DUBLIN : My stay at Clayton Hotel Burlington Road

CLAYTON HOTEL BURLINGTON ROAD

Travellerczech’s Rating : 5/10


Did you know, the word Dublin is an old Gaelic phrase ( Dubh Linn ) which translates as “Black Pool ?

Dublin is vibrant capitol of Ireland and with more than 600 pubs…a pint of Guinness and a good laugh is never too far. But its not just all about pubs…

Christ Church Cathedral, 12th century Dublin Castle, or the famous Trinity College are amongst many places you shouldn’t miss.

My last trip to Ireland was 6 years ago and I have returned to see, what changed since. It was great to see the city buzzing with visitors, so many new exciting places to shop, eat and drink and for the culture hungry crowd, the newly renovated Irish National Gallery is THE place to see.

You can easily spend few days discovering just the capitol itself and you will need somewhere to stay. Check my latest hotel review of the Clayton Burlington Road Hotel to find out if this place could be for you…


Location : 7/10

Burlington road, where the hotel is located,  is in walkable distance to the city centre, but the walk may take you up to 30min. If you are looking for central accommodation, this isn’t a place for you.

The area isn’t too exciting and except few pubs and great Canal Bank Cafe on the corner, there isn’t much to do/see around. In exchange, you get peaceful location, which is close to all points of interest.

I have enjoyed long walks towards the Grand Canal Theatre Square and St. Stephens’s park.

Airpot transfer takes around 30min by car and cost 50Euro.


Style : 4/10

Beige, bland and very forgettable. The exterior is nothing to talk about. Interior has some exciting “moments” but overall impression isn’t for someone with high aesthetic appreciations.

On the other hand, it is clean, modern and spacious.


Rooms : 5/10

Standard “business traveller”, or “package tour” style rooms. Small-ish in size, practical and simple.

Beds are very comfortable and I liked the sliding socket stand on the desk. Wi-Fi is fast and complimentary, such as a two bottles of local water each day.

Bathrooms are very small, with some basic toiletries and small bathtub with shower.

It does the job…


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Service & facilities : 6/10

Lukewarm welcome, but check-in quick and efficient. Requests were dealt with in timely manner.

There is a very decent gym with a nice view. It’s not too busy, so you can continue with your daily workout routine.

ATM and grocery “corner” also available at the lobby.

Bus stop and taxi stand are right in front of the hotel.


Food & drinks : 9/10

Hotel has a huge Sport bar, to cater for all the bus tours crowds, cute Lobby bar/snack shop and two spacious breakfast rooms.

Buffet breakfast was excellent. I have really enjoyed the local products, such as amazing yogurts. Big selection of food to satisfy everyone’s taste.

The sandwiches from Lobby bar were also very tasty.


Value for money : 6/10

At the time of writing this post, room rates starts on AED450 ( USD125)/night without breakfast.

Dublin is expensive city for hotels due to high demand and it is difficult to find a good standard of accommodation for a lower price.

I personally wouldn’t stay at Clayton again as I prefer smaller and more centrally located hotels.


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La Perle Show Franco Dragone Dubai Al Habtoor City

DUBAI : Le Perle Show – First Impressions & VIDEO

65 performers, 1300 seats within 10 floors high, custom build theatre, 2.7mil litres dive pool, mapping projections on all surfaces and 135 speakers to create the most immersive experience.

All those impressive numbers should make up for one big unforgettable spectacle, but unfortunately, last weekend opening shows were far from that.

Speaking for myself, the expectations were running high. Previously experiencing over 10 Dragone’s and Cirque du Soleil shows, I really feel cheated and immensely dissapointed by seeing La Perle at Al Habtoor City theatre.



The show is obviously under-rehearsed, many of the performers just keep running around to fill the space and except for a couple of “finished” sequences, the entire piece is rather underwhelming.

Many tricks and technical elements are not operational and some of the artists don’t even get to do their stunts.

In my opinion, it felt like a preview rehearsal show and therefore the guests shouldn’t be asked to pay full price tickets!

The biggest flop was the ending part with a huge empty structure coming up and down. This piece was meant to be full of performers ( I guess ).



The story of La Perle supposed to be inspired by Dubai and its rich cultural past, vibrant present and aspirational future. There isn’t any obvious connection of that in the show and why is one of the main characters Chinese dragon ?


La Perle commencement somehow reminds me rushed opening of Dubai Parks and Resorts on December 2016. Nothing was finished, tickets were full price…”word of mouth” spreads quick and now, the parks are barely surviving.

I maybe sound too critical, but as a big fan of Cirque du Soleil and Dragone’s shows, this was not good!

But it’s not all bad, the theatre is amazing, seats slightly narrow, but otherwise comfortable and the staff helpful and welcoming.  You can bring purchased food and drinks inside the theatre and take as many photos and videos as you like.

…just wait few more months before purchasing the tickets…


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  • Tickets starts from Aed 400 ( USD 110 )
  • Al Habtoor City – W Hotel
  • Show times : 7pm / 9.30pm ( days vary )

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