After a very long flight, really only 6 hours from NYC but felt like more, we landed, grabbed the bags and off we went on the one of many double-decker buses to the city of Dublin. AirCoach double-decker bus is only 6 euros one way to get to downtown and from my perch in the upper front seat, it was thrilling/frightening to see just how close the driver could get to the car/bus in front of him (I’m guessing less than an inch) and how he could maneuver the big rig through Dublin’s curvy tiny streets. With the entire downtown all torn up and under construction for streetcars being built, it was traffic cones galore for the bus to avoid. WTF-who tears up the Entire Fauking City?? Hint-do it block by block Dublin urban planners. Pedestrians beware-those buses go fast and do not stop—look left for oncoming traffic and cross with the lights in a group-safety in numbers!
After sweating and silently screaming just a little bit, we were dropped off a block from the hotel and in the midst of Freshers Week at Trinity College near our hotel, The Westin. Freshers are the college freshman who were packing the streets to get enrolled and meet/greet with upper classmen. We learned to avoid this block as we walked Dublin. Red heads are everywhere. The ginger runs strong in Ireland.
After the long flight, we decided to check in and take a quick nap before heading out for our first adventure. The wake-up call was quite interesting—a loud banging on our door and the guest clerk subsequently opening up the door just a little bit to ensure we were indeed awake. This was certainly personal service. As we were dead to the world with jet lag, we appreciated their dedication to making sure we got our asses out of bed to see the city.
Exiting the hotel after nap time, we asked the doorman to verify that where we were going was on the next block. Instead of just pointing as most would do, he proceeded to walk us to the corner, talking and assisting the whole way. Now, here’s a guy who has been trained in world class customer service. Never point when you can show. I appreciated his efforts.
BTW, we got breakfast buffet included in the Westin package and the next day after a 12 hour catch-up sleep, it was delicious. Lots of pastries, Irish soda bread to toast, Irish cheeses and Irish yogurt. Yes, there was fruit but it just didn’t call to me like the carb and dairy offerings.
All in all, the Dublin Westin delighted this weary jet-lagged traveler.