due to time constraints to be fair).
The nucleus of Dublin; the city (Ballsbridge, Connolly Street, Temple Bar) is a mere 10-15 minute stroll away pasing the Irish Times building and theatre although you could catch a tram if thats your thing. The hotel at the time was undergoing continuing refurbishment but this caused no concern or problems at all.
All in all, found Dublin itself a bit pricey but couldn't find fault with the Hotel Isaac's and would have no hesititation in staying there again due to its value for money and location.

A Charming Establishment

from Pop101
This was my first visit to Ireland and definitely not the last! On arrival in Dublin, I got the 747 bus from the airport to the central bus stop in town having been advised that the townhouse was nearby. As I got off the bus with all my luggage, I literally turned the corned to find I was practically on the doorstep of Beresford Hall. The place itself was warm and welcoming and very impressive. The staff were very friendly and welcoming and showed me to the room immediately. I was on the third floor up and the view was spectacular. The room was extremely spacious and was furnished to an immaculate standard. I am very paticular about cleanliness and on inspection of the room, could not find one fault with it! Although Beresford Hall is situated on a main road, I disagree that this spoilt my sense of peace and tranquility whilst in the room - I slept with the room windows open and even this did not wake me in the mornings! I opted for a cooked breakfast every morning which was very tasty and just the ticket needed for the day ahead around Dublin. The Hall is ideally situated as it is about 5 minutes walk from the main O'Connell St and a further 5 minutes to Temple Bar. All the pubs/bars/restraunts you will ever need are merely a stones throw away from your doorstep, including the Dublin Tour 'hop on hop off' bus stops. All in all, a fantastic stay in a fantastic place. It was nice to stay somewhere a little different with a bit of character instead of a run of the mill, bog standard hotel which are ten a penny in Dublin. Highly recommended!

spend more and still get better value

from 4wellie
Interesting how reviews for 2005 are diametrically opposed - it's either Okay or Excellent. How reliable is that? Says more about expectations than the hotel!
I'm in the low camp (1 1/2 if there was one). Aside from the convenience to transportation (but uncomfortable neighbourhood) and that the hotel is equi-distant from most of the sights, the hotel leaves a lot to be desired.
Somewhere I read "modern hotel" - yer like 1970's modern! Internally it was noisy; floors creaked, you could hear voices above and to each side. As soon as you take the first step up from the lobby, or get into the elevator, you wonder what you're in for. It's hard to know if the place is part way to renovation, or part way to demolition! Threadbare carpets just don't cut it. Regardless, it needs a thorough going over. Front desk was indifferent and the hotel vacuum must be plugged-up. Correct about shower - it was good.
I expressed all of this on a comment card, but haven't had any comments back.
Estimate 15 - 20% more money would have got me 80% more value and I'll scrutinise the review ratings more than ever.

Very disappointing

from A TripAdvisor Member
Beresford Hall is situated on an incredibly busy road. The trams run directly outside the building along with endless traffic that never stops. Large lorries use this route to get to and from the port. Also, the Dart runs directly behind the building so you never have peace and quiet. The rooms have been refurbished to a nice standard, but this did not make up for the location. Apart from being opposite Customs House, it is a long walk to see the tourist attractions and for any decent restaurants. The staff were very helpful, but the manageress was very abrupt. Breakfast was not far off what you would get in a Little Chef. Very disappointing.

Pretty ok

from A TripAdvisor Member
The B&B (it is not a hotel) felt very cosy and well re-furbished as soon as we stepped inside. Our room was pretty comfortable, at the back of the building, so nice and quiet (although you couldn't hear the traffic in the entrance hall at the front anyway). No complaints about the staff - they were helpful and cheerful.

Good value for money, especially if you book direct with them via the internet, and in a great location for buses from the airport. Only one thing I would particularly want to improve is the quality of the breakfast - not that it was bad, but it really could have been a lot better.

