- Hotel Review: Radisson Blu Royal, Dublin
- Hotel Review: Radisson Blu, Galway
- Hotel Review: Radisson Blu, Limerick
- Special Guest Review: Exploring Ireland’s Radisson Properties
- Club Carlson-ing my way through Europe
Ireland was my last hurrah with the Club Carlson program, which is now dead to me.
After leaving the Radisson Blu in Limerick and kissing the Blarney Stone, we drove into the city of Cork, and then looped back up to Dublin to stay our final night at the Radisson Blu St. Helen’s in Dublin.
Arrival and check-in
The hotel is located in an area that is rez. ee. dent. shul. OK?
That means that traffic is terrible at rush hours, because people are going to or from work.
It’s about 3 miles (~Whatever kilometers) from Dublin proper, but there is free parking in a huge lot right in front of the hotel. For late night escapades, you can easily get a taxi to the city center and back.
The reason I chose this location was because:
- It was a new property for me
- It was near the M1 which goes right to the airport
- The property looked gorgeous
Because I had an early-ish flight back to Boston on Aer Lingus, I wanted to hop right on the highway and get outta there.
I knew the traffic would be bad, and I budgeted time for that, but wow. It was really bad. We were stuck on the same 3-block stretch for over 20 minutes.
Anyway, arrival and check-in.
We parked in the rain after a lovely day in Cork, and walked in.
You’re instantly transported to some other era, where opulent mansions still exist.
Indeed, this property is a 1700s estate converted into a hotel. And it is lovely.
The desk agents checked us in within a few minutes and told us how to
climb through a maze and get to our room.
Again, no upgrade to a business class room, but we figured we’d eat in the lounge at DUB and then again on the flight over. So whatever. Ireland was 50/50 with the upgrades for Gold status elites in the Club Carlson program (through the US Bank Club Carlson Visa Signature which is now deep in a sock drawer and will never be used again).