About this listing
Large, bright, street facing 1st floor studio apt (all 1 room) in historic, Northside central Dublin. Sleeps up to 4 on double loft bed & futon, white painted wooden floorboards, basic kitchen & sink in room, shared bathroom, 12-15 min walk to CC.
Large room in 4 storey Georgian house with loft bed, situated within walking distance of the city centre. Self contained except for bathroom, which is shared with other house tenants (see notes on bathroom). Room itself is large, wooden floorboards, painted white (please remove shoes inside room), and furnished with a bright, arty feel. It ideally sleeps two on a double loft bed, with room for two more on a double fold out futon. For longer periods, the room would probably be better suited for 2, rather than 4 people.
The room itself is comfortable, clean and bright, but the rest of the house is currently run down and is being gradually restored by its owner. Thus when you first walk in, the hallway and stairs are fairly shabby but the room itself has recently been done up and made homely and comfortable. I'm not adding these details to put anyone off, but to be honest with prospective guests about the rest of the house, which needs a good lick of paint and some attention! ** PLEASE SEE NOTES BELOW ON THE BATHROOM**
I can guarantee however, that once inside the room itself, guests will enjoy a clean, comfortable, open space, where much thought has gone into providing an environment conducive to relaxing and enjoying the city.
Heating consists of an electric wall heater, and a small fan heater, which heat the room very quickly, however the electricity costs can be quite pricey if the heaters are left on for long periods. Please see notes below on electricity which runs on a meter. Please take note of meter on your arrival - I will cover first €5 of your usage, if you use more than this, please leave the difference in honesty jar on mantlepiece when you leave.
When you arrive, we will welcome you with bread, milk, eggs, tea and coffee (please let us know if you'd prefer another choice or have dietary preferences) to help take the edge off any travel hunger, before you get a chance to pop around the corner for extra food supplies (Tesco express is 1 minute away, Tops in Pops local farm produce shop, and the most delicious Indian takeaway in Dublin, Spice n Rice are both 30 secs away).
For your safety, the room contains:
- A regularly checked functioning smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector
- A fire extinguisher
- A fire blanket
IMPORTANT THINGS TO NOTE
1. **BATHROOM** - SHARED (NOT PRIVATE), OLD, UNHEATED, NEEDING REPAINT, BATH ONLY (NO SHOWER - ONLY SHOWER ATTACHMENT IN BATH)
Though entirely functional and cleaned before your arrival, if having a nice, comfortable bathroom is important to you, then this probably IS NOT the place for you. The downside of this listing is that there is no private bathroom, and the bathroom available is nowhere near as nice as the room, just being honest! It's old, cold, in need of a serious repaint and shared with 4 other people in the house (there are 2 bathrooms in the house), and please note, there is a bathtub, but NO SHOWER! This is great if you love baths, but, I just don't want there to be any surprises there! The hot water also runs off an immersion system so you need to switch the hot water on for around 20 mins/half an hour before each bath. There is a sink and tap in the room itself, but no running hot water, only cold, however there is a kettle.
2. Electricity in the room consists of a prepaid card. Everything (kettle, 2 ring hob, fridge, microwave, lights and heaters) apart from all hot water in the bathroom) in the room runs off the prepaid meter in the room - though you can choose what you use and use no electricity if you wish. The standing charge with no usage if .86c per day. The prepaid system has recently been installed and means that you will need to pay for some of the electricity that you use during their stay. Each guest booking receives €5 complementary useage, and if you use more than this, please leave the difference in honesty jar on your departure. With average 2 people use, cooking, heating etc in the room, €5 will last around 3/4 days. This is approximate but I want to give some indication to help guests work out how much electricity costs are.
3. **ALLERGIES**: There is a cat that lives in the building, but not in the room. The cat is sometimes in the hall, and if you have severe animal allergies, I would suggest bearing this in mind, though the cat never goes into the room itself.
Free parking is 100m down the road, there is NO free parking outside the house, only paid on-street parking (not suitable for longer term as it's pay per hour).
