Arrival Experience: This hotel is a solid offering just steps from a shopping center and numerous fast food outlets giving short-term guests plenty of options. A shuttle operates from the airport to the hotel, but its schedule stops surprisingly early for an airport hotel (at 11pm) leaving guests arriving afterward on one of many arrivals scheduled past that high and dry. Plus, any delayed passenger will be stuck taking a taxi, which costs between 15 and 20 euros for an airport hotel. Even if you catch the shuttle, an unfortunate charge of one euro is imposed (a cheap move by many hotels at Dublin airport). At least the Premier Inn shuttle has a more reliable schedule than the oft-delayed Hilton Airport’s. Once at the hotel, a friendly staff greets arrivals in a spacious lobby with conversation area seating.
Dining: While not always a hub of activity, the lobby bar can be busy when the hotel is full, pouring pints of local brews. Thyme, the hotel’s rather impressive restaurant, serves a delightful breakfast spread each morning including a full, hot Irish breakfast. Lunch and dinner are also served from a more continental menu, which is ideal for those that do not want to venture far from the front door. For a value-focused hotel, the restaurant and bar offering is surprisingly substantial.
Rooms: Guest rooms are bright and comfortable with soft carpeting underfoot and built-in desks with easy-access power outlets. Too bad that there are only local plugs available, but adaptors may be available from reception. Plentiful storage space comes in the form of open closets, which give the room a more spacious feel. Besides, no one unpacks their entire bag here anyway. Sheer and blackout curtains pull back to show floor-to-ceiling windows. Armchairs face the windows and wall-mounted flat-screen cable TVs. The best feature, and most important for an airport hotel, is the padded mattress bedding with thick duvets and soft pillows. So comfortable is the bed that the hotel actually offers the same model for sale to guests. Bathrooms have wall-mounted toiletries in an effort to conserve waste, strong water pressure, and oversized towels.
Amenities: There are no recreational facilities here, but few need them given the short duration of stays here. Free wireless high speed Internet weaves its way throughout the hotel, and reception staff is happy to assist with any type of printing needs. While not as close as the Radisson Blu or as full-service as the Hilton, this is the best value for your money near Dublin airport. It has friendly service, comfortable amenities, and some of the best price points by the runway in Dublin including its saver rates available at PremierInn.com.