Hotel Review: Clayton Hotel, Dublin
A classic four-star hotel set in a beautiful Victorian building dating from 1880, which used to be a school. Rooms are comfortable and well appointed, with interconnecting rooms for families. Luxurious executive rooms have air conditioning, Nespresso machines and extensive TV channels. The bar and lounge has an all-day menu, and there is also a small gym and a barbers.
Rooms available from £115.23 per night
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The hotel is in Ballsbridge, an upmarket district south of Dublin city centre. It's around 30 minutes' walk, or ten minutes by taxi, Dart (commuter rail) or bus to the centre. The hotel is on a main road and also on the Aircoach route for a direct bus to Dublin Airport.
By plane: direct flights to Dublin from Manchester and Birmingham (1 hour), and London (1 hour 15 minutes). It's a 20-minute drive to the hotel. On-site parking costs €12 per day. Book flights to Dublin.
THE LOOK AND FEEL
This is a stunning red-brick building which was built in 1880 as a Masonic girls school - the exterior is striking, and while the interior has some original features such as windows, it is mostly modern. The building has been extended over the years with a mix of design styles and a central glass-covered atrium leading to the bar and restaurant area.
The hotel has plenty of rooms and many are interconnecting so will suit families. There is a large underground car park and the hotel has pleasant front grounds. There is also a small gym with a good selection of weights, a barbers and all the usual hotel services like room service and laundry.
- Fitness centre
- On-site parking
- Free Wi-Fi
BED AND BATH
Rooms are decorated in a classic style and many of the bathrooms have combined bath and shower. Rooms in the old building have original windows and many rooms can be interconnecting. The luxurious Executive rooms in the newer wing have Sky TV, Nespresso machines and air conditioning; Junior Suites have a separate lounge area.
Room types: Double, Superior, Executive, Family, Junior Suite, Thomas Prior Suite
Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
We loved the casual vibe, space and comfortable seating in the bar area, and the outdoor tables in summer. The slow-cooked crispy lamb shank with roasted peppers, fondant potato, green vegetables and lamb mint jus was delicious.
Grandstand: restaurant and bar, locally sourced produce. Dishes include duo of lamb, pork belly and chicken supreme. All-day dining, open daily.
Red Bean Roastery: coffee shop, serving pastries, soups and salads. Open Mon-Fri, 7am-3pm and Sat, 8am-3pm.
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