About This Listing
Large, bright, room, centrally located in historic Georgian Dublin. Large, street facing window, wooden floors, marble fireplace. Comfortably fits 2 & up to 2 extra on double futon. Basic kitchen & sink in room, shared bathroom,12-15 min walk to CC.
This large room is one of 6 rooms in a 4 storey Georgian house, situated within walking distance of the city centre. The room itself is large, with wooden floors (awaiting final sanding and painting, currently covered with woollen rugs) and has been recently painted and furnished with a bright, arty feel. It ideally sleeps two on a double bed, but 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 nice, clean and bright, but the rest of the house is currently a bit 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 that guests need to top up with a card either online or at the local shop after initial €5 is used.
When you arrive, we will welcome you with fresh bread, butter, jam, juice, milk, tea, coffee and eggs 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. If having a nice, comfortable bathroom is important to you, then this probably isn't the place for you. The downside of this listing is the bathroom, 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 (apart from all hot water in the bathroom) in the room runs off this. The prepaid system has recently been installed and means that guests will need to pay for some of the electricity that they use during their stay. I will ensure that each guest will have €5 on the card when they arrive, and anything more will need to be topped up and paid for by the guests themselves. This is very easy to do, and involved taking the card to the nearby shop and buying a voucher, then keying in a code, once back at the house, just like a mobile phone voucher. 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.
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. I will always be contactable by guests 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:
It's quite a busy location, and the area, though safe doesn't look the most upmarket!
There can be noise from the street, 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).
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. 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.
Respect communal areas, don't disturb neighbours late at night (come in quietly if it's late!). 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.
No smoking is allowed in the room.
Detailed house manual to come!
A few friends and I stayed here for 3 nights total. Imy was wonderful. She was very honest about every aspect of the room, and made sure that I had read the full description before confirming my reservation. The room is small for 4 people, but we were able to make it work. Imy gave us food and topped off our electricity, which was very sweet of her. If you use the heater, it zaps up the electricity pretty quick, but that was the only thing we used where we saw the meter ticking down. The rest of the house (outside the rooms) is a bit rundown, but our beds were comfortable and clean. The bathroom is clean, just complicated. There is no shower, and you have to wait 20 minutes for the water to heat up, but it worked! It was in a great location; we were about 15 minutes away from the touristy stuff, and yet in a part of Dublin that wasn't touristy at all. There were some really good restaurants nearby, as well as a casino and a gym. The best part about this place really was Imy; she was kind and responsive, and gave great suggestions for things to do. I'd definitely recommend this place if you're looking for a cheap weekend stay.
Imy nous a merveilleusement accueilli ! Avec sourire, de la nourriture pour notre arrivée, en prenant le temps de nous montrer ce qui se déroulait à Dublin pendant notre séjours.Elle avait de très bon conseils.
Sur la chambre, tout est dit dans l'annonce donc aucune surprise. Plutôt bien situé par rapport à l'hypercentre de Dublin. Le seul soucis a été la connexion wifi (un hotspot) qui n'était vraiment pas stable.
Mais sinon tout était très bien !
It was exactly as Imy stated it would be. It was a close enough location that we could walk almost everywhere we need in 10-15 minutes and the train station that took us to Howth was not very far as well. If you want to bike, the bike station is across the street. Imy helped us in anyway possible and was never out of reach. Lovely place.
Imy and Andy were very helpful and welcoming. They even left some fruit and Irish soda bread in the apartment when we arrived. The apartment is in a good location; 15 minute walk from the river. The only issue was the fact that the apartment was cold, rundown, and old. However, they gave us complete and fair warning of the issues with the apartment so I really can't complain. Imy and Andy gave us tons of great ideas and activities to do and see around Dublin, and checked in with us to see if we needed anything at all. Can't say enough about their hospitality. The pricing of the apartment is inflated and I wouldn't say it is worth it, but I they were courteous and great AirBnB hosts.
Thanks Tommy, glad to hear you had a good time! We enjoyed meeting you also. Yes we agree with you on most issues, sorry to hear you were cold though, there are 2 heaters which normally heat things up fine but everyone has their own personal preference with room temp. Also, I'm not sure if you used the big window blind which would have made a difference, those big old Georgian windows are lovely but yes can make things harder to heat. Also sorry you found our pricing on the expensive side, March is our busiest time of year and we set prices to help cover those cold old winter months where we don't see so many visitors. Cheaper to come then too, should you fancy returnng! I will investigate the fireplace, I agree, it'd be amazing, just not sure in such an old house whether it'd all be working but yes it'd be lovely! We've left it boarded up to date to keep things warmer for now. Thanks again for being our guests, please come again, and enjoy the rest of your European trip! X Imy
Imy and Andy are beautiful beings and were very helpful upon our arrival to the home. Andy took the time to show and tell us of the history of the neighborhood, the places to be, the people to meet. We were given a phone to use while staying here, to contact Andy or Imy if we were to need anything, this was very helpful. There was fruit, bread and milk ready for us from Imy and Andy for us to enjoy, how special. The space was perfect, enough space for the four of us. We all enjoyed the location, close to the parks, the museums, the music. The sun was out the whole visit, so we were able to enjoy the sunshine in the back garden space, this was helpful and lovely. Imy and Andy are great hosts and now great friends for life. This experience was very much enjoyed and we will come back to see them soon. Blessings to you both, enjoy it all.
Imy and Andy were great hosts!! There was a bit on confusion upon our arrival as I had not been getting Imy's messages, but they more than made up for it!! The room is exactly as described and we had 4 women staying in the room. We did not find it tight at all (there are plenty of mirrors), and had a comfortable stay. The room is in an old house, but everything about it is just as Imy describes, so there are really no surprises! She was very very helpful when we ran into any problems. Great location, about 10 minutes walking from the main city center of Dublin. Easy to get to on the bus (#41) to and from the airport. Spice n Rice around the corner is fantastic! Don't miss it! All in all, I would stay here again!
Imy made us feel very at home right away--she walked us right up and showed us everything we needed, and offered us some tea once we got there. She also had gotten a few groceries for us, like bread, jam, milk, eggs, etc., which were EXTREMELY helpful after a long day of traveling. While the bathroom was a bit cold, everything else was fantastic and we had a great time.
About the Host, Imy
Arty, musical Dublin city dwellers, friendly, hospitable, and able to put you in touch with all the right things to do and places to go. We love travelling, meeting people and welcoming new faces to Dublin and Ireland. We hope to welcome you soon.