Convenient Location and Beautiful Apartment
My husband, two eleven year old boys, and I stayed at the apartment from June 4th until June 14, 2013. We had a wonderful time and beautiful, sunny weather.
The apartment is about 20 minutes from the Dublin airport. We were traveling from the US, so we arrived at 9:00 a.m. The other guests were still exiting (check out time is 10:00) the apartment, so Pat (the owner) suggested we have coffee at “Insomnia” which is located next to the apartment in the “Fresh” grocery store. Then Pat came and got us and we walked to the apartment building and left our suitcases in the apartment, while the apartment was being cleaned. It was a very nice apartment with lots of large windows. There are two “Hop On Hop Off” bus companies (the “red” bus and the “green” bus) that have a stop across the Smithfield square. It is an easy way for tourists to see Dublin. There is no reason to rent a car if you are staying at this apartment. The Red Line “LUAS” – also known as the Tram or light rail, has a Smithfield stop, a few paces past the Hop On Hop Off bus stops. We bought two 7 Day Adult Flexi all zone tickets for 23.50 Euro, purchased from the machine at the Smithfield stop. The apartment is three stops (on the LUAS) from O’Connell Street, and the stops are close together. Pat suggested we take the Red Line to Connelly Station, then get a train to Malahide. This was a great idea. From the Malahide train station we walked into the small town of Malahide for lunch, and then walked to Malahide Castle and took the tour. Another day we took the train to Houth and had lunch there. All very easy. For the trip to the Cliffs of Mohr, we booked a tour bus trip.
The “Fresh” grocery was very convenient. This grocery store would not accept our US credit card because it wasn’t a “chip and pin” credit card. They had an ATM machine, so we used cash at this grocery store. Our credit card was accepted at most places. Before visiting Ireland, read up on credit cards and money so there are no surprises.
The apartment has wireless Internet connection so we could use our tablet. Pat had converter/adapter plugs so we could recharge the tablet. The washer is small and you have to use the drip-dry method.
It was nice to stay in such a large apartment. We could never have stayed 10 days in a one or two hotel room, but it was very enjoyable staying that length of time in this wonderful apartment. A wonderful time.
Helpful votes: 3/3
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