The Principal Hotel

, Dublin, Ireland
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The Principal Hotel

, Dublin
3 star

Rooms: 70

19 Fleet Street - Dublin - 2 - Ireland Hotel Website | 016708122
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Fine Stay Great Location

from nychas
Plenty of hot water and water pressure at all times. Big, modern bathroom. Friendly staff and clean room. Our double room was not small esp. by Ire/UK standards. We were on third floor and did not hear any street noise. Weather was cold while we were there but the room was warm. There, that is the important stuff out of the way.

This is not a one star hotel by any means. I would think 2 and a half to three stars.

This hotel is centrally located a block from the O'Connell Bridge and is in the Temple Bar. We walked everywhere.

There are two bars on the ground floor The Palace and O'Sullivans. And a huge bar The Bridge in the basement. The Bridge may be for younger folks, The Palace and O'Sullivans are charming.


from A TripAdvisor Member
Booked this hotel in April 2005 for a September visit. Arrived to be told that there was a problem with the booking and that we had been moved to another hotel 20 minutes walk from Temple Bar. The Operations Manager was very unfriendly and unhelpful and basically said like it or lump it. They had taken a booking of a large group and therefore there wasn't a room for us. Be warned if you book here, you might not end up staying where you wanted to. They need lessons on customer service.

what you see is what you get

from lynn.gilmour
6 of us stayed at this hotel for 3 nights, were worried about the reviews, stairs up to reception and the reception area almost put us off and prior to being allocated our rooms did enquire of other hotels 'just in case'. However rooms were ok, clean, sheets were changed whilst we were there and towels were changed every day even though we hung them up. the triple glazing kept out most of the noise but any inconvenience there was was made up for by location. Views from rooms were not sparkling but we only wanted to sleep there. We wanted to stay where all the entertainment was and that was exactly where this hotel was situated, we could have got cheaper and nicer but it would not have been convenient.

cheap is what you get

from A TripAdvisor Member
Considering the prices in the Temple Bar area, this hotel is affordable--but you get what you pay for..."Clean" if you don't look too close, didn't refill coffee/cream/tea, etc, horrific "view," and a broken window. Also, the concept of having the hotel staff "check" or keep your luggage secure (in the event that you need to check in early or leave late) was to put it in an room adjacent to the reception area, which had a view blocked by a door, and all hotel guests had access--how secure is that? In the future I wouldn't stay in that area again, but a little further off the beaten track.

Poor, noisy Hotel - but handy for Temple Bar

from jonathang
When myself and my partner arrived on Saturday evening (July 30th 2005), we were allocated a very poor room - the carpet was soaking wet and consequently smelt very damp due to leak from the bathroom

To be fair to the hotel staff, they did move us to another room where the carpet was actually dry- but this room was dark and very noisy from the group of lads staying next door.

As we were only staying for the weekend, and we both bought ear-plugs, we decided to stay in this room anyway - but to summarise, although this hotel is handy for Temple Bar, the standard of accomodation is poor considering the cost of the rooms - you are probably better off checking into another hotel

good location but small, dark and poky

from TerryPheasant
I booked a single room here and it was VERY small and dark - the window had frosted glass and faced a wall so had little natural light. I disliked enormously not being able to see the outside world.

Otherwise the room was OK, clean and nicely furnished. The TV got all the Irish channels and most British channels (phew).

The bathroom was lovely, though small.

Breakfast was served in the attractive though jaded art nouveau breakfast room, with coal fires burning each morning. Generally good, with a selection of cereals, fruit and full English available (Irish they call it there).

The location was excellent - at the edge of Temple Bar and beside O'Connell Bridge. Grafton Street, the museums and Trinity College were all just a couple of minutes away.

The central location also made it noisy in some rooms - not in my cavern, but my friend looked out onto a side street and was woken by crashing glass bottles every morning.

