Close your eyes and picture the scene. Your flight from Dublin Airport is scheduled to depart at 09:00 and you’ve left the house (by car) in plenty of time, but…as well as the rush-hour traffic; there’s been an accident. The tailbacks are huge and minute-by-minute you see the time dwindling away. A frantic rush through the airport, security has held you back for not putting your 100ml liquids in plastic bags, and the plane leaves without you…disaster! There’s definitely an easier option than driving on flight day! If you have an early morning flight from Dublin Airport, you should consider a Stay, Park and Fly package with CityNorth Hotel.
STAY, PARK AND FLY AT CITYNORTH HOTEL
Dublin Airport is a 2.5 hour drive from our home, therefore we’ve never felt the need to stay at any of the Dublin Airport Hotels the night before our flight. If you’ve been following Around The World In 18 Years travels for some time, you will know that Mummy has a habit of booking the cheapest flights possible. More often than not the flight leaves at the most outrageous hour of the day. Our recent family holiday to Italy provided us with the perfect opportunity to try out the Stay, Park and Fly option with CityNorth Hotel, located just 20 minutes from Dublin Airport. You will find many Dublin Airport Hotels (and hotels situated close to Dublin Airport) offer a Stay, Park and Fly service. The CityNorth Hotel just so happens to be in the perfect location for us travelling from the North of Ireland.
IS STAY, PARK AND FLY EXPENSIVE
Our stay at CityNorth Hotel was gifted but it was still important for us to see if the Stay, Park and Fly provided good value for money to the hotel’s paying customers. Although we didn’t check out prices for every single Dublin Airport Hotel that offered Stay, Park and Fly, we did compare CityNorth Hotel with four of the most popular Dublin Airport Hotels. Prices ranged from a reasonable €199 to a whopping €351! CityNorth Hotel Stay, Park and Fly package, like-for-like for the same period; came in at an astonishingly low price of €131, by far the cheapest in our comparison search. Parking is free for the first 7 days and charged at €3 per day thereafter.
STAY, PARK AND FLY vs LONG TERM PARKING
It was also important for us to compare CityNorth Hotel to our normal option of Long Term Parking at Dublin Airport. When comparing the Stay, Park and Fly against Long Term Parking with Dublin Airport ,we found that the price difference was just €20! So, if my Math is correct; that would mean that you can have a Family Room at the 4* CityNorth Hotel, the night before your early morning flight from Dublin Airport; for only €20 more than the cost of long term parking at Dublin Airport. So, with that in mind…why wouldn’t you?
WHY BOOK CITYNORTH HOTEL STAY, PARK AND FLY PACKAGE?
You may find yourself asking why you should book a CityNorth Hotel Stay, Park and Fly Package? For us, we have to say that the CityNorth Hotel Stay, Park and Fly is great value for money, and definitely convenient. Check in is from 15:00 which means you can start your holiday from the moment you arrive and settle in. After an evening meal and maybe a glass or two of vino, you can slope off to bed for an early night and grab a few extra hours of essential sleep ready for an early flight the following morning. There’s also the option of adding a Summer Package to your CityNorth Hotel Stay, Park and Fly package, full details can be found on the CityNorth Hotel website.
CITYNORTH HOTEL LOCATION
Located just 20 minutes north of Dublin Airport at Junction 7 on the M1, CityNorth Hotel is in a prime location making it the perfect hotel to stay in if you’re travelling from outside Dublin.
CITYNORTH HOTEL ACCOMMODATION FOR FAMILIES
Modern, stylish and welcoming, CityNorth Hotel (4*) offers family rooms and also interconnecting family rooms which can sleep up to 2 adults and 4 children. All of the rooms have free high speed Wi-Fi internet access which is very important for us and our photo uploads to the ‘cloud’. The rooms also have the following:
- Air Conditioning
- Plasma television with satellite channels
- Refreshment tray with tea/coffee
- Electronic laptop safe
- Ironing unit
- Power hairdryer
- Power shower and invigorating range of toiletries
- 24 hour hotel room service menu
DINING AT CITYNORTH HOTEL
Due to our typical pre-holiday rush, we missed out on a square meal before our journey to CityNorth Hotel. After a quick room tour and freshen up, our hungry tummies led the way to the Tara Lounge for an early evening meal. The Tara Lounge serves a variety of food daily from 07:00 until 21:30 and a carvery is also available daily, for further information, visit CityNorth Hotel website. We were pleased to see a value-for-money Family Meal Deal with something for each of us to enjoy.
