The Principal Hotel, Dublin
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Historical Traveller Reviews of The Principal Hotel
Fine Stay Great Locationfrom nychas
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.
Overbookedfrom A TripAdvisor Member
what you see is what you getfrom lynn.gilmour
cheap is what you getfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Poor, noisy Hotel - but handy for Temple Barfrom jonathang
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 pokyfrom TerryPheasant
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 againfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Lovely hotel in great location!from A TripAdvisor Member
A homey, comfortable stayfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The noise!!!from A TripAdvisor Member
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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- fleet street hotel
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- Address: 19 Fleet Street - Dublin - 2 - Ireland
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