April 2014, 1 night before our flight to Zurich. Normally before a flight from Dublin we stay at the Hilton Dublin Airport or the Holiday Inn Express. This time around our flight to Zurich didn't leave very early, so we were more flexible and decided after long discussions to take the Radisson BLU Royal Hotel, Golden Lane in the city center. We booked a rate that included dinner and breakfast. The hotel is better located than thought. It is ideal when coming from the airport by Airlink. Get off at College Green/Dame Street stop, walk along Dame Street and turn left into South George Street, follow it until you come to Dunne’s Stores Head Quarters and 747 Travel opposite, turn right. This is Golden Lane. The hotel is a few more minutes away on the right hand side. Walking from the stop to the hotel takes approximately 10 minutes. St. Patrick's Cathedral is also only about 5 minutes away. The building is very modern. Originally we thought that the whole house belongs to the Radisson, but only the ground floor and one half of it are in fact the hotel. The other half contains offices. We were impressed by the contemporary and airy lobby. The reception was located to the left and check in is done at individual pots. The receptionist was friendly and quick. During our stay the hotel was very busy with two weddings and a few business meetings. We spotted all two brides. We enjoyed the chandelier and carpet, because it looked unusual. Interpreting the shape of the design the lightning could be snakes and the carpet a map. The restaurant V' n V and the Sure Bar were located on the same level. There were a small business center and meeting rooms on the first floor. Our room was on the fifth floor overlooking apartments, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Christchurch. We had a standard room and were happy about the generous size and the beautiful contemporary design. The colors were mostly brown, grey, white and black. The King bed was comfortable as were the stylish chairs and writing desk. The coffee table was multifunctional and could be used as another seating space - it was covered in leather - or as an ottoman for the chair. There were two other marble topped tables and a large flat screen TV. The choice of TV channels was the only disappointment. There were only regional channels available. There wasn't even BBC World, which was the least I expected and Sky News isn't exactly our favorite. Officially there should have been RT, but unfortunately when choosing the channel it showed a black screen and nothing else, no matter when tuning in. Overall, there could be a better line-up of international TV channels here. There was also a luggage rack and a wardrobe. 24 hour in room dining, coffee/tea making facilities and a mini bar were also available. The prices for the minibar were interesting, ranging between 1.59 Euro to 7.62 Euro (ca. 2.20 USD to 10.60 USD). There were the usual suspects like Coca Cola and Deep River Rock water. We liked the Butler's chocolate bar with Irish Cream filling. We can happily report it was very tasty. The in room dining is suitable for Coeliac and vegetarians. For some dishes half portions were also an option. Prices were good appetizers started at 6.50 Euro (ca. 9 USD), sandwiches from 12 Euro (ca. 16.65 USD), mains from 12 Euro (ca. 16.65 USD) and desserts from 8.50 Euro (ca. 11.80 USD). Since we had dinner already arranged at the restaurant we didn't use in room dining. Anyone in need of laundry can avail of that too. The laundry of a shirt costs for example 8 Euro (ca. 11.10 USD). The bathroom was medium in size. The bath tub and shower were separate. There was a sink with enough storage space for our cosmetics. The amenities were a mix of Anne Semonine and a soap by This Works! Radisson's contract with Anne Semonine is expiring, so This Works! is replacing it. We know This Works! from another hotel. We liked it, so we weren't too surprised (having heard about the exchange) or had any issues with the new amenities. On the other side we are a bit sad to see Anne Semonine go, since we equally liked the quality, smell and effectiveness of the products. The shower was great with a large rain shower head. The water pressure was strong and the temperature stable. When placing our wake up call the member of staff offered to order a taxi for us as well. We refused, since we planned to take the Airlink to the airport. At the V' n V restaurant our reservation was acknowledged and we were offered a choice of tables at the large windows. Declan Dunne is the Executive Chef. The menu reflected the contemporary ambience of the hotel. Most of the ingredients are sourced locally. We chose a glass of rose wine and an orange juice. Tap water was offered for free. Our starters were a beetroot and cheese salad and nettle soup. Both were delicious and unusual. As main course we both had the salmon and a side salad. The dish was rich, but light at the same time. It was tasteful and the presentation was well done. The salad was made with mixed leaves and tomatoes. As dessert I had Cafe au lait parfait with dates and cinnamon sauce. It was finger licking good. My fiancé had the Orange and grapefruit Gratin, which was deemed also very tasty. The staff was very busy with four other couples and a large group. Still the service didn't suffer. One of the three waiters was always on hand when we needed them. There was also an open kitchen, and I enjoyed watching the chefs. The meal was delightful, healthy and satisfying. Since a three course were included in our rate we only had to pay for our drinks and the side dish. We paid 25 Euro (ca. 34.65 USD) including tip. After a good night’s rest and a punctual wake up call we made our way to breakfast. The buffet was large, fresh and appetizing. There was a wide choice of cold cuts, smoked salmon, smoothies, yogurts, Bircher Berner Muesli, fresh fruits and fruit salad, bread and much more. Another guest wanted to have an omelette. The request was fulfilled with a smile. Our favorites were the Bircher Berner Muesli and the berry smoothie. Check out was pleasant and quick. Would we recommend the Radisson Royal, Golden Lane? Definitely. The reasons? The Staff is very friendly and attentive. The dinner and breakfast were excellent. The lead in room is large, design driven, but comfortable and detailed, like small cushions in different colors or a painting that looks like a photograph. It's quirky and creative. The location is great. On the one side far enough from the hustle and bustle; on the other side near enough to reach all major attractions in Dublin by foot. Would we stay again at this hotel? YES! Would we recommend this hotel to a friend? YES!