While the exterior of this no-nonsense chain hotel in the historic Kilmainham district is distinctly functional, the higher-floor rooms have some of the most stunning panoramas in the whole city. The beautiful grounds of the Irish Museum of Modern Art are so close they could be your private garden, and there are other sights nearby, although it's a bit of a schlep to the city center. It's family-friendly, too, and good for differently abled guests.
The rooms are also generally large by Dublin standards, with balconies an added attraction on a select few. The decor does have a bit of a chain feel, but then there are positives to that: reliable air-con in summer and heating in winter, for example, which a surprisingly large quota of Dublin hotels lack.
Make sure you ask for a room with a view, ideally one with floor to ceiling windows, and sit back and take in Dublin from an angle most visitors never get to enjoy.
Bathrooms are similarly functional, clean, and reasonably sized, but nothing to write home about.
The hotel lobby is bright, thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows, and staff are friendly and competent.
The hotel has a hydrotherapy pool and jacuzzi as part of a well-stocked fitness offer.
There's a sauna and steam room.
There's a good fitness room.
The hotel has a decent restaurant, and breakfast is excellent and comprehensive.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Some guests have reported issues with service in the restaurant, from speed to politeness. But on our visit staff were friendly and punctual enough.
The hotel isn't in the city center, but it is close to other sights, including the historic Kilmainham Gaol and the Guinness Brewery. Public transport links to town are good, though.
Union8 (2-minute walk) is a decent Scandi-style bistro very nearby. Or a bit further away, L'Oliva (13-minute walk) offers well-cooked Italian favourites with a neighborhood feel.
It would be rude not to: the Guinness Storehouse (21-minute walk), the home of the black stuff, is a fun trip, with a brewery tour, tastings and a rooftop bar. The Patriots Inn (2-minute walk) is a large, decent local, with live music.
WHY WE LIKE IT
It's not in the city center, but for some that might be part of its appeal, as could the reliable chain-feel of the accommodation. And while it's not central, the locale is both pleasantly leafy and historic, and the hotel itself offers good facilities for business and leisure travellers alike. And did we mention the views?