Parkgate St., Dublin 8, IE
Our Rating Neighborhood Smithfield Transportation Luas: Museum. Bus: 25, 26, 66, 66A, 66B, 67, 69 Phone 01/677-2324 Prices €215–€260 double, €290–€315 suite. Parking (€10/24 hr.). Breakfast included. Amenities Restaurant; bar; Wi-Fi (free) Units 225 units Web site Ashling Hotel Other Dinner-bed-and-breakfast packages available
Close to Heuston Station and Phoenix Park on the western end of the city center, the Ashling is a modern six-story hotel. Basic double rooms have generic corporate-style decor, but deluxe rooms are more distinctive and spacious, with comfortable beds and large windows overlooking the city. Chesterfield’s restaurant serves classic Irish fare, incuding a daily lunchtime “carvery” (roast meat, potatoes and vegetables, served buffet-style). Central Dublin is a 10-minute tram ride or a 25-minute walk, but, handily, this is the last stop before the airport on the Airlink bus (see p. ###). Tip: Stroll through Coppies Memorial Park, opposite the hotel, to see the semi-nude bronze statue of Anna Livia, a character in James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake. She appears to float above a pool of water—thus earning her the nickname “the Floozie in the Jacuzzi.” For more on the acerbic wit of Dublin statues’ nicknames, see p. ###.
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