The Beacon Hotel

, Dublin, Ireland
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The Beacon Hotel

, Dublin
4 star

Rooms: 82

18 Beacon Court - Dublin - 18 - Ireland | 012915000
257 Traveller

Reviews - The Beacon Hotel

9/10
hotel, rooms and restaurant
Submitted by: David in 10/02/06
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: Ireland
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
I stayed here for two nights and it was excellent. The rooms are fantastic, clean, bright, modern and weel decorated. Down stairs the restaurant is Thai, personally i enjoyed it. The luas stop is a couple of minutes away which meant it is really easy to get into the city.
Only downside is the constuction work continuing around the hotel. Can be a bit noisy in the morning.
2/10
Food!
Submitted by: Marian Smyth in 08/04/05
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: Ireland
  • Traveller type: Special Interest/Event
Recently I had people over from London, I decided to take them to this hotel for dinner, chaotic is the only word I can find, far too loud, the food was absolutely dire and the interior. I saw two people bang their heads on the lampshades in the restaurant!

Historical Traveller Reviews of The Beacon Hotel

poor

from wachy
I was missing a hot water, heating and clean bathroom. Not good for hotel of such pricing category.

Simply loved the Beacon

from D-manIreland
We stayed for two nights in the beacon hotel during St. Patricks weekend. The hotel is designed with a very modern and relaxing theme. You cant help but feel relaxed the minute you walk in the front door. The Bedrooms are stunning. Extremely comfortable, spacious and have everything you need. Immaculately clean. very elegant bathroom with the best shower I have ever had. We ate in the restaurant. The theme is Thai food. This was amazing. The food was fantastic with very generous portions. We had breakfast the following morning in the bar and again the portions were generous and very satisfying. Overall I can't fault the hotel on anything. It was great value for money and I would recommend it to anyone.

Decor great, the rest it aint

from angieIreland
Myself and my husband booked a weekend at the beacon through the hotel website which was offering a weekend special. On arrival we were imediately impressed by the decor but sadly thats about all it had going for it. The food in the restaurant was some of worst ive ever experienced, tried the bar food the next day and it was pretty much the same. The bar can be quite noisy so if its a quiet weekend you're after the this is not the place to go. Although it was september it was still quite warm so no need for heating you would think - wrong, the heating was on all night, timpossible to switch off and no air conditioning made for two very uncomfortable nights of trying to sleep. On checkout be sure to check your bill, we found an extra €120 added to our bill and as the girl on reception couldnt speak english properly we had to wait for a colleague to sort it out, which i have to say was done efficiantly. Overall i wont be staying there again any time soon. Maybe it would be more suitable for hen/stag parties.

I wanted to like it...

from Shopaholiday
My boyfriend and I stayed here for two nights recently; I'd booked a King Room. As other reviewers have said, the hotel's decor is very hip and trendy; I thought it was cool but the boyfriend hated it. Lift interiors were upholstered in grey leather, which had the effect of making you think you were in a padded cell. A large four-poster bed formed the centrepiece of the lobby, and a huge silver-painted Medusa-style head hung over the reception desk. The room was bright and airy with a very comfortable bed, white leather chaise-longue and hidden wardrobe in an alcove. Bathrobes, slippers, ironing board, iron etc were provided, and there was a safe. It had free tea, coffee and hot chocolate, and there was one of those touch-sensitive minibars. The best bit was the bathroom; huge shower (which I couldn't initially figure out how to work - boyfriend had to be consulted) and a separate, deep, free-standing bath. The room had a wonderful view out over Dublin Bay but this was sadly obscured by a very thick layer of dirt on the outside of the windows.

Our major issue with the place was the construction. It seems that they are still building the seventh floor; on arrival we noticed that much of the floor seemed to resemble a building site, but we reassured ourselves that this wouldn't be an issue over the weekend. Wrong. Drilling, hammering and banging commenced well before 8am on the Saturday morning, and continued all morning. The same story on the Sunday morning, which was completely ludicrous. I don't understand how the hotel can allow rooms to be occupied with that level of noise going on. I worry that this lack of thought about customers might extend to other areas of the hotel's service; to be honest, we didn't stick around much after the Saturday morning.

All in all, I'd have to say don't stay here unless you can get a solid guarantee in advance that there will be no early-morning banging and drilling.

The Sauna

from krubtap
We stayed at the Beacon on the weekend of the 15th - 17th September. On arriving at the hotel we where impressed with the decor and style of the building, even the elevators from the car park, reception staff where welcoming and helpful although the reception area leads directly to the bar which is very loud at night time. On getting to our room, which was a queen size, we where again very impressed with the style and decor. The room was spacious, very modern and had a beautiful ensuite. We quickly noticed that the room was very warm and searched to no avail for the air conditioning control. Unfortunatley rooms have no air conditioning and we had to open the windows, the issue for us was then that we where on the 7th floor but directly above the smoking area from the bar, the noise level even at our height up was so bad that it was better to bake in the room and try to get some sleep than leave the windows open. At 3 a.m. or so I again opened the windows to notice that the sound of people & music had been replaced with the sound of generator units etc., again unless you find the extremley loud humming soothing, you could not sleep.

Overall the hotel is almost perfect with helpful Staff, an excellent breakfast and all set in a very modern and stylish decor, without air conditioning I could not return to the hotel as even in September the heat was unbearable.

All Style, No Substance

from smwp
We stayed at the Beacon for one night on our way out of Dublin. It is very hip and trendy but that's about it. Our room was stuffy and loud, and it was not a convenient trip from the city (about a 50-60 euro cab ride). If you are looking for a club scene this is the place for you, otherwise I highly recommend the Stillorgan Park Hotel-where we stayed our first two nights-for its convenience and amenities.

