January 2016, 1 night / 2 days On a weekend in January we stayed for one night at the Hilton Dublin, located at Charlemont Place overlooking the Grand Canal. || HILTON DUBLIN || @ CHARLEMONT PLACE OVERLOOKING THE GRAND CANAL || DUBLIN || IRELAND || OUR STAY INCL. KING HILTON DELUXE ROOM, TURNDOWN SERVICE ON CLUB FLOOR, CLUB FLOOR AREA, CHARLEMONT BAR & BISTRO FOR D/L/BF, WE ENJOYED OUR STAY || JAN. 2016 || by UggBoy UggGirl, on Flickr We had stayed there a few years ago and thought it was good to get a refresher, since the hotel had been renovated and had a brand new restaurant concept. We used the online check in and trusted the choice the hotel had made for us was a good one. In the e-mail for the online check in we were also advised we were as a Hilton Honors Gold Elite Member upgraded to a King Hilton Deluxe Room with sofa and Turn Down Service. The seating arrangement was not guaranteed. Originally we had booked a Double Hilton Deluxe Room with Turndown Service. We also pre-ordered a watermelon fruit platter. The confirmation e-mail didn’t show what we had requested. The lobby had changed very much and looked brighter and more modern. When entering to the left was the Charlemont Bar & Bistro and on the other side was the Breakfast Room. A bit further inside the lobby was the reception to the right. Check in was friendly and quick. Our late checkout was granted with a smile and Turndown Service, which was offered due to the room type we booked, easily arranged. When discussing our blank amenity request we were re-assured it was already on the room. Our room was located on the 3rd floor, also called the Club Floor, with a corner for a Nespresso Coffee Machine, Twinnings Tea and depending on the day of the time complimentary cookies or pastries. There was also a large fruit bowl with apples, oranges and grapes on the elevator landing. Our room was large and held in dark and light brown tones with ochre walls and a colorful cushion on the very contemporary chair with ottoman. On the coffee table were VIP, Dining in Dublin and Stellar magazines and as promised our watermelon, orange, fig and strawberry plate was already waiting on the writing desk. There were mirrors in different sizes on the walls and artwork depicting flowers or synapsis, depending how you interpret it and a photograph of the Ha’Penny Bridge in the bathroom. Storage space was limited with only a small wardrobe and a luggage rack. There was also a mini fridge, which was not stocked. While exploring the room our Hilton Honors Gold amenity was delivered: Two bottles of Celtic Pure water, Guinness toasted Cheddar hand cooked potato chips and Grace’s Irish Oatmeal Biscuits. The biscuits are shaped like a shamrock and tasted very delicious. He says the chips are also very good. Unfortunately he was quicker than I and ate them all by himself, so I can’t comment, but I guess I would have liked them too. The views were over the courtyard, so our room was very quiet during the night. There was also a flat screen TV, which offered only British and Irish channels beside RT, the only international channel. The hotel related material was a bit outdated. For example the In Room Dining menu showed mini bar prices, but obviously the fridge was empty. Drinks can be ordered from room service, though. The Guest Directory still invited us to join Uisce Restaurant and Stil Bar. The king sized bed was very comfortable and huge. The mattress was a bit harder. We like firm mattresses, so it was ideal for us. The bathroom was on the smaller side, but had everything we needed, including enough space to store our own cosmetic products, a sink, a double set of Peter Thomas Roth amenities, bath/shower tub combination and toilet. Turndown arrived while we were having dinner. When we returned another two bottles of water and a 2-piece Lily O’Brien’s chocolate box were waiting for us. We enjoyed lunch and dinner at the Charlemont Bar & Bistro. The refurbishment itself has paid off. The bar had a club atmosphere with floor to ceiling windows, black and blue furniture, wooden floor, and the entrance reminds me about understated Japanese architecture. The bar island was decorated with green and white bottles, especially made for the hotel, on the top and the hard stuff was in the middle. Dinner service was attentive, but a bit confused with our drinks order. We had requested a large bottle of still water for both of us and an Espresso Martini for him. For some reason the person taking our order thought I wanted a glass of tap water and he the cocktail. It was rectified immediately and a bottle of Irish Echo3 (for three times filtered) was brought to our table. Our main courses were Clonee beef fillet with red wine jus, parsnip and potatoes and Sea Bream with asparagus, baby potatoes, broad beans, tomato salsa and citrus oil. All was very delicious and the fish dish looked especially colorful. We shared a side salad. Dessert was the Chocolate Melody, including a popping candy milk chocolate mousse, an opera cake and a chocolate ball. It was scrumptious. We rounded the meal up with a hot chocolate. It cost ca. 80 Euro (ca. 87 USD). Lunch was a slightly easier going with soups, salads, burgers and sandwiches on offer. He had the beef burger (massive), which was as good as the steak, while I had the trout salad with beetroot and apple. Again the quality and taste were excellent. Drinks included a Kahlua and two green tea. The bill was ca. 40 Euro (ca. 43.50 USD). Breakfast was served buffet style until 11.00 hours (In reality a bit longer, because many guests arrived relatively late, and there was a warning when the buffet would be cleared away.) on Sunday and had a wide variety of cold cuts, cheese, porridge, fruits, fruit salad, cereals, pastries and much more. Again a small mishap when ordering tea for both of us. Only one cup arrived and when I asked another waiter for green tea I was told I had to get it myself from the tea/coffee station. That was a first, but not a problem. The coffee machine, tea selection and hot water was located beside the pastries, so easy to find. We explored the hotel and found lots of beautiful photography of Dublin landmarks in the public spaces. There is also a Coffee Hub for meetings and conferences and a small fitness center on the first floor. Time was passing quickly and soon it was time to check out, which was done in seconds. We are looking forward to a stay in the near future. Would we recommend this hotel to a friend? YES! Would we stay again at this hotel? YES!