November 2014, 2 stays, 1 night each During November 2014 we stayed twice at the Crowne Plaza Dublin-Blanchardstown. A few years earlier we had stayed there already, but while the rooms are nice, the food quality had been low in our opinion at the time, so we didn't return until now, having read a positive review in a local newspaper about their Forchetta Italian Restaurant. The location is good for shopping at Blanchardstown Shopping Center and upscale dining incl. the very good Wagamama for casual Asian lunch or dinner. Access is easy from the airport with the Urbus or from the city center with a number of Buses, for example 39a.The bus stops are located opposite the hotel. The Crowne Plaza is unusual. It is inspired by nature. Two parrots are kept in a cage in the lobby and called Bubble & Squeak. It is an attraction for old and young. We enjoyed watching them for a while. The lobby is large with the Sanctuary Bar and Forchetta Restaurant to the right and the reception to the left. Even though we hadn't stayed for a longer time there, we were recognized on both occassions as returning guests, which was positive. We booked an entrance category room and received the same on both occassions. The first time there was a bottle of red wine, free water and a fruit basket waiting for us, because we were just one stay away from achieving Gold status at the IHG Priority Club Rewards program and also a voucher for a free dessert at Forchetta Restaurant. The next time we only received a bottle of water. By then we were already gold members It was inconsistent and disappointing to be treated that way, especially after we've achieved Gold with IHG. The flower theme continued in all the rooms. The silver tapestry was especially beautiful. Each room was comfortable and had different color schemes, lay outs and views. One room was held in red, had views over the motorway and a seating area at the window. The other was kept in blue tones and had a seating area in front of the bed and views over the shopping mall. We preferred the layout of the first room which might have been an Deluxe room on a higher floor. On both occasions we also had dinner. Forchetta serves Italian cuisine. We enjoyed the meals including toasted bread with cod, gnocci and Panna Cotta. It was delicious and the value good. Breakfast was a different matter and unfortunately not so high quality as the dinner was, so we had it only once. There was a dish I liked. The breakfast potatoes are delicious. All staff were warm and efficient. Would we return? Maybe. If we need some additionional points or take part at a promotion. Would we recommend this hotel to a friend? Maybe, this depends on what's the purpose of the visit. Would we stay again at this hotel? Maybe, again, this depends on what's the purpose of the visit.