Review: Aloft Dublin City, Ireland


The time we had in Dublin, Ireland had us starting and ending our trip in Dublin. In addition to being a great city, it has some terrific street scenes and a generally great vibe to the place. We would base ourselves at the Aloft Dublin City hotel, which was located a short ten minute walk away from the Temple Bar district of Dublin. Would we find the distance of the hotel from downtown Dublin an issue ? Read on to find out. . .

This post is one chapter on our trip to Portugal, the United Kingdom (England and Norther Ireland) and Ireland. This trip was redeemed through American Airlines Advantage and enhanced through Marriott Bonvoy Elite Status. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.

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Review: Aloft Dublin City, Dublin, Ireland

The newly constructed Aloft Dublin City ended up being a perfect place for our two stays in Dublin, Ireland. We would explore almost all the features of this property during our time here.

Booking the Aloft Dublin:

I decided that we’d stay at the Aloft Dublin during our stay in the city. It was the cheaper option compared to the more business oriented Westin Dublin hotel. The paid rate for this bank holiday weekend in the United Kingdom put rates up to 268 € per night.

As a result I decided that a redemption under Marriott Bonvoy points were a better value. At a category 4 property, I redeemed 25,000 Marriott Bonvoy points, per night for a total of 75,000 Marriott Bonvoy points redeemed. I value Marriott Bonvoy points at about 0.005 cents per point. Under this math, I would aim to redeem points at this property if the room rate was higher than $125 USD (116 €) a night.

We had two nights here on arrival into Ireland, and one night on departure with our last night in Europe. Overall, it was a great two stays and I wouldn’t hesitate to stay here again.

Getting to the Aloft Dublin:

After arriving off Aer Lingus London Heathrow – Dublin, we collected our checked bags. Instead of taking a taxi, we ended up taking the group bus into town. The original plan was to take a taxi from the airport into town, but the effective tourist bus marketing around the arrivals area won us over and we opted for a 7€ per person trip into town.

Taking the Tourist Airport Bus into Dublin

We ended up getting off at Christchurch Cathedral stop. At this point, it was an advertised short ten minute “mostly flat” walk to the Aloft Dublin City.

The Short Walk from Town to the Aloft Dublin

The walk actually ended up taking about 15 minutes walk with our luggage through the city streets down to the Aloft. After a few back alleys, we made it to the Aloft.

Spotting the Aloft Dublin at the End of the Road

The property is located in a more residential area of Dublin. This was actually welcomed to be situated just out of the noise and partying of Temple Bar District, where staying would have been a louder experience.

It wasn’t all to bad walking to the Aloft Dublin with my teenager son. We had reasonable weather and weren’t travelling too heavy in luggage. I might not feel the same way about this location if I was travelling with my parents or travelling in winter weather when rain would be expected.


Checking Into the Aloft Dublin:

The Aloft is a reconstructed building on top of an older pub, which can be seen in white below. It is a new build in this upcoming neighbourhood that is slowly being gentrified.

The Aloft Sits on Top of the Original Pub in White

On arrival, we were informed at ground level by the bell captain that check in was on the 7th floor. We took the elevators up where we checked ourselves in.

Arriving to the Aloft Dublin
The Lower Level Lobby at Aloft Dublin City
Taking the Elevators Up To the Seventh Floor Lobby

On arrival to the lobby on the seventh floor, we found ourselves in a bright lobby space. The lobby had great windows and the bar had a nice view over the surrounding area. It was a nice change from the usual dark Aloft lobbies that I have previously experienced.

The lobby featured the usual reception desk immediately across from the arrival elevators, the XYZ Bar, and a flex space that offered chairs, couches and a pool table.

The Seventh Floor Flex Space at the Aloft Dublin City
A Bright Lobby Space at the Aloft Dublin City
The XYZ Bar at the Aloft Dublin City
The Lobby had Comfortable and Inviting Lounge Areas
The Flex Space Offered a Pool Table
That’s a Pretty Good View for a Lobby Space!

The Lobby also featured some iMac computers for internet surfing. While this is pretty much expected these days, it’s always convenient to have in the event you need to print something.

IMac’s Where Available for Internet Surfing

The bright nature of the lobby of the Aloft Dublin made for a great start to the stay. It was a welcome change of some hotel lobbies that are traditionally very dark and without any natural light.

On check in, we received a Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Level soft upgrade to the best available room. I appreciated this despite our stay being a Marriott Bonvoy point redemption. While there aren’t any suites available at Aloft’s in general, any upgrade is a good upgrade. We also selected Breakfast as the Marriott Bonvoy Elite welcome gift; which would serve us well over the next days ahead.


The Room: An Urban Double Double

We then led ourselves down to #514, an Urban Double Double. As mentioned, this was a soft Platinum upgrade to best available room. It was a nice larger room and a nice room upgrade as far as Alofts go; easily by far the largest Aloft room I’ve ever stayed in.

An Urban Double Double Room
An Urban Double Double Room

The room was particularly spacious for an Aloft Room and we had lots of space between the beds and the end of the room.

An Urban Double Double Room
A Relax Chair Accented the Space

There was a work space desk that overlooked the student building complex next door. The desk itself wasn’t too large, but sufficient for what you’d expect in an Aloft.

A Work Space with a View of the Neighbouring Student Dormitories

There were also the usual simple Nepresso coffee services in the room.

Nespresso Coffee Services and an In Room Safe

Like other Aloft’s, the room featured art of a local feature. This feature was of the centre piece at Trinity College.

Trinity College Artwork Was Featured in the Aloft Dublin

We had a very nice large shower and bathroom. The toiletries were Bliss branded toiletries, which were always handy for take aways at the end of the stay.

A Single Vanity Sink
A Spacious Shower Stall with Bliss Dispenser Toiletries

Our stay was comfortable and quiet. It was nice to be away from the hollering and shenanigans and freeways sometimes located around lower cost hotels. Our room was really quiet and we had no sleep interruption issues.


Around the Property:

Re-Fuel by Aloft

At the hotel reception when we checked in, I opted for the Marriott Bonvoy Elite Platinum breakfast option. We were issued coupons for breakfasts.

Breakfast at the Aloft Dublin City was a full continental breakfast option. There was no real “hot” option at this particular hotel. However, the continental offering was quite substantial at definitely met our needs. It offered a wide variety of cereals, croissants and pain au chocolat, along with smoked salmon and assorted European Cheeses and cold cuts.

Cereal Options at Breakfast
Flaky Croissants of Plain and Chocolate Varieties
Smoked Salmon, Cold Cuts and An Assortment of Cheeses
A Juice Station among other Offerings

The Bottom Line: The Aloft Dublin City

Overall, I enjoyed our stay at the Aloft Dublin City. Although it was not right in the middle of town, the Aloft met our needs for everything that we could have asked for. Using points here was a great option during the days of our stay and the soft upgrade to the larger room was greatly appreciated. The Marriott Bonvoy Platinum breakfast was reasonable and enough to meet our needs. All in all, it was a great stay and we would easily return.

If you have stayed at the Aloft Dublin City, did it meet your stay needs ?

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