Buswells Hotel

Book now (price from £66.10)

Address: Molesworth Street, Dublin, Ireland

Star rating:
3 star hotel

4.6

This historical Dublin stalwart has oodles of character and charm for a three star.

“Good morning Dee,” a distinguished silver-haired gentleman greets the marketing and conferencing manager. “Hello Joe". That’s Buswells. One of Dublin’s oldest hotels where staff and clients go back 30 years. Floorboards may be creaky but with extremely good rates for b&b, this is one of the best value three-star Dublin hotels.

Location
5
90%
Eating/drinking
4.7
90%
Leisure facilities
3
90%
Service
4.8
90%
Value for money
4.8
90%
Bedrooms
4
90%
Public areas
4.6
90%

Location

Arguably the quietest street in the city centre. The Dáil (Irish Parliament) opposite follows business hours and the last bus passes at 11.30pm. Take all of Dublin in on foot and then leave it behind when you walk up the steps of Buswells' charming Georgian entrance. Molesworth Street was home to an aristocratic community in the 17th century and still has a regal feel to it.

Bedrooms

The hotel opened in 1882 comprising of five Georgian townhouses so each room is different, some much larger than others. There are 67 compact twin, double or triple rooms, recently modernised with flat screen TVs and WiFi. Tea and coffee making facilities are in rooms if you don’t pay (a minimal) extra for breakfast. Ask for one of the two suites – 402 or 403 – for 50 euros extra if you’re looking for a little more space to entertain or relax. Colours are neutral and carpets are dark.  Most of the rooms are quiet but ask for a room away from the street if you need sleep during daylight hours.

Public areas

Classical music, grandfather clocks and old portraits adorn wallpapered walls. Velvet draped curtains frame large Georgian windows. Low lighting is brightened by sparkling chandeliers and dark carpets and patterned rugs are complemented by dark, antique mahogany furniture. The red leather and velvet seats and natural light in the bar makes a safe hideaway for local journalists and politicians who chew the fat daily over lunch, and later, pints of Guinness.

Eating and drinking

A wholesome carvery lunch (a dying tradition in the city centre) is great value for 12.50 euros from 12-2.30pm. The bar menu offers Irish stew, beef and Guinness pie, burger and pasta for less than 15 euros and Truman’s restaurant serves duck, seafood and steak in a formal setting for less than 20 euros.

Leisure facilities

Surprisingly for a three star, there is a small leisure suite – treadmill, rowing machine, stepper, tick.

Service

This is the hotel version of Cheers, "where everybody knows your name..." Smiling, chatty staff go about their business, most of whom have worked here long before flat screen TVs and WiFi were the norm. Two full-time concierges split the hours from 8am-11pm.

Who stays there

Ideal for tourists and business people, this is a value city centre base, and a relaxing, traditional choice for older travellers.

Price advice

Prices have fallen in recent years thanks to the recession. It’s a little extra for breakfast so confirm when booking, though you can change your mind afterwards.

Amenities

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Culture vultures
  • Mature travellers
  • Singles
  • Shopping

Pros & Cons

  • Charming, bargain hotel
  • The bar is an interesting hideout
  • Good selection of food
  • Expensive street parking during the day
  • Some bedrooms are tiny
Book now (price from £66.10)