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  • 4.0 star rating
    17/12/2013
    1 check-in here

    Came here for dinner and the famous Irish dancers show.

    The food was great!!!  The show was awesome!!! More of a folk dancing show than what I expected but now I know that is what irish dancing means...haha!!

    Man, we got front row and I swear I was about to kicking in the chompers more than once but they know what they are doing and I made it out of there with all my teeth... haha

    The show really was amazing and if you get a chance, it's a must see while in Dublin!!

  • 4.0 star rating
    14/12/2013
    1 check-in here

    Great dinner/dance/traditional Irish show!  Band we saw was called Puca! Lead singer was amazing!  

    Reserve your seats early so you getting a better spot for the show.

    Service was nice, but a bit slow since there were so many people.

    Pre-set meal, ~33 euros not including alcohol.  Definitely worth going to watch and being a tourist!

  • 4.0 star rating
    28/6/2013
    2 check-ins here

    Great location. Nice rooms. Great staff.
    Free Irish dancing stage show twice daily!!
    Great place to bring out-of-towners for a show and pint.

  • 3.0 star rating
    2/6/2013

    The staff was friendly and helpful.  I got into DUB early and they locked up my bags for me, while I went for a walk and got a bite, plus soak up some Irish beer.  That's the only reason I give them a 3rd , because they were entirely helpful and friendly.  

    They had a half-way decent wi-fi connection in the lobby.  But it was much too loud to try using VOIP.  The room...  Tiny, cramped, just I mean you get what you pay for I guess.  Since I was travelling solo, it didn't matter to me.  But if you're going with family, this isn't the place.  Mayyybe with the lady because of the convenient location and budget.  So it's acceptable overall, but not the best.

  • 3.0 star rating
    16/2/2013

    My family really wanted to see traditional Irish dancing...so we came here for dinner and the show. The food was overpriced, but it wasn't bad by any means. The drinks were good, although once again a little too expensive. The show was pretty good. We got placed right in the center front of the stage (where my girlfriend at the time spent the show fearing she'd get kicked in the face). There's nothing really negative to say about the place, but it's definitely built up specifically around the Irish dance floor and I wouldn't come here for any other reason than to catch a show.

    I did not stay in the hotel, but I gather from other reviews that the rates are a bit pricey...which can be expected due to the location I would say.

  • 4.0 star rating
    4/1/2013
    1 check-in here
    Listed in Travel

    For the location in Dublin, you can't beat it.  We got a pretty good rate for it and the rooms were clean.  We also took advantage of the Irish Dance show downstairs which was very entertaining and the food wasn't bad.   The location is great, right in the heart of it.  Would definitely go back & stay if I'm ever in Dublin again.  

    Free wi-fi which was another bonus.

  • 3.0 star rating
    2/9/2012

    Stayed here for the Navy vs Notre Dame massacre in 2012. Booked the room a year in advance because I realised that 30K+ fans were coming, but I noticed the room rates seemed pretty high. I guess everyone raised their prices for the event, hotels were not easily to be acquired for the weekend.

    I chose Arlington on a recommendation and the central location. The location is right on the Liffey, and cannot be beat as far as being centrally located. All the normal touristy things are just a short walk away. In fact its difficult to get to sleep at night because you are so close to the bars... keep that in mind.

    Service was great, prompt, attentive, helpful staff at the hotel, definitely a plus. Very patient in answering all the repeat mundane clueless tourist's questions.

    The hotel's facilities are my only complaint. Creaky floors, dingy bathrooms, broken iron, busted light bulbs, and small 15 inch old school television... were all issues I experienced in my suite... I guess the hotel can justify its price on its location, and bar/entertainment.

    Breakfast is a meagre English style breakfast with less than enticing eggs, sausage, mushrooms, black pudding, hash browns, the normal faire. It does the trick though if you've got a hangover and again at least the service was nice!

    We attended the dinner show downstairs, and was very pleasantly entertained. Very humorous, talented musicians keep the crowd smiling and laughing.  With traditional Irish style music, though it seems tailored to tourists expectations rather than authenticity. On the other hand there are Irish dancers which are very fun to watch!

    All in all, the facilities are bleh, but the service and location are great!

  • 5.0 star rating
    30/11/2011
    14 check-ins here

    Never have I ever wanted to LIVE in a hotel.  There is usually something impersonal and uncomfortable while on holiday at hotels.  But NOT the Arlington Hotel.  From the time you are greeted at reception until the time you unfortunately have to end your stay, you are treated and greeted with smiles and the utmost of courtesy and helpful staff I have ever encountered.  

