The hotel, at Red Cow, is a little too far out of the Dublin action and has awkward access to the very efficient tram system which is on the other side of the M50 from the hotel. The transfer system to the nearby tram stop is only free when pre-booked and available at certain set times, otherwise, you pay 8 or 9 Euros each way or walk 20 minutes each way up and over the busy M50. We tried this - once. On the way back we heard the screams of the Banshees roosting on the signs over the motorway. It crosses "Chill Moor". This was the only drawback to the hotel for us, but it might be an advantage to some who prefer not to stay in the noisy Belfast centre. Our room was comfortable and clean in the main. There was no ventilator to the bath/shower room. The carpets smelt dusty.The food was consistently excellent. The breakfasts were amazingly good, generous and excellent value. We would stay there again just for the food.
Had a problem with with the resturant as the credit card I had used to check in was not recognised and we were called in our bed to come down to settle the bill. Refused to come down saying I would settle in the morning. A second phone call to apologise as the card had now been recognised. Not too pleased about the disturbance. Otherwise the hotel was fine. Lots of tourist coaches arriving daily making a very busy reception area..All the staff very polite.
"The hotel near Dublin with an excellent tramway. "
When we arrived we were greeted by a very friendly young lady at check -in who was very helpful when we enquired about transport , dining facilties and amenities.All the staff at the hotel were also very courteous and helpful , particularly the staff in the Olive restaurant . The food in the this restaurant was of a high standard.
Drink in the scenery of this storied section of Dublin, home to the Old Jameson Distillery and the Guinness St. James Gate Brewery. Visitors can learn the finer points of whiskey making, or sip a sunset pint in the rooftop bar after a tour of the Guinness Storehouse museum. Feel as small as a Lilliputian before St. Patrick's Cathedral, Ireland's grandest hall and tomb of writer Jonathan Swift.
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