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Avondale House Dublin - Guesthouse

2.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Being the cheapest 'hotel' option I could find on short notice, I decided to give it a chance. After all, I'm just there to sleep - how bad could it be? Terrible, is the answer. The facilities themselves were probably worse than any other hostel in the area. The entire building had a run-down feel, the shared toilets were inconvenient and the room had terrible insulation, letting the cold night air set into your bones. The beds were hard, rooms were small and also ugly/run down, but with an exhilarating view of barbed-wire fencing. The breakfast was greasy and left me feeling sick for the rest of the morning. The absolute worst part, however, was the front-desk serviceman. I have never experienced such an apathetic, rude and generally unpleasant person - much less in Ireland where friendliness is second-nature to half the city. The guy knows that he will probably never see any of his customers again so does not mind treating them terribly. Do not fall into this trap! If you're looking to save money, the hostels in the area are much cheaper. If you are looking for a cheap hotel, splurge the extra 5 euros and stay somewhere that doesn't feel like it should be in the fourth circle of Dante's Inferno.

First time in Dublin, I was going to stay on a hostel but this B&B came up and very reasonable for Dublin (did some research the usual going rate is £65 or around €80 per night). The B&B was perfectly located only 2 minutes from the 747 bus stop from the airport. To access the B&B you need to ring the bell, the hotel only has stairs, no lift. I was on the 1st floor, the room had a shower in it but the restroom was on the landing outside. The room was in need of TLC, as you may have read, the windows need attention; they didn't close correctly but I wedged the bed runner at the bottom and 2 towels across the window, the blackout curtains definitely help keep the draft out, the electrics were safe, even though they looked like something out of faulty towers. The room had only 1 plug socket, no table or a chair but was comfortable but as you may have just read, towels were provided. There was no tea making facilities in the room too. The breakfast was very nice and just the perfect size of sausage, egg, beans and bacon, with toast. The girls serving were extremely helpful and very diligent, even when you ask to make your eggs the correct way! It's no 5* but if all you need is the no frills and a bed to rest your head, it's okay for short stays. Plus on the first night the fire alarm went off, the gent at reception didn't have a clue what was going on.

I've stayed in guesthouses before, and they're all the same. Tiny rooms with twin beds, if you're lucky you get your very own sink, and they're cheap. This one, however, came with its own shower stall as well. It's more like a coffin, and might have been better used as a closet, but it's a shower none the less. My complaint starts with the price. Now, it was one of the cheapest options we could find, but it's still not worth what they charged, which was around €100 a night. Especially, when they have a permanent sign posted out front stating that they have rooms from €50. The room was typical of your standard guesthouse room, but the sink counter was dusty. Like it hadn't been used in a very long time, and there was toothpaste in the sink. Makes you wonder if they bothered to clean the rest of the room. We also received a half bottle of shampoo, which seemed weird. Then you have to go up three flights of stairs to find the toilets. Not horrible, but it sucks when you really have to pee and you're on the first floor. The walls are paper thin. I understand there's not much they can do to help that, but we could hear a full phone conversation between a man and his wife. The staff seems to be nice enough, not profesional but nice. They do offer a free full breakfast, which is both filling and tasty. 1 fried egg, a piece of ham, 2 sausage links, baked beans and bottomless toast. They have cereal options too, but why would you choose cereal over a hot meal in a rainy city.

Im definitely a person that believes the right attitude can solve any problem. I can assure you that no problems were being solved. Our room was right behind the reception so we heard two men talking well into the night. It was ready for us quite early in the day so that was great, and did seem quite clean. The "shower" was a basic hole in the wall right next to the bed. The bed... oh the beds.... rock hard. Had hip issues the next day from laying on a slab of rock. The saving grace. Parking. The lot is a bit of a walk but the parking pass saves you almost €15 for the 24 hrs.

