Clayton Hotel Charlemont Review
May 17, 2019 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser
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We were lucky enough to enjoy a stay in one of Dublin’s newest hotels recently and we have to say it was a pretty cool experience. We stayed in the Clayton Charlemont hotel on a Thursday night and checked out on a Friday and it was a very enjoyable stay.

The hotel is part of the Clayton Group of Hotels and the newest in their list of locations in Ireland and it shows. It’s really modern and trendy and is a great location for shopping, partying or even business. It’s close to Luas lines and about a 6-minute walk to Stephens Green/Grafton St while also being no distance from the center of Dublin’s main party streets. It suited us perfectly.

The Check-In

There is nothing worse than arriving in a hotel only to seem like you’re putting out the staff in reception by asking them to check you in and give you a room key. In our experience, it seems to happen more than it should (maybe we have bad manners – unlikely though). This wasn’t the case, we were met by a really nice lady who was very happy to check us in. She said “Good afternoon”, not a grunted “hello” which started us off on the right path! She was nice enough to run through all the usual things about the hotel and even give advice about getting into town etc… So now we knew more about all the basics we were sorted.

It’s important we think, to mention the decor. As mentioned above, the hotel is only a few weeks old and the layout is really slick. Check it out below yourself! As we were staying the one night we didn’t have much baggage we decided to grab a quick drink before freshening up.

clayton charlemont reception

The Rooms

One small beer and a quick sprint to the room for a wash and change! The rooms were lovely. As with everything else we had seen so far, the hotel room was modern, slick and plenty of space to relax. The bathroom was particularly nice with a huge walk-in rain fountain style shower. We had a great view out of the window of the new courtyard styled area so it also provided us with a really peaceful spot as well. Beds were as comfy as any hotel we’ve experienced to date. We were lucky enough to have an executive room which was sweet! The main things we’d call out here would have to be the mirrors and lights! An odd pair to comment on but they were really impressive and added some character to the room that many hotels lack. 

The Bar/Restaurant 

We decided to eat in rather than look for something out in the town as time was against us. We went back to reception and saw a number of people in the Lockside Bar/Social and said we’d give it a go as what others had on their plates looked worth investigating more. 

The menu is very good to be fair and that is coming from a rather picky person when it comes to food.  A Seafood Risotto and a Black Angus Burger were ordered. We don’t have any pictures because we don’t want to be ‘that person’ who takes pictures of their food in a crowded bar. The shame would be too much. Both were pretty good. The only complaint is the egg yoke on the burger could have been runnier. It was busy so it possibly was when it was plated. All in all though the grub went down really well. The Seafood Risotto was a real treat and actually had a proper portion of seafood in it. Terrible when you order things like this or chowder and it’s like they forgot the fish. Thankfully this was not the case. Another drink or two and we were on our way. 

The bar was a good call to get food. The atmosphere was relaxed, the staff all polite and the food was what the doctor had ordered. There was a mix of families, older coupled and business people all eating and it seemed to be very chilled. We’re not sure if that was the impact of the lovely sunny canal sitting outside the window that had a natural calming effect but it all worked!

Location Location Location

To be fair the location is brilliant. We had been there for work with some play added in after work. As we said already, the hotel is actually very central. We managed to get to the Grafton Street area in approx 6-8 minutes. Didn’t even break a sweat! And from there you can walk almost anywhere. There are taxis. buses and the Luas line all there so anywhere you need to get to, you can do it very inexpensively. From a touristy point of view, this also makes sense. You can see so much from this area. Trinity College is there, The Wax Museum, Little Museum of Dublin, Stephens Green Park, great shopping/food/drink as well as access to transport to all the other attractions. The hop on hop off buses are a gem for this.

From a social perspective, we also must commend the location. In the evening we strolled into town and it’s very easy to ramble into the best parts of the town for nightlife and partying. Within minutes we could get to Harcourt Street, Wexford Street and Camden Street all with cool bars/clubs and tasty quick food options. We would recommend a taxi back though as stumbling around any city late at night is not the best of ideas. On the plus side, a taxi from any of these areas is less than €10 so don’t be silly. 

Breakfast & Check Out

We managed to get some light breakfast the next morning and rather than go for a full fry we decided to get the ‘Vitality Breakfast‘ which from what we understood is the healthy option available in all Claytons. The best part was the small fruit/yogurt/granola jars. A godsend to anyone who may have overindulged the previous night. Light, easy on the stomach and a mental booster for improving your health after maybe having stayed out too late.  There were all the normal items you would expect but we need to give a hat-tip to porridge and some watermelon that were available also. Very good. For anyone looking for the full Irish breakfast, it’s there also. Taking a glance at others plates it looked good but not for ourselves that morning 

The check out was simple, staff even though quite busy still had very welcoming manner and wished us well as we left. No grunts for creating the work of checking us out or anything like that, just very professional which is nice as the service industry in our opinion has seen this creep in even when the customer is polite (as they should be).

Sum Up

It was a really good experience. We’d definitely head back and more than likely will later this year. The big things we think are important are location, quality of staff and the modern chilled vibe. Who should/could stay here? We’d say, families, couples, business, and people exploring what the city has to offer. The negatives? Not many but if we had to pick some, midweek breakfast ends at 10…10.30 would be great for the more relaxation focused guest. The car park is expensive if you are a guest. I think something to consider. 

All in all, though we’d 100% recommend the hotel. Even if you can’t stay you should check the reception area and get a drink/tea/coffee/sambo just to take in the relaxed vibe and enjoy the cool layout and decor. One thing we almost forgot to mention is that the rates are very competitive for a hotel in the city center. Check it out and see what we mean and with the click on Clayton discount member thing Clayton runs you can get an extra €10 euro off. 

