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Room Report: Harrington Hall Dublin, Ireland

Harrington Hall
Harrington Hall
Harrington Hall

Arrival Experience: The unassuming entrance on bustling Harcourt Street is easy to miss, but this beautiful manor house inn is a pleasant surprise. Décor inside is classical with polished chandeliers hanging from the ceilings and brocaded fabrics lining the main living room area. Reception is friendly; happy to keep metal keys behind the desk so that guests don't have to lug them around Dublin.

Dining: There is no formal restaurant at the hotel although dozens are within a short walking distance from the front door. The hotel does have a breakfast room in the basement where a cooked-to-order breakfast is served each morning including a traditional Irish breakfast. Room service provides a fine selection of afternoon and evening snacks on demand.

Accommodations: Room types vary on each floor based on the shape of the building's architecture. Top floor rooms have atmospheric dormer ceilings, and all rooms feature writing desks with free wireless high speed Internet access. Bathrooms have powerful water pressure, a fine stash of toiletries, bright lighting, and stacks of towels. Closet space is plentiful, and a full-length mirror positioned by the door is appreciated by business travelers. Ceiling fans whirl the air to provide fresh air, and rooms in the back of the building tend to be a bit quieter than those in the front. Bedding is soft and comfortable here, and for many guests, this unique local Irish property is a great alternative to the more sterile international brands in town.

Conclusion: This deluxe property is part of the Manor Houses of Ireland luxury grouping. With free wireless high speed Internet everywhere, a thorough housekeeping team, and convenience to public transportation, this hotel is one of Dublin's best hidden gems. Its affordable rates and homespun, authentic décor make this a popular choice with visitors to Ireland's capital.

During the summer months, US Airways flies a daily nonstop flight from Charlotte to Dublin. The flight is scheduled to resume in the spring of 2014.