HOTEL REVIEW | Hilton Garden Inn Customs House
The newest Hilton Hotel in Dublin is the recently acquired Hilton Garden Inn at Customs House. Situated on the river, on the edge of the financial district, the hotel is easy to find from the airport as well as being conveniently situated for shopping and dining.
The hotel boasts 239 spacious rooms, each with a 40-inch TV screen and mini-bar. The minibar can be stocked easily from a large selection of items at the pavilion pantry in the foyer 24 hours a day.
The professional and helpful hotel staff are able to assist you with finding your way around town, though public transport choices are also easy to find near the hotel, with local buses stopping just outside the main door, and the tram system running along the street behind. To help you sort through the many dining options the city has to offer, there is a Dublin Dining magazine including all the restaurants in the city and a map showing their locations. The hotel itself is a short 20 30-minute walk from most of the inner city areas such as Temple Bar, Grafton Street (Dublin s most famous shopping street), EPIC Ireland museum is within 5 minutes walk, and much of Dublin s main shopping areas are within 20 minutes.
The rooms themselves are spacious with a large comfortable bed, television screen with multiple channels from both Ireland and the UK. The bathrooms are bright and well appointed.
The hotel is a short walk from the majority of Dublin s gay bars, of which there are a few to choose from, with The George being the only one open past 12pm every night of the week with live drag acts, however it is simple enough to order an Uber and get there quicker for about 5 euro. It s a quick cab ride to the area of Temple Bar, where you can find hundreds of restaurants of various styles and varieties.
It s a good idea to check the traffic situation as mid-to-late afternoon traffic runs peak hour right past the hotel, and it might actually be quicker to walk.