We are a couple in our sixties and frequent visitors to Dublin's southside. Our preferred hotel was not available on this occasion. We booked Bewley's for it's proximity to family we were visiting and for a special offer roomrate. Our experience was better than expected. It IS just off the M50 and 3 mins from a LUAS station, as claimed. The rooms ARE quiet, again as claimed, but if overlooking the main road, as we were, road noise is VERY obtrusive unless the windows are shut. Our room had one double bed - a standard double, rather than the more common queensize - and one single bed. It was otherwise conventionally furnished - one thing we missed was a fridge. Decor was 'cheap', but 'fresh'; overall at or above average for a hotel of this class. The on-suite bathroom was clean and appropriately equipped. The matress and pillows were amongst the most comfortable we've encountered. Heating was easily adjustable, but there is no air-conditioning, which could be an issue in warmer weather. The room smelled a little stale - a reason to open the window!
Our room was ready for us on arrival; we arrived before the advised check-in time. Reception staff were friendly, helpful and efficeient both at check-in and on checking out. Car parking is charged. When we arrived there was pressure on places, but we were guided in a non-fussy manner by three very pleasant young men, to an available place. It was annoying to see that 'diners' could park for free, whereas 'guests and diners', like ourselves, could not?! This is something the hotel should reconsider and is an annoyance that could stop us returning.
We ate in the bar/lobby on both evenings. Though 'old-fashioned', this is a comfortable space. Staff attention and manner were excellent. Food, though typically priced for hotel barfood, was just about OK - clearly 'volume' produced and a little overpriced for what it was. I had a very nice burger and 'trimmings' the first evening, but a very disappointing Beef and Guinness Stew on the second - a lot of 'diced' ingredients lying below the surface of too much sauce, with three islands/scoops of mashed potato. The 'beef', cut into tiny cubes was mostly 'tough' and tastleless. My wife was similarly underwhelmed by a Panini and Chicken Korma.
In the overall scheme of things, though our criticisms are warranted, they are well outweighed by the positives, one of which is that wireless broadband is available in bedrooms.
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- Also Known As:
- Leopardstown Bewleys Hotel
- Bewleys Leopardstown
- Clayton Hotel Leopardstown County Dublin