I have been to Dublin twice now and each time I’ve been surprised both by how quickly the hotels are booked up and how expensive they can be.
My usual budget for a European hotel (***) is around €100 per night, so you can imagine how unimpressed I was that the cheapest option I could find one week before I arrived, was €199. Ouch.
I couldn’t find anything (below €300) available within the City centre, so I ended up at the Metro Hotel Dublin Airport.
I was only there for one night, before my flight to New York, so I was glad to be close to the airport, but that really is all the hotel offers.
There is nothing actually wrong with the hotel, but there isn’t anything that GREAT about it either.
I was upgraded to a suite (lovely stuff), which meant I had a king bed, separate sitting room, little kitchen area and a large washroom. It was a good size, but the decor was very tired and dated, though nothing a bit of a refurb couldn’t fix.
Once at the hotel, there wasn’t a lot near it, there is a general shop about a 10 minute walk away, a bus stop close by that will take you into the City of Dublin and a tanning shop next door.
I was up and out to the airport, far too early to try the breakfast, but I did have my dinner at Bistro 9, which is the bar/restaurant on-site. The decor is rather plain and it has a very relaxed, family feel to it.
I went for the Lamb Hotpot, which was delicious; the lamb was soft as butter, with big chunks of tasty vegetables all in a delicious meaty gravy, it came with mashed potato and onion rings. I washed that down with Bailey’s Cheesecake – also excellent.
After a good nights sleep and a decent enough shower, I made my way back to the airport via the hotel shuttle bus. It’s about a 15 minute drive and costs €5. The bus runs every 30 minutes and you should book via the reception for your journey.
A decent enough hotel if you’re looking for somewhere to stay close to Dublin Hotel. But if you want somewhere in the City centre, there are definitely better options.