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The Lombard Townhouse 3.5

Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

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Pros

  • Great location, within walking distance of popular Dublin sights
  • Stylish, contemporary rooms above atmospheric Irish pub
  • Bright, spacious and modern bathrooms
  • Good traditional Irish meals served all day in the pub
  • Pleasant breakfast available (for a fee), including vegetarian option
  • Reliable free Wi-Fi throughout
  • On-street parking nearby (for a fee)

Cons

  • Breakfast not included in rates
  • Some maintenance and housekeeping issues
  • Deposit required for use of TV remote controls
  • Rooms lack desks, safes, and mini-fridges
  • Tap water in rooms not suitable for drinking

Bottom Line

The Lombard Townhouse is an upper-middle-range option in central Dublin, offering a surprisingly stylish place to stay for what’s essentially a pub with rooms. The eight rooms sport contemporary design and have spacious modern bathrooms. There’s a good breakfast available, though it’s not included in rates, and the pub serves tasty traditional Irish food all day. Guests report some maintenance and housekeeping issues, and other downsides include tap water that's not suitable to drink and a required deposit for using the TV remote controls in rooms. Just along Pearse Street, the upper-middle-range O’Neills Victorian Pub & Townhouse offers an alternative with comparable rates and a similar vibe above a historic pub that dates to 1850.

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Scene

Stylish rooms above long-standing traditional Irish pub that’s popular with Dubliners

The Lombard Townhouse offers simple, stylish rooms above a long-standing traditional Irish pub that’s popular among locals. It’s a pub with rooms with a bit more style than most, though there are no public spaces other than the pub itself. The pub features traditional decor with the odd modern touch and can be a bit gaudy in places, but it works overall. There’s attractive dark parquet flooring, dark-red sofas and armchairs, dark-wood tables, and wallpapered walls in a splashy graphic design. It’s a bright space overall, with a long, traditional dark-wood bar and a pleasant covered outdoor area with tiled flooring and high wooden tables and stools. The white-fronted pub and smart brick townhouse have separate entrances and, inside the townhouse, narrow hallways are simple and bright, with white walls, plain brown carpet, and clear banisters and metal handrails.

Location

City center location, across from Trinity College and light rail station; walking distance from sights

On a busy city center street corner, the Lombard is surrounded by bars, cafes, hotels, and private homes. It’s a popular student area, too, just across from the historic Trinity College’s rear entrance and right by Pearse Street’s Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) light rail station, with connections across the city. Numerous bus routes pass the pub’s front door, too. The National Library, the National Museum, and Bord Gais theater are all within a 10-minute walk, while it’s a 12-minute walk to shopping on Grafton Street. St. Stephen’s Green, the Convention Centre Dublin, and the Temple Bar nightlife district are all about 13 minutes away on foot or four minutes by car. Dublin Castle is a 15-minute walk away, while it’s a six-minute drive or DART ride to the Aviva Stadium and a six-minute drive or 10-minute bus ride to the 3Arena. The Guinness Storehouse is a nine-minute drive or 20-minute bus ride away. Dublin’s intercity bus station and the Connolly mainline railway station are both a 12-minute walk away. Dublin Port is an eight-minute drive or 24 minutes by public transport, and it’s a 15-minute taxi journey or 30 minutes by bus to Dublin Airport.

Rooms

Stylish rooms a notch above the usual pub standard, but without desks, safes, or fridges

Units at the Lombard Townhouse offer a surprising level of style, especially when compared to other pubs with guest rooms. Spacious, elegant rooms have plain white walls and attractive hardwood floors centered around large, comfy beds. Wooden headboards inset with velour purple fabric add a dash of color. There are freestanding bedside tables in the same dark shade of wood, and elegant lamps. The mix of modern canvas art on the walls is a welcome touch, too. Some rooms have charming black fireplaces, and small wooden tables have purple-padded chairs that match the floor-length curtains at the large original sash windows. However, there are no proper desks. En-suite bathrooms have white floors and wall tiling plus large walk-in shower stalls with modern rainfall showerheads. The shower tiling can get a bit grubby, though, and guests have complained of maintenance and housekeeping issues.

There’s little difference between Standard Doubles and Deluxe Doubles, while three-bed Standard Double Single Rooms cut the tables and chairs and add extra single beds that make them feel cramped. More spacious Standard Family Rooms combine the best of both (extra beds plus tables and chairs). Street views are pleasant enough, but the rear views from some rooms are less so. Standard amenities include small flat-screen TVs, hairdryers, and coffee- and tea-making facilities, but there are no mini-fridges or safes. Rooms are generally quiet, though those on lower floors can suffer some noise from the pub; also note that there’s a deposit required for the use of TV remote controls, and the tap water in the rooms is not suitable for drinking. 

Features

Good breakfast for a fee, popular pub serving traditional Irish food, and free Wi-Fi

The Lombard Townhouse offers minimal facilities and no public spaces except for the pub itself. But there’s a great cooked or continental breakfast available (for a fee), including vegetarian options. The well-stocked bar, popular with locals, serves reasonably priced traditional Irish meals all day, alongside a wide selection of beers (Unusually, it also accepts British pounds along with Euros.) There’s reliable free Wi-Fi throughout, and paid on-street parking is available in the vicinity.

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Address

44 Pearse Street/1 Lombard Street, Dublin, Province of Leinster D2, Ireland

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