Mar142015

Radisson Blu Dublin Airport amazing fruit bowl amenity and shower fail

Last month Kelley and I stayed at the Radisson Blu Dublin Airport the night before our 6:00am Aer Lingus flight to Amsterdam connecting to a KLM flight to San Francisco.

The room rate at Radisson Blu Dublin Airport was 93 EUR.

Crowne Plaza Dublin Airport was 10 EUR less, but we did not stay there due to the 5am start time for their morning shuttle service to the airport. Crowne Plaza is a few miles from the airport. Radisson Blu has 24 hour airport shuttle service, and if necessary, you can walk to the DUB terminals in ten minutes.

At check-in I was told a complimentary fruit tray would be sent to our room in recognition of my Club Carlson Gold elite membership. Gold elite is a status I earned from being a Club Carlson Visa card member and not from 20 stays or 35 nights in a calendar year.

Rad Blu DUB welcome

The Radisson Blu Dublin Airport lobby looked inviting with places to sit and a long corridor to the restaurant and bar area of the hotel.

Rad Blu DUB lobby hall

There were chairs in several arrangements for guests. Not too many people were at the hotel on a weekend night, but more guests than seen in my photos taken at 4:15am.

Rad Blu DUB lobby

Our room was spacious with light wood furniture. A desk, table, TV on dresser and a small couch did not fill the room. The window opened which is a feature I like to maintain room temperature comfort. Our room faced the Dublin Airport terminals.

Rad Blu DUB room-1

Looking at the photo reminds me how spacious the room was with a table, desk and couch and still plenty of room to move around the furniture.

Rad Blu DUB room-2

The room would have been a comfortable place to work.

Rad Blu DUB room-3

Earlier in the day we had discussed heading to Temple Bar for a weekend night’s entertainment in Dublin center. That idea was put aside after we arrived at the hotel, tired and hungry. In a rare occasion I opted for a hotel dinner at T3 Bar & Restaurant.

I had to think about the restaurant’s short name. Dublin Airport has Terminals 1 and 2. Radisson Blu Dublin Airport T3 Bar and Restaurant is a clever name.

We were seated in a quiet back room of the restaurant away from the bar with about six tables, half occupied, including us. We enjoyed a relaxed meal with a couple of pints of beer. Dinner and beer cost 60 EUR and reminded me why I don’t normally eat and drink at hotels.

Rad Blu DUB T3

Arriving back at the room after our leisurely dinner revealed no fruit tray had been delivered. After some time back in the room I called down to the desk about the fruit. I was in bed trying to fall asleep when the fruit tray arrived. Kelley answered the door. A woman came into the room and placed the tray on the table.

I glanced over to the table at a tower of fruits.

Rad Blu DUB fruit

The plate held four bananas, four apples, two oranges and two plums.

After about five hours sleep I was awake and preparing for departure. After my shower and coffee and a little work I woke Kelley up at 3:30am.

Radisson Blu Dublin Airport made Kelley cry, or me?

Kelley is not a morning person. That is a tough condition to have as a public school teacher. After plenty of coaxing I got her out of bed and into the bathroom. She was showering and I was on my computer when all of a sudden she started yelling in the shower like a crazy woman.

At 3:30am in the morning.

I rushed into the bathroom expecting to find the only snake in Ireland.

Instead I found Kelley all soaped up and no water running in the shower. I scolded her for yelling in the hotel room at 3:30 in the morning.

So, she cried. Loudly.

The water came on after several minutes, but no hot water.

Radisson Blu Express Checkout

Thirty minutes later we were in the lobby waiting for the airport shuttle. I checked out and mentioned the shower water situation. The front desk staff found that odd. So did we.

Rad Blu Dub breakfast

There were snack bars, coffee, tea, water bottles and of course, plenty of apples for an early morning express breakfast in the Radisson Blu Dublin Airport lobby. We carried all the room fruit in a bag and finished most of it by the time we reached San Francisco 15 hours later.

Rad Blu DUB Business center

Radisson Blu Dublin Airport is conveniently located adjacent to Dublin Airport within walking distance of the terminals. The hotel airport shuttle operates 24 hours.

Curiously, the hotel stay worked fine for me, but I don’t think Kelley will want to return to Radisson Blu Dublin Airport.

Radisson Blu Dublin Airport is Club Carlson category 4 at 38,000 points per reward night.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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  1. I had an awful stay there last year and haven’t been back since – filthy furniture, no upgrade as a Gold and no fruit plate!
    I am trying them in 2 weeks time just to see if the GM’s promise to do better is really delivered.

  2. Just for some counter perspective, I stayed at the (Downtown) Radisson Blu in Dublin last week and it was the best Radisson I have ever stayed at. I had early 8 AM checkin and free breakfast upgrades. The hotel is centrally-located. I loved it.

  3. I certainly hope you finished ALL of the fruit before re-entering California. Agricultural controls are there for a reason!

  4. @Jennifer – I had a conversation last year with an agricultural inspector at SFO who told me how expensive it is to dispose of fruit brought into the airport by passengers. It is treated as biohazard waste.

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