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 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?
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 a bad thing 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 member of staff 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 went on to explain 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, without prompt, another one of our concerns was dealt with because we knew how to get from the airport to the hotel.
These little but important touches have been our experience in every Premier Inn we’ve stayed in, hence why we book them!
Transfer from Dublin Airport
From the main terminal, the Premier Inn bus stop is a two-minute walk and it’s all flat – Yay!
To be fair, all of the hotels in the area have dedicated buses which run between the airport and hotel but what I did notice is many of them are minibuses with no wheelchair access, whereas 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 for the convenience, it’s a bargain.
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 drops you off right outside the front door of the hotel.
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.
The second door doesn’t have a disabled access auto facility which although I managed it 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 if you asked; someone would open the door, but it’s a minor inconvenience.
Once inside, there’s plenty of space to manoeuvre a chair and plenty of comfortable seating.
The reception desk is very close to both entrances and has a low-level section for chair users.
I explained we’d phoned ahead about an early check-in, clearly, the member of staff 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’ll struggle with doors I suggest you inform 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 which 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 important.
We didn’t spend much time in the hotel, but as you’d expect there are an onsite restaurant and bar. 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 important. 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 very busy roads.
If like us you want to visit the city centre 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 McDonalds for breakfast.
About 100 yards away from the hotel is leisure complex which 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 nice meal here, we did 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 obliging.
Although I’ve made a couple criticisms/observations these in no way spoilt or got in the way of enjoying our stay in the hotel.
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