Run down, broken sinks, Windows, toilets. Disgusting! We would never recommend this awful place! Very cheap, worse than a hostel. When we said we were leaving after one night, we got screamed at by the woman on reception saying you have to pay for all the nights. One night of non sleep was more than enough!!

We booked with Ryanair a flight to Dublin and a stay in Avondale House. Although it was not expensive we found the quality very poor. Unfriendly staff, not even a chair in the bedroom, everything was cracked, even our window, no noise isolation, no toilet on the room, not even on the same floor, towels were dirty. The floor in the breakfastroom was also dirty, there were marmalade parts on the table etcetera. We don´t recomment ths Guesthouse at all !!

The room was small but nicely decorated and the black out curtains worked great. Towels were soft and the toilets were shared but not bad. Noise level from street was pretty loud but I was on street side. Things are old, there are no plugs in the sink even though separate hot and cold water so could not fill the sink. Evening staff and breakfast were nice. The guy during the day, didn't get up from his desk for anything, not even to help with door as I struggled with luggage. It was okay for 80E in Dublin near to train station - it worked for me.

The B&B was really easy to find. Its super close to the city centre and just across from a pub. The windows were really thin, so we heard the pub music & cars. The bed was a little too uncomfortable, the room really small. The breakfast was decent. The staff were really nice and polite.

This place is a poop hole and there's no denying it. However it's comparatively cheep for Dublin and you are close to stuff. You just need to be ready to accept that it looks a lot like a condemned building from the inside. Most rooms don't have a loo so it does mean popping out and either up or down stairs to use one. The rooms do have a sink and a 'shower' - that's if you call a trickle of water inside a single wardrobe sized compartment a shower. It's best to approach this place as if you are camping. Take wet wipes for washing and a sleeping bag. There's no tea or coffee and the windows don't shut. The picture is where a plug socket should be. I'm not sure a plastic bag would stop an electric shock. Saying all that, if you are on a hen or stag do and just need to be out of the rain for a quick rest...then it's better (only just) than a bus stop. The people in charge aren't that bad and they did let us leave our bags there. Plus the night man made me a cup of tea (he really didn't want to) so I gave it 1 star for this. Breakfast is sausage, egg, beans and white toast. Or there is some single servings of cheese. That's it.

2 of us decided to come for a look around Dublin, and decided to book somewhere cheap and basic as we knew all we needed was a place to crash. The room (108) was essentially a thin corridoor with 2 singles, a sink and shower crammed in. This wasn't really a concern, until we came back later and could literally here every word our neighbours were saying due to the walls being paper thin, also we were right near reception so I was disturbed everytime someone entered the building. The room itself was clean enough with towels provided, although the toilet was upstairs, which again appeared clean enough. I really struggled to sleep due to noise coming from a tv in the room next door, again reffering back to the paper thin walls. Also our room was like a sauna, the heating to the building is controlled from reception amd there is no way to turn the radiator off in the room. If you're a heavy sleeper then I suppose this wouldn't be an issue. The staff were friendly enough and were able to answer any queries we had. Also the breakfast was ok, small but it was nice enough. The dining room was decent enough too.

40-41 Lower Gardiner Street Dublin Dublin

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Garden of Remembrance and Ha' Penny Bridge
  • Free full breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • 24-hour front desk

Located in International Financial Services Centre, Avondale House Dublin - Guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of popular sights such as Abbey Theatre and Custom House. This 32-room guesthouse welcomes guests with conveniences like free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and a 24-hour front desk. Centrally located in Dublin, the guesthouse is also a short walk from Garden of Remembrance and Ha' Penny Bridge.


Dining

Free full breakfast is included with your stay.


Rooms

TVs come with cable channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi.


Property features

Guests of Avondale House Dublin - Guesthouse have access to free WiFi in public areas. The 24-hour front desk has staff always at the ready.

Room options

Twin Room, 2 Twin Beds, Shared Bathroom

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Double Room, Ensuite

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Single Room, Shared Bathroom

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

24% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 319 reviews