About this listing
Welcome to the most historic part of Dublin.
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And is most valued by those who feel the same :)
July 2015-I've updated the interior of the house a bit especially downstairs in the living area. This means a larger table to eat at and a cosy reclining space in the corner.
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.
As of July 2015 I have had guests being charged €37 for a trip from the airport. This is excessive. Ask the taxi driver before you get in how much the journey should be-if they don't know the address or they quote you a price over €27 get another taxi. The price range should be somewhere between €21 and €27; the guests who arrived in right after the ones who paid €37 were charged €21 and they were told about dodgy taxi drivers operating from the airport. There are honest taxi drivers out there-and a quick question enquiring about the price before you get in should deal with the ones who are tempted to bring you on the scenic route. If the taxi driver doesnt know the address-just tell them first left off Francis Street-if they still don't know it-dont get in.
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 (URL 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 (URL 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 (URL 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
The beautiful spiral staircase will present problems if you have mobility issues.
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!
Guests accessing the flat roof will be asked to leave immediately.
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.