One of the challenges of planning as you go (or not planning, to be more accurate) is figuring out where to sleep each night. So far, we’ve spent four nights in an AirBnB apartment in Dublin, one night in a hotel in Dublin, two nights in a so-called B&B in Killarney, and we spent last night in a hotel in Killarney.
Only one of those spots was reserved from back in Connecticut.
We’ve stayed in a number of AirBnB locations over the years, with great success. The upside is that you usually have quite a bit of space, good privacy, and often a small kitchen. In Europe, they sometimes have a washer/dryer as well. AirBnB used to be a bargain, but as the service has gotten more popular, it is more expensive. The place we stayed at in Dublin was in an excellent location and had a comfy layout, but the bathroom sink drove me crazy. The cold water faucet was just a trickle, and the hot water was too hot. So we brushed our teeth in the kitchen. The bathroom also had an old, loud fan that went on… and stayed on… every time you turned on the light. Good thing Richard and I know each other well enough to leave the door open…
Also, the shower power was weak. Oh, and the bed was bouncy and uncomfortable, and the pillows were shot. That AirBnB rental cost about $163 per day.
We splurged and treated ourselves to a nice hotel the next night. Which was in the middle of the Dublin city center, and quite nice, at 309 Euro. A Euro is about equal to $1.16 these days, so that’s the equivalent of approximately $360. Even there, the bed was small, though the pillows were better. We were underwhelmed at twice the price.
The next two nights were spent in Killarney at a so-called B&B… which turned out not to include breakfast. This room was so tiny we could only open one suitcase at a time. Admittedly, we have big suitcases! And a trumpet, and a big backpack with two laptops, and another day pack. We’re planning to send home the trumpet after the performance in Edinburgh, and I might get rid of some clothes. This is a lot to travel around with. That little B&B room cost 129 Euros.
We switched last night to a really nice hotel called Killarney Towers. 120 Euros per night, and a huge bed and a nice shower. Also a pool, which we made use of! Of course, that leaves us with wet bathing suits this morning. This is the best room so far, and a bargain at that. They warned us about the noisy bar directly below, but the music was standard Irish fare, and only last until 11:30, so it wasn’t a problem for us.
We just rented a car. !!! Not only do they drive on the “wrong” side of the road, most of the cars use a stick shift. So everything is backwards. We were lucky enough to get an automatic, and Richard has already tooled around the block a couple times. No one is dead yet.
I give my name instead of Richard’s in Ireland… they love hearing Fitzgerald, and I tell them my grandfather was born here. Glad I upped the red in my hair before we left. 😉 The car hire man gave us a deal.
So off we go today to parts unknown, hoping to learn to drive as we explore. Wish us luck!