We booked this hotel with vouchers we had purchased on Pigsback.com and in fairness at €65 or so, the value was excellent with bed & breakfast, a 2 course meal in the evening, and a bottle of wine to share per couple.
I knew we were staying right on O'Connell Street, and at the price we paid I really wasn't expecting to stay in the lap of luxury but I wasn't quite prepared for the state of the room that we checked into, and had I read the reviews on Tripadvisor before my stay, I would almost certainly have settled for the meal and wine, and a bus back to Drogheda!
As others have said, the one thing that this hotel has going for it, is it's location right beside the Spire on O'Connell Street. It also has to be said that this hotel has two different standard of rooms, so it is very much pot luck how a guests experience turns out. Had we been booked into the second room that we ended up in later in the day, I don't think we would have had the same impression of the place.
The room we had first (Room 31 on the 3rd floor) was very scruffy, with no headboards over the beds. Some of the lampshades were battered out of shape. There was a skylight covered by some sort of accordian pleated blind, and this was badly stained and dirty looking. The two armchairs by the window were very stained and quite disgusting to be honest. You would certainly not sit on them without covering them with something clean. There was a small old fashioned 14 inch portable TV with 4 Irish channels. The remote control didn't work though. Most worrying of all was the fact that the fire alarm sensor was missing, with just the wiring exposed, and having since read the Tripadvisor reviews I was concerned when I read that there had been some concerns with fire during the nights. If there was a genuine emergency I think that those in room 31 might end up fried!
On the contrary, the second room that we finally got moved into was quite pleasant with nice tall ceilings. The windows would not open however, so there was no chance of any fresh air, and again going back to the fire risk, there would be no chance of escaping from the room if the door in was not an option.
The bathroom was clean though as was the double bed. There was just one flat pillow each, but at the end of the night we had had a bottle of wine each, so we slept like logs! We had 3 towels to share, and they were clean and fluffy. No hand towels, face cloths supplied, and no towel mat for the floor, so we ended up having to use one of the bath towels to stand on. The shower was good and powerful, and there was plenty of hot water when we showered just before 9am. We had to remove the refill of body shampoo to use it, as the dispenser would not release it no matter how hard either of us pushed on it.
There was a lovely room to the front of the hotel, overlooking O'Connell Street, and at some time I think this was a Residents Bar. It was now just used for housing the one shared computer available for guests, but there were a few chairs here andtables there for guests to sit around, so we were happy to retire there after our evening meal and enjoy our wine and conversation.
I have to say that with a serious investment of funds the hotel could turn itself around, but it would not be easily achieved, and I could not imagine anyone undertaking this in the current economic climate.
The best thing about the hotel was its very friendly and helpful manager, who did his best to look after our needs. The young man at Reception was also pleasant when we checked in but I imagine the staff find it hard to deal with most complaints as there isn't a solution to most of the problems, without the place having a major overhaul!
I would agree that the need to leave baggage strewn around the Reception desk was not very acceptable if you had anything in your luggage that you didn't want to get pinched! Anyone passing by the front door of the hotel would have ample opportunity to grab whatever bag they wanted even if the Receptionist was within a few steps of the desk.
Food wise we found Cafe Carlo very good. We had a lovely evening meal, having garlic mushrooms, soup and Ceasar Salad to start with. 3 of us had the salmon on mash, and it was really lovely, and our friend had the steak which he was happy with. The house wine included with our Pigsback voucher was very acceptable indeed.
Breakfast was basic but acceptable, with the only criticism being the cold plates that our fry was served on. I really don't understand why any restaurant would not appreciate the need for warm plates!
When all is said and done, we had a very pleasant time during our overnight stay at Lynams hotel, but I would be very reluctant to recommend it to other travellers, and after reading about the bed bugs, even if I were planning a return trip to the city, I think I would actually give the place a wide berth.
Photos of our initial room are included, but I did not get a chance to photograph the second room as we moved in just as we were getting ready to go out for dinner, and vacated first thing the morning after breakfast. Suffice to say though, that the second room did not look anything like the photos that appear on the hotel website, although they were in keeping with a budget hotel, and as I said before, had we been allocated this room upon arrival I would have quite a different experience of Lynams.
I would only return if I had room 3 or 5.
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