we've been through this before but to prevent any misunderstanding Bewleys is a self service cafe serving fried foods and lasagne etc and gloopy salads.it's good for breakfasts or coffee and cakes. other than that for get it. and it's overpriced. however the whole country is criminally overpriced on restaurants - and bars
This is no longer true at all...Bewleys changed management and is more upscale and quite a good spot for a snack or meal if you're around grafton street. I had delicious mushroom soup with lots of herbs and an assortment of hummus-like spreads with good bread. (from what I recall from 2005).
Having stayed in several of the cities hotels, we can certainly make a few suggestions. These are all quite expensive but in Dublin nowadays that is unavoidable (luckily for us we have a friend living there so we avoid this nowadays). Anyway, try these (web site address where known).
The Morrison - http://www.morrisonhotel.ie/
The Morgan - http://www.themorgan.com/
The Merrion - http://www.merrionhotel.com/profile.htm
Chief O'Neils - http://www.chiefoneills.com/
The Conrad Hilton - http://www.conradhotels.com/en/ch/hotels/index.jhtml?ctyhocn=DUBHCCI
The Clarence - http://www.theclarence.ie/
Also we have enclosed a link to the Dublin Softguide below which features hotels, entertainment, restaurants and bars. Oh, the pic below is from The Morgan.
Let us know how you get on...
Meg and Dave Powell
Hi, I've been living in the US for a coupla years so am not up to date with the current restaurants, so Ill just put down some information about my favorite coffee shops ... this information can be checked with anyone you meet in Dublin (and its a great way to get talking to people, if you like that sort of thing, Dubliners love talking).
For coffee ... Bewleys have three branches in the city centre, in Grafton Street (the main street everyone goes to first its pedestrianized and has some of the 'classier' stores, like Richard Alan and Brown Thomas), Georges Street both on the south side of the river Liffey, and Henry Street (cross the Hapenny Bridge from the south side of town, walk through the first street opposite the bridge and then turn left; it should be on your right). However, on your way you may see many other little coffee shops, and theyre all good! (Mostly.) For example, on a journey from, say, Grafton Street or Trinity College diagonally to the river, you will come across the IFC (Irish Film Centre) a doorway in a poky little street off Dame Street brings you down a corridor into a large open three-storey-high space with tables you can buy a book or a postcard about the movies, ticket(arthouse and foreign-language movies) or buy a beer or a coffee; and they serve light meals too.
Theres a great little Italianized coffee shop called Pane e (something) on the quay near Hapenny bridge; its very small and the pastries and coffee are really good, continental European style.
Again, if you go up Grafton Street, walk through Stephens Green, up Harcourt Street (on the same side of the Green as is Grafton Street), theres an incredibly great coffee shop / take away deli called Café Sol (its some kind of a chain, see below). Brioche, pain au chocolat and great café americano (espresso coffee but you keep running the water through for a bigger cup).
There are two shopping centers (maybe you would call them small malls) near Grafton Street where you can find good coffee shops: OBriens is good value for sandwiches, and La Croissanterie for all kinds of croissants in the Grafton Street shopping center, at the top of Grafton Street, on a corner with Stephens Green (both of these are part of a chain); while there are more individualistic coffee shops in the Powerscourt center (go down the alley near the Grafton Street Bewleys and the center should be just in front of you).
Finally, and lest I forget Café Java in Duke Street or Anne Street (on the left as you go up Grafton Street) great for sitting outside on sunny days! And Munchies in the IFSC (International Financial Service Centre) near Custom House; a friend of mine has a friend who works there and the coffee is good! (And the National Gallery in Merrion Square ditto about the friend, another one; café / restaurant with a great open space, modern feel.) Also, Café Pharo near the Abbey Theatre in Abbey Street; small, busy, popular; they used to make the kind of coffee where you could see the oil from the coffee bean floating on the top my kind of coffee!
Ive just looked online and here are some addresses for Café Sol
· Cafe Sol, Baggot Street, jnt Fitzwilliam Street
· Cafe Sol, Harcourt Road
· Cafe Sol, Harcourt Street, jnt Hatch Street
· Cafe Sol, Earlsfort Tce.
· Cafe Sol, Clare Street
· Cafe Sol, upstairs in Habitat, St. Stephens Green
Its also in Kilkenny.
The number of hotels in Dublin have quadrupled and more in the last five years, and so you can get everything from American chains like Ramada to a "respectable" hotel catering to members of religious orders and older people like Wyn's Hotel (near the Abbey Theatre) or a modernized, trendy place like Clarence Hotel owned by U2 and housing a trendy-issimo restaurant / coffee bar.
Five years ago, there were the old reliables among the hotels:
the Shelbourne Hotel in Stephen's Green, a block from the main shopping area (Grafton Street), from the National Art Gallery (Merrion Square) and from the Dail (parliament in Kildare Street);
Buswells Hotel (in Kildare Street; bar is "media friendly" like the bar in the Shelbourne);
the Gresham at the far end of O'Connell Street (the area has gone down a bit); and
the Westbury, off Grafton Street: it has a big, spacious living-room area upstairs (with a bar off it); paradoxically, it's a good place to go for a quiet pint on a Friday night.
