So you’ve booked your place at the iGaming Super Show…what next?  Well, first up, you’re going to need a place to stay for the duration of the Show, so let’s look at the accommodation available in Dublin.

But this year’s iGaming Super Show in Dublin is so big that there’s not just one official hotel, in fact not even just two, three or four official hotels, yes, that’s right there’s five top-notch hotels to get your head down for an hour or two in between all those high-powered meetings and rebel-rousing parties. Don’t forget to book through iGaming Business in order to get the best rates; www.igbaffilatehotels.com

Of course here at Dublinbet we know the city like the back of our hand (could anyone actually describe the back of their hand?) and so, whilst we’re not exactly Lonely Planet we do know a thing or two about Dublin and the hotels on offer.

Here’s a handy Google map so that you can get your bearings.

As you would expect all five hotels command a high level of standards and are well situated for affiliates to enjoy the Show and the City itself so here goes with our take on what you can expect at each of them.

Bewleys Hotel, BallsbridgeBewleys Hotel, Ballsbridge. Rated Three Stars

Bewleys operate a number of hotels in the city, with the Ballsbridge hotel ideally located in very close proximity to the iGaming Super Show at the RDS. In fact it’s just a brisk 5 minute walk away; perfect for blowing away those travel / hangover cobwebs.

This comfortable hotel is a beautifully restored former 19th Century Masonic School house and will give you a real flavour of old Dublin. Despite it’s historic exterior the hotel has a contemporary and relaxed feel and is popular with business and leisure visitors given that it’s also near the business district and about a 20 minute walk from Dublin City Centre.

The hotel has a couple of restaurants; Go to ‘Tom’s Bar’ if you’re after a Burger and a Pint or visit the ‘Brasserie Restaurant’ for something a bit more formal.

The all important wi-fi is free which is a nice bonus and the rooms are very comfortable, all with en-suite bathroom as you would expect.

Best for: Characterful rooms at reasonable prices, right beside the RDS

The Ballsbrdige Inn, DublinThe Ballsbridge Inn. Rated Three Stars

The Ballsbridge Inn is a low-cost hotel that’s just a 10-15 minute walk from the city centre. With over 290 rooms and four restaurants offering everything from deli food to a la carte dining, there is something to suit all tastes.

We’d recommend The Dubliner pub inside the hotel which serves great food at reasonable Dublin prices. Adjacent to the hotel you’ll also find a supermarket should you be in need of any home-from-home necessities.

This hotel is well serviced by the local buses and buses going to the airport. There is also a taxi rank just around the corner from the hotel entrance. So getting from A-B is easy if this is your base.

Rooms are comfortable and come equipped with tea/coffee making facilities, multi-channel TV, hairdryer and a writing desk as standard. Note that the hotel rooms do not have fridges, but from experience we know that hanging things out of the windows will keep them cool.

Internet access normally costs €12.50 for 24 hours or €5.95 for 50 mins but as a delegate of the Super Show you can get a specially reduced rate of €10 per 24 hours.

Best for: Choice of eating-places and relative proximity to the city centre

Radisson Blue, St Helens, DublinRadisson Blu St Helen’s Hotel. Rated Four Stars

Wow! Hotels in Dublin don’t come much more iconic than this. Situated in the historic St Helen’s estate, the opulent Radisson Blu hotel is a lavish luxury retreat for those who really want to spoil themselves.

It features grand bedrooms with historic details but with all the modern amenities you would expect including a flatscreen TV, mini-bar, climate control and of course, free highspeed wi-fi. Woohoo!

The hotel estate includes stunning four-acre gardens (don’t forget your hayfever tablets), a fully-equipped fitness centre (don’t forget your running shoes) and a relaxing beauty salon (here you can forget everything).

The dining experience at the Radisson Blu is sensational too. The Talavera restaurant is one of Dublin’s renowned Italian eateries, and is home to some of Ireland’s top chefs. Other options include the Orangerie Bar and Le Panto restaurant, offering guests range of dining experiences (Oh yes it does!).

