A couple of weeks ago the surprise I’d been planning for Adam’s birthday finally came to light and it couldn’t have been more perfect. I decided to book a weekend break in the city that is best known for its invention of its famous Irish stout – Guinness (Adam’s fave). Together with the quirky Irish pubs, great shopping districts and cheap flights, Dublin seemed to tick all of the boxes and was somewhere new for us to explore together. It was absolutely worth the wait and the anxiety of planning a trip overseas without him knowing anything about it. Today I wanted to share the details of the hotel we stayed in as it exceeded my expectations in every way.
After learning that flights to Dublin from Leeds are dirt cheap, I decided to book. Back in April I used booking.com to reserve a hotel in Dublin, one with no pre-payment and free cancellation. I wanted somewhere cheap but central and originally booked a hotel above a bar called Fleet Street Hotel for three nights. It wasn’t until October that I actually booked the flights and the flights times were much better to go Saturday morning and fly home Monday night, I also thought it might be cheaper to book a nicer hotel for 2 days instead of 3 and that would also mean we wouldn’t need as much spending money. After looking on booking.com I found a gorgeous 4* hotel in central Dublin for £25 less than the 3 night stay which stole my heart.
After doing a little bit of research, Hotel 7 located on Gardiner Row in Dublin only opened its doors to the public in June 2018 so it’s a really new hotel. Based on a quiet street the stylish Georgian property was originally built way back in 1770 as a private house before being made into a commercial property in the 1950’s and now into a boutique hotel with 51 bedrooms. Considering the age of the building, even the bricks are flawlessly clean and the character of the building inside and out is just beautiful.
Just like most hotels, check in is normally around 3pm which we thought would prove to be a bit of a problem as we were due to arrive in Dublin around 7:30am with most likely nowhere to go! Due to strong winds our flight was delayed two hours so we didn’t arrive at the hotel until around 10am which worked out much better for us. We didn’t expect to get into our room so early so we were just going to ask reception if they could look after our luggage whilst we go and explore the city.
The staff were extremely helpful, in fact I’ve never had such a great experience with reception staff. The man on reception named Nando kindly took our bags and asked us to take a seat in the bar whilst he checked if our room was ready, we didn’t expect it to be but he rallied around to accommodate us so we could freshen up and get settled into our room for the weekend. Not only this, but he took the time to tell us everything about Dublin from bus routes, trips to go on and bars he would recommend. He circled everything on a map for us which was so helpful with it being our first time in the city. I hadn’t realised that Dublin was such a walkable city which was great as we were blessed with clear, sunny weather.
The hotel room was filled with special touches which really made our stay including a mini fridge, a smart TV, luxury toiletries by Rituals and multiple charging ports including USB ports. All rooms also included a Nespresso machine with a variety of coffee pods which was a fantastic addition to our stay, especially after our early morning flight. The rooms were comfortable, spacious, clean and wonderfully bright.
Breakfast was also included in the price of our stay which is always a bonus as it means you can get more out of your spending money and don’t have to worry about finding somewhere to eat each morning. Hotel 7 offered a continental buffet breakfast along with a made-to-order cooked breakfast menu which included everything from full English breakfasts, eggs benedict, porridge, pancakes and waffles. Everything was fresh and there was a great selection of food and juices to choose from. I got pancakes one morning with bacon and maple syrup which was lovely.
As we were visiting for Adam’s birthday, I let the hotel know in the notes of my booking that we were celebrating my fiance’s birthday if there was anything they could do to make our stay extra special. They told me that an room upgrade wouldn’t be possible as all of their rooms are superior rooms however I could pay an additional cost for chocolates or prosecco in the room. I decided not to bother however when we went back to the room on the evening of Adam’s birthday we were surprised with this kind gesture which was really thoughtful – the chocolates were delicious!
The decor of Hotel 7 is absolutely stunning, I would love to have my own home kitted out with their brilliant range of contemporary lighting fixtures, together with their decorative boarders and classy furnishings. The hotel is stylish and modern throughout with quirky features and a sophisticated colour palette, I loved the LED wall word clock in reception too.
One night we went down to the bar area for a few cocktails whilst we waited for our taxi to take us to South George’s Street for the evening. The bar area is elegant and quiet offering a variety of beverages including an interesting cocktail menu. We both decided to go for a refreshing Ultimate Apple Martini made up of vodka, apple sours and lime juice soda which was really nice. Adam then went on to have a Pearse Manhattan which was a strong combination of Irish Whiskey, Red & White Vermouth, Angostura bitters – definitely not one I would usually go for!
Hotel 7 is just 20 minutes away from Dublin airport (around 20 euros in a taxi) and is within walking distance to most of the top attractions in Dublin’s city centre. Just around the corner is The Spire, O’Connell Street and Henry Street which was fantastic for shopping – plenty of familiar shops as well as some new ones, they also have Penney’s (Dublin’s Primark) and Arnotts which is a brilliant department store that you need to go in! We got lucky with the weather during the day so we walked to the Guinness Storehouse which took 35 minutes and stopped at the famous Temple Bar for a drink along the way too.
Overall we had a brilliant stay at Hotel 7 and I couldn’t recommend it enough for location and customer service. If you’re looking for a central hotel in Dublin that will add a sense of luxury to your stay then this is it.
7 Gardiner Row | Dublin | D01 XN53