Reviewed: The Ballymun Plaza Hotel

The Ballymun Plaza – just one more tenement building that should be knocked down!

Review of Ballymun Plaza Hotel, Ballymun, Dublin, Ireland
Rated as 1/5 on Jul 26 2007 by David Hollingworth

1/5

I would not normally have chosen to stay in the Ballymun Plaza; but a combination of a conference at Dublin Airport and a weekend break deal from Supervalu swayed me in the direction of this hotel.

Initial impressions were far from encouraging; the ground floor retail units weren’t completed giving the hotel a half finished look; but these were not as discouraging as the completely run down surroundings the hotel has been built in. Ballymun was renowned for its poor social housing and whilst the tower blocks have been demolished the hotel is surrounded by large tenement blocks, some of which are still occupied and some boarded up; and the whole area speaks of decline and deprivation.

Having seen the area then only thing that persuaded me not to look for somewhere else was the provision of a secure underground car park.

Check in was very slow, despite having emailed the hotel a few weeks before to ensure we’d have a family room we still had to wait in reception while the house keeper searched empty rooms for one with a single and double bed. The room itself was clean; but very basic. There were complimentary tea / coffee facilities in the room; but the kettle was mounted half way up a wall in a very inconvenient position to use. The furnishings in the room had to have been the most basic of any hotel I’ve been in.

We’d booked a table for dinner when we checked in; but when we went down to the restaurant we were asked to take dinner in the bar – something that I refused to do as I didn’t want my seven year old daughter in the bar that that hour of the evening. Having insisted on a table in the restaurant we were shown to a table for two (there’s three of us in case you’d forgotten), perhaps the waiter couldn’t count. Anyway there were plenty of tables for four available so I selected one and we sat down to eat.

The food was quite reasonable, and if anything this was the one redeeming feature of the hotel. Nothing exciting, I ordered Chicken Supreme and got Chicken Kiev; but it was well cooked and nicely presented. The breakfasts too where very tasty.

Noise at night was also a problem. Being a hotel I always expect some noise with guests coming and going. However both nights we stayed were punctuated by both guests and staff yelling up and down the corridors and guests repeatedly slamming doors. Desperate.

One final thing; I wondered why the fire alarm sensor in our room was covered in a plastic bag thus rendering it useless.

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5 thoughts on “Reviewed: The Ballymun Plaza Hotel

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  2. Sinead Ni Phendergast

    I’ve been in the ballymun plaza twice. The food is very nice and the staff on both my visits were very helpful and efficient. I’ve also stayed in some more well known hotels where I feel the standard was not as high as the ballymun plaza. I see your review as being a little over the top.

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  3. STEPHEN SIMPSON

    I REALLY THINK YOUR REVIEW WAS VERY MUCH OVER THE TOP THE STAFF IN THE PLAZA ARE LOVELY AND ARE WORKING VERY HARD TO GET IT A GOOD NAME DON’T KNOCK THE AREA MAYBE IF YOU HAVE A LOOK AT YOURSELF YOU WILL SEE YOU HAVE A BIG PROBLEM WITH AREAS LIKE BALLYMUN SO WHY STAY IN A HOTEL IN THESE AREAS [Offensive comment removed, Ed.]

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