Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Dublin: The Ashling

Hi! Dublin was our first stop on our honeymoon excursion! We landed, found our rental car and made our way to the Ashling Hotel. While it looked very much like most hotels in San Fran, we found it very modern but cozy. http://www.ashlinghotel.ie/
The lobby was lightly decorated for fall and Halloween and the floors were black and sparkled. Staff were really sweet and helped us figure out our sightseeing too! 
Our room was small but fancy and the bed was so comfy...as you can see we were tired ha ha! Staff even left us a congratulations card and some chocolates. Little did we know this was only the first of many chocolates on our trip he he!
 
From our room we could see the Guinness Storehouse sign. After cleaning up a bit we headed down to the bar area and got some food. Craig of course had his first Guinness in Ireland! 
We ordered a simple salad and Fish and Chips. YUM! The chips also came with some thick pea soup...which was actually really good! Later on in our trip I tried some at a pub and it was nowhere near this one....yuck lol! 
 

After a night of sleeping on a cloud we managed to make our way downstairs for breakfast. I've been to a few complimentary continental breakfasts before but this was impressive. 
Lots of bread, pastries, eggs, bacon and my favorite hot chocolate. 
Now I'm not talking about a jug of cocoa or a glass the server brings you...I'm talking about a chocolate fountain, of yum that I considered stealing...all for myself!! This thing constantly stirred the chocolate for optimum sweetness...plus there were marshmallows.
 
After breakfast we packed up and went for a walk to the Dublin Zoo and then to the Guinness Storehouse! Both were awesome and definitely a must see. 
My only regret on this trip was not allowing us more time in Dublin. There are a few things that we did not have time to see but I guess that means we will have to return some day!! 
-Bunny
PS. They also had these adorable jack-o-lanterns around the lobby!