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.
"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
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
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
The entire second floor, comprising 27 of the 70 rooms, is
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
Utell, Phone: (800) 44 UTELL.