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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Situated at the south end of Lower Gardiner Street near Connolly Square, the Townhouse is a unique, 80-room bed-and-breakfast with personality to spare. Assets here include a generous breakfast, as well as elegant, individually decorated rooms filled with plush fabrics, handsome furnishings and lots of history to boot. The B&B is housed in two brick Georgian houses, each of which was once home to an Irish playwright (Lafcadio Hearn and Dion Boucicault). Tributes to Hearn and Boucicault are sprinkled throughout the Townhouse, and each room is named after one of their works.
Rooms at the Townhouse are well-appointed and mostly decorated with trinkets the owner has brought back from trips abroad. All are equipped with coffee and tea facilities, a TV and telephone. A few rooms share facilities, but most have private bathrooms, which are covered in cheerful yellow tiles with hand-painted horses livening up the mix.
Additional rooms are available in the Townhouse Mews, a brick structure (circa 1997) that sits behind the outdoor patio. Although lacking in history, these rooms are every bit as elegant as those in the Georgian houses and perhaps a bit fresher. The newer rooms have more contemporary-styled furniture and hardwood floors. Some have bathtubs or balconies (request ahead).
Regardless of which wing you end up in, we recommend rooms overlooking the lovely garden patio, which can also be viewed from the window-lined breakfast room.
Breakfast is included in the nightly rate. Wi-Fi is free in the public areas.
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor. This review is based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Breakfast Included
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
- Cable TV
- Handicap accessible rooms
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About the The Townhouse Hotel neighborhood
Starting just above the Liffey, Gardiner Street shoots north from the Custom House, a behemoth of an 18th-century building located near Butt Bridge and across the water from Trinity College. Although not particularly scenic, Gardiner Street Lower offers a wealth of hotels and B&Bs with proximity to the Henry Street and O’Connell Street shopping areas.