The hotel is a five-minute taxi ride from the RDS and a fair bit from the City Centre but for sheer luxury it can’t be beat. Go on, you know you want to!

Best for: Luxury rooms and exquisite food

Herbert Park Hotel, DublinHerbert Park Hotel. Rated Four Star

The Herbert Park Hotel is a four star, luxury boutique hotel in Ballsbridge, Dublin’s premier business district, which overlooks the 48-acre Herbert Park. The hotel is situated within a short walk of the RDS.

OK, here comes the history lesson; The park was donated to the citizens of Dublin in 1903 by Sydney Herbert, the Earl of Pembroke and in 1907, the World Fair known as the Irish International Exhibition was held in Ballsbridge. Don’t say we don’t teach you anything here at dublinbet.com

There is also a nearby DART (local railway) station at Landsdowne Road – about a 10 minute walk – for quick access to the city centre and other leading Dublin attractions. Being located virtually in the heart of Ballsbridge there’s plenty of amenities nearby including a supermarket, pharmacy, Irish pubs and a great little Thai restaurant all within walking distance.

The hotel itself is served by the Pavilion Restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner; The Terrace offers a lighter menu and snacks, plus a well-stocked bar.

The rooms overlook Ballsbridge or the park itself, and are styled with comfort and modern convenience in mind. The fitness centre means there’s no excuse not to work off those few extra pounds gained from partying the night before.

There is broadband available in the rooms, all you need to do is ask reception for a cable. And we’d recommend you only use it in your room where it’s €10 for 24 hours, compared to a whopping €10 per hour in the lobby!

Best for: Peaceful surroundings within walking distance of the RDS

Conrad Hotel, Rated Five Star

If you like to be in amongst the buzz of the city then this one is most suited to you, being located right in the heart of Dublin City Centre.

It’s just opposite the National Concert Hall and around the corner from beautiful St. Stephens Green the biggest park in the middle of town. So if your trip to the Super Show is going to be coupled with some serious downtime then this hotel should be on your list. Everything is available on your doorstep; pubs, restaurants, sight-seeing and fashionable shopping on Grafton Street.

Being a Hilton Hotel the standards are maintained to a high level. With so many restaurants nearby however it’s unlikely you’ll indulge yourself at either Alex’s or Alfies’ eateries that can both be found on the premises, although we’d thoroughly recommend both of them.

Of all the official hotels this one is closest to where the touristy action is but is furthest away from the RDS.  Don’t let that put you off though as the venue is just a 5-10 minute drive with normal traffic.

Wi-fi is free in public areas such as the lobby, restaurants and the business centre. If you want it in your room expect to pay €18.95 for 24 hours or €6.95 for an hour for cabled access.

Best for: Excellent service, amenities and nearby city life.

Feeling Flush?

If you are feeling flush after a win at Dublin’s best casino – The Fitzwilliam Card & Casino Club, why not splash out on a room at the five star Shelbourne Hotel or the five star Merrion Hotel. Both offer world class accommodation and dining.

The Shelbourne:
http://www.marriott.co.uk/hotels/travel/dubbr-the-shelbourne-dublin-a-renaissance-hotel/

The Merrion:
http://www.merrionhotel.com/

Dublin on a restricted budget?

If on the other hand you’re keeping an eye on your cash, there are many other B&Bs around the area of D4 which is where the Super Show is held. You can search online for B&B in Dublin 2 (D2) area and Dublin 4 (D4). D2 is closer to the city centre and D4 is just a bit further out but closer to the exhibition centre. Almost all are very well established businesses and in beautiful Georgian buildings. Feel free to contact our team if you wish some advise from locals.

Summary

It’s clear to see that the hotels selected to partner the Show are of a very good standard, and no matter which hotel you choose you will be well looked after.  Here in Dublin we pride ourselves on providing a very high level of personal service and this is certainly the case at these hotels.

COMING UP IN THE NEXT BLOG…

How to get around Dublin…we take a look at transport; from getting from the airport, to finding your way around the city streets, we look at the options available.