Thursday, May 14, 2009

Dublin - booked!

As I said in a post long ago, Mr. Lush is in charge of planning the 2 days in Dublin. Well, with a little extra research help from me, he booked the Drury Court Hotel on Lower Stephens Street. (no affiliation to the Drury Inns in the US) It’s a couple blocks south of Temple Bar area (“stumbling distance”, Lucy) and a couple blocks north of St. Stephens Green, also close to Dublin Castle and about a mile from the Guinness Storehouse. (because really, what’s a trip to Dublin without visiting Guinness)

We discovered the hotel through Dublin’s Tourism Website and he actually booked through there as well, because for some reason, the rate was better, even including the 2.50 Euro booking fee, to book through that website than through the Hotel’s website. Our rate was 69E per night including breakfast. (Although I’m not holding my breath that the breakfast will be edible, its still nice that its included.) The hotel also has free wi-fi in the rooms, a must for updating friends, family, and blog followers.

Some other hotels we considered, but decided against solely based on their lack of close proximity to multiple things we wanted to do: Maldron Hotel Parnell Square, Arlington Hotel O'Connell Bridge, and Camden Court Hotel. All were fairly well rated on Trip Advisor and were under 90 Euros per night.

Now, of course, Mr. Lush does need to plan what we’re going to do in Dublin for those two days. I’m fine with having a couple options per day – we don’t need every minute planned. (which I suppose is a good thing, as he couldn’t plan that anyway) We actually know 3 separate groups of people who are going to Ireland after us, so we'll certainly have to take notes.

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