Hotel Review: Hilton Dublin Kilmainham

The Hilton Kilmainham is a little bit out of the city, over towards the west and in a quiet area. It’s convenient to Heuston Station though, if you are coming or going by train, being just a 15 minute or so walk away.

It’s a modern construction with a small lobby area. When I arrived to check in, it wasn’t busy and the staff quickly got my details and I had my room key within about three minutes.


As a Hilton Honors Diamond member I was thanked for my loyalty, but that was about it: no room upgrade, no lounge access (there isn’t one at this hotel), and no fancy amenities or gifts in the room. I did get two small bottles of water, a voucher for a single drink in the bar, and a small chocolate gift. The days of half bottles of wine and fruit basket are well gone from this hotel.


The room was small and basic, but clean and modern, and although I wasn’t upgraded to the next category, it served its purpose, although this hotel really does need to work on its Hilton Honors Diamond member recognition. The standard toiletries were on offer, but only one of each—is money that tight? I should also not that while the bed was comfortable the room was far too warm and the air conditioning didn’t work. The staff seemed nonplussed when I mentioned this at checkout the next morning.


I had a pint in the bar area later that night. The service was quick and friendly and the area was comfortable and relaxing. To be honest there isn’t a lot going on in the area so it was not surprising to see many business types having lonely dinners by themselves in the bar.

Because it’s in a quiet area, there was a calmness and serenity in the hotel that I really enjoyed. This is probably because it’s mostly a few travellers and business people staying at the hotel rather than fully fledged tourists and families. Nevertheless, I would consider staying here if I was visiting the city for pleasure: it’s convenient to bus stop that gets you into the city center within 15 minutes and the rooms rates are very good value for Dublin. Another plus is the excellent leisure facility at the hotel: a pleasant pool area, steam rooms, and sauna, all in tiptop condition. Oh, and I should mention that the Irish Museum of Modern Art and Kilmainham Gaol Museum are a stone’s throw away.


Leaving early the next morning I scarcely had time for breakfast, but the staff did let me into the dining room a few minutes early and I really enjoyed the excellent selection and quality of food that they had on offer. The breakfast area was nicely furnished and very roomy. All in all, this was a pleasant enough hotel offering great value, even if a little of the beaten track.

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Anantara Resort Seminyak

After considerable and lengthy thoughts of traveling back to the W Hotel in Seminyak or the St Regis Hotel in Nusa Dua, I chose to stay somewhere more traditional and use the hotels loyalty program (discovery) to see where they stacked up against Starwood, Hyatt & Co.

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Natalie and Jake Leahy tying the knot at the Niksoma! Happy Days..

My brother and I stayed at the Anantara in Seminyak to attend our little sisters wedding at the Bali Niksoma. (which was 5 minutes away in Legian)

The food at the wedding was great, it was fresh and delicious.  The whole wedding went off without a hitch and was a huge success for my sister Natalie – who looked absolutely stunning.  This was also the first time I got to meet my sisters little boy Tyler, who is such a cutie! So much going on for the little fella.

The Anantara in seminyak is a lovely getaway and retreat as such more suited to couples and not so much for twin share.  Unless you want to fork out an extra $50USD a night for a single rollaway or you may prefer the hollywood twin.

hollywood twin

hollywood twin

My rate included a one hour massage for two people.  Kane my brother allowed me to take both as a thank you for taking care of organising the whole trip.  The masseuse Anik was wonderful and managed to put me into a state of deep relaxation, after melting away the knots in my shoulders and neck.

room 101

room 101 pool access

The reception needs to step up its game a bit in my opinion.  When we checked in, I always like to go over my confirmation and inclusions and advise of the usual request for a foam pillow and the room to be in a nice secluded spot (quieter spot).  Reception confirmed the special privilege flash sale inclusions (30% of accommodation cost given back as credit towards transfers, food and beverage & spa services)

room 101 pv

pool access suite – 101

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Hotel Baglioni Florence

Vintage luggage tag from the Grand Hotel Baglioni in Florence…

 

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