So, every few months, an email from someone working at (or for) a hotel clatters into my inbox. They generally include an offer of a room for a night in exchange for a review.
A lot of the time, I’ll reply back with an ‘I’d love to, but I’m not going to be in X county for months’.
But every once and a while, as was the case with Lough Eske Castle and several others, I’ll say yes.
Now, I’ve never been offered a room in a hotel in Dublin, which is why I jumped at the invitation to stay at the slightly quirky Mont Hotel.
Don’t worry – I’ll stop sh*ting on now and hop straight into the review!
The Mont, Dublin: Should you spend the night?
We arrived at the Mont at around half 8 in the evening a couple of Saturdays ago.
We’d spent the previous 5 hours in the Palace Bar on Fleet Street (seriously tasty Guinness in that place) and time just seemed to evaporate – as it tends to when you’ve been chatting and tipping away at pints – so we ended up checking in much later than expected.
Anyway, we sauntered in through the reception and copped the little beaut in the photo above absolutely flaked out next to the check-in desk.
Her name’s Monty. And she lounges around the reception area throughout the day just chilling. She’s a gorgeous little thing, but pretty shy. So we admired from afar.
The rooms at the Mont
We took the elevator up one floor to our room. When we stepped out of the lift, the first thing that caught my attention was the carpet and wallpaper.
it was a bit gack.
I’ve been to a lot of hotels where the reception area and the lounge look five star, and then everything else looks much less cared for, and I feared that this was going to be the case with the Mont.
It was spotlessly clean, don’t get me wrong, but it just felt like there was a disconnect between the funky design in the reception area and the next floor up.
However, after popping open the door and sticking my head inside, I was more than pleasantly surprised.
I’m by no means exaggerating when I say that this was hands-down the comfiest room that I’ve ever stayed in.
Literally. I’ve been to a lot of hotels in Ireland and plenty more abroad, but this one was the cosiest.
Sleeping in the bed you’ll see in the photo above was like being swallowed by a cloud. The blackout blinds were a nice touch, also.
The shower was also pretty damn good – it was one of those rain forest jobs that makes you feel like you’re cheating on your shower at home.
Bar and food
So, I can’t actually comment on the food or the bar, as we didn’t have dinner or drinks.
I did nip my head into the bar (‘the Sin Bin‘) that evening, though, for a little nosey.
On the night that I had a look in it was pretty quiet, but it’s likely that people are still only starting to discover that it’s there (the Mont was heavily refurbished and reopened in August, 2019).
It looked like the ideal spot if you had a group of 6 or 7 mates looking to watch a match, as there were a few big booths facing out onto a chunky flatscreen TV.
The Mont is finely located a stone’s throw from heaps of attractions.
If you’ll overlook the ropey design skills in the graphic above you’ll see the hotel (the little red pointer) and everywhere from Trinity College to the Little Museum of Dublin nearby.
Very handy for those of you visiting Dublin and looking to make this place your base for a night or two.
I’d have no hesitation in recommending the Mont.
The staff at reception were warm and friendly (actually, one of the cleaners that helped us with something on the Sunday morning was brilliant, also!), the room was stupidly comfy, and the location is top-notch.
How much a night will set you back
I whacked a couple of different dates into booking.com to suss out the prices:
- A Monday in October: €153
- A Wednesday in October: €153
- A Friday in October: €225
- A Saturday in October: €206
Have you stayed at the Mont? Let me know what you thought in the comment section below?
Our review policy
The folks at the Mont Hotel gave me a complimentary nights accommodation.
If the Month was crap, I’d tell you. I’d never do anything in exchange for a positive review. If I like something, I’ll say so. If I love it, I’ll do the same. If I think something’s muck and not worth you spending your hard-earned cash on it, I’ll shout it from the rooftop. Read more about our review policy here.
Keith O’Hara has lived in Ireland for 34 years and has spent most of the last 10 years creating what is now The Irish Road Trip guide. Over the years, the website has published thousands of meticulously researched Ireland travel guides, welcoming 30 million+ visitors along the way. In 2022, the Irish Road Trip team published the world’s largest collection of Irish Road Trip itineraries. Keith lives in Dublin with his dog Toby and finds writing in the 3rd person minus craic altogether.