Viva Las BAcon! The Bewleys Hotel, Dublin Airport
- Viva Las BACon! The second spin of the roulette wheel
- Heading to Birmingham Airport, EI277 Birmingham Airport – Dublin Airport
- HOTEL: Bewleys Hotel, Dublin Airport
- The DAA Lounge, Dublin Airport
- BA831 Dublin Airport – London Heathrow Terminal 1
- An Easy Heathrow Transit and the British Airways Galleries First Lounge
- BA295 London Heathrow Terminal 5 to Chicago O’Hare International
- Tick Tock, Tick Tock – an express connection in Chicago
- AA55 Chicago O’Hare International T3 to Las Vegas McCarran International
- HOTEL: MGM Grand
- HOTEL: Mandalay Bay and BAcon
- One Time Exception: The High Roller
- HOTEL: Luxor
- One Time Exception: A Nighttime walk down an every changing strip
- Back to McCarran Airport, The American Express Centurion Lounge
- AA1239 Las Vegas McCarran International – Dallas Fort Worth
- A quick rush across Dallas Fort Worth
- AA78 Dallas Fort Worth – London Heathrow Terminal 3
- Transit again, The British Airways Terminal 1 Domestic Lounge
- BA831 London Heathrow Terminal 1 – Dublin Airport
- Irish Transit, The Aer Lingus Gold Circle Lounge
- EI276 Dublin Airport to Birmingham Airport
- Another lovely slice of BAcon
With as quick exit from the plane, it was a short walk to immigration. Irish Immigration was quick that time of evening, and some more forward movement brought me to the luggage claim hall. As I had everything on me, I bypassed this, and headed for customs and the exit.
Just a friendly reminder.
With a quick march through the blue channel, I was into the Republic of Ireland.
Now the formalities out of the way, my next stop would be my hotel for the night – The Bewleys Hotel.
Bewleys Hotel, Dublin Airport
€50, booked via Hotel.info
After arriving at the hotel, there was a minor queue to deal with, and the matter of checking in. This was handled promptly, and I was asked if I wished to pay on departure or at check in. I offered to pay at check-in… with hard cash.
What? Hard Cash? It does happen occasionally. Over the past few European trips, I’ve amassed a collection of Euros that was enough to settle the bill in hard cash. That and more foreign exchange fees for something I had cash for would outweigh any miles benifit.
And cash is sometimes king.
With the payment in cash gratefully received, it was time to head upstairs to the room to crash for a few hours.
Heading from/to the room. Note, lots of advertising for the Bewleys Hotel.
Going into the room was a matter of heading to the lift, and working my way down a hallway – a mini preparation for the upcoming hikes at the hotels in Las Vegas.
Ice and a corridor.
Getting into the room was… an interesting sight.. with THREE SINGLE BEDS in the room.
If someone could explain this to me, that would be wonderful.
So, single traveller with three small beds. What does not compute here?
The beds themselves weren’t that bad – although the mattress moved around on the bed (which itself was on some fibreboard on top of slats). Not ideal, but not bad.
The TV is a classic bedroom 14” television with RTE, BBC and ITV channels on it, whilst the bathroom was.. what I’d consider a very Travelodge like – in other words, we’re talking pump action amenities. Not that this is a bad thing – it’s very eco-friendly (however the soap/bath/wash product was… basic).
Meanwhile, the seats were not something I would want to sit on for any real period of time due to the staining on the velour.
Of course, there were useful features as well, such as an ironing board and tea and coffee facilities (in fact, this would be the last time I would see tea and coffee making facilities this trip).
Tea and Coffee facilities
WiFi in the hotel was provided free, without any paywalls or borders, providing a reasonable speed (better than Birmingham Airport) with about 1mb down, .5mb up).
However, the urge to rest was more important, so I set the alarm for 5:30am and closed my eyes to get something resembling sleep.
As the alarm went at 5:30, I got ready for the day ahead, and headed downstairs to check out (with me being thanked and dismissed as the room would auto-checkout).
It was then off to the shuttle bus, back to Dublin Airport to begin the heavy day of travelling…
Overall: The Bewleys Hotel provided a crashpad. The free shuttle bus back and forth to the airport is a good thing to see. However, the rooms are… a little odd. That and those seats would mind me to head back to the Travelodge in Swords if I was going through next time.
Next, Dublin Airport, DAA Lounge.