    I want to make a personal mention here of Maggie (Mags).  She is always professional, cheerful and will go out of her way to make sure all of your needs are met.  Whether it be something with your room, dining, suggestions, finding out information on your stay she makes you feel YOU are doing her the service, rather than the other way around.  I do not believe I would have stayed for so long, had it not been for Mags and I will never stay in another hotel while in Dublin. To add a personal note, Mags knew I had to be on a plane out of Dublin but wanted a quick bit of soup before leaving the hotel.  I had just missed breakfast and was too early for lunch, however she made sure I had a hot bowl of soup before I left.  Can you say service!?

    Ciara, who works in Sinatra's is just lovely.  She is cheerful, tends to your dining and drink needs and keeps the atmosphere cheerful.  She will engage in conversation and in the rare occasion where you need a moment she is mindful of your privacy.  Her company in Sinatra's is worth dining in Sinatra's nightly or at least going to have a drink or two  to enjoy her company.

    The show at the hotel was excellent.  The band that plays before and after are definitely a treat.  They will take requests and keep everything cheerful and engage the crowd.  The Irish Dancers are DEFINITELY worth seeing! The show is one not to miss.  The best part about the bar area/venue aspect is that you do not need to pay to see the show.  You will not get a front seat and the pleasure one of the heartiest and delicious preset menus in Dublin, for merely 29 Euro, but you can have a drink at the bar and stand/sit/watch and enjoy.

    The hotel, itself, is in a fantastic location.  Right there at Bachelor's Walk on the Liffey, the Arlington Hotel O'Connell Bridge is the perfect spot!  It is charming from the time you walk in.  It has an old style feel with warm colors and welcoming feel.  The rooms are nice and spacious enough, because you won't want to be in them while in Dublin because of all there is to see and do. You also cannot beat the great value!  Make sure you include breakfast in your stay because it is wonderful as is the hostess who somehow remembers everyone and all of your personal requests!

    Be sure, if you want to get to sleep early you request a room above the first floor, as the hotel bar is open late and does have the show until 11 PM.  It can be noisy.  But, if you ask me, it is worth staying up those extra hours to take part in all of the fun!

  • 3.0 star rating
    16/7/2009
    First to Review

    I cringe every time I walk past this joint, the diddly do Irish jig music makes me realise that the rest of the world truly think that we are from Darby O'Gill and the little people. But since I am on my, I will make myself go to the places I have always scoffed at phase, I reduced my size and jigged in the door.

    If you want to sample a cod Irish night then you could do worse then heading here.  Irish dancing and music most nights with decent food at reasonable prices.  They also do cocktail specials. It is very 'oirish' though - once in a lifetime is probably enough.

  • 3.0 star rating
    8/8/2009

    Yet another of those pubs that is deceptively small from the outside but opens into a veritable football ground of a pub when you venture inside.

    I am yet to witness the Irish dancing spectacular that is this pub's specialty, so I am unable to comment on its Oirishness or otherwise. I've only ever been inside soon after opening time, when it's been empty to the point of desolation. It is a very very big pub to drink in if you're the only people partaking of a beverage.

    The staff are very personable and always up for a chat (well, they are when the place is dead, that's for sure). There is also free wireless so if you're ok with using your computer in the semi-darkness of this establishment, then go right ahead.

  • 2.0 star rating
    12/8/2009

    The Arlington Hotel is trying to capitalize on Ireland's image as being the land of leprechauns and jigs. It's so false  that I have to give the hotel a falling mark for spreading lies.

    In the seven years that I have been living in Dublin, I never met anyone who does or did Irish dancing. Where do these people live? Probably somewhere in America.

    Anyways, the Arlington Hotel is really popular with cheesy tourists who buy into gimmicks. The two times that I have been in the pub, it was crammed with out-of-towners who ate stew and drank Guinness as they awaited the show to commence. Most of these people were older, in their 40s or 50s.

    I wouldn't recommend this pub/ restaurant to anyone looking for the real Irish experience. There are plenty of other places in Dublin where old traditions are maintained.

  • 3.0 star rating
    28/8/2009

    Traveling to Europe for the first time, I stayed at the Arlington hotel with my partner in crime.

    The price was decent and the location was great.  The bathroom was a little small, but I've seen smaller...so I can't really complain.  There's really not much else to say...clean room, comfortable bed.  The TV had about 3 channels but I guess you're not really supposed to be in the room watching TV.

    Nothing too fancy but once again, nothing to really complain about.

