Is there a shuttle available from the Crowne Plaza to the airport? Is there a bus stop near the Crowne Plaza that would take you around Dublin?.
As you're posting on the Blanchardstown Forum, I'm assuming that you're staying at the CP Blanchardstown. I don't think they have an airport shuttle (the airport's about 15km away via the M50) but you'd be best checking directly with the hotel. The CP at Northwood has one but it's an airport hotel.
You can take the Urbus service directly from Dublin Airport to Blanchardstown Shopping Centre where the CP Hotel is located.
You can also take a number of Dublin Bus services from Blanchardstown Shopping Centre to Dublin city centre - ask at the hotel reception for directions to the nearest bus stop.
Dublin city centre is fairly compact and it's easy to get around a lot of the major sights and attractions on foot. For those that are not within easy walking distance, you can use buses or trams (LUAS).
There are also a number of HoHo bus services in the city centre. I'd recommend the Dublin Bus HoHo. It has 23 stops visiting all of the major sights and attractions, and you can get on and off as often as you like. Tickets are cheaper if purchased online.
Thanks a bunch for the information. It will come in handy!
thanks. i was just getting ready to ask the exact same question. we are a family of 4 and most Dublin city center hotels require us to have 2 rooms. The CP doesnt so its quite price advantageous to stay there. I know it will be a bus ride or cab ride into town center. How long would it take by city bus or cab to get to where the sights are in city center? Coming back, if we are coming back late in the evening, is it safe on the bus? thanks in advance for your suggestions.
The bus journey takes about an hour, depending on the time of day. The bus is safe at any of time of the day - just take the usual precautions you would in any big city. The last buses leave the city centre around 11.30pm
A taxi from the CP Blanchardstown to the city centre will take around 30mins and longer in heavy traffic/at peak times. Taxis are expensive and are likely to cost you around €25-30 each time, which will quickly reduce any savings you are likely to make on your accommodation.
Keep in mind that you will also be losing a couple of hours each day on travel. Also, this a busy commuter route so you would be advised to avoid public transport at peak times which are approximately 7.30am to 9.30am heading into the city centre and 5pm to 7pm heading out of the city centre.
Staying so far away from the city centre where you will find the bulk of popular sights and attractions, will mean that when you leave your hotel in the morning you will be out for the whole day and you won't be able to head back for pitstops. And frankly, it's a bit of a depressing location for a vacation, over looking a busy main road and a sprawling shopping centre.
Our recommendation would be to do a bit more research into accommodation in the city centre or at least in the inner suburbs that can accommodation four people in one room.
Jury's Inns can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children in one room, providing the children are under 10 years old. Otherwise, it's a max of 3 per room. Jury's Inns are budget/moderately priced hotels and there are three in the city centre, all very centrally located and within walking distance of many of the sights and attractions.
Bewley's Hotels also have rooms which will accommodate four people and they regularly have very good deals. Bewley's in Ballsbridge is housed in an historical building and is very pleasant. Ballsbridge is an upscale inner south city suburb which is home to many of Dublin's embassies as well as hotels, restaurants, cafes etc. It's very well served for public transport. A number of bus routes pass by the hotel (journey to the city centre is about 15-20 minutes depending on the time of day) and you are also a short walk away from Sandymount DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) which will take you to the city centre in about 10 minutes. There is also a Bewley's at Leopardstown which is further out but which is in walking distance of the LUAS (tram) green line so you can be in the city centre in about 25 mins. Avoid Bewleys at Dublin Airport - it's fine for an overnight before a flight but is not a good option for exploring Dublin as it has no direct access to public transport.
Other hotels to check out which may be able to accommodate 4 to a room:
The Grand Canal Hotel - located just outside the south city centre and within walking distance of the city centre. There's also an adjacent DART stop so you can take the DART one or two stops into the south or north city centre if you don't want to walk.
The Best Western Academy Plaza - right in the middle of the city centre, just off O'Connell Street, Dublin's main street. You can walk to almost anywhere you're likely to want to visit from here. Very popular with visitors looking for central, good value accommodation.
The Ashling Hotel - a well established hotel on the edge of the north city centre, they have family rooms which will accommodate 4. The hotel was extensively refurbished last year and is very comfortable. It is in a good location within a few minutes' walk of two LUAS stops (Museum and Heuston) which will take you right into the city centre in 5-10 minutes. It's also within walking distance of the Guinness Storehouse, Kilmainham Gaol, the Phoenix Park, Smithfield and, just a few minutes' walk away you'll find the National Museum of Ireland at Collins Barracks.
All of these hotels have been offering really good deals in recent times so it's worth checking them out. All are also on or near stops for transfer options from Dublin Airport.
There's also the bed and breakfast option and there are a few which can accommodate 4 to a room. Most bed and breakfasts are in the suburbs but if you focus on locations such as Drumcondra (half way between Dublin Airport and the city centre) and Ballsbridge (described above) there's plenty of public transport which will take you to the city centre in about 15-20 minutes. Have a look at the accommodation section in the Top Questions about Dublin on the right hand side of the Dublin Forum for more information on B&Bs in Dublin.
Thank You - this is very helpful.
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