They’re a discerning bunch at iGaming Business.

Like some kind of talent show judges they’ve chopped three official Super Show hotels from the list after they failed to cut the mustard one way or another last year. It obviously takes a lot to impress our very own Simon Cowells!

Chosen based on their proximity, price, quality and all-round goodness are the Bewleys Hotel in Ballsbridge and the Conrad in the City Centre. Plus there’s the addition of the Sandymount Hotel to offer a rounded range of hotels to choose from.

Of course we rarely, in fact never, stay in hotels in Dublin – who stays in hotels in their own city? – but we’ve done our research, read some books, spoken to the tourist board and, like a modern-day Top Cat, tipped the concierges with a Euro-on-a-string to get the lowdown on each hotel.

As you would expect all three 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

Part of the Bewleys Group which has a number of hotels in the city to it’s name, this hotel is perfectly located for a short stroll to the venue at the RDS. Depending how quick you can walk, or how hungover you may be from the, ahem.. networking the night before, it should only take you five minutes to get there.

If you have a neck that a blowtorch couldn’t make red then you could of course get a taxi but you’ll probably wait longer on it arriving than it would take to walk.

As for the hotel itself it 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

Conrad Hotel, Rated Five Star

Yes, count them. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5 stars. That means if you’re used to a certain level of lifestyle or just fancy indulging yourself whilst away from home then the Hilton Conrad Hotel is for you.

It may be a 10-minute ride in a cab (approx. €20) but it’s well worth the step up in class if you like that kind of thing.

The Conrad is expected to be a popular choice for the Super Show, meaning there hasn’t been as many gamblers in a Hilton since Paris last visited Las Vegas. Boom boom!

As you’d expect from a top-rated Hilton Hotel the standards are extremely high, as evidenced at the sumptuous Alex’s and Alfie’s restaurants, both of which are thoroughly recommended.

That said, there’s plenty of eateries nearby to satisfy even the most fussiest of palates from McDonalds to a traditional Irish Pizzeria!

The hotel is 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.

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 €5.00 for 24 hours.

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

Sandymount Hotel

History was never our strong point at school but one thing we do know is that there weren’t too many ‘dry’ hotels in Dublin. But amazingly the Sandymount Hotel, formerly known as the “Temperance Hotel” did not have a public bar – that, in a building sited on an old distillery too!

Fortunately there’s no such ideology enforced in 2012 and the Sandymount has a modern but homely bar and restaurant to compliment it’s Victorian history.

The hotel is family-run and has all the amenities you’d expect form a surprising big boutique hotel. And don’t miss the gut-busting Irish breakfast in the morning – that will set you up for the day.

The walk from hotel to RDS is optimistically described as ‘leisurely’. Depends how you like your leisure I guess – but give yourself 10-15 minutes. A cab will set you back under €10 so that might be your best option.

Wi-fi is free throughout the hotel which always helps.

Best for: A warm welcome and a cold pint of Guinness (cheaper than in town too).

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 advice 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.

To book one of the official hotels don’t forget to visit the iGaming site; http://www.igbaffiliatehotels.com/

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.