Attention required

from allinepopa
I have already submitted a letter to the manager. However, having read other reviews, I feel I should back up and expand on other's experiences. I stayed at this hotel for three nights in late July. Having particularly reserved a twin room, we were shown to a double. No effort was made to offer any assistance with luggage. On reporting the room error, it was changed quickly but without any good grace or apology and absolutely no attempt to assist. The man in question simply stood to one side while my wife and I struggled with cases and bags. The room was fine apart from the fact the windows were so encrusted in filth that the excellent view over Dublin was difficult to appreciate. The expended toilet rolls from the previous occupancy had not been changed. It was a twin roon for TWO people but only one pair of complimentary slippers were provided and only one drinking glass was in evidence throughout. At no time were either BBC1 or BBC2 available on the TV. First night I removed a whiskey and a water from the minibar. The following day the empties were left lying around after room service and were not replenished, The same goes for the complimentary bottles of bathroom shampoo etc. The waste paper basket was unemptied. On the second night, another whiskey was removed plus a Toblerone. Next day, the empties joined the previous ones. The whiskey was however replaced as was the chocolate but not the water. The basket remained unemptied and was by now overflowing and had been joined by a bag of rubbish. They were never touched.
The breakfast prices ARE high and one would expect to pay these prices in a much superior establishment. The quality of the breakfast food was excellent and the staff were a delight.. There is a fair amount of late night drinking and on the first two nights we were woken at 4 & 5 in the morning by shouting, car door banging and horn blowing. Other reviews relating to next bedroom all night parties are a big concern and I would not wish to be in the staff's shoes if it happened next door to me!
The most glaring issue is the lack of air conditioning. In a hotel that is trying to be up market and chic etc., this omission is a major error of judgment and I'm certain will have to be given serious consideration. It would appear from the receptionist's reaction that I was not the first to draw attention to this. Her answer to it was " It never gets hot in Ireland" Hello!!!
The Beacon purports to be a contemporary, boutique style hotel offering quality facilities. In many ways it succeeds but clearly the overall running in the housekeeping department requires much attention from management. One gets the impression of a total lack of supervision. Small matters become bigger issues.
I will certainly use the hotel again and would hope to see some changes when I do. They are heading in the right direction but need to tighten up control if they are to bring back custom, as they deserve to.

Modern Hotel

from Lucan
We stayed in a king size room in the Beacon for one night for my boyfriends birthday. I had requested a nice room for this ocassion and that is exactly what they gave me. We were on the 7th floor and altough the view during the day was of the industrial estate at night you could see the lights of the city - very nice. The room fab, all white interiors with a plasma tv and a bathroom to die for.

The location is not great unless you are on bussiness or just fancy a night away. Would stay in the city if visiting dublin.

The only thing I can say I was really disappointed with was the food in the Thai Restaurant. I would recommend you eat in the bar as they have a great menu.

All in all a great place for a relaxing night away - v modern!

t stay there again

from daisyd
We stayed at the Beacon because it was close to the Dundrume Towne Center where I was working for 5 days.
We had been in the hotel last fall but not stayed there. When we arrived our room was not ready but they "found" one for us.We had four large pieces of luggage as we were gone for 3 weeks.We went up to our room,with no one to help with the luggage.The room smelled of smoke. We had requested no smoking. We had to take everything back downstairs.We were given a second room. It was very tiny with no place to put anything and faced the very noisy street.There is alot of construction. They were having an extreme cold spell.It was not possible to walk anywhere from the hotel.
We chose to get breakfast there. It was extremely expensive.
Once back in the room,there were many small issues such as the swivel mirror on the wall was coming out of the wall,light bulbs burned out,etc.
On our last night,the room next door had a party crowd.Everytime they went in and out, the door slammed. They were so loud in the hall. After 2:00 am we called and complained.We were told they would take care of it. The noise continued.At 4:00 am , we called again.Again, we were told they would take care of it. We finally went to sleep at 5:30 am.
When we checked out, we reviewed all of this with the girl at the front desk.She did seem very concerned.Their offer was to not charge us the $15.00 a day internet fee.(We had 3 dys use)
We have stayed in Dublin before.
I would not stay at the Beacon again. I would stay in the City Centre and take the Luas.

Fantastic modern hotel!!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
Stayed at the beacon end of February with my boyfriend to celebrate my 30th birthday. Was not disappointed!

Gorgeous hotel, gorgeous rooms! Funky hotel and busy for the time of year too. The restaurant is Thai, and the food was superb. Breakfast was superb too.

The bedrooms are very nice and the bathrooms to die for!! You are supplied with lovely bathrobes and slippers, and the usual toiletries albeit more upmarket. There is the added convenience of an ironing board and iron, also a hairdryer (not the wee rubbish usual hotel kind - a proper one!) Plasma TV, coffee, tea & hot chocolate also supplied.

All in all a very nice hotel and a superb price for Dublin.

Luas is 10 min walk away, which is fine but probably better in the summer. Takes you into town within 15 mins, although only seems like 5!!! And very cheap too.

Would definately stay here again when visiting Dublin, superb!!!

Top Local Tips for Dublin

public transport use the luas brings you abywere even to conecting buses and brings you straight to dundrum shoping center which is thought to be the biggest in europe

Luas The Luas into town is very close by and a lot more convenient than driving into town. It stops at Dundrum Shopping centre and ends at St Stephens Green Shopping centre.

Check in Time All hotel check-in times in and around Dublin is 2 PM and is set in stone. If you are early, you will have to wait.

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  • beacon hotel dublin
  • Address: 18 Beacon Court - Dublin - 18 - Ireland
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