Portobello Bed and Breakfast
77 South Circular Road, Dublin, Ireland
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Good balance between price and quality in Dublin Apr 23, 2014
N53°19.930' W6°16.388' Dublin's pricey tag is obvious and it got some pretty pricey pillows too. City centre midrange rooms will cost upwards of €120 and Temple Bar B&B's and hostels harvest in noisy and fleapit reviews. Read the terrible reviews for confirmation. If you're willing to endure a little bit of taxi trauma (taxi drivers from the airport are rip-off merchants) or the tolerance test of public transport, hotels and B&B's outside the small city centre give far more bang for the euro. Smart preparation is essential.
We arrived in April 2014 at terminal 2 of Dublin airport. Dublin bus tries everything to get tourists on bus 747 Airlink to the city centre for €6. But there is a much better alternative: in terminal 2 follow the bus signs, take the left escalator down, pass the airport express busses and walk 50 meters towards terminal 1. There is another bus station with bus stop 7347 and Dublin bus 16 to Ballinteer by Dublin city centre. Buy your €2.90 bus ticket from the ticket machine at the bus stop for 90 unlimited minutes bus travel and wait a few minutes among local people and airport workers. We received compliments from them using bus 16, because they can’t afford the Airlink buses. During the 55-minute inexpensive and direct bus ride to South Circular Road you will get a good first impression of Dublin city centre. Bus 16 stops at bus stop 1289 in front the Portobello B&B. During our stay the weather was good and we didn't use any buses or taxis. The city centre is a nice 10 minutes walk away.
Portobello B&B has five rooms, 3 in the basement and 2 on the second floor. Our room number 3 was in the basement under the first floor kitchen. It has one double bed and one single bed with a small private bathroom. The double bed slept really well but is a bit too short. The room has central heating, but uses strangely a pumped electric shower. The flat LCD television has poor reception and Wi-Fi reception in the room is failing at the time. Next to the wireless Internet router in the dining room isn’t an improvement. There is tea and coffee in the room and fresh towels every day.
Good breakfast is served in the dining room on the first floor. The hosts are really nice and offer advice on spending time in the city. At the crossing near the B&B are two pubs with local people having a great time. We enjoyed our Guinness beer at Leonard’s Corner.
Portobello B&B offers good balance between quality and price in Dublin. Recommended.
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