First Look: The Dean Hotel, Dublin, Ireland

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    First Look: The Dean Hotel, Dublin

     
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    Regarding hotel, the best hotel IMHO is the Merrion, seeing your LHW logo in your signature, I guess you're also a member of the Leaders Club, would recommend this hotel to anyone who wants something special, a great location too, within walking distance of many interesting sights incl. Trinity College / Book of Kells, Grafton Street, Government Buildings, several museums incl. National Musuem of Ireland / Archeology and History. The Little Museum of Dublin could be of interest, haven't been, but hearing only good things about it, http://www.littlemuseum.ie/, would also recommend a stroll through St. Stephen's Green Park, the green lung of Dublin, plus Temple Bar, lots of pubs, but also culture incl. the wonderful Gallery of Photography on Meeting House Square, http://www.galleryofphotography.ie/, the GPO is worth a look with the spire as anchor on O'Connell Street, would also recommend a stroll through Georgian Dublin which surrounds the Merrion Hotel, gorgeous facades and a beautiful Georgian Dublin atmosphere. There's also the Guinness Store House or the new Whiskey Museum which is located on College Green opposite the entrance to the Trinity College.http://www.irishwhiskeymuseum.ie/

    Eating, we would recommend the Cellar Bar & Restaurant at the Merrion, we had a beautiful lunch there, they offer Sunday brunch too, their menu on the website looks awesome IMHO, plus we love Wagamama at Stephen's Green, it's a pretty good and reliable place to enjoy Asian food, we love Balfes, good for lunch and again brunch. Brunch is now a big theme in Dublin and it's growing. Chapter One at the Irish Writers Museum is a Michelin starred restaurant, but they do offer very good value lunch sets. For healthy fast food we like It's a...this is a chain which offers pretty good Bagles, coffees and more, very nice, enjoyable. Dublin also offers many new restaurants, pubs, clubs, cafes, bistros and more, plus of course the Golden arches too. We can also recommend Afternoon Tea, that's a fine tradition, we loved our Afternoon Teas incl. at the Gallery, Westbury Hotel, Drawing Rooms at the Merrion Hotel, at the Atrium Lounge in the Westin Hotel or Lord Mayors Lounge at the Shelbourne Hotel. When you are into Afternoon Tea, Dublin is a great city to be. Overall, Dublin is priced a bit on the higher side of things, but the quality mostly speaks for itself. Should you be in Dublin on a Saturday, don't miss the Temple Bar Food Market, many stalls, beautiful food. http://www.templebar.ie/markets/article/temple-bar-food-market Enjoy.

    As regards from / to the airport, I would recommend the Airlink service from Dublin bus or the Aircoach service, all two services are time / cost efficient, easy to use and go direct into the city.

    http://www.dublinbus.ie/en/Your-Journey1/Timetables/Airport-Services/
    http://www.aircoach.ie/

    The Airlink service offers also special tickets incl. Hop On / Hop Off inclusions and Dublin bus inclusions when in the city. Very good value especially when you don't have a car. Should you rent a car there are all car rental brands available at Dublin Airport.

    As mentioned above, IMHO, the Merrion is one of the best city hotels in the country, but we also love the Westbury hotel, equally an LHW member, plus the Marker Hotel, which is located in the Docklands, around 15 / 20 minutes walk from the city center proper, but the walks is along the River Liffey and is scenic, lots of modern architecture, bridges and surrounding the Marker are lots of fascinating eating / drinking places which many like when in this area. See also the above mentioned The Dean, Dublin, it's a boutique hotel located near St. Stephen's Green Park in the heart of the city.

    IMHO, we would also recommend the Westin Dublin on Westmoreland Street, right opposite Temple Bar, Trinity College and O'Connell Street, this hotel is right where the action is, while the Hilton Charlemont Place is located along the Grand Canal and is within walking distance to the city center in around 10 / 15 minutes to the southside, or the nearby Conrad opposite the National Concert Hall would be a good bet when you're with Hilton. When you're with Marriott, your only choice in Dublin would the famous The Shelbourne, A Renaissance Hotel, which is located directly at St. Stephen's Green Park, it's a beautiful hotel in many respects, especially when you would receive / book a room overlooking the park. These are Premium Heritage rooms or Suites. Well worth it, but expensive, even when compared against the Merrion hotel. We shouldn't forget the new InterContinental Dublin, which comes highly recommended too, it's located in Ballsbridge, an exclusive Dublin suburb, the Aircoach service goes directly to the hotel / or near the hotel from the airport, it was the former Four Seasons Hotel Dublin, we've stayed there over the years twice and enjoyed it. It's within 20 minutes walking distance to the city or you could catch a bus from the stop in the front of the RDS Dublin, busses go fairly regularly and it takes around 7 to 10 minutes / depending on traffic into the city.

    I hope this helps a bit regarding hotels / transportation / eating / drinking and attractions. Enjoy Dublin, it's a beautiful city to visit. Feb. is a good time, shouldn't be too busy and the air is balmy, with a bit of luck it doesn't rain either.:)
     
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    Wow thank you SO much for your wonderful and informative travel info re dublin! Awesome
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    My pleasure. Enjoy Dublin. It's a beautiful city. Cheers. :)
     
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