Mespil Hotel Dublin – DayOut recommends
Mespil Hotel Dublin is right in the heart of Dublin city and situated looking onto the Grand Canal. The location is superb with Baggot street right outside and Leeson street and Stephens Green just a short walk away.
The hotel offers free parking at the rear, the entrance is at the side of the hotel along the leafy tree lined Burlington Road. It might be an idea to ring ahead as the number of spaces can be limited at peak times. You need to log your car reg with reception as there is a clamping service in operation for those who try to sneak past the security barrier!
The hotel interior is bright and spacious, with a really chic lobby area. It’s full of light tones and it just has that zero clutter, lots of space vibe about it. Let’s be honest, we’ve all stayed at hotels in Dublin city & beyond but every now and then it’s great when something surprises you. The Mespil Hotel Dublin is exactly that – as the old saying goes, it’s not until you stay there that you realise what you’re missing!
I took a 3rd floor room which was at the hotel front, so it was roof top level looking across the city. The Grand Canal is right down below and honesty you could sit happily for a couple of hours with drink in hand and watch the world go by. You’ll catch the occasional glimpse of a barge among the trees on the canal and people just strolling by….wonder where they’re going and what they’re doing. ‘People watching’ – it’s a hobby you really need to get onboard with!
Have to say and I am true to my word – if the rooms were poor I’d tell you here. I’m happy to report however as you’d expect the room was spotless. Did I mention bright and spacious already (see pic). You’ve got your usual teas and coffees which of course you have to sample while you’re there. Flat screen is a given and the bed was just right – firm but not hard and the pillows perfect. A perfect nights sleep. I must mention the showers, as I always do and the team here know that my overnight hotel experiences are very heavily influenced by the ‘shower experience’ (steady now!). I can state that the shower in my hotel room at Mespil Hotel was…..absolutely ‘ungetoutofable’! No doors – it was a walk-in with a gentle sloped floor. Seriously, if you’re going anywhere, add at least 30 minutes to your ‘get ready’ time!
Things to do in Dublin
So maybe you’re visiting for a couple of days – what about things to do in Dublin?
Walk out the door of the Mespil hotel, cross the road and you’re at the canal. Walk to your right to meet Baggot street and go left at the bridge – walk about 10 minutes and you’re at Stephens Green in the absolute centre of Dublin city. Perhaps you’ll already be armed with a handful of pamphlets and know where you’re heading. If you want some inspiration and suggestions we are happy to suggest the following days out for you….
Little Museum of Dublin
If you’re an overseas visitor to our capital, or even if you’re not, pop in here for a lovely condensed history tour. As the name suggests, it’s small and compact and it’s a 1 room history of Dublin. Well worth a visit. Just a short 10/15 minute walk from the hotel. Adult admission cost circa €10.00
Natural History Museum
A favourite with visitors of all ages, this museum is set over 2 floors and displays models, exhibits, suspended skeletons, insects and fauna native to Ireland. Located beside government buildings just off Baggot street at Merrion Square. As part of the National Museums of Ireland, this museum is Free admission all year round.
Fascinating introduction to Ireland’s globally recognised whiskey brand. There might even be a little sample for you on this tour! It’s about 4km from the hotel so head to Smithfield Square just off the LUAS line. This is a popular tourist attraction so book online to ensure your tour. Guided tour will cost €20.00 per person and Whiskey tasting costs €30.00 (correct at time of writing Aug 2017 but check web site to confirm)
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Breakfast – Yay or Nay?
Visit the long rectangular room on the ground floor at front of the hotel just off the lobby. Glass walled on one side so lots of natural light and let’s you see the weather to plan your day over breakfast!. The buffet tables include everything you need with the usual staple items like fresh fruit, cereals, breads, jams, cold meats and condiments.
The hot counter (where of course I had to go) also offered everything you expect. Boy there was a great spread that day and you could easily make a number of visits back to the counter. (In in the interests of thoroughness for my article, I may have, ahem, gone twice to the hot counter!)
As I mentioned earlier, I like to people watch and observe. Firstly, the staff were impeccably turned out. Nobody was having a bad morning and it was smiles and courtesy all the way. I also noticed a senior staff member taking regular checks with a temperature probe on all of the hot food areas which made me feel like this hotel was on its game. The breakfast was great and the coffee was first rate.
Mespil Hotel Business & Leisure
Being in the heart of Dublin city, the Mespil hotel is an obvious choice for business visitors. All of the modern day business conveniences are available on the 4th floor and you need your door key to gain access to this area that includes photocopier, printer, computer, scanner etc. There’s 2 stylish boardroom type meeting rooms and guests can enjoy complimentary WiFi throughouth the Mespil Hotel.
Out the door and turn right and follow the canal and you come to ‘Silicon Dock’ which is Dublin’s centre of Internet and Social Media where many of the top companies like Google and Facebook have their European headquarters. The Mespil hotel offers a great choice for business visitors. Taxis are available just outside and you’re only a short distance from any city centre location.
We’re all aware of the growth and interest in personal training over the past couple of years and the fitness suite at the Mespil allows you to stay honed while you’re visiting. Located on the ground floor, there’s a mixture of cardio and resistance equipment and you need your room key to gain access.
Mespil Hotel Dublin
50 – 60 Mespil Road
Phone: +353 1 488 4600
Fax: +353 1 667 1244
Pluses at the Mespil Hotel Dublin: all of the above. Very pleasant stay and would gladly recommend the hotel to anyone looking for a comfortable stay in Dublin City. Must say very pleasantly surprised and would be booking here again the next time on ‘business’ in the city. Perfect for couples away for a weekend and few nights. Ideal for groups of friends who want a city centre hotel but don’t want to ‘hear’ the city all night. Food was great.
Any negatives: No pool so may not be ideal for families on longer stays.
About the Author:
Fergal Walsh is our senior writer and action man, Tough Mudder(er), secret shopper, day out visitor and co-founder of the DayOut web site.
An award winning Internet Manager, Fergal has worked across the Irish Internet industry since the year 2000. He is a parent, adventurer, blogger and writes daily for the DayOut web site.