4.0 out of 5

"Staff could not have been more accommodating, especially a young woman named Kelsey who expertly answered all my queries about buses, how to get to th ... " More

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Hotel Description

Academy Plaza Hotel puts you in the heart of City Centre North, steps from Gate Theatre and within a 10-minute stroll of Garden of Remembrance. Highlights at this hotel include 2 restaurants, a bar/lounge, and a conference center.

LCD TVs with cable channels are featured in all 304 rooms, and you can enjoy free WiFi, coffee/tea makers, and safes. Nice touches to enhance your stay include soaking tubs and free toiletries. Room service, hair dryers, and phones are also available.

The restaurant, Oscars Restaurant, serves local cuisine and is open for breakfast. Conference space, meeting rooms, and a business center are among the business amenities offered. Additionally, you'll find free WiFi in public areas, a fitness center, and a coffee shop/café. Buffet breakfast is available daily between 7 AM and 10 AM. There's also the convenience of self parking.

Sights within a 10-minute walk of this 3-star City Centre Dublin hotel include Dublin Writers Museum and General Post Office.

Academy Plaza Hotel ratings based on 17 Verified Reviews

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4 out of 5

Great downtown location - lovely hotel

Pros: Location, staff, restaurant, comfort
Location: Everything --- restaurants, pubs, walking distance to the Liffey, to Trinity College, Temple Bar, shopping, museums, buses, taxi stand.
Staff could not have been more accommodating, especially a young woman named Kelsey who expertly answered all my queries about buses, how to get to the airport, and more. She explained the airport departure system to me--one goes through US Immigration in Dublin. She provided several helpful tips about the location of the coffeeshops and so on.

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017

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5 out of 5

Location, location, location!

While this hotel is not a five star in terms of a grand lobby or extra amenities the Academy Plaza was 5-star in meeting our needs on our first trip to Dublin. We were interested in sightseeing on the Hop-on Hop-off buses and day trips out of Dublin and the hotels location on a quiet street just off busy O'Connell Street was perfect. It is a block away from the tour buses and the reasonably priced Airlink bus to and from the airport. There are also excellent pubs within a block or two. The staff was very friendly and helpful, the rooms clean and the beds good. Some reviews have mentioned the small size of the rooms, but our room was not small by European standards and we were not there to spend time in the room anyway! We enjoyed the breakfast in the dining room and had a nice take out one evening. I would definitely stay here again and would recommend it to anyone looking for a nice place at a moderate price.

Posted by , from Cameron, SC on Nov 12, 2016

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4 out of 5

Very nice

Pros: The hotel was very nice and clean. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The restaurant and pub were nice, and the food was very good.
Cons: My room was very clean but small. I requested a single bed so I received a small room with a tiny shower. My friend got a room with two beds and he had a large bathroom with a tub and shower. I am not complaining. The choice was mine but if I had known that the bathroom / shower would be so small I would have spent a few extra dollars for a bigger room. I have seen 5th wheel trailers with bigger bathrooms. The shower was literally the size of a phone booth.
Location: Location was awesome. Right in the city center. Dozens and dozens of restaurants and pubs to choose from. Everything within walking distance.

Posted by , from North Maine on Oct 22, 2016

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2 out of 5

A big disappointment

The room was very, very tiny. The double bed nearly filled all of the space. The bath/shower was very difficult to get into and its floor was slippery. The handicapped bar was mounted very low and useless for a shower user. If you are a tourist, stay on the other side of the river where most of the interesting attractions are.

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016

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3 out of 5

Expensive night for a very small room

Although overall the hotel was very nice, our room was tiny and for the cost a disappointment.

Posted by , from New Hampshire on Jul 11, 2016

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5 out of 5

Great hotel close to everything!

This hotel boasts a great staff, very helpful! The hotel is close enough to walk to many attractions. We loved our stay here.

Posted by , from Missouri on Jun 3, 2016

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5 out of 5

Great value for money

Pros: Price, service, breakfast, cleanliness
Cons: Temperature control in the guest rooms.
Location: In city center just off O'Connell St.
I highly recommend this hotel it is a great value for the money. We opted for the breakfast, and there was a great selection of freshly prepared items. The baked goods were wonderful! My party consisted of myself (age 47) and my Mom (age 69). We are early risers and consequently go to bed early (by 10pm). There is a nightclub next door to the hotel with an outdoor patio featuring live music and a large LED screen. We checked in on a Saturday and we we came in at 8pm there was a large crowd outside enjoying the live band. It was incredibly loud, even with the window closed. In addition there was no way to run the fan in the room to alleviate the stuffiness. We complained to the front desk and after three phone calls we were moved to a new (larger!) room on the other side of the building. So if you plan to retire early, be wary of the nightclub next door!

