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Lynam's Hotel (Dublin)

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Address: 63-64 O'Connell Street / Dublin 1 / Ireland

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      06.07.2012 17:03
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      A great value hotel in central Dublin

      Situated halfway down O'Connell Street, Lynam's Hotel is ideally located as a base for exploring Dublin. It is easily reached from the airport, with both the Airlink and Aircoach buses stopping nearby. O'Connell Street is also well served by public transport buses and trams, and the open-top tour buses stop nearby.

      We stayed in Lynam's Hotel recently for three nights on a visit to the city. Check in was reasonably straightforward, the only tricky point being that we had not made the booking so although we were registered as guests there was another name on the booking. Our room was on the third floor - there are stairs which we always used when going down, but for going up to our room we took the lift.

      The first impression I had of Lynam's Hotel was that it reminded me of a hotel I had stayed in in Edinburgh several years ago. It seems to be a converted townhouse, with rooms located off small twisty corridors. The hallways are quite narrow, but nicely carpeted and decorated, and don't carry noise. The stairs are also carpeted, with nice big wooden bannisters.

      Our room was pleasant and comfortable. It had nice thick carpet, pictures on the wall, and was colour coordinated with a deep red bed runner and feature pillowcase. It couldn't be described as luxurious, but it was certainly nice. The double bed was actually two twin beds together, but unlike in other hotels I have stayed in, the two beds did stay together and I didn't end up sleeping wedged between them. The room also had a wardrobe, desk and chair, and two bedside cabinets. The only real lack was somewhere to sit our suitcase, so it had to stay on the floor. The room was at the back of the hotel, so we didn't really have a view, it just overlooked the backs of other buildings. There were no tea and coffee facilities, which was a bit annoying.

      There was a TV in the room, a small one which only had the four main Irish channels. This turned out to be ok as there was things like Masterchef and the Simpsons on RTE in the early evening when we were back at the hotel having a short rest before going for dinner.

      My only complaint about the bedroom would be the pillows. Whether they had once been hard or soft I can't say, as they were incredibly thin and flattened down. Having two wasn't even the same as one of our pillows at home.

      The bathroom was clean and functional, but could have done with being freshened up a little. The paint on the ceiling was peeling a little, and there was some black mould around the top of the bath. There didn't seem to be much ventilation in the bathroom, and it smelled a little like it could do with a good airing. The toilet dripped for quite some time after flushing.

      But despite all that it did the job. The shower over the bath was good, nice and powerful and with an easy to adjust temperature gauge. Fresh towels were provided every day, and there was a dispenser of shower gel/shampoo in the bath and hand wash by the sink. The taps over the sink did take quite some turning to come on.

      Housekeeping wasn't brilliant the first day of our stay. The room clearly wasn't hoovered, and an empty glass I had left on the bedside cabinet was still there when we got back. The second day seemed to be more thorough, as well as cleaning they replaced a lightbulb over the shower which was out and also the toilet roll holder which hadn't been present (I hadn't realised it was missing, I thought there just wasn't one).

      Breakfast wasn't included in our room rates, but the hotel does have a cafe/restaurant called Carlo's which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. We were told by the waitress there that breakfast was included, but we confirmed with reception that it wasn't - it just meant it could be paid on the hotel bill. There may be rates which include breakfast however.

      Anyway, breakfast at Carlo's was very nice, and very good value. We ate breakfast there both mornings of our stay (the final day we were leaving too early) and it was always Euro4.95 each. I had the egg breakfast both days, once with poached and once with fried eggs. The poached eggs were a bit watery, and hadn't been drained very well, but they were still very nice. The fried eggs were really nice. Both were served with toast, tea and juice.

      Lynam's Hotel was an excellent choice of hotel, good value at only Euro78 for our double room for the whole stay, good location and comfortable. We chose it fairly blindly, but had no regrets about the choice at all.

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