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Grafton Capital Hotel Review (Dublin)

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I very much like the atmospheric but comfortable Grafton Capital Hotel, a small, older, and less expensive hotel in the heart of Dublin.

Without question, the Grafton Capital Hotel is very old occupying part of a former hospital that opened in the 17th Century.

Image above: At night, the Grafton Capital Hotel entrance courtyard presents an inviting welcome. Unfortunately, a dead palm tree provides less curb appeal during the day.

Location

Saint Stephen's Green near Grafton Capital Hotel, Dublin

Not bombed during World War 2 due to Irish neutrality, the historic area around the Grafton Capital Hotel becomes a joy to explore. There are numerous Irish cafes and pubs, as well as a wide variety of ethnic choices. Grafton Street, one of Dublin’s favorite shopping areas, sits several minutes away.

Short walks take you to Saint Stephen’s Green, Trinity University, and Merrion Square Park, as well as to the adjacent and lively Temple Bar neighborhood (with an emphasis on “bar”).

A reasonably fit person should find it easy to access the O’Connell Street shopping district and the Asian restaurant cluster along Parnell Street on foot.

Nearby, an Airlink 747 stop provides convenient service to and from Dublin Airport. The hotel sits midway between the Connolly and Heuston railway stations.

Image above: Beautiful Saint Stephen’s Green, a three-minute walk.

Amenities and Hotel Environment

Large bed at Grafton Capital Hotel in Dublin

Rooms

My room came with a desk, an ironing board, a modern bathroom with shower, an older television with limited cable, and best of all, the full sized bed seen above. I found the mattress firm and comfortable.

All too often, less expensive hotels in the British Isles and Europe offer uncomfortable beds, either too short, too narrow, or both. Even worse for me are the beds with sagging mattresses.

Happily, the Grafton offers 13 rooms with these large beds, which are actually two ample beds pushed together.

I also very much appreciated the large writing desk perfect for computer use, again a perk not always experienced at budget hotels.

Although the rugs and furniture throughout the hotel have seemingly not been upgraded in recent years, there were no visible maintenance issues other than the dead palm out front.

View from Grafton Capital Hotel in Dublin, Ireland

Noise

My fifth floor room looked down at Johnston Square. With traffic light during the night and the hotel set back from the street, noise did not become a problem.

Internet

Although guest rooms have no Wi-Fi service, the Grafton Capital provides robust broadband service in a lounge above the lobby. I thought I had ascended to Internet heaven. Comfortable sofas enhance your comfort.

Dining

Being surrounded by restaurants, I never dined at the hotel. It does offer a room with breakfast rate and room service.

Service

Service was not an issue at this hotel. Everyone was polite and friendly, with the front desk staff being especially helpful

If you are looking for a small non-chain hotel in the heart of Dublin, consider the Grafton Capital Hotel.

Comments

Deborah Thompson
January 1, 2014

Sounds like a good place to explore Dublin that’s not too expensive.  Have to agree with you that having a comfortable bed is just about the most important part of the hotel room!  I invite you to come over to my website and would love you to leave me a comment on one of my hotel reviews or articles - it would mean a lot to me! Thanks if you will!

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Don Nadeau
January 4, 2014

Thank you so much for your comment. I look forward to exploring your website.

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