Want to be a stones throw from the city centre? On the doorstep of historic Dublin lies John Dillon St. and nestled amongst the redbrick terraces lies Number 29. A little jewel inside, and the location is unbeatable!
The house comfortably fits four, with one large double bed in the main room and a futon in the attic conversion. Although in the heart of town, you're on a quiet residential street, giving you time to relax after the hustle and bustle of a day out and about. The house itself is over a hundred years old, so there's character aplenty. Even up to the tiny window in the attic where you can see the spire of St Patrick's Cathedral peeping out above the rooftops. Spend your taxi money on better things, Number 29 is a walk from the city centre.
For the duration of your stay, consider Number 29 your home.
Interaction with Guests
I aim to communicate as quickly as possible and to make your arrival and stay as straight forward as I can.
I like to make your stay as comfortable as possible but can only do that with your help and communication. If you experience a problem in the house or it's environs-no matter how small-contact me at the time, rather than suffer in silence and realise after your holiday that you could have had a much more enjoyable experience!
John Dillon Street is the perfect spot if you want an urban escape. Some of the neighbours have been here for years, then theres those of us who discovered it more recently. Dublin is one big neighbourhood itself, there's special spots that those of us who call it home can tell you about. It's always best to get the tips from the locals.. You'll get a grand smell of hops if they're brewing Guinness up the road. You'll quite possibly meet a horse and cart along Francis Street where Dubliners still keep horses. This area is rich in history but like the rest of the city is alive with a buzz.
From the Airport
You have two main options from the airport: taxi or bus. A taxi is quicker and door to door will take approximately 45minutes depending on traffic whereas the bus (depending on which of the two options you choose) will take about an hour.
Choose Aircoach for speed and Airlink 747 for value for money. See a description of both below. I'm a great fan of get out the airport, get into town, however the Airlink 747 came highly recommended as an option for someone who might want to see a bit of the city on their way from the airport.
The Airlink 747 is run by DublinBus. You'll need to get it at the Dublin Bus Stop at the Airport. It takes longer to get to where you're going in true public transport style however one guest has recommended as it is cheaper, €10 return, drops you right by Christchurch cathedral which is nearer the house and if you're not in a hurry will give you a bit of a tour of Dublin before you've barely even landed.
The AirCoach coming from the airport will bring you right into the centre of Dublin. Come out the arrivals hall, and follow the directions for coach/bus (straight ahead of you). The AirCoach is a big blue bus, you can get any of the ones going to the city centre. It costs €7 one way, €12 return (July 2014). For further information and booking tickets go to (website hidden)
Aircoach instructions continued:
Your stop will be at Trinity College/Grafton Street, check out the TV screen on the bus with the name of the stop or ask the bus driver to give you a shout. Once on the bus, it takes about half an hour to get into town. I would always choose to get a taxi from the city centre, especially with all my luggage (details of bus below). A quick tip though, if you get off the AirCoach at Trinity college there is a taxi rank right across from you but the taxis are going in the wrong direction, just walk a short distance to Dame Street and hail a taxi there, it'll be a shorter distance and less cost (somewhere around €5-10, €10 being the absolute maximum and if theres a terrible traffic pile up, in which case I'd get out and walk) .
If you want to take the bus firstly make sure you have your change ready, the bus drivers will not take notes, €1.80 as of August 2014. Check (website hidden) for further info/price changes. You can take either the 13 towards Grange Castle or the 40 towards Liffey Valley from Stop 4521 on College Green (in front of Abercrombie and Fitch). Or else you can take the 123 towards Walkinstown, from Suffolk Street at stop 1278. Ask for the Francis Street/Thomas Street stop and as not all Dublin buses announce stops or automatically stop at them, ask the driver to give you a shout when you get there.
For those who travel light, you're no more than 15 minutes away from the house, it can be a pleasant stroll and your introduction to the city.
Taxi from the Airport
There is a taxi rank right outside the arrivals hall at the airport. As of November 2014 the cost I have found for a taxi journey is approximately €30 using this website (website hidden). Dublin taxis are metered but it may be a good idea to check with them when you get in the cab.
Once at the house:
For general getting around once your settled, see above for information on the buses you can get from the city centre back to the house; the 123, 13 and 40.
To get into the city centre and further from the house go to Stop 2001 outside St Audeons Church, once again you can take the 123, 13 and 40. And as before, take change with you (approx €1.80 per adult) , the bus drivers don't take coins, the closest stop to get you into the city centre is College Green. If you're unsure where to get off, ask the driver as buses don't automatically stop or announce the stop they're arriving at. Each of the buses will bring you to O'Connell Street if you want to get over to the Northside.
Another option are the Dublin Bikes Scheme dotted around the city centre, your closest bike park is on Francis Street and another one on Lord Edward Street.