Posted by , from Queens, NY on May 12, 2016

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4 out of 5

Hot Convenient Dublin hotel

Pros: Value for money, great for airport transport, stores, cafes etc close by.
Cons: Lighting in room and bathroom.
Location: Actual location is not great at night. A fast 20 minute walk to Grafton Street.
Hotel is good value. It is a 20 minute fast walk to city center. Airport coach stops right outside hotel which is great. Amenities are pretty basic but for the price it's great. Lighting is not great in the bedroom for reading or bathroom for putting on make up etc.

Posted by , from burlingame,ca on Dec 29, 2015

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5 out of 5

Nice hotel.close to everything that u want to do.

We stayed for a week and all the staff I encountered was all accommodating.

Posted by , from new hersey on Dec 6, 2015

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4 out of 5

A bad made good

Pros: Close to everything downtown dublin
Cons: Get rid of those very small rooms.
Location: Too numerous to mention. If there for at least two days definitely get on hope on/off bus. For 3 more bucks you get to use it for 2days
When my husband and I got to hotel earlier than check in we eventually got a room a bit earlier but was one that came available. It was right over the lobby. My husband heard the movement of luggage and doors opening and closing all night long. Plus the room was very small. He told the front desk of his experience and we were moved to the 7th floor to a much bigger, quieter room for our last night in Dublin so we were very happy.......a potential very bad made good.

Posted by , from richmond, va on Dec 5, 2015

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Property Features

There are 2 restaurants on site, along with a coffee shop/café. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Business amenities include a business center and meeting rooms. A computer station is on site and WiFi is free in public spaces. A fitness center, tour/ticket assistance, and multilingual staff are also featured at the business-friendly Academy Plaza Hotel. For a fee, parking is available. A complete renovation of Academy Plaza Hotel was completed in February 2017. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this 3-star City Centre North hotel.

  • 304 guestrooms or units
  • 7 levels
  • 2 dining venues
  • 5 conference rooms
  • Built in 1999
  • Bar or lounge
  • Coffee shop
  • Conference center
  • Business facilities
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Wedding services available
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Television in lobby
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • Smoking in designated areas

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Self parking (surcharge) , Offsite parking discounted rates available


  • Airport: Dublin (DUB) (11.4 km / 7.1 mi)
  • Train station: Dublin Tara Street Station (1.2 km / 0.8 mi)
  • Metro station: Abbey Street Station (0.6 km / 0.4 mi)
  • Parking: Self parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Academy Plaza Hotel offers 304 air-conditioned accommodations with safes and coffee/tea makers. LCD televisions come with cable channels. Bathrooms include bathtubs or showers with deep soaking bathtubs, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. This City Centre North hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones. Additionally, rooms include irons/ironing boards and blackout drapes/curtains. Housekeeping is offered daily and hypo-allergenic bedding can be requested.

  • Deep soaking tub
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • LCD television
  • Cable channels
  • Coffee maker
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy buffet breakfast daily from 7 AM to 10 AM.

Oscars Restaurant - This restaurant specializes in local cuisine and serves breakfast only. Open daily.

Plaza Bar & Grill - This bistro specializes in local cuisine and serves dinner only. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Open daily.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.


If you need to make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when booking your stay.

  • Roll-in shower
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 2:30 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! One child 2 years old or younger stays free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.


  • No pets allowed


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cribs (infant beds) available


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for buffet breakfast: EUR 15 per person (approximately)
  • Self parking fee: EUR 12,50 per day
  • Nearby parking fee: EUR 12.50 per 24 hours
  • Late check-out fee: EUR 20.00

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

You should know

  • One child 2 years old or younger stays free in the same room as the parent or guardian when using existing bedding.

National Rating

Fáilte Ireland (The National Tourism Development Authority) assigns an official star rating for accommodations in Ireland. This Hotel property is rated 3 stars.