The hotel overall was OK as a good base in a good location. I did find Dublin dirty, run down, overrated and expensive though. I'd probably use the hotel again, though I can't imagine I'd want to visit Dublin again.

never again

from A TripAdvisor Member
This was by far the worst hotel I’ve ever used, the rooms (and I say rooms because I moved 3 times) where nosy, smoky, dirty and they where the good points. The TV reception sucked the only channel I wanted was the local 24hour news and unless every story was about a snow blizzard there was something wrong with it. The phone charges where extortionate, so I was advised to buy a phone card but it would not work from the room because of their lousy phone system so I had to call from the pay phone in the lobby. The 6am beer delivery every Monday morning was beyond belief, I cant imagining a more poorly managed arrangement. Having said all that the staff are actually quite nice and try their best in a bad situation to help where they can.

Lovely hotel in great location!

from A TripAdvisor Member
We had a great stay at the Principal Hotel. The staff could not have been nicer, they were just lovely. Only a few complaints..beds were kind of old and not very comfortable, and it is noisy at night on the weekends because there is a club/bar at the bottom of the hotel. This was fine for us because we were out amongst the Temple Bar nightlife, but if you want to catch an early night's sleep, I'd say to stay away from Temple Bar in general, but yeah probably not a good choice for you. If you want to have a good time and be in the center of the action in a really nice old hotel, then go for it!

A homey, comfortable stay

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at Bewley's Principal Hotel for four nights near the end of October, 2004. Our room was pleasant, clean, the bathroom bright and tidy, the staff courteous and helpful. We had a delightful stay despite nearly constant rain during the whole of our stay. The location is SO good for popping back, drying out, etc. Yes, the Temple Bar area is noisy at night; sometimes we were out among it, other times, had no trouble ignoring it inside our room.

The noise!!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed in Bewleys Principal from the 16th to the 18th of December. I booked a single as I was there on my own to meet friends for a few days and boy was it a single I got. I was very disappointed. The room was tiny.

My first problem though was the smell of vomit in the room. The minute I opened the door I could get it. I thought maybe my nose was playing tricks on me after my flight so I said I'd sit down, smoke a cigarette and see if it improved. There was no ashtray even though I had just asked for a smoking room and there was no remote for the TV. This put me over the edge so I went straight to reception and asked for a different room secretly hoping for something bigger but because I was staying for 2 nights all the doubles were booked for the following night as it was a Friday night and their busiest day.

I changed rooms which was fine but it's location was horrible. From 9pm onwards every night the noise from the bar below was unbearable unless the TV was up really loud and even then I could feel the vibrations. I was so tired I couldn't be bothered changing rooms again so finally at 2am the music stopped and I went to sleep. My friends wondered why I was so tired the next day. The next night I was going out myself at 10pm but at 9pm the same thing as the first night, only louder!
The windows are sort of soundproofed but in a smoking room you need a window open so it was either have a stuffy room or be deafened by the noise from outside. I chose to leave my bedroom door open a bit.

I must say Bewleys in Fleet Street are VERY security conscious. The ring before room service arrives, the door has both a chain and a double bolt lock plus the main door is accesible by buzzer only after 10pm.

The blanket on the bed was wonderful, the single bed very comfortable and all linen was very clean. The bathroom was spotless although it had no bath, something only the double rooms have. There is a very powerful shower though which almost makes up for it. I'm usually a shower gal but after a VERY long flight I was looking forward to a bath.

Unfortunately after flying for 18 hours I had a slight nosebleed in my sleep the first night and got blood on the sheets and bedspread. The next day these were not changed by the maid service.

I know I won't stay at bewleys again but I'm sure if you're young and plan on being out all night then it's the place for you.

Bewleys are also very accommodating for early check in's. The rate was excellent too. 2 nights for less than €100, beat that, but it did come at a cost. Next time I'm going to pay the extra for a quieter hotel.

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Other names for The Principal Hotel

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  • bewleys dublin hotel
  • Address: 19 Fleet Street - Dublin - 2 - Ireland
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