  • 4.0 star rating
    4/1/2011

    Dinner: 3 stars.

    Entertainment: 5 stars.

    Total: 4 stars.

    3 course dinner and show with live music and Irish dancing is 29.95 euro per person. The food looks better than it tastes. The show is actually free and is from 9 - 11:30 pm. Live music 9-10 pm, then the dancing from 10-10:30 pm, then more live music from 10:30 - 11:30 pm. Dinner seatings are at 7 pm, 7:30 pm, and 8 pm. I would get there at 8 pm. You buy your tickets online and a table is reserved for you so you don't need to get there super early.

    • Qype User TopLad…
    • London, United Kingdom
    • 13 friends
    • 86 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    9/3/2009

    This hotel is in a great location by the river side and just a short walk from all the main areas and with a hop on hop off bus stop right outside.

    The rooms are well equiped and well serviced and there is live entertainment every night in the hotel the staff are friendly and attentive who will do all they can to ensure your stay is enjoyable.

    The breakfast is really good with a wide choice to suit all tastes and really sets you up for the day. A special mention to the staff who deals with the breakfast sittings they are everything that Irish tourism should aspire to be, they treat old customers as long lost friends and new customers as new best friends what a diamond and they are much loved. I enjoyed my time at Arlington hotel and will certainly return again.

  • 1.0 star rating
    31/3/2013
    1 check-in here

    I am lying here awake, after a full tiring day of walking the city. Can't sleep for the noise from the Irish dancing and music downstairs!  And, we are on the third floor!  Food was fine, bed was hard as a rock. Gonna look for new digs tomorrow.  Their free WiFi was cool!  Staff at breakfast was exceptional.

  • 4.0 star rating
    10/4/2012
    1 check-in here

    I cannot rate the hotel as I have never stayed there however I was at the Arlington for the Irish Traditional Dancing and music evening at the pub there and really enjoyed it. I am generally not a fan of tourist traps and was quite skeptical to begin with. Whilst it does cater to the tourist crowd the musicians were really good and the dancers were not too bad. The three course meal was traditional pub food and not too bad. They pour a decent pint of Guinness and the service is also hood. Value for money was great. Would go back for this when we have more visitors from overseas :-)

  • 4.0 star rating
    3/5/2012
    5 check-ins here
    Listed in Visiting Ireland

    We stayed here for four nights during our trip to Ireland in April 2012: the first three nights were were in Ireland and the last night before we flew back to the States.  I was satisfied with my entire stay at this hotel.

    Location:  this hotel is located on Bachelor's Walk in the Dublin's city center.  While at first the location was overwhelming to get to (I am new to the navigating Dublin), once we were settled in the location unfolded itself as being perfect.  Being centrally located like this in Dublin means everything I wanted to see in the city was well within walking distance.  I was able to explore the whole city, and any time I needed to stop by the hotel it was so easy to swing by because of the easy location.  This hotel is a five minute walk from Trinity College, many places to shop, and awesome pubs and restaurants.  It's a ten minute walk to Jameson distillery and Guinness Storehouse.  If the place you want to see isn't within walking distance, a bus to take you there is.

    Staff:  The staff here is super friendly.  Genuinely!  One of the staff members who stands out the most for me are Carly who works at the front desk.  She was always very attentive to our needs and very professional.  On our last night in Dublin, we let her know that we needed to leave for the airport at 5:30am.  When we told her this she let us know that the parking garage we parked in is not open until 7am.  After she informed of this, she immediately came up with a solution that allowed us to still leave at our original time.  She called up a coworker and arranged to have our car moved to the car park below the hotel.  Normally this doesn't happen but she understood we didn't have another choice short of turning the rental car back early by a day, taking a cab back to Dublin and then using Arlington Hotel's shuttle service.  While that was an option it would have taking a lot out of our last day in Dublin, so her solution was super fantastic.  Thank you Carly for helping us out with that.  All of the staff that worked in the restaurants, especially the breakfast staff were also friendly, attentive, and chatting us up on how our day has been or what we were up to if it was still the beginning of the day.

