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Glen Guesthouse

2.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The friendliness of the breakfast staff and location is all that was positive about our stay. For 3 nights all we could hear was traffic and people talking on the street. I would not recommend this B&B

Visited the above hotel with friends, was very disappointed with it. TV in the room was only 12 inches and only 4 programs on it. Rust in the bathroom and when I turned on the shower the dial came off, the window in the bedroom was held open by a piece of wood, as you will see by the photos. The staff were very helpful, breakfast was quite nice.

We really liked our stay here. Rooms are clean and nice. The people are friendly, the breakfast is tasty and the location is perfect. You are very close to the O'Connell Street. The only confusing thing for us was the parking of our car. On our booking site, there was the info that there is a parking area. But at the guesthouse we were told that there are very unlimited places and you have to book many months in advance (no information about that before or directly after booking). The only chance for us was a close public parking garage. The good thing about this, is that there coupons at the reception that make the parking cheaper. It is then about 13€ per day.

Price was convenient and location is great. The room was okay: comfortable beds and spacious enough; but the bathroom was not the best: shower head was broken and soap was placed in weird dispenser looking very cheap. Breakfast was good but it was a bit confusing as everyday we ordered the same thing and everyday it was slightly different than the previous day. But we overall enjoyed it.

Pros: It has four walls and a roof. The location was nice for a night of waking around on our first night in Dublin before moving on to our tour. Comes with breakfast. Cons: Walls are so thin, no lift and our bags barely fit up the stairs, the drain is clogged, dated (but they have tried with paint and decor), door is super thin and you can hear everything in the hall like it's next to you. I could live with it for a night.

This small guesthouse was great. You can take the bus from the airport direct to the Glen Guesthouse. It lets you off right across the street. Also walking distance from the heart of down town where there spire is. Lots of shops and restaurants on that main street. The hop on and hop off buses are also there. It is also walking distance to the train station. They recommended I take the train to a fishing town called Howte (sp?). It took about 20 minutes to get there and the views and restaurants are spectacular. The women at the front desk (I forget her name) was exceptionally helpful. She made several suggestions on where to visit during my whirlwind stay. The room was clean. What I wasn't expecting was a made to order breakfast!!! I was very good. You could order a traditional breakfast with black and white pudding, beans and bacon (which is more thick, like ham). There were also other options on the menu. I had an early morning flight and the women asked if I wanted the ladies in the kitchen to make me a bagged breakfast. I didn't accept, but I thought it was a very generous offer.

Stayed here for 2 nights for a short break. Accommodation was disappointing. We were put in a front double bedroom. Traffic noise was bad but understandable being located on a busy main road. Guests from the next door hostel gathered at different times of night/early morning to chat on the front step which woke us several times during the night. Breakfast was average with sparse choice. Good point - lovely hot water for shower. Breakfast staff friendly.

The front desk guy was not supportive and had no patience. Almost unpolite. The room heater was broken. Towels too small and very used. Not so nice location. Too expensive for the value. The pictures on the web site does not match the reallity. Find another one.

This was a difficult review to write Stayed here for two nights as part of a pre paid Dublin short break deal This guest house is a 5 minute walk from the river and a 10/15 minute walk from the Temple Bar area That said - it is located in the more run down part of town - it is surrounded by low cost/quality hostels and pubs/bars - and it is in dire need of some urgent maintenance and redecoration On arrival - after ringing the door bell for a good 15 minutes - we were eventually let in (the receptionist was fixing a TV) and given a room at the top of the 4 storey rear extension - this felt like an unfinished Eastern European apartment block (see photos) You walk to this block from the original building through a small uninviting courtyard that had a moss covered very old canopy above the door. A fair amount pigeon waste was also evident here On entering our room we found it had a broken/insecure sliding patio/balcony door, held closed with a small hook - a radiator but no central heating - a TV fixed to the wall with cables everywhere and poor reception - a single small wardrobe with no door and only 3 hangers and no real storage space - a bed / mattress that had seen better days - a kettle that had to be plugged in on the bedside cabinet as there were no other sockets - a bathroom with a shower fitting fixed back to front (cold=hot and vice versa) and a dangerous shaver point - the sink plug hole had brown staining around it - the toilet seat was loose On the plus side the shower did have hot water at a decent pressure - the towels were changed daily and the sheets were clean - and the wifi was reliable The room was overlooked by a large number of private flats - there were no net curtains so if you wanted any privacy you had to draw the curtains After the first rather cold night we enquired about the lack of central heating to be told it didn't work in the entire block but we could have a fan heater - which also had to be plugged in by the bedside cabinet I'm not sure what health and safety rules apply in Dublin but they must have some?! The hot breakfast / buffet was ok with an adequate selection of cereals, cooked breakfasts and drinks - the breakfast staff were clearly doing their best The dining room was somewhat small - there is no way it would seat all the guests if they all turned up at once The reception staff were pleasant and again appeared to be doing their best despite clearly working long hours on their own At £100+ a night this guest house is vastly over priced - we've stayed in much better places for a fraction of the cost We didn't see any of the rooms in the original/old part of the guesthouse - so can't comment on them (though they surely can't be worse than ours) The ground floor public toilet was awful The guest house security system is basic - you hand your room keys in when you go out - and you buzz the 24/7 manned reception person when you return as the front door is always locked - no one really checked if we were residents or not - even if we hadn't met the receptionist before The guest house advertises left luggage - you actually just leave your bags in the main reception and hope for the best - which in our case worked There has to be better places to stay in Dublin - which is a bustling busy city worth visiting Would we stay here again - er no !

Spent 4 nights in this hotel in January 2017. We were lucky and had a room off the main road, so found the room slightly small but very clean. The breakfast choice is excellent and the staff most helpful and friendly. Cheap priced accommodation but not too long to walk into the heart of Dublin itself.

84 Lower Gardiner Street Dublin Dublin

Hotel highlights

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

Located in International Financial Services Centre, Glen Guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of popular sights such as Abbey Theatre and Custom House. The 31 rooms at this guesthouse include coffee makers and TVs and guests can enjoy free breakfast. Centrally located in Dublin, the guesthouse is also a short walk from Garden of Remembrance and Ha' Penny Bridge.


Free breakfast is included with your stay.


All 31 rooms feature coffee makers and phones. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and TVs with cable channels. Free toiletries are also standard.

Property features

Guests staying at Glen Guesthouse enjoy free WiFi in public areas and a computer station. Self parking is available for EUR 12.50 per night. The front desk is staffed 24/7 to help with luggage storage, and answer any questions about the accommodations.

Room options

Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Triple Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Single Room

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

42% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 351 reviews