Given that the last time Tom and I went on holiday, it had been to one of those, kinda soulless, all-inclusive resorts (which really aren’t my cup of tea) it was nice to know that our weekend break to Dublin was going to be an entirely different experience.
I love the sort of holidays where you are free to do completely as you please. Without being bogged down by organised tours or set meal times, we could take in the city at our leisure. If we wanted to get lost along cobbled backstreets for hours at a time, we could. And we did. If we wanted to go to the park in the torrential rain to make friends with the deer, we could. And we did. Or, if we wanted to say “sod it, it’s freezing cold” and go home for a middle-of-the-day nap in our stunning 1930’s hotel room, we could. And we did.
It was the ideal way to experience such a beautiful, fun, spontaneous city.
A Warm Welcome at the Paramount Hotel
The Paramount Hotel was more of a BnB than a large, generic chain Hotel. Its personal and homely feel made it an ideal place to stay for our trip. It’s located in the hub of the Temple Bar district, a stone’s throw away from the River Liffey and right round the corner from a seemingly endless number of bars and restaurants.
We were greeted with a warm welcome from the moment we stepped through the door. There were only a few members of staff, who were all very helpful and friendly- they even managed to remember our names throughout the three days that we were there.
The rooms were clean and the bed was superbly comfortable. Dark mahogany furnishings with crisp, white linens made for a “comfortable luxury” feel. That’s without being too fussy or pretentious, which is exactly what we were after.
There was some noise from the streets at night, but Tom and I were prepared for that. It’s a tribute, I guess, to the hotel’s central location. You can hardly close to stay in one of the most lively areas of a city like Dublin and then complain about noise!
For those on a budget, The Paramount Hotel is perfectly reasonable. It’s good value too, considering its central location, large rooms and a very decent breakfast in the mornings! Tom loved having a cooked breakfast every mornings, and there were plenty of veggie options for me.
If you’re looking for plush, modern & lavish then it probably isn’t for you. But if, like us, you want to be a bit tight on the purse strings whilst staying somewhere (much) nicer than a hostel, The Paramount is a great option. Just remember to take some earplugs if you’re a light sleeper!