It’s time for another Snapshot, this time looking at the hotel experience at the Premier Inn near Dublin Airport in Swords, Ireland.
The hotel was booked directly with Premier Inn. Two room types were offered – a Premier and a Standard option, with different levels of cancellation options.
As I was staying one night, I went for a normal room with the most restrictive pricing policy – this was €79 for the night.
The hotel is a 10-minute taxi ride or shuttle bus ride from Dublin Airport, with shuttles picking up from Stand 16 at Dublin Airport and dropping off at the Terminals. Buses run nearly every half hour.
An Uber or Dublin Taxi will run you €12 or so.
Check-in was shared with the bar, so it took a few minutes for a receptionist to be available.
Once ready, my details were confirmed and card payment was taken at that point. To manage the conversion fees, I used Curve to front the payment which was charged back to my credit card without the currency exchange fees.
A shuttle bus timetable was also posted at reception, as well as in the room.
This was on the 4th floor of the hotel and near the lifts. Dominating the room was a purple light, as well as a double bed.
One the lights are switched on, it becomes a little more bearable.
Besides each side of the bed, there were mains outlets and USB-A sockets.
On the wall, was a TV with both Irish and British programming. There was also a desk to work at, with power outlets there too.
On the desk was a kettle, with tea and coffee options.
The bathroom was reasonably sized, with a shower, sink and toilet. Amenities were in bulk-style pump bottles.
Connectivity was limited – with the free Wifi topping out at around 1Mb.
The Premier Inn offered both breakfast and dinner options as part of their booking options and at check-in. These were rejected due to the lateness of arrival, and also the earliest of departure – as well as the cost.
Check-out and Shuttle bus
After checking the bus timetable in the room, I timed my checkout time to meet a bus.
The check-out process was simple, with the hotel card handed in.
With that, I was able to access the shuttle bus, which was a €3 charge.
The full trip report is coming soon…. once I fight with Grammarly to go through all the corrections I need to make.
And that’s more of a challenge than I would like…
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