BREAKFAST AT CITYNORTH HOTEL
Breakfast at CityNorth Hotel is served from 07:00 until 10:30 on weekdays and 07:00 until 11:00 at the weekend. If, like us, you are leaving CityNorth Hotel for your flight from Dublin Airport long before 7am, the hotel offers a carry-out Continental Breakfast that you can take with you to the airport. We found this ‘continental carry-out’ really handy as we didn’t need a hearty big breakfast so early in the morning. The ‘breakfast goodie bag’, which contained a croissant, an apple, a yoghurt and a bottle of water; is just enough to stop little tummies from rumbling before the flight. Mummy especially loved not having to spend €10 on two slices of toast and butter at Dublin Airport!
FREE AIRPORT SHUTTLE FROM/TO CITYNORTH HOTEL
CityNorth Hotel offers a free 24 hour eight-seater shuttle service to take you to Dublin Airport, and then collect you upon your return to Dublin Airport after your holiday. The free shuttle service must be pre-booked.
PLANNING AHEAD DOESN’T ALWAYS WORK
Our arrival back at Dublin Airport was late at night and we looked forward to a swift pick up with the free shuttle service provided by CityNorth Hotel. Just a ‘slight hiccup’ but the fault lay entirely with us, well, I say us, but I’m dropping this ‘hiccup’ on Mummy! Giving ourselves a time of one hour between landing, baggage reclaim and passport control, Mummy thought that we would have plenty of time to reach the pick up point, but unfortunately, we hadn’t! The CityNorth Hotel free shuttle picks up at Zone 16 from Terminal One every hour on the half hour (21:30, 22:30, 23:30 etc) and we had missed our time slot.
Mummy hadn’t read the full details of pick up and assumed that our driver would be waiting for us; he wasn’t! As you can imagine, it wasn’t a good moment with two very tired little ladies just wanting to go home! All was not lost and a quick call to CityNorth Hotel had the shuttle bus enroute back to us. All ended well and a valuable lesson learnt…give ourselves more time in future! Our journey back to the hotel was cosy in the warm shuttle bus, and once we arrived and collected our car we were ready for our final leg of the journey back home. And, as always, Mummy and the girls slept so all I had for company was the car radio and the open road! I’m not complaining…the journey was peaceful and not once did I hear the words ‘are we nearly there yet’!
WOULD WE GO BACK?
I’m fairly certain that we will return to CityNorth Hotel time and time again when we are travelling to distance lands and departing Ireland via Dublin Airport. The hotel is family-friendly and we love that the hotel has interconnecting rooms, offers a ‘takeaway’ breakfast goodie bag, has a free shuttle service available and is located just 20 minutes from Dublin Airport. A big thumbs up from The Callaghan Posse.
With a very special THANK YOU to:
- Niamh Leddy (CityNorth Hotel Marketing and E-Commerce Executive) – for organising our stay at CityNorth Hotel and for your hospitality.
We are extremely grateful to you and have had a great experience working alongside CityNorth Hotel on this collaboration. Until our next visit…slán a fhágáil anois.
LILY-BELLE SAYS (10)
The hotel is really funky and stylish and after a long drive, it was nice to drop into the dining room for food. The bedroom was warm and the bed was so comfy.
MATILDA SAYS (4)
I wanted to go to the play park but it was late and Daddy said no but that’s because he’s grumpy!
Date(s) of travel: 3rd July 2019 (1 night)
Cost: CityNorth Hotel Stay, Park & Fly Package – gifted (see disclaimer below)
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