Reviews of Number 31
Jeffrey Fried on 19-Nov-2012:
My wife and I had the great fortune to stay at Number 31 during two separate visits to Dublin last week. Number 31 is in an excellent location, within walking distance to St Stephen’s Green, Trinity College, and Grafton Street shopping. The B&B is architecturally interesting, blending old Irish/Georgian, with modern furnishings. The rooms were large and comfortable, with excellent beds and linens, and modern bathrooms. But the most outstanding feature of this B&B is the unbelievable friendliness and caring of the hosts, and the employees. The proprietor Noel, welcomed us with a hospitality which we have rarely experienced in our many travels. Although the Irish are amongst the most friendly people we have come across in our worldwide travels, he treated us truly like family. We were in Dublin to visit our daughter, who was studying at Trinity College for the semester. Even though she was not a guest at Number 31, he treated her as if she was not only a guest, but part of his family, asking her to come to breakfast with us each day. The breakfasts are outstanding, with many choices of full Irish breakfast, various permutations of eggs and omelets, frittatas, Irish oatmeal with honey, home baked breads, cereals, all of which were delicious. The food seems to be prepared by a true chef, not just a B&B owner with an interest in cooking. The breakfasts were the best we had in Ireland. Stay at Number 31 for the lovely furnishings, great location, incredible breakfasts- but most of all, stay for the warm welcoming hospitality of Noel, his wife, and their staff.
Lynnette Monteiro on 18-Nov-2012:
Four of us girls stayed at Number 31 during November 2012 and it was absolutely perfect ! Every single member of staff we met made us feel so welcome. It had a real 'home from home' feel and nothing was too much trouble. The small touches are always the most important for us and there were too many to name but some that come to mind were; the complimentary water, fresh coffee, hot pots of tea accompanied by gorgeous 'fresh out of the oven' signature cake, late check out and I could go on... The icing on the cake was being in a beautiful, stylish georgian house which was contemporary and boutique but also cosy and welcoming. We will definitely be returning ! Thank you Noel and the team Lynnette, Fiona, Anita and Lisa
charles layfield on 17-Nov-2012:
Owner Comer was charming, entertaining, helpful and accommodating. The room we stayed in was very sizable, a little hot, a little noisy, very clean and adequately furnished (adequate only in that it was not jammed with furnishings- only the things most travelers would need or desire). Challenging to locate, even with GPS (unmarked outside). Food very nice and tasty. Front desk unresponsive at night. Would definitely stay again.
Madeleine Niel on 17-Nov-2012:
Lovely rooms, great hospitality, wonderful breakfast!
Sarah Pothecary on 12-Nov-2012:
Wonderful breakfast. And the tea and freshly baked biscuits on arrival after a long transatlantic flight were very welcome.
Beth Gardiner on 5-Nov-2012:
I loved my stay @ No. 31 & look forward to coming back again & again. Beth, London
Lucy Ellis on 4-Nov-2012:
Number 31 is extraordinarily stylish with its unique combination of beautiful Georgian house and architect-designed 1950s entrance lounge. Yet the welcome is the warmest possible - Noel treats you like an old friend - and every need is catered to. There's always a fire burning in the hearth of the cosy lounge and we were able to ask for tea whenever we wanted. The breakfasts are amazing with dishes to meet every taste. Our room was beautiful and the bed really soft and comfortable. Only one tiny gripe - the designer lighting is so low in the bathroom that we couldn't see properly to shave, put on make up and so on. Easy to remedy though and we'd certainly recommend this well located but peaceful gem,
Samuel Steelman on 29-Oct-2012:
This was our first stay in Ireland and it was most enjoyable. Noah and his employees made our visit one that was hard to surpass. Breakfast was the best we had in our 3 weeks in Ireland
Jill Lesser on 29-Oct-2012:
We lived it. Perfect location; fabulous bfast and extremely helpful host.
