Review: Radisson Blu, Dublin Airport

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Staying overnight at Dublin airport offers a number of choice for hotels. However, there are only two on the actual airport and if sleep is important and you don’t want to be spending time in a mini-bus to a far flung part of the local area then the Radisson may be for you.

Radisson Blu Dublin Airport

To get to the hotel, you can walk (10-15 minutes) or get the shuttle. The shuttle operates every few minutes or on request. I usually arrive in Terminal 1, walk through the car park walkway and then turn left. There is a shelter for the Radisson Blu:

Radisson Blu Dublin Airport

I usually phone and ask for a pick-up. My last visit (last week), produced a 20 minute wait before the very apologetic driver arrived and those of us waiting were on the five minute journey to the hotel. There was a small queue at check-in but I was processed quickly. The agent confirmed that no upgrade had been made – I am Club Carlson Gold. This hotel exists on last minute bookings and I have probably been upgraded once in the ten times I have stayed in the past year. The hotel tells me it sells out so doesn’t upgrade, but as there was a personal note in the room it was clear that there was no chance of an upgrade whether or not they are sold out. The hotel has Business Class Rooms which have upgraded amenities as well as some suites.

There was only one lift working so there was a long wait. I was given a room on the second floor.

I received the basic room I had booked. The sofa was indeed a sofa bed. The welcome amenity were the 4 chocolates on the bed.

Radisson Blu Dublin Airport

The WiFi is free and you log in with your name and room number. However, it does drop you after some time and so I could not download the movies I had planned to watch the next day as it kept forcing me to log back in every 15-20 minutes. I am sure it saves them bandwidth but it’s pretty annoying.

Many of the rooms have no air-conditioning and even those that have it have had it turned off due to upgrades.


The bathroom features a full sized bath, as well as a shower head. There are plenty of towels in the bathroom and standard Radisson amenities.

Radisson Blu Dublin Airport

I slept well and was up for the 4am bus the next morning. Check-out was easy with the agent giving me a paper copy of the bill.

A complaint I have made before is that the furniture is soiled and grubby – this is an example.

Radisson Blu Dublin Airport

Overall, it’s a poor to average hotel that doesn’t reach the level of other Radisson Blu properties and seems to live on its location, making it unwilling or unready to improve the facility or service.


Release Date

28 November 2015

Good Points

The hotel is located on the airport at Dublin. This means that in good weather you can walk to the property form the terminals. Their shuttle bus is frequent and runs to both terminals normally.
The sound suppressing windows work well and it is normal to get a decent nights sleep.
You can earn Club Carlson points by staying there.

Bad Points

The property is tired - most of the rooms have not been renovated.
They never upgrade Club Carlson elites.
Some of the furniture is dirty and stained.
When I stayed there one lift was out of action and there was no air conditioning.






Overall Rating


if you need a short stay and don't want to travel to the more distant properties then stay here, but don't expect much.


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