Review: The Westin, Dublin, Rep. of Ireland

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  1. uggboy
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    Having stayed at the Westin Dublin a couple of years back at a Deluxe Room, we thought it would be nice to return as a Christmas treat. We found a special offer - book a suite, get 10 % off, breakfast and 3000 bonus points, when you are member of Starwood’s loyalty program, plus a welcome gift.

    The Westin is located opposite Trinity College and the Bank of Ireland. The nearest Airlink Stop is College Green. From there the hotel is only around 200 m away. It is housed in a former bank building and was opened in 2001 by Mary Harney, the then Tánaiste and Health Minister.

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    ^ The Airlink bus, which connects the Airport with the City

    When entering there is a foyer. At the end of the foyer and to the left is the Exchange Bar and Restaurant. When entering the lobby, there is a stair case on the right, leading to the Atrium Lounge, an open fire place with seating area and to the left the concierge and reception.

    As the name of the Atrium lounge implies it has a very beautiful atrium and is my favorite place in the hotel.

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    The Westin Hotel in Dublin - Ireland by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr

    ^ View into the Atrium Lounge @ The Westin, Dublin

    In the basement is the Mint Bar - it's the former bank vault with the bar island in the center and tables placed around it. They serve some mean cocktails and snacks.

    Our check in was quick, and after asking for a late check out at 2 PM it was granted after a short moment of hesitation. When inquiring what the welcome amenity would be, we were told it was either Baileys or Jameson Whiskey. Since we liked both it wasn't a problem.

    There are some new room types at the Westin, like Writer's rooms and suites - named after a famous Irish author. Ours was located on the third floor and called Brian O'Nolan Writer's Junior Suite. When entering there was a small foyer with two double doors leading to the bathroom on the left and the bedroom to the right.

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    ^ Bedroom

    A few steps led up to the living room. We were surprised by the large size of the living room and that there was no wall between the bed and living room, only a balustrade. We also had a small terrace with two chairs and a table. It gave amazing views over Trinity College. There was a small barrier between our part of the terrace and the neighboring room's, giving some privacy.

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    [ SPACE FOR LIFE ] by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr

    ^ Seating area in the living room section

    The bedroom was medium in size with loads of storage space for clothing, the safe, a king sized bed and a medium sized TV, providing all international news and business channels needed. Sports was also covered with Sky Sports 1 to 3 and ESPN.

    There were also regional channels. The Heavenly Bed was very comfortable, and we had a good nights rest. The furniture was contrasting with dark and light colors. The same color scheme continued in the living room. There was a huge sofa, coffee table with books by Brian O'Nolan (It's not recommended to take them with you, because there is a charge of 30 Euro applicable if you do), a writing desk and a huge TV.

    Unfortunately that flat screen TV didn't get any signal. It didn't matter, because we were there to spend time together. Below the TV was a credenza, containing the minibar. A short background information about the author was also given and hanging on the wall beside the writing desk. There was also a chair with an ottoman. The carpet was very beautifully decorated too. A large photograph hung above the sofa, depicting a sea scape. There was also some other artwork placed in the bed and bathroom. We spent a lot of time on the sofa and testing also the writing desk and chair with ottoman. Everything was comfortable and the fabrics used very soft.

    The bathroom had a shower over bathtub combination, a toilet, scales and a sink. There were also Heavenly Spa amenities including mouthwash. The bath tub was comfortable, the water pressure very good and no fluctuations in water temperature.

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    [ VIEWS FOR LIFE ] by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr

    ^ Views from our balcony over roof tops of Trinity College

    When I requested an additional soap and mouthwash we received two complete amenity sets only a few minutes later.

    When our welcome gift arrived we were in for another surprise. Instead of receiving simply the whiskey or the Baileys, we got both including nuts and truffles. When we thought that was it, room service returned with a cheese board and a bottle of wine.

    Since we know the restaurant, bar and lounge already and frequent the last two regularly we didn't use them during our stay.

    We had in room dining instead. Our late lunch consisted of fish from the Superfoods RX menu, pasta with chorizo, fruit salad and an unexpected sticky toffee pudding, which hasn't been charged. We also had a bottle of still water, juice and a Rush Hour (cocktail) for my better half. The cocktail hadn't been on the menu, but when I asked the person from in room dining, if I could also order it, it was no problem at all. The meal was very delicious.

    Later we felt slightly peckish and had the tomato soup and again fruit salad.

    Because breakfast was included in our rate, we had the option to choose between the buffet at the Exchange Restaurant or anything from the in room dining menu. We choose the latter. Both of us had the Healthy Breakfast with oatmeal.

    In room spa treatments were also available.

    The time passed way too quickly and before we knew it was already 2 PM. The check out was efficient and warm.

    We felt after our stay relaxed, happy and totally spoiled.

    Every member of staff was very friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. Besides the space, design and comfort of the suite, we loved the can do attitude of the staff and would return in a heart beat.

    Would we recommend this hotel to a friend? YES!
    Would we stay again in this hotel? YES!

    Safe travels! :)
     
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    Some more of our photos we made during our stay in December 2012 including:

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    [ READ FOR LIFE ] by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr

    ^ Books in the living room from the author after which the Writer's Junior suite is named

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    [ FUEL FOR LIFE ] by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr

    ^ Welcome gifts which were brought to the room after check-in / we had also a cheese board and a bottle of red wine received

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    [ SPACE FOR LIFE ] by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr

    ^ Looking into the living room from the corner seating section

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    ^ Writing table, part of the living room

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    [ FUEL FOR LIFE ] by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr

    ^ In-room breakfast from the healthy Superfood RX Menu, highly recommended

    Safe travels! :)

     
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    Nice report! :)
     
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    Beautiful review! Thx for sharing.
     
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    It's a great hotel and I had a very enjoyable, but brief stay in December as well. A few years ago my wife and I stayed for a weekend to celebrate our anniversary and received one of the bi-level library suites. Having the option of dining on either the upper or lower floor when ordering room service was rather novel (pardon the pun!)

    Looks like a very nice room that you received and glad you had a great stay. Some superb photos in there too, so thanks for taking the time to review and share your trip.
     
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    Great report, thanks for sharing. I've always been treated well there, last time I got a bilevel suite
     
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