Review: Radisson Blue Royal Dublin

The Radisson Blue Royal Dublin is located approximately 25 minutes from Dublin airport, situated directly in the heart of the city and within a five minute walk to most major shopping streets, pubs, restaurants and more.

As I was taking a cab to the property the driver noted how this was one of the nicest hotel’s in the city, which I was looking forward to. It’s worth noting that if you’re taking one of the Airport to city center busses offered, the stop is several blocks away from the hotel, so it may be more convenient to take a taxi.

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The lobby of the property is  expansive, with an an open floor plan. As you walk in, you’ll notice individual reception desks to your left, and a seating area off to your right, beyond the stairs that take you to the hotel’s conference facilities. In the rear is the hotel’s restaurant, where breakfast was served in the morning.

For this stay, I was able to use 44,000 Club Carlson points under their previous “buy one, get one” promotion for having their co-branded credit card. Unfortunately that offer is no longer available. 

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Checking-in, I was offered an upgrade to one of their Business Class rooms which most importantly feature their full breakfast each morning. I was really appreciative of this since Gold members don’t normally receive breakfast.

Perfect for corporate travellers, the Business Class Rooms at our Dublin accommodation offer all Standard amenities, plus a Nespresso® coffee machine, complimentary pay-TV movies, turndown service and the delicious and energising Super Breakfast Buffet. Relax in the bathrobe and slippers while enjoying beautiful terrace views.

My room was on the second floor. You could tell as you got off of the elevator that the hotel was very clean and that the halls were modern, yet still stylish. My room was located down the hall on the right side, room 218. Walking in, the size of the room was normal for a standard hotel room, but featured an open-of-sorts layout that provided a small sitting area, ottoman and desk in the rear by the window. My view overlooked a large white party tent that had been set-up in the courtyard, so I didn’t have much to look at. On the ottoman was provided two bottles of water – one still and one sparkling.

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On the left of the room as you walked in was the bathroom, which was large for a room of this type.

The bed in this room was a large king bed, bud oddly was divided with two separate duvets, one covering the left side, the other the right. The bed didn’t have a partition or separation down the middle as many European beds do, so I’m not sure the reason for the separated covers, but it felt a bit odd knowing I couldn’t sleep directly in the middle. My one complaint of this room would be the bed — it was a little more than firm, and I’m not one to prefer overly firm beds.

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Breakfast is served daily downstairs in V’n V restaurant, and there was quite a spread. One table consisted of pastries and breads, another with juices and water, and a third with fruits, yogurt and cereal. Along the kitchen was a selection of hot items including sausages, bacon, tomatoes, mushrooms, scrambled eggs, over-easy eggs, and baked beans.

Overall, a great stay at this hotel. I would stay here again in a heart beat.

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Location was terrific. The hotel was just outside of the hustle and bustle, but close enough to walk to the major attractions.


For what I paid, I was very happy with the room provided. It was clean, well kept and modern. The only reason I'd rate this room a 4 was because of the odd bedspread. I paid for a single bed room, and not a twin, so using a twin sheet seemed a bit odd.


Staff and Service

In my limited interaction with the staff, I was happy with my star and had no problems.

Elite Status Recognition and Benefits

The hotel recognized my Gold elite status by providing a complimentary upgrade to a Business Class room, which, in turn, provided free breakfast. That was a welcome touch, and a terrific recognition of my status.

Food and Beverage

Breakfast had a terrific spread, including both hot and cold items. Servers were on hand to serve coffee or tea, and everything was prompt and expeditious.

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