- but not more!

from A TripAdvisor Member
No doubt the entrance area is impressing! However, the rooms do not live up to the expectations! The beds mattrasses are very poor and I don't think I would have slept another night in them! The bathroom was clean (so was the room too) but needed maintanance.
The worst experience was the restaurant! I was a marketing victim as the restaurant is advertised strongly all around that place. The pizza was a disgrace to all Italians!!! It tasted like coming straight out from a microwave, poorly filled and was small and overpriced. The same counts for the cesar salad!
Do yourself a favour: don't visit this ripp off restaurant and don't get blinded by its interior which admittingly is nice!

Georgian elegance

from Momelt
The Airlink 747 bus which runs every 10 minutes drops you by the bus station which is just a 1 minute walk from this fantastic hotel.
Situated behind the Customs House and within easy walking distance of many of Dublins tourrist attractions and staggering distance from the Temple Bar night life, this recently and sympathetically refurbished guest house can only be described as spectacular. The room and reception area was all decorated to a high standard and in period with the elegant Georgian building. The staff were friendly and helpful and with a choice of good quality continental or freshly cooked Irish breakfast it is a great place to stay.
The hotel was a great place to return to after a busy day sightseeing and we highly recommend a stay there.

You Can do Better

from travellinghopefully
I stayed at the Beresford based on the great reviews, but I feel like I was at a different b and b entirely. I didn't mind the closet sized room but it was hot and stuffy with a view of the construcvtion site in the back and on the ground floor, people looking in the window. There was no water pressure at all. Breakfast was mediocre and the staff was grumpy and unhelpful. In fact, several times no one answered the door for 5-10 minutes. it was in a terrible area and about 15 minutes to the Grafton Street area. And to top it off, while they say they have internet access, it does not work with Macs. It was 90 euors per night which I guess is pretty good for Dublin but I would rather pay a little more and be comfortable.

High Standard Place to Stay

from obriens191
This was a really nice place to stay for a long weekend visit to Dublin. It is within walking distance to the main sights eg O'Connel St.

The hotel was really tastefully refurbished and had a real upmarket feel.

We had two rooms, the standard was a little small, but well appointented. The superior room was 30 euros more, but had a lot more space and high ceilings etc.

The breakfast was great - full irish, or cornflakes etc if you preferred.

The staff were professional, but not overley friendly (especially the manageress!)

I would still recommend it to anyone to stay there.

No Probs - Great Hotel

from Babypenguin
I stayed at the hotel Isaacs for a week and have absolutely no complaints. My friend and I, both in our early 20's, found the staff friendly and helpful and the twin room we were in was airy and spacious.

The beds were comfy and the lighting in the room was good. We also had a full length window which could be viewed as a plus or a minus depending on how much you like your privacy, lol. The bathroom was fabulous - and actually had a rather roomy bath as well as a great power shower. The plug in the hand basin didnt work but as we were in a brand new room you kinda have to forgive the builders for getting at least one thing wrong.

The rooms were always spotless on our return in the evening complete with a fresh set of fluffy white towels.

On response to other reviews I have read - yes the ceilings are a tad thin and you can hear the cleaners in the room above you in the mornings but, we never heard any noise from other customers which was a surprise as the hotel was very busy that week.

Anyone who is planning on booking a room here should know that if you are at the front of the builing then your room, like ours, will be facing the city's bus station and one of the major dart lines. However I can honestly say i didnt find it noisy in the slightest and Im a very light sleeper. Having the bus sation opposite us was actually a blessing as it saved on expensive taxi fares to the airport at the Air Link bus stops right outside the door and only costs 5euro! Bargin!

All in all a really pleasant stay - and at a great price!

Top Local Tips for Dublin

Eliza Blues beside Millenium Bridge Great restaurant with good well presented food.The happy hour menu between 4-8pm is excellent value for money.

The 747 The aptly named 747 Bus from outside the terminal building goes right to the Hotel - just get off at the Busarus (the Bus Station) costs a measley 5Euro return.

Everybody frendly I love the people and gardens


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  • isaacs hotel dublin
  • Address: Store Street - Dublin - 1 - Ireland
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