Dublin is a buzzing cosmopolitan city, small yet lively, and full of history. Its signature Georgian architectural style makes its most triumphant showing in Merrion, Fitzwilliam, Mountjoy, and Parnell squares. A fantastic and hip city to visit right now, especially during Christmas time, so if you’re planning on flying over to Ireland, check out 7 of the most fabulous hospitality projects in the city of Dublin!
The Clontarf Castle Hotel provides a modern aesthetic built around an ancient form, with its historic features perfectly maintained, combining 10th century with 21st century amenities with the interior stone and décor. Located just outside the heart of Dublin city center, this hotel is ideal for escaping the hustle and bustle of the city and is also nearby the sea.
The Dylan is a newly renovated hotel, housed in a Victorian era nurses’ boarding house. The rooms come complete with a unique mix of modern and high end amenities, such as Bose iPod docking stations and Philips LCD televisions, combined with older luxuries such as Murano glass chandeliers and custom antique-style furnishings. The Dylan is located near the Grand Canal along the historic Baggot Street, combining a great location with a touch of history and comfort.
THE HAMPTON HOTEL
Originally six Georgian townhouses, this boutique hotel blends period style touches with quirky features, such as psychedelic wallpaper and oversized chairs. The Hampton combines the old and new, together with its high ceilings and huge windows alongside contemporary design and modern amenities. The hotel also offers a variety of room design styles to choose from and is situated in the heart of Donnybrook, close to the city center.
A former elegant Georgian townhouse with art-lined walls, the Merrion Hotel reflects the Georgian color scheme of slate blue and sage green. In keeping with the Georgian theme, it houses an impressive 18th-century styled classical garden by Irish landscape artist Jim Reynolds. On top of this, the hotel displays a more contemporary collection of Irish artworks from the 19th and 20th centuries, and the spectacular Tethra spa with an 18-meter swimming pool.
The famous Shelbourne Marriott Hotel has a rich and fascinating history, it was founded in 1824 by Tipperary man Martin Burke and was designed by John McCurdy. Upon entering, guests are welcomed by a faux-marble entrance, sparkling chandeliers and an impressive art collection, and the interiors are filled with traditional furnishings and elegant marble bathrooms. The hotel overlooks St. Stephen’s Green and is right at the heart of the city center.
This 1852 building is located in the Temple Bar district, offering panoramic views over the city, and the hotel’s penthouse suite is complete with what is believed to be one of Dublin’s only outdoor rooftop jacuzzis. In contrast with the Regency architecture, the Clarence’s interiors are all modern, decorated with warm colors, lush velvet drapes and hints of wrought iron, stained glass, nickel and rich woods.
The Clarence is owned by Bono and the Edge, from the internationally famous band U2.
THE WESTIN DUBLIN
The Westin Dublin is conveniently located in the city center, close to Temple Bar area, Trinity College and the River Liffey. The historic 19th century building has been renovated, with the interior being recently refurbished with a clever combination of contemporary and classic design. The rooms offer impressive views of Dublin city, overlooking Trinity College and the Dublin mountains.
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