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I came across the Paramount Hotel after what seemed like hours trawling websites for a good a good hotel deal in Dublin in August. This was no mean feat! Whilst many comparable hotels were charging upwards of £70 per person per night. The Paramount charged a mere £35! I obviously did my research prior to booking as the deal appeared too good to be true. The Hotel is situated at the edge of Dublin's popular Temple District, home to lively night life, bars, restaurants and clubs although this is primarily aimed at tourists. The hotel itself has it's own Turks Head Bar & Restaurant. The bar gets extremely busy although I found this less so than other bars/pubs closer to the centre. There is a pub across the road, this was much quieter and preferable if you actually want to get served! The hotel is decorated in 1930's style and has 64 en suite rooms. Our room was fairly large, very clean and towels, tea/coffee making facilities were replenished daily. The tv had enough channels to amuse us whilst we were in the room, although much of our time was spent out and about (the location of the hotel makes attractions easily accessible). Some rooms do have a balcony. When I tried to book, I was told there were none available. I would advise advance booking. Particularly as the rooms on the higher floors are very hot and stuffy. Opening the window was of little use and also meant that street noise could be heard. The staff in the hotel were friendly and reception was staffed 24 hours. Room service was also available although we did not use this facility. If I had managed to book a balcony room this hotel could not be beaten! I would definitely stay here again on my next visit to Dublin.
The hotel is located in central Dublin. The hotel décor is 1930's and promoted as a boutique hotel. Despite the 1930's theme, with muted colours and a lot of black and white the hotel is modern and very clean. The hotel is in good condition and the public areas are kept very clean and tidy. Location The hotel is located in Temple Bar's West End next to lots of bars and restaurants. It's about a 30 second walk to the banks of the River Liffy. The hotel is about a 10 minute walk to Grafton Street and O'Connell Street where you will find an abundance of shops. The hotel entrance is on a side street however from the main street the hotel is visable and the hotel entrance is signposted. Price The price for the room was 80 euros which worked out at about £72 for a double room for one night. Breakfast was not included in the price but for an extra 7 euros per person you could get breakfast which is served in the bistro. We did not have any food in the hotel so I cannot comment on the food and restaurant service unfortunately. Room The décor was neutral colours which made the room warm and inviting but because it was quite minimalist which I like as the room did not look fussy and cluttered. The room was in good condition and did look like it had been kept well and was very clean. Each room has a computer modem point with free wi-fi a multi-channel tv, in house video and tea and coffee making facilities. I did find the temperature of the room could be a bit of an issue. If you leave the radiator on the room gets extremely hot and you will have to open the windows. When we arrived in the room and the radiator had been left on full, making it like a sauna when we opened the door. The room was so hot in fact that the dressing table which was above the large radiator was even hot to touch The bathroom was huge and very clean. Tiled and neutral colours so it looked clean and modern. There was a shower bath. The shower was very easy to use and remained a constant temperature with a strong flow. The towels in the bathroom were nice and fluffy white ones which was nice as sometimes towels in hotels are like sandpaper. There was a huge mirror which was great to get ready in front of with good light to put make up on. The room we stayed in was on a corner and was extremely spacious with two windows facing different aspects so we got a great view. One issue we had was at about 3am there was a lot of noise from outside from people leaving bars. The windows are not soundproof and it was very noisy. We stayed on a Thursday night and went to bed at 2am so I imagine if you were staying in the hotel on a weekend and were wanting an early night you may not get the best nights sleep! Staff/ Service The staff in the hotel are probably one of the friendliest in any hotel I have stayed in. They could not do enough for us. We arrived in Dublin and 10.30am and went straight to our hotel. Check in was meant to be a 2pm so we asked if we could leave our bags somewhere in the hotel. The man at reception said that rather than do that we could check in early at no extra charge. He also spent about 10 minutes talking to us and showing us on a map where things were in Dublin, recommending bars to go to as drinks in certain bars in Dublin are extortionate. He also gave us a supply of vouchers for money off to tourist attractions, restaurants and bars. When we came to check out at 11am, we left our bags at reception and the staff were happy to let us leave our bags until 5pm as we had a late flight home. The weather was awful and snow was falling heavily, the hotel gave my boyfriend an umbrella to use for the day. When we came to collect our bags the snow was still falling heavily and the receptionist told my boyfriend to keep the umbrella as we had to stand outside in the snow at the bus stop for a bus to take us to the airport. Only a little gesture but it showed how genuine the staff were and had great customer service. Overall The hotel is a great base to stay in Dublin and very reasonably priced. Rooms are clean. Location is great, the rooms are noisy as the location is central to Temple bar and close to a number of pubs, but this is the case for most of the hotels in this area; in fact this hotel has less bars around it than other hotels in the Temple Bar area. I would definitely recommend and if I return to Dublin I will be staying in this hotel.
Paramount Street, Temple Bar This Hotel only opened last year and I can thoroughly recommend it. It’s a very cosmopolitan hotel set in the middle of the action, bars, nightclubs, restaurants theatres and shops. The interior is very like the 1930’s all those muted colours but is still thoroughly modern; it’s very simple and elegant lots of dark wood and subtle colours. Each room has a computer modem point a multi-channel tv, in house video and plenty of refreshments on hand. You can dine bistro style or in the main restaurant with plenty of choice. It’s also very reasonable to stay; I paid £70.00 per room per night with full Irish breakfast for each person thrown in. To me this is a nicer place to stay than one of the many Travel Inns at roughly the same price. e-mail email@example.com tel. +353(0)1 6779062 or I booked through www.hotel-ireland.com