I can’t imagine anything worse than staying in a horrible hotel room, can you?.
You’ve invested time travelling there, used your hard-earned money to pay for it, and it ruins your trip; what could be worse?
I’m not a risk-taker, especially when travelling in a wheelchair. I always try to reduce the chance of disappointment, so booking two nights at the Premier Inn Hotel Dublin Airport was a wise choice, even if I say so myself. We had wanted to stay in the Premier Inn Dublin City Centre, but there isn’t one?
Our second city break, Dublin, was the first we’d have to fly to. We wanted a hotel near the airport with easy access to the city centre, and the Premier Inn fit the bill perfectly.
Granted, staying in mainstream hotels means we miss out on the quirkiness of other hotels but playing it safe is one less thing to worry about.
Maybe down the road, when we have more confidence as travellers, we’ll try somewhere new but, for now, enjoy the Premier Inn Dublin Airport.
Premier Inn Dublin Airport
I’ve heard it said; if you’ve been to one Premier Inn, you’ve been to them all.
This isn’t necessarily bad because it takes the guesswork out of it.
There’s some comfort in knowing what to expect before you arrive.
That said, what makes the difference in any hotel is the staff. From experience, this is where Premier Inn excel, and here’s the proof:
We were flying into Dublin on an early morning flight which meant we’d have six hours to kill before the official hotel check-in time of 2 o’clock.
Understandably Bridget couldn’t hang around for that long, so I rang ahead and explained our dilemma.
In a heartbeat, the staff member said, come along to the hotel when you arrive in Dublin. If your room is ready, you can have it and if not we’ll look after your luggage until it is. She explained the transfer bus from the airport and wished us a safe flight.
Now, even if the room wasn’t ready on arrival, we already felt happier because the staff were trying to accommodate us. Secondly, another one of our concerns was dealt with without prompt because we knew how to get from the airport to the hotel.
These tiny but significant touches have been our experience in every Premier Inn we’ve stayed in, hence why we book them!
Transfer from Dublin Airport
The Premier Inn bus stop is a two-minute walk from the main terminal, and it’s all flat – Yay!
All of the hotels in the area have dedicated buses that run between the airport and hotel, but I noticed that many of them are minibuses with no wheelchair access. In contrast, Premier Inn has a double-decker bus fitted with a wheelchair ramp.
I’m not sure who funds the bus as there’s a one euro charge per person, but it’s a bargain for convenience.
The bus runs from early morning to late at night and every thirty minutes, but it’s best to check first if you’re using it because timetables can change.
Arriving at the Premier Inn Dublin
The bus journey took no longer than five minutes and dropped you off right outside the hotel’s front door.
There are two entrances to the hotel, front and rear.
The front entrance has a revolving door and a single door. The revolving door can be slowed down if you have mobility problems, but, to be honest, I don’t think a wheelchair would fit in it.
Although I managed, the second door doesn’t have a disabled access auto facility, which would be difficult for someone travelling without a carer or companion.
The entrance to the rear of the hotel has both a revolving door and a low-level push-button access door for wheelchair users.
This is not a criticism, more an observation, as I’m sure someone would open the door if you asked, but it’s a minor inconvenience.
Once inside, there’s plenty of space to manoeuvre a chair and comfortable seating.
The reception desk is close to both entrances and has a low-level section for chair users.
I explained we’d phoned ahead about early check-in. The staff member had made a note on the computer, and our room was ready for us.
We had booked an accessible room, so this could have worked to our advantage, but it’s always worth asking because I’m sure if the staff can accommodate, they will.
Access to our room on the second floor was by way of the lift. There are two lifts, both with plenty of room for a wheelchair.
Once on the floor, you use your key card to open the corridor door, this could be tricky for a wheelchair user without a carer, but in fairness, I did say we’d be fine on the second floor.
If you struggle with doors, I suggest informing the staff as other floors may have easier access.
Again the door to the room is by way of an electronic key card.
We’d booked an adapted room that was more than adequate for our needs, and although adapted, it didn’t feel like a hospital room which was a concern.
I’ve reviewed the room facilities for your information: Wheelchair Friendly Hotel Room.
My only criticism of the room was the hinge on the grab bar in the shower.
This might not seem like a big issue, but as the user puts all of their weight on it, any deterioration in its strength could be a big problem.
I have seen this happen before in an older building, and the bar came away from the wall resulting in the user falling to the floor.
On checking, the hinge was very secure, but attention to this kind of detail is essential.
We didn’t spend much time in the hotel, but there are an onsite restaurant and bar, as you’d expect. This hotel has a Thyme restaurant which we visited on our last night.
The staff were more than happy to find us a suitable wheelchair space, and the whole experience was a pleasant one.
As a blogger, WiFi is necessary. I paid 3 euros for 24 hours, but the signal was a bit hit and miss, so I didn’t spend too much time on it!
Premier Inn Dublin Airport is five minutes away from the airport by bus. I wouldn’t attempt to walk/push it because you need to negotiate some bustling roads.
If you want to visit the city centre like us, there’s a bus stop two minutes away, which takes you to the centre of Dublin.
Every bus we used had a wheelchair ramp, and the drivers were brilliant; so good; I’ll be writing about the Dublin Bus Company separately.
Across the road from the hotel is a retail park. Although we did not frequent it, I did visit the Mcdonald’s for breakfast.
About 100 yards away from the hotel is a leisure complex that houses TGI Fridays, O’Brien’s pub, Starbucks, other eateries and a Subway sandwich shop.
If you don’t fancy eating in the hotel, you’ll get a lovely meal at TGI Fridays.
Would I Recommend the Premier Inn Dublin Airport?
Overall yes, I would recommend the Premier Inn Dublin Airport
It’s perfectly placed for Dublin airport and ideal to use as a base for travelling to Dublin city centre.
Everything you need is available at the hotel or close by. The hotel staff were attentive, polite and generous.
Although I’ve made a couple of criticisms/observations, these in no way spoilt or got in the way of enjoying our stay in the hotel.
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