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Fodor's Expert Review Herbert Park Hotel

Merrion Rd., Dublin, Co. Dublin, Dublin 4, Ireland See on Map

This hotel is nestled next to leafy Herbert Park and the doddering Dodder River, meaning it feels pleasantly secluded while only being a short walk from town. The downside of the seclusion, of course, is the feeling of being slightly out of the action. The hotel itself has a slightly corporate feel, although its bright and welcoming too, not least because of the staff.

room

Shades of cream and white predominate in the spacious rooms, along with splashes of red. All rooms have either king size beds or two twins. Nespresso machines are standard.

Ask for a room overlooking the park - the views are lovely and leafy.

bathroom

The hotel's bathroom is a little more stylish than the cookie-cutter style of some hotels, with a wood-effect design around the mirror.

lobby

The huge, light-filled lobby has floor-to-ceiling windows and a slanted glass roof, although it does feel a bit like an office, with red chairs and plants strewn about.

gym

There's a reasonable fitness center with various machines.

dining

The Pavilion restaurant has a similar Japanese-inspired minimalist vibe as the bar and terrace lounge, and it works rather better in the restaurant than elsewhere because of the lovely views of the park beyond. Dinner is decent, with a very traditional European menu, and breakfast is not bad either.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Breakfast isn't always included, and neither is parking - costing €12 a day, quite steep considering the hotel isn't in the center.

drinking

The bar and terrace lounge have an all-day menu, too, and a decent selection of drinks, but the ambience can feel a little too minimalist and corporate for some tastes.

LOCATION

Getting Around

The hotel is well-connected to the city center by public transport, or on foot (although it's a bit of a walk), and is in a pleasant neighborhood in its own right, on the edge of Ballsbridge, with lots of bars and restaurants nearby.

Restaurants

Simple, classic dishes at the refined Roly's Bistro (1-minute walk) are still drawing the crowds, 25 years after it first opened. Or there's a branch of the trendy, healthy mini-chain Sprout & Co (2-minute walk) that's also very close, for a salad lunch. Or try Mulberry Garden (9-minute walk), a chic restaurant dishing up the best of Irish produce.

Bars

Horse Show House (4-minute walk) is a boisterous traditional pub that's rollicking on match days. Or try Searsons (13-minute walk) for the more refined version of the typical Irish boozer. It's been beautifully restored and there's a nice beer garden.

WHY WE LIKE IT

A well-priced hotel that's just out of the city center but well-located for the stadiums and conference center, the Herbert Park Hotel has welcoming staff and a lovely aspect over the park itself. Rooms are comfortable, too, and the surrounding area has a cool neighborhood vibe.

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Quiet
Residential Area
Casual Chic
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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 01-667–2200

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