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Clayton Hotel Charlemont Review
May 17, 2019 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser
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We were lucky enough to enjoy a stay in one of Dublin’s newest hotels recently and we have to say it was a pretty cool experience. We stayed in the Clayton Charlemont hotel on a Thursday night and checked out on a Friday and it was a very enjoyable stay.

The hotel is part of the Clayton Group of Hotels and the newest in their list of locations in Ireland and it shows. It’s really modern and trendy and is a great location for shopping, partying or even business. It’s close to Luas lines and about a 6-minute walk to Stephens Green/Grafton St while also being no distance from the center of Dublin’s main party streets. It suited us perfectly.

The Check-In

There is nothing worse than arriving in a hotel only to seem like you’re putting out the staff in reception by asking them to check you in and give you a room key. In our experience, it seems to happen more than it should (maybe we have bad manners – unlikely though). This wasn’t the case, we were met by a really nice lady who was very happy to check us in. She said “Good afternoon”, not a grunted “hello” which started us off on the right path! She was nice enough to run through all the usual things about the hotel and even give advice about getting into town etc… So now we knew more about all the basics we were sorted.

It’s important we think, to mention the decor. As mentioned above, the hotel is only a few weeks old and the layout is really slick. Check it out below yourself! As we were staying the one night we didn’t have much baggage we decided to grab a quick drink before freshening up.

clayton charlemont reception

The Rooms

One small beer and a quick sprint to the room for a wash and change! The rooms were lovely. As with everything else we had seen so far, the hotel room was modern, slick and plenty of space to relax. The bathroom was particularly nice with a huge walk-in rain fountain style shower. We had a great view out of the window of the new courtyard styled area so it also provided us with a really peaceful spot as well. Beds were as comfy as any hotel we’ve experienced to date. We were lucky enough to have an executive room which was sweet! The main things we’d call out here would have to be the mirrors and lights! An odd pair to comment on but they were really impressive and added some character to the room that many hotels lack. 

The Bar/Restaurant 

We decided to eat in rather than look for something out in the town as time was against us. We went back to reception and saw a number of people in the Lockside Bar/Social and said we’d give it a go as what others had on their plates looked worth investigating more. 

The menu is very good to be fair and that is coming from a rather picky person when it comes to food.  A Seafood Risotto and a Black Angus Burger were ordered. We don’t have any pictures because we don’t want to be ‘that person’ who takes pictures of their food in a crowded bar. The shame would be too much. Both were pretty good. The only complaint is the egg yoke on the burger could have been runnier. It was busy so it possibly was when it was plated. All in all though the grub went down really well. The Seafood Risotto was a real treat and actually had a proper portion of seafood in it. Terrible when you order things like this or chowder and it’s like they forgot the fish. Thankfully this was not the case. Another drink or two and we were on our way. 

The bar was a good call to get food. The atmosphere was relaxed, the staff all polite and the food was what the doctor had ordered. There was a mix of families, older coupled and business people all eating and it seemed to be very chilled. We’re not sure if that was the impact of the lovely sunny canal sitting outside the window that had a natural calming effect but it all worked!

Location Location Location

To be fair the location is brilliant. We had been there for work with some play added in after work. As we said already, the hotel is actually very central. We managed to get to the Grafton Street area in approx 6-8 minutes. Didn’t even break a sweat! And from there you can walk almost anywhere. There are taxis. buses and the Luas line all there so anywhere you need to get to, you can do it very inexpensively. From a touristy point of view, this also makes sense. You can see so much from this area. Trinity College is there, The Wax Museum, Little Museum of Dublin, Stephens Green Park, great shopping/food/drink as well as access to transport to all the other attractions. The hop on hop off buses are a gem for this.

From a social perspective, we also must commend the location. In the evening we strolled into town and it’s very easy to ramble into the best parts of the town for nightlife and partying. Within minutes we could get to Harcourt Street, Wexford Street and Camden Street all with cool bars/clubs and tasty quick food options. We would recommend a taxi back though as stumbling around any city late at night is not the best of ideas. On the plus side, a taxi from any of these areas is less than €10 so don’t be silly. 

Breakfast & Check Out

We managed to get some light breakfast the next morning and rather than go for a full fry we decided to get the ‘Vitality Breakfast‘ which from what we understood is the healthy option available in all Claytons. The best part was the small fruit/yogurt/granola jars. A godsend to anyone who may have overindulged the previous night. Light, easy on the stomach and a mental booster for improving your health after maybe having stayed out too late.  There were all the normal items you would expect but we need to give a hat-tip to porridge and some watermelon that were available also. Very good. For anyone looking for the full Irish breakfast, it’s there also. Taking a glance at others plates it looked good but not for ourselves that morning 

The check out was simple, staff even though quite busy still had very welcoming manner and wished us well as we left. No grunts for creating the work of checking us out or anything like that, just very professional which is nice as the service industry in our opinion has seen this creep in even when the customer is polite (as they should be).

Sum Up

It was a really good experience. We’d definitely head back and more than likely will later this year. The big things we think are important are location, quality of staff and the modern chilled vibe. Who should/could stay here? We’d say, families, couples, business, and people exploring what the city has to offer. The negatives? Not many but if we had to pick some, midweek breakfast ends at 10…10.30 would be great for the more relaxation focused guest. The car park is expensive if you are a guest. I think something to consider. 

All in all, though we’d 100% recommend the hotel. Even if you can’t stay you should check the reception area and get a drink/tea/coffee/sambo just to take in the relaxed vibe and enjoy the cool layout and decor. One thing we almost forgot to mention is that the rates are very competitive for a hotel in the city center. Check it out and see what we mean and with the click on Clayton discount member thing Clayton runs you can get an extra €10 euro off. 

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