Hotel Guest on 29-Oct-2012:
Loved the hotel, felt very homey, comfortable, great location, fabulous breakfasts, everyone was so helpful and kind. I would recommend Number 31 very highly
Christopher Linford on 26-Oct-2012:
Both myself and my girlfriend were very pleased with the quality of Number31. Our stay was very enjoyable and would stay again for sure. Excellent service, clean well kept rooms and amazing breakfasts! All of the staff were very nice and extremely helpful, highly reccommended. Number31 is in a very good location, close enough to walk in to town (through St Stephens Green) and only a short bus journey over the river or further within Dublin.
CELSO CANAL LOPEZ on 23-Oct-2012:
My stay at Number 31 Was on of the best experiences i've ever had in a hotel. Everything was marvellous: the beautiful and cozy room, the building, the hosts and the staff and, of course, the wonferful breakfast.
Hotel Guest on 23-Oct-2012:
Every aspect of my stay at Number 31 far exceeded my expectations. The premises and rooms were in an excellent location of Dublin, comfortable, and contained all the amenities I needed; the staff were friendly, very helpful (particularly in recommending places in the Dublin area and assisting me with all my needs), and demonstrated excellent customer service qualities; and the breakfast was stellar every morning. Should I visit the Dublin area again, I will gladly look into another reservation at Number 31, and will also recommend it to anyone should friends/family visit there.
Christophe Péry on 22-Oct-2012:
À notre arrivée au Number 31, accompagnés par notre fils étudiant à Dublin et logé sur le campus, notre hôte a spontanément invité ce dernier à nous rejoindre pour le breakfast, le temps de notre séjour. Ce que celui-ci n’a pas manqué de faire, pour son plus grand plaisir… Ce geste suffit à illustrer l’humanité de ce lieu – qui s’exprime également à travers l’harmonie de son décor et la gentillesse de son personnel –, à l’opposé de l’habituelle standardisation hôtelière.
Umar Mushtaq on 22-Oct-2012:
Hello, Sorry for the massive delay in getting this to you (3 months!) - things have been crazy and then the email got lost in time, until now! Anyway, enough excuses and on with my thoughts about my stay at Number 31 (use it whole, cut it up or whatever you feel like): From the moment you enter No.31 you know you're somewhere just that little bit more special. You feel the lush cosiness of your own home as you wander through the halls or the light airiness of the dining area and even the outdoor garden space between the two buildings is beautifully packed. Upon arrival I was warmly greeted with tea and cake and left to have a little alone time to gather myself as I took in the wondrous space that was the entrance room. I was then given an overview of the city, able to ask about the things I was most interested in and given an informative map that pretty much showed me the location of everything I'd want to see in central Dublin. Then I was taken to my room which was cosy and the bed simply divine, just what you'd need after spending all that time out and about. The staff were always close by if I needed them and at other times were discreet and simply let me enjoy the place like it was my own home. The hotel is also minutes away from St Stephens Green so you're in the middle of Dublin but just on the fringes of the beautiful cacophony that is Dublin city centre. What more could you want? Definitely a place I'll recommend to friends and likely the only place I'll stay at when in Dublin. Thank you for helping to make my first time in Dublin that extra bit special.
Barbara J Dreyer on 22-Oct-2012:
This was my second stay at No. 31. It was fabulous. It was like returning home. Wouldn't stay anywhere else in Dublin and would recommend it to anyone who wants fabulous service, accommodations and the best breakfast in all of Dublin.
Hotel Guest on 21-Oct-2012:
A wonderful place - beautiful, comfortable and welcoming. Great breakfasts, fantastic recommendations of places to visit/eat, and generally a really nice atmosphere. The only thing which would have improved our stay was larger towels, and bathrobes.
Christie Helmer on 20-Oct-2012:
Number 31 felt like home. Too small a B&B feels uncomfortable too me, and I don't like larger impersonal hotels. But this was perfect. I felt like a member of the family but didn't hae to do any chores--they were all graciously done for me! Noel even knew where the antique furniture street was and took the time to map it out for me even though there were lots of other demands on him at the time. The one thing it really needs to change though is reading lights. I stayed in two different rooms, and visited others, and the light was not strong enough in any of the rooms to read by. Either higher wattage light bulbs need to be used or, if the lamps will not accommodate that, new lamps are needed. This was really a problem for me as I really like to end the night by reading. Fix this and you can leavve this part out of the review!