Of these, I would think the Westbury to be the more modern and luxurious although I wouldn't eat there ... hotel food in Dublin doesn't tend to be that good.
Then again things might have changed since I was living in Dublin three years ago. Excuse me, have changed.
Americans that you meet around Dublin city generally tend to be staying, for some reason, at Jury's in Ballsbridge; it's a nice place and there are lots of taxis outside as well as buses.
Of all of the above, I would pick the Westbury from a location point of view; the Clarence, if I were willing to pay a coupla thousand a day for a penthouse suite overlooking the river.
If I were cost-conscious, I would pick a B&B in Dublin; probably the more luxurious, and more expensive, will be in Dublin 4 around Lansdowne Road in Ballsbridge (online, people seem to spell it "Landsdowne"), in big, red-brick buildings dating from the 19th century, and down the road from the famous rugby grounds and club of the same name.
If you wanted to be cost-conscious near the sea, you'd have to go further out of town along the Dart ... to Blackrock, Monkstown, Dun Laoghaire.
These are all conservative choices ... if you have any other ideas or wishes, let me know and I'll see what I can do.
Re: my posting of two minutes ago when I suggested a B&B in Dublin 4 -- eureka!
Waterloo Road is my favourite road in Dublin, it's a couple of blocks from the canal, an artery between two routes out of the city, lined with tall, elegant houses; lots of lovable old eccentrics live on the road (or used to); it's parallel to Raglan Road -- which is also the name of a great poem by Patrick Kavanagh who used to live around there; it's near the Waterloo bar (great old pub, lovable old etc etc) and coffee shops, a supermarket, restaurants ...
And here it is, from www.tripadvisor.com ...
Waterloo House (actually not one, but two Georgian townhouses) is one of the most popular B&Bs in Dublin. Perhaps it's because Evelyn Corcoran and her staff take such good care of you, in a friendly but unobtrusive way. The place is charming in an Old World kind of way, with classical music wafting through the lobby, and the elegant, high-ceilinged drawing room looking like a parlor out of an Agatha Christie novel. Guest rooms are comfortable and large (some have two double beds) but it's hard to decide whether the décor featuring red-patterned carpet and box-pleated bedspreads is a look that's reassuringly traditional, or merely dated. The varied breakfast menu is a high point. This is a nonsmoking house.
Drawing room; breakfast room
Uh oh ... it's closed Christmas week! (And I don't think it's "a quiet road," as one reviewer puts it.) However, you can check the details at web site www.waterloohouse.ie
This is one of many Bed and Breakfasts listed on tripadvisor.
There's also a list with the Dublin phone numbers at:
The code from the US would be (011 1) and then the number ... I think.
And a hotel in Lansdowne Road ... if you're really a "redwinegulper," you may like it !!!
" Small and comfortable choice with friendly ambience in pleasant neighbourhood, although a little removed from centre attractions. Very popular with (sometimes boisterous) rugby groups. "
Fodors says: This small Ballsbridge hotel has cozy rooms in Georgian style with deep floral-pattern decor. Photos of sports personalities hang on the walls of the Green Blazer bar in the basement, a popular haunt for local businesspeople and fans of the international rugby matches held at nearby Lansdowne Road; you can get a bite to eat here all day. Next to the bar is Parker's Restaurant, which specializes in seafood and grilled steaks. www.lansdownehotel.com. 38 rooms with bath, 2 suites. Restaurant, bar, free parking. AE, DC, MC, V.
And, by the way .... if you're going to be near the canal bank, there's a lifelike statue of Patrick Kavanagh there.
He could have been writing this poem:
Lines Written on a Seat on the Grand Canal, Dublin
O commemorate me where there is water,
Canal water preferably, so stilly
Greeny at the heart of summer, Brother
Commemorate me thus beautifully.
Where by a lock Niagariously roars
The falls for those who sit in the tremendous silence
Of mid-July. No one will speak in prose
Who finds his way to these Parnassian islands
A swan goes by head low with many apologies.
Fantastic light looks through the eyes of bridges
And look! a barge comes bringing from Athy
And other far-flung towns mythologies.
O commemorate me with no hero-courageous
Tomb--just a canal-bank seat for the passer-by.
I would not worry about snow. I recently stayed at the Westin in Dublin - fantastic location and a lovely breakfast. A friend was at the Merrion - overpriced and not quite as convenient a location. For lots of hotel ideas, visit the Dublin pages at VirtualTourist.com or check out Travel Advisor - both are reliable.
for an excellent guide to the best (and often, little known) small hotels & restaurants, seek out Georgina Campbell's "The Best Guide To Eat, Drink, and Stay". I'd recommend in Ballsbridge these b & bs (only 10 minutes away from Stephen's Green): Aberdeen Lodge (voted best Irish breakfast, Butlers Town House, Cedar Lodge, Glenogra House, and Raglan Lodge!
If you are looking for a GREAT B&B in Dublin near St. Stephen's Green, go to the website www.number31.ie This place, if you can get a reservations, is wonderful and the BREAKFAST is unbelievable. Look on TripAdvisor for reviews. Have fun...I was born in Ireland and have gone back many times...cannot get over how expensive everything is, BUT one thing hasn't changed, the Irish are still the friendliest and nicest people in Europe.