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O'Neills Victorian Pub & Townhouse 3.0

City Centre, Dublin, Ireland

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Pros

  • Central Dublin location, walking distance from sights and public transportation
  • Historic family-run pub established in 1885; building dates to 1850
  • Comfortable rooms with individual design touches and flat-screen TVs
  • Great traditional Irish pub food, including carvery
  • Good cooked or continental breakfast (for a fee)
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Free on-street evening and holiday parking (fees at other times)

Cons

  • Breakfast not included in rates
  • Rooms lack coffee/tea (available in breakfast room), phones, safes, fridges
  • Restaurant doesn't have continuous service throughout the day
  • Lots of stairs leading to rooms can be problematic for some

Bottom Line

The mid-range O’Neills Victorian Pub & Townhouse has eight comfortable rooms above a historic pub dating back to 1850. The pub has a lively Old-World atmosphere, with regular live music and dancing; traditional Irish meals are served, though not continuously throughout the day. Rooms are simple but elegant, with individual design touches -- though parts feel a tad dated, and bathroom decor seems out of place. Rooms lack coffee- and tea-making facilities (they’re provided in the breakfast room), and some guests will find climbing up the stairs a challenge. Another atmospheric option travelers could consider is the Leeson Bridge House, a three-pearl property in a Georgian guesthouse.

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Scene

Lively, historic pub in 19th-century building with charming period decor that avoids feeling dated

Popular with locals, the historic O’Neills has been in the same family since 1885, in a building that dates to 1850 and served as a hideout for Irish revolutionaries during the War of Independence. The lively, well-cared-for pub manages Old-World charm without feeling dated. Outside, the pleasant period brick building is decorated with hanging flowers. The townhouse has its own entrance, and the low-key lobby and hallways have dark-blue carpet, simple white walls, and elegant white wooden banisters. Its numerous nooks and crannies -- including secluded side rooms and spots by open fires -- can be confusing for first-timers. Attractive stained-glass windows complement an abundance of dark wood used throughout including in the traditional bar. Framed prints, old-fashioned downlighting, and red leather padded booth seats add to the ambience. The traditionally decorated breakfast room features red walls, an attractive fireplace, and elegant terra-cotta-colored floor tiling, plus gorgeous country-style kitchen fittings and original sash windows.

Location

Busy city center location near Trinity College and light rail station; walking distance to sights

On a busy street corner in Dublin’s city center, O’Neills is located just across from the rear entrance to Trinity College and a three-minute walk from Pearse Street’s Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) light rail station, with connections across the city. The pub-hotel is next to a car rental office in an area full of local shops, restaurants and hotels, as well as residential properties. O’Connell Street is an eight-minute walk away, and it’s a 10-minute walk to the Temple Bar nightlife area. For shopping, Grafton Street is a 10-minute walk away, while Dublin Castle is 12 minutes away on foot. St. Stephen’s Green is a 14-minute walk, and it’s under 15 minutes on foot to Bord Gais theater (or four minutes by taxi). The Convention Centre Dublin is 16 minutes on foot. And 3Arena is a six-minute drive or 17-minute bus ride away, and it’s around eight minutes by car or DART to the Aviva Stadium. St. Patrick’s Cathedral is an eight-minute drive or 11-minute bus ride; the drive to the Guinness Storehouse is around the same length. Dublin’s intercity bus station is a nine-minute walk away, while it’s five minutes by taxi to Connolly mainline railway station. Dublin Port is an eight-minute drive or 18-minute bus ride away, and Dublin Airport is 14 minutes away by cab or 34 minutes by bus.

Rooms

Simple, comfortable rooms with some dated furnishings and no phones, safes, or coffee/tea facilities

Each of the eight simple but comfortable and quiet rooms at O’Neills has individual design touches. Standard Double Rooms have comfy beds against gray walls with framed prints. Standalone white wooden bedside tables have elegant, if slightly old-fashioned, lamps, attractive dressers in matching white wood, and navy carpeting. Standard Twin Rooms have less attractive pine-wood furniture, but add charming Victorian fireplaces. Single Rooms, Triple Rooms (with three single beds) and Double/Single Rooms are also available, as is a Family Suite in another building across the road. The Family Room features a similar mix of period and contemporary style, and has three bedrooms (sleeping up to five) that share one bathroom. Decor on the whole is slightly more contemporary than in the pub, but parts verge on dated, such as the blue-and-white floral curtains and matching padded seats. Some rooms are also oddly shaped, which leaves them feeling a bit sparsely furnished. 

All rooms include individual heating and flat-screen TVs with cable, but they lack phones, safes, or mini-fridges. There are also no in-room tea- and coffee-making facilities (though tea and coffee are available in the breakfast room). Irons and ironing boards are available on request. Bathrooms are modern, with walk-in showers, hairdryers, and free toiletries, but the pale-brown brick-style wall tiling feels claustrophobic and doesn't match the vibe from the rest of the property. Rooms have street views, but they’re not particularly inspiring. Be aware, too, that there are plenty of steps to conquer on the way up to the rooms, which could prove a challenge for those with compromised mobility.

Features

Pub serving traditional Irish dishes, breakfast (for a fee), free off-peak parking, and free Wi-Fi

As a pub with rooms, O’Neills offers few features. There’s a good full Irish or continental breakfast, though it’s not included in rates; the breakfast room is small, too, so some guests report having to book a slot in advance. Free coffee- and tea-making facilities are also available in the breakfast room 24/7. Traditional Irish fare is available cafeteria-style in the pub for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including a popular carvery. Food isn’t served continuously throughout the day, though. There’s a lively atmosphere in the evening, with traditional Irish music and dancing; the well-stocked bar offers a range of beers, wines and spirits, and some tables have built-in self-service draught beer machines. Free on-street parking is available in the evening and on Sundays and public holidays, but charges apply at other times. There’s an Internet-connected computer that guests can use, and reliable free Wi-Fi throughout the property.

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O'Neills Victorian Pub & Townhouse 36/37 Pearse Street, Dublin City Centre, Dublin, Province of Leinster 2, Ireland

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