Andreas Biesinger on 19-Oct-2012:
I really enjoyed my recent stay at Number 31. The room was very nice and the house well looked after. The breakfast was awesome. Hope to be back soon!
Hotel Guest on 15-Oct-2012:
Thank you very much! You made my stay in Dublin unforgettable, with fabulous service and attentiveness, cosy atmosphere and - last but not least - the substantial breakfast.
Krispin Fay on 15-Oct-2012:
I can't say enough about the lovely experience I had at Number 31. From the minute of my arrival they welcomed me, served me Breakfast, and gave me information on Dublin. Most helpful when you are a single Lady traveler. I highly recommend them and hope to return in the near future
Candice Davis on 11-Oct-2012:
We had high expectations coming into Number 31, and the building and staff soared above and beyond anything we could have imagined for our vacation. We couldn't say Thank you enough!
Hotel Guest on 7-Oct-2012:
Delicious breakfast, room was small but comfortable. Very noisy, even with window shut and heavy drapes closed. Traffic and people walking home late at night was loud enough to wake us up.
Aaron Vaughan on 4-Oct-2012:
Lovely experience, our room was gorgeous and breakfast was handled quickly as we had a plane to catch. Perfect walking distance to downtown Dublin, and staff was helpful, courteous and personal.
Paul Pearce on 1-Oct-2012:
what a treat staying at Number 31 was. We had high expectations and they were delivered. Charming, gracious and generous were our hosts. Superior room allowed us to relax at the beginning and end of our days. It felt like the home of good friends - sitting in front of the fire in the sunked living room, reading the newspaper after breakfast. Thanks so much to Noel and Linda
Robert Scheufler on 30-Sep-2012:
Accommodations were very modern, comfortable and the location was perfect. Whether you wanted to walk the streets, which was our preferred mode of transport, or use public transportation this is the place. We only stayed one night; however, everyone in our party wanted to stay longer, and this was only our first night in Ireland. I cannot say enough about the breakfast and the hosts. When we return this will be our first choice!
Brian Drew on 29-Sep-2012:
Great location, clean rooms, friendly people, awesome breakfast
Hotel Guest on 26-Sep-2012:
We liked very much the design of the hotel lobby; we appreciated also the personal touch of the owner!
Hotel Guest on 25-Sep-2012:
This was my third time staying @ the #31-Each time it gets better!
Lynn Nixon on 24-Sep-2012:
Upon arrival, Noel welcomed us with open arms, gave us a tour of the guest house with its beautiful garden and made us feel comfortable. It was a delight to hear his stories about the history of Number 31 and the city of Dublin. as well as the helpful insider tips on places to visit. I loved our room, pleasant and cozy, with everything we needed to relax after a long flight. Breakfast was superb, a great way to start each day with a variety of fresh, delicious food, and afternoon tea in the garden was a good way to recharge our energy for evening activities. The staff was polite, helpful, and friendly. Overall a perfect combination. Thanks for making our time in Dublin a wonderful memory for years to come!!
David Robins on 24-Sep-2012:
Very comfortable, very convenient. Friendly and helpful staff and excellent breakfast. The only drawback is that there is no bar.
Hotel Guest on 23-Sep-2012:
Number 31 is a great B&B located in a lovely area of Dublin. It is close enough to walk to Grafton St. & St. Stephen's Green but far enough away to be quiet and serene. Noel welcomed us with true Irish hospitality & gave us suggestions that made our sightseeing in Dublin simple & stree-free. We enjoyed the restaurants & pubs he suggested. Breakfast at Number 31 was delicious. Parking included was a big plus. We look forward to our next stay!
Camilla FitzGibbon on 23-Sep-2012:
Stylish rooms and fantastic breakfasts but what really makes it is the hospitality of the owner and staff.
Françoise Wacquez on 20-Sep-2012:
Charming hostel but the best are the owner and the irlanders! Really nice people!
Hotel Guest on 14-Sep-2012:
The room was quite comfortable and the breakfast was, as promised, delicious. Service was consistently friendly.
neil buckley on 14-Sep-2012:
Delightful place to stay; real top hotel quality but with a genuine personal touch that hotels cannot deliver. One pice of advice is that if bright lights affect you avoid the 4th floor rooms. My room was really lovely but the final stairs have stylish uplighters set on each side of the steps and when walking down the stairs you can find yourself looking directly down into these bright lights. I know that for my wife for exmple this could trigger a migraine. Serving breakfast at the long tables rather than impersonal separate tables is a nice touch and epitomises the friednly but professional charm.
