The hotel was in a great location, 1 minute walk from Eyre Square.
Hotel doesn't provide parking, you need to park in a public multi-storey nearby which costs €12 per 24hrs, which means you can't take your car out to travel anywhere or it will cost you €12 again. There is a small side-street nearby, Frenchville Street. €2 p/h mon-sunday and works out ALOT cheaper if you find a space!
The hotel reception and bar itself was lovely- really nice decor in the Hyde Bar & Restaurant. The staff at front of house were pleasant also.
As for the breakfast in the Hyde bar, it states online and also whilst booking “Breakfast includes a wide selection freshly baked breads, cereals, crisp pastries and fruit”. Unfortunately this isn’t the case and we were really disappointed. We discovered this when we asked our server what the “continental breakfast” (which was written on the menu given to us) consisted of. He explained that there was none of the above being served because of COVID. I understand that many things have changed since COVID but please, take this down off the website as it is misleading and leaves very little options for breakfast. There were only 5 options on the breakfast menu… full irish fry, vegetarian fry, hot porridge, eggs and American pancakes. We requested apple juice on the first morning which was lovely. The second morning we also got apple juice which honestly tasted like apple flavoured water. Personally I do not think the breakfast is worth the extra money as of now given the current situation with such a limited menu.
The rooms… a step up from basic but that’s about it. As seen online there are Kerrygold Butter biscuits and ballygowan water in the rooms.. neither of these were provided and I don't see how there's any reason why this would be affected by COVID. There was also limescale on the exterior the the kettle. The view was shocking and so disappointing.. online there are rooms with lovely balconies etc and our view was of 4 walls.
The shades on all lamps were stained. Bed linen was nice and crisp but pillows more like bullets. We had an issue on the first night with our bed which led to an uncomfotable sleep but this was resolved the next day. The towels were nice and fluffy and white. As for the bathroom the shower/bath could most definitely do with an upgrade. The wood panel on the bath chipped and the paint peeling off, the same with the wood panel on the toilet. The toiletries are not the same as advertised on the website. There was no Paul Costelloe Linen toiletries or soap, instead it was a large some sort of organic bottle on the wall which was your shower gel and shampoo.
Overall, it's clean and fine if you are just looking for something basic to sleep in. All staff are pleasant. I would not rule out this hotel but it is most defenitely over-priced for what we got. I also agree with what others have said on here regarding price. It is not €6 cheaper as the prices on booking.com were still cheaper.
Please take one thing from this and stop advertising certain refreshments/toiletries online and not having them in the room.
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Response from Aisling L, Guest Services / Front Office at Forster Court Hotel
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent experience at the Forster Court Hotel. Whilst I was pleased to see your positive comments about our hotel, from our amazing location to our wonderful team I am sorry to read that your experience with us did not live up to your expectations. We strive to exceed our guests' expectations and only through this form of honest communication can we address any areas where we may not be fulfilling our potential. Your feedback is certainly valued and has been taken on board and I do hope we will have the opportunity to welcome you back, as I would love the opportunity to showcase the hotel in its true light. Best regards, Aisling Guest Relations Team
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