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“Good for a big city, but stairs and noise are brutal”

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Celtic Lodge Guesthouse
Ranked #89 of 150 Hotels in Dublin
Reviewed 14 August 2017

It took us a while to find the hotel, we thought it would be a quick walk from the bus from the airport. Bad directions had us walking all over Dublin, finally found the hotel, dragging our suitcases behind us. Rooms weren't ready, but we were allowed to leave our bags and grab some simple lunch. Charming place up the street, with good honest food.
We were mislead in thinking our rooms were on the first floor, they were on the second floor, up some steep steps. Our suitcases were heavy with gifts and my mother is crippled, so navigating the stairs with bags was tough. Fortunately a young man came along and helped with the bags.
Room was a decent size for central city. Bathroom was claustrophobicly small. Noise from bar under hotel was pretty loud, but the worst was the fumes from the buses outside. Couldn't leave windows open, the smell was too strong for my mother.
High point was breakfast, the wonderful ladies that served it were happy and smiling, and always made us feel welcome. Best brown bread ever!

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  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

Perfect for our needs, rooms are compact but sufficient and everything is very clean. Staff are friendly, particularly Esther who served us for breakfast each morning & looked after us really well. The restaurant & bar downstairs have good menus & we'd recommend the stew and the bangers & mash.

Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 August 2017

First, let me state the positive, the location is very convenient off of O'Connell Street, plus the Airlink Bus stop is probably within 100 yards of the place. The staff we met, and that's at least 5 in 4 days were all pleasant and well meaning. The room was clean and the breakfast was quite good. Although not connected inside to the Celt Bar next door, it was a convenient and traditional place with good music and friendly workers too.

On the negative side, our rooms (we switched after 2 nights), 111 and 304 were both very small (room 111 was smaller than an inside stateroom on Carnival Cruises, except it had higher ceilings). The main problem was the stifling stuffiness in both rooms. Dublin never got above 70 F in the day and was down in the 50's each night, but you wouldn't know it from our room which was an oven. In both rooms, the window only slanted open 5 inches. After night 1 we asked for a fan. They found one in a utility closet that we put together (bonus - it was brand new). Of course there was no outlet anywhere near the window in 111 so we couldn't get it to draw air from outside. There were pigeons cooing outside that window all night, as it looked out on a messy roof-alley. Since there were no screens I was afraid the pigeons might squeeze through the open window, but they didn't. After night 2 we requested a switch to another room. The attendant said they were booked but that bookings were turning over and that if we packed all our stuff up before we left for the day they would move us to the 3rd floor to a room with better ventilation because it had 2 windows. He warned us it would be noisier because it was at the front of the building but we didn't mind as we had earplugs. Well, that night when we returned to the hotel after 8 at night, a new attendant told us there had been a mistake and our bags were put in the wrong room. They had remedied that by leaving them in the lobby all day so that now we could bring them up the 3 flights ourselves to the new room. Lo and behold, the new room had 1 window that opened 5 inches, but it was two floors up from the roof alley and the pigeon noises were more distant. The only improvement was this room had a fan, and an outlet to have it by the window - yay! Unfortunately, being on the 3rd floor meant we had almost no hot water pressure in our shower, and with no elevator, it was a long trek. So, essentially the staff made us go through a lot of trouble to switch to worse room. By then we just had 1 more night, so we just resigned ourselves to our lot. However, we can only recommend this hotel as a winter destination given our experience and due to other drawbacks (no lobby or common space, no decent lighting to read in bed, no washcloths, etc.) we would not stay here again. However, it is inexpensive and is a good alternative to a hostel.

Stayed: August 2017
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Reviewed 15 July 2017

Stayed here June 2017. Room was clean, but the pub downstairs was fabulous. Great music and good old tradional Irish food. Great vibe in the pub, and just loved clapping along to the fantastic music, definitely worth a stay.

Room Tip: Ask for quiet room as some of the rooms are over the pub and could be a little noisy
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  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 July 2017

Excellent location (5min walk from O'Connell), the room was small (and bathroom tiny!) but clean enough. A little noisy at nights because of the traffic and pubs in the streets.
Staff at reception was ok, you just have to ask if you need anything because they won't ask you first, Esther (in care of breakfast) is lovely and funny.
No wifi in the hotel apart from the lobby.

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 July 2017

Location was good, not a far walk from O'Connell street and a 15 minute walk to Temple Bar. Room was very basic, but clean enough for what we needed. My father and I stayed 3 nights before joining a bus tour. The front desk staff were always friendly and helpful. Great breakfast to start the day. I was sorely disappointed in our room for a few particular reasons. I had researched heavily before booking and the guesthouse looked like what we needed. However, the pictures are deceiving, our room was very small (which I expected) but it felt like our room was a converted utility room. I never thought I would have to ask specifically for a room with a window at eye level. It was ridiculous and certainly would not pass Canadian fire codes. The whole trip we had a running joke about how nice our other hotels were because we had a window. The window in this room was near the ceiling, and had a mickey mouse cord tied to a handle to open and shut it. Further more, 'open' was not much. The room was quite hot, at least we had the smallest fan I've ever seen to cool us down. ha. So if you are booking here, because of the location, breakfast, and price, please remember to ask for a room with a window you can see out of. If it wasn't for the staff I would be rating this lower.

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  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

Few people seemed to know how to get to Talbot street so we dragged our suitcases up and down O'Connell trying to find a sign for Talbot. We discovered that there are many people living here who are from other countries.

I explained in my correspondence that I have difficulty climbing stairs. He wrote back that we would be on the first floor which pleased me until we arrived and learned that the Irish have the same floor numbering system as Europe and the first floor was up a long staircase. This is where we first met Esther who was cleaning the stairs and she made sure to dry them well so I wouldn't slip. Esther also served breakfasts and her warm humor, her delightful laugh and her concern for the clients was heartwarming. There was also a younger girl working along with her weekdays who was so very nice.

Reception was polite but nothing more. The front rooms are adequate size however the bathroom was very tiny. The major problem with room 101 was the noise and if we had the window open to get fresh air, the fumes from delivery trucks would fill the room. Avoid front rooms.

The breakfast was more than enough for us and their dark break that is made in the kitchen is delicious. We will miss the bread so much as well as Esther.

Stayed: June 2017, travelled with family
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Address: 81 - 82 Talbot Street | North City Centre, Dublin 1, Ireland
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Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Dublin > Dublin > North City Centre
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #89 of 150 Hotels in Dublin
Price Range: $73 - $277 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Celtic Lodge Guesthouse 2*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Celtic Lodge Guesthouse - Restaurant & Bar is located in the heart of Dublin city, within an easy 5 minute walk from both Connolly Train Station and The Central Bus Station, and only 20 minutes from Dublin Airport. Dublin City itself is filled with culture and learning, with lots to do within easy walking distance. It is rich in historic sites, theaters, museums, music and comedy venues, restaurants, including our own Award Winning Restaurant Le Bon Crubeen, serving very reasonably priced French / Irish cuisine, which can be followed with a "Pint" in our Award Winning Traditional Irish pub The Celt Bar, which with its friendly atmosphere and nightly live Traditional Irish Music Sessions makes a "must" after a day out. City Centre - 5 mins walk from train and bus stations, 5 min tram ride to The 3Arena from the Bus Station - the most popular music venue in Ireland. Own Award winning traditional Irish Pub - The Celt Bar with free live Irish traditional music nightly. Own Award winning Restaurant - Le Bon Crubeen. 24 Hour Reception. ... more   less 
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