2012 Award Winners GUESTHOUSE OF THE YEAR 2012

Ariel House - Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

Guesthouse of the Year 2012 - Ariel House - Ballsbridge Dublin 4 IrelandCompeting with cut price hotels is no joke for the owners of guesthouses and B&Bs and, with its high profile ‘temporary’ hotels offering below-cost accommodation, Ballsbridge must be just about the worst place to be located if you need to charge a fair price to maintain standards.

But, amazingly, some outstanding guesthouses are managing to do just that, and the reason has to be that discerning guests value the hands-on personal management and superior service that they offer: Afternoon Tea (and an ‘honesty bar’) and the daily newspapers beside the fire in the elegant Residents’ Drawing Room; antique furnishings combined with modern comforts in the rooms; immaculate housekeeping.

Operated under the joint direction of managers, Jennie McKeown (a daughter of the house) and Deirdre McDonald (who both are professionally trained young hoteliers - and it shows), Ariel House is a well-run establishment that's effectively a small hotel and it is a lovely place to stay - offering a very different experience to the cut-price hotels nearby.

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Ariel House

Dublin 4, Dublin City
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This fine family-run establishment occupies three seamlessly joined Victorian houses beside the famous old rugby grounds in leafy Ballsbridge, and it is in an ideal location for visiting the Aviva Stadium, the RDS, Dublin Convention Centre, theatres an ...

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