    Food:  We had three breakfasts, one dinner, and one lunch at Arlington.  The breakfasts were delicious.  Fresh fruit, yogurt, pastries, brown bread, toast, muffins, cereal, juices, baked beans, scrambled and fried eggs, hash browns, and sausage (although I didn't partake in those).  There was so much to eat for breakfast you would be hard pressed to walk away still hungry.  We ate dinner at their traditional Irish music and step-dancing show.  Three appetizers to choose from we had the vegetable soup which was tasty.  My husband tried their stew and I had the salmon.  He told me the stew was good but wish there was more in the portion size for the price.  I had the salmon and it was fantastic and more than enough food for me.  The dessert was a selection of small pastries, pie, and tarts.  Our last day in Dublin we had a late lunch at Sinatra's Piano Bar which is also located in Arlington Hotel.  I had the seafood chowder (AMAZING) with a side of chips.  It was so delicious, and a perfect amount of cod, prawns, and potato to leave me satisfied.  My husband had the fish and chips and he said they were very good.  The batter was not too thick and the cod was fresh.  Overall a fantastic lunch.  

    Irish Dancing Night:  The show was a lot of fun.  The band was energetic and the Irish step-dancers were very talented.  The show is free to attend if you don't mind sitting in the back by the bar.  If you want a reserved table, you have to book the dinner (which I mentioned above).  Some people reviewing the hotel say it is touristy, but hey you know what we are tourists, so why not have some fun and enjoy yourself?

    Accommodations:  Comfortable beds, spacious shower with excellent water pressure (I have used showers were the water pressure is so weak it takes my thick hair almost five minutes to get wet enough to shampoo), plenty of dresser drawers and wardrobe space for our clothing, pants press, tea maker, hair dryer, and a safe in the room.  Also free Wifi!  Not too many places around Ireland had that so it was nice to use to keep in touch with family in the States.

    Next time I come to Dublin I would have no problem staying in this hotel again.  Thank you all again for helping our stay in Dublin be wonderful.

    • Qype User anna67…
    • Dalton-in-Furness, United Kingdom
    • 4 friends
    • 73 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    14/11/2008

    We visited the Arlington in 2007 and had an amazing night! We didn't stay there, but had a meal and night out in the club. It was recommended to us by the taxi driver who picked us up from the airport - always a good sign, as taxi drivers know the best places to go! We started with a meal in the restaurant - my fiance had a steak while I had roast chicken, both lovely dishes. We liked the fact that you could see the chefs at work in the kitchen through a hatch in the restaurant - that always shows that they have nothing to hide! We then stayed to watch a fantastic Irish band, who I wish to this day I could remember the name of...there was a brilliant atmosphere in the Arlington, with everyone singing and clapping along. This was followed by traditional Irish dancing, which was amazing! We felt we had had a proper Dublin night out, and would recommend it to anyone.

    • Qype User MsPrec…
    • London, United Kingdom
    • 6 friends
    • 31 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    25/2/2009

    The Arlington is in the best location for shopping, sightseeing, and partying. There is a food mart across the street to grab snacks/drinks too . The Hotel Pub, called Knightsbridge has entertainment everynight of the week that attracts a great crowd. Everynight I was there they had a Irish band, followed by the Irish dancing, followed by either more Band, or great music. The hotel staff were very kind, and helpfull too. I would say the atmosphere was great.  My room was clean, smelled lovely and the bed was so soft, which made it very possible for me to get a good nights kip. The location and the pub made it worth it. Ill definatly go back!

    • Qype User covidr…
    • Caernarfon, United Kingdom
    • 2 friends
    • 43 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    25/11/2008

    This hotel is in the middle of the City of Dublin.Great place to stay for you r visit.Rooms are a good size, modern and clean.The world famous Temple Bar is just over the river which runs just outside of the hotel.The bar is huge the service is spot on.Our server was serving about 5 people at the same time with out any fuss what so ever.If you r having a weekend there then consider staying here.Food is great,good location.Pop over the river and have a few drinkd around the Bar and you shant be dissapointed at all.Deffo stay here again and again.

    • Qype User Boardw…
    • Dublin
    • 3 friends
    • 2 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    16/2/2009

    Live bands and irish dancing 7 nights a week with optional sumptuous 3 course meal and on the weekends the Boardwalk Nightclub is open from 11:30pm!!

    • Qype User bernie…
    • Bridgend, United Kingdom
    • 4 friends
    • 90 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    2/10/2008

    Highly recommend this place lively. good food and near city centre and short walk from temple bar area, be sure to make sure your not above the nightclub if you want a quiet night!

    • Qype User ruthie…
    • Dublin
    • 2 friends
    • 11 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    23/1/2009

    If you love Irish music and dancing, this is the place for you. They have live bands and Irish dancers (sometimes booking is necessary), great atmosphere and they also serve lovely food. I have had mouthwatering pork spare ribs in here. On a Sunday the music starts from 12.30. If it has one drawback it would be its huge size, and sometimes can take a while to get served at the bar, but relax and enjoy the craic while you wait!

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