Dublin Property Sticks to the Basics


Associate editor Caroline Scutt stayed at Bewley's Hotel in Dublin, Ireland. Her report follows:

DUBLIN, Ireland -- Located on Fleet Street and tucked behind a cafe of the same name, Bewley's Hotel welcomes guests with great service and comfortable accommodations at a reasonable price.

Bewley's"The main difference between us and our five-star neighbors is that we are less formal," said Colin Rafferty, who has managed the hotel since it opened in 1995.

Although guests staying at Bewley's give up some of the amenities of a luxury hotel, the location (Dublin's Temple Bar district) is superb, the service is good and clients are not paying top dollar.

For example, a stay at one of the five-star properties in the Temple Bar area during July and August can cost upwards of $300 per night; rates at Bewley's are about $170. "We are located in the most sought-after area of the city, 'the Left Bank of Dublin,' " said Rafferty, adding that the hotel's friendly service is another reason it has a high number of repeat guests.

The rooms, which border on utilitarian, are spacious and decorated in subdued colors. Each contains the basic creature comforts: a bathroom, a television, a telephone and tea/coffee service. Because most guests spend the majority of their time exploring the city, the basics are all they want, Rafferty said.

The entire second floor, comprising 27 of the 70 rooms, is nonsmoking.

A Dublin institution, Bewley's Westmorland Street cafe is accessible from within the hotel and offers guests a full Irish breakfast or afternoon tea.

The hotel is conveniently located in an active part of Dublin, so clients who are light sleepers should be aware that some of the street noise makes its way up to the rooms.

Bewley's Hotel, Phone: (011) 353 167 08122, Fax (011) 353 167 08103.

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