Michael Marks on 11-Sep-2012:
We had a grand vacation in Ireland which concluded with two days at Number 31. It was the perfect place to unwind and enjoy. The staff was very attentive. Our accommodations were luxurious and the Irish breakfast hit the spot. The courtyards were well designed and meticulously kept. They provided quiet and beauty for needed tranquility. Will return to Number 31 when we return to Dublin.
Elizabeth Koelndorfer on 10-Sep-2012:
Fantastic hotel! Super friendly and nice staff. You feel like your staying with friends. Really lovely and charming inside with modern features. The breakfast is freshly made For you and is delicious! We will stay here next time were in Dublin!
Hotel Guest on 5-Sep-2012:
Number 31 is the best of all worlds ( and something a bit different) in the heart of Dublin. We stayed 2 nights in a fine room in the atmospheric Georgian house, then through a spectacular urban garden courtyard to the bright airy reception and breakfast room. A great welcome when we arrived around 11am and a generous offer of smoked salmon and scrambled eggs while our room was being prepared. It doesn't get much better than this and we won't be looking for anything else in Dublin from now on !
Hotel Guest on 2-Sep-2012:
Wonderful! The room was very comfortable, but a little noisy since we were on the street side (but not really an issue for us). Of all our breakfasts in Ireland, No. 31 was the best. All the staff was very welcoming. We will definitely recommend No. 31 to all our friends.
Hotel Guest on 30-Aug-2012:
Loved the hotel and our stay - we felt so welcome!
Tricia Welker on 28-Aug-2012:
The rooms were spacious the breakfast very good. Staff outstanding. We had a family emergency and had to change reservations around and Number 31 could not have been more accomodating. Would stay here anytime!
John Young on 26-Aug-2012:
We were hungry and tired when we arrived at Number 31, in the late morning. We were pleasantly greeted with the most wonderful breakfast, our room was almost ready and a relaxing peat fire in the living room. What a great welcome to Ireland!
Hotel Guest on 25-Aug-2012:
Beautiful hotel - lovely garden, relaxing lounge in front of fire and a smashing breakfast in the morning! Great shower in the bathroom and comfiest beds in Ireland! Lovely to have complimentary tea/coffee on request. Only slight negative is that we stayed in a room on the ground floor right by the front door of the Georgian part and it was very noisy with the door shutting constantly (think it was the heaviness of the door and the latch!). But other than that, a wonderful stay. We would thoroughly recommend and are hoping to return at some point!
Michael McCarthy on 21-Aug-2012:
This is a great place to stay once you find it. It is off the beaten path but yet walking distance to most things one would want to see in Dublin. Rooms are quite nice and is a wonderful place to meet other at the inviting breakfast tables. Very nice hosts who go out of their way to help you.
Hotel Guest on 21-Aug-2012:
The owners of Number 31 are wonderful, friendly and very helpful providing area info. They serve the best Irish breakfast. Ask for a room over looking the lovely garden. My only complaint is that our room was overlooking a busy street but it was very spacious, and clean.
Christopher Morin on 20-Aug-2012:
Excellent service. Excellent breakfast. All around excellence. Loved the atmosphere, architecture and character of the building.
Hotel Guest on 20-Aug-2012:
Our stay at Number 31 was a fantastic start to our honeymoon! Thank you for the tea and cookies upon arrival: they were very much needed! Breakfast the next morning was outstanding.
Hotel Guest on 15-Aug-2012:
Excellent accomodations.... friendly, helpful staff, delicious breakfast. Highly recommended
Hotel Guest on 15-Aug-2012:
We loved every aspect of Number 31. We had a lovely room and enjoyed the great breakfasts. All the staff were excellent and that clearly comes from the example set at the top. Two areas for improvement would be to provide bath sheets rather than the small bath towels, and to fit more shelving in the bathrooms, for toiletries, etc.