5 other people live in the house, though each room is essentially a separate flat and my airbnb guests share one of two bathrooms with other inhabitants of the house. The room itself has a fridge and sink (cold water only in the room itself, hot water in the bathroom), also 2 ring electric hob, kettle, toaster and microwave. Please use the kettle for boiling water in the room. There is hot water via an immersion heating system in the bathroom.
Interaction with Guests
Wherever possibly I will meet my guests in person, and welcome you to the place. If I am unable to meet you, I will organise for someone else to meet you. I will always be contactable by phone and/or email and will be happy to advise on any proposed activities, or travel logistics whilst you're in Dublin, or getting here.
The room and house are ideally situated for close access to the city centre (12-15 mins by foot, 5 in a cab), Croke Park (5 mins walk), buses and trains into or out of town, shops, restaurants, amazing Indian Takeaway food, pubs, theatres (the Gate is 7 minutes walk, the Abbey 12 mins walk), shopping areas and the Phoenix Park is a 20 minute walk away.
It is not an upmarket area by any means, and needs a good facelift and scrub up, which hopefully one day soon Dublin City Council will take upon itself to do. It's ethnically diverse, and looks a bit rough, but having lived here for 3 years, we have never had any problems. It is always busy, there are always people around, which is a good thing. Lots of musical, arty people live around here and there's plenty to do.
Very convenient for the airport (15 mins by taxi, 20 by coach, 30 by Dublin bus), the junction 50 yards away from the house is with one of Dublin's major routes, hence buses, cabs and a rail system right on the doorstep. Dublin bikes also have a bike depot right opposite the house, and city center is a 5 to 10 minute cycle.
Other Things to Note
The room itself is bright, warm, cosy and spacious. It is self contained except for sharing the bathroom.
Great things about the room:
Location: Very close to city centre
Bright, private, warm, spacious, mostly self contained (only shared bathroom)
Convenience stores and supermarket, green grocer just seconds from the front door. Also great Indian Takeaway, and other restaurants very close by.
Very good transport links.
Things to Note That Should Help You Decide If This Is The Place For You.
It's quite a busy location, and the area, though safe doesn't look the most upmarket!
Ther street outside can be noisey, and there can be occasional noise from other housemates (though not excessive), and once a week a student night in the pub across the road (Mondays during term time). If there is a match on at nearby Croke Park, the national GAA stadium, it can be very noisy and crowded on the street outside during the day.
The rest of the house needs love and attention, but all you have to do is walk through the hall and up the stairs to arrive into the bright and cosy room.
The bathroom is very basic, and contains a bath, toilet and sink and is nowhere near as nice as the room itself, it's definitely the downside of the listing. There is no shower, but I have a shower attachment that you can fix on to the taps. A bit, Victorian, but it works. The hot water, like the majority of Irish households runs off an immersion system, which means that a timer comes on twice per day, morning and evening to heat the hot water. If you want a boost, or a bath/shower at any other time of day, you can switch the immersion on for 15 minutes, enough for a bath.
1. No outdoor shoes inside room.
Please remove your shoes on entering the room, and pay attention with anything heavy such as suitcases that might scrape floor (there is a rug by the door to leave these on if you wish). The floor is painted white, though there are rugs, so no shoes indoors helps keep the room super clean and your care will help keep floor looking good.
2. Respect communal areas, don't disturb neighbours late at night (come in quietly if it's late and close front door quietly). Be sure to lock room and front door if leaving the house at all. Do not leave electric heaters on if you're out, and always unplug the 2 ring cooker hob when not in use.
3. When you leave, please leave all used towels in a pile on the floor.
4. Rubbish should be placed in bags provided, tied and put in large bins outside on footpath outside.
5. No smoking is allowed in the room or house.
6. Please leave money in honesty jar (on mantlepiece) for any electricity over €5 that you use during your stay.
7. If you break anything, let me know and leave replacement cost if appropriate - check with me first.