Driving & Parking
The biggest risk to driving in Dublin, as with most cities, is being clamped. Be careful of where and when you park and if in doubt choose a multi-storey car park. There is parking with the house and you can park right outside the front door. Let me know first if you require parking for a week or longer as we'll need to discuss first.
Other Things to Note
Much as I'd love to say the house is perfect for everyone, the beautiful spiral staircase will present problems if you have mobility issues. Please consider carefully if you feel this might be an issue.
Wifi access best at the front of the house. If you experience difficulties try moving where you are to see if that works.
The wifi box is in the first floor bedroom and the signal is strongest there.
Recycle please. Details in the folder in the house.
No dying of hair in the bathtub!
Pets allowed but no cats... I feel very anti-cat here. Unfortunately a previous feline occupant and his humans decided that he should use an area of the house for his indoor loo. It's taken a lot of work to try and eliminate his presence, allowing any cats into the house would risk a repeat performance. Apologies to cat lovers out there!
Smoking outdoors please.
As this is a residential neighbourhood, care and consideration for those living close by is expected.
Anne Marie's house was absolutely beautiful and in a perfectly central location for our short visit to the city. Picking up the keys and checking in was easy enough, Anne Marie left us an envelope in a nearby cafe along with a voucher for some coffee to get us started! Her home was a real delight to stay in, very clean and well presented. Would definitely stay again should we find ourselves back in Dublin! Many thanks again Anne Marie!
Anne Marie was a pleasure to deal with prior to our arrival. The house is perfectly located for all the attractions in the city, and is an eclectic mix of decor that instantly makes you feel at home. The information given about the city is spot on, and you must try Fumbelly's for the perfect breakfast experience. The house is really comfortable and I would highly recommend staying here when visiting Dublin. Small touches like the multi phone charger make you really feel at home.
Non ho conosciuto Anne Marie perchè son dovuta partire nella notte, ma un mio amico che si è potuto fermare per il check-out mi ha riferito che è molto buona e gentile. Cosa che avevo già notato nei messaggi che ci siamo scambiati al nostro arrivo: nel giorno del check-in Anne Marie ci ha lasciato le chiavi in un pub molto caratteristico in cui abbiamo gustato un ottimo pranzo! Questo pasto, in questo ambiente così particolare ha già meritato l'intero viaggio a Dublino. Poi siamo entrate in casa e la reazione è stata ancora migliore!! La casa è bellissima, esattamente come nelle foto, è comoda e fornita di tutto ciò di cui si ha bisogno. Per passare alla valutazione della posizione dobbiamo andare avanti con la giornata. Esci dalla porta e ti ritrovi in una via tranquilla in cui puoi vedere Christchurch da un lato e St. Patrick dall'altra, se poi si vuole parlare del 17 marzo siamo state catapultate nel bel mezzo della parata della festa di San Patrizio appena uscite dalla porta, che bella esperienza... Poi ti incammini verso Temple Bar in una piacevolissima passeggiata che non dura più di un quarto d'ora in una via piena di negozi e ristoranti.
Per concludere esplicito che come posizione non si potrebbe desiderare di meglio, la casa è da sogno, come già si nota nelle foto, e non vedo l'ora di tornare a Dublino per conoscere anche di persona la gentile Anne Marie, sperando di trovare il suo appartamento ad aspettarci.
Apartment was spacious and clean. Anne Marie was friendly and easy to communicate with and even left us a voucher for free coffee at a super hip place around the corner. Easily one of the best meals we had in Dublin. We were especially pleased with the location of the apartment. Would recommend.
Lovely house in a wonderful location. Very much recommended.
The place is simply Amazing. By its deco-mood and its location. Just perfect for visiting and enjoying Dublin.
Even if we didn't had the opportunity to meet her, Anne-Marie was really nice via messages, and made sure we were feeling comfortable in her place. She left a lot of advices of places to see and visit, also places to go out to eat and drink. It was really helpfull, and we totally enjoyed our staying thanks to her care.
Do not hesitate. Just go there if you have the opportunity to.
We spent a wonderful time in Anne-Marie's apartment. We could reach the center of the city by foot, and there are plenty shops and groceries stores near the location, which is really great.
Anne-Marie is a perfect host, she even lend us a phone charger as we forgot to bring our adaptators (we are french!).
Even if the bathroom is really old and we thought the sink was broken (aha!), the charm of the old house remains intact.
Thank you again and I recommend this apartment to everyone who wants to enjoy a calm and great stay in Dublin!
Where to start? My degree says I'm a pharmacist but my heart tells me I'm a creative. I'm a human soup of delightful contradictions. Depending on the day you could find me in a methadone clinic, running my own business, making a headpiece or doing some DJing. Before I decided Dublin was where my roots truly were I travelled to lots of spots around the world, and although I could reel off the places, it's the characters that drew me to where I went. Dublin is a city with a big heart and it's the people that are it's pulse. Scratch the surface and you'll discover why someone once described coming home to Dublin as like being given a big hug.