A lot of my travel is for work, and while there often isn’t that much of a leisure time I always try to find hotels that are a bit inspirational and challenge concepts, so that you are given a feel of total relaxation from the moment you walk in. In Ireland I need to be in Dublin most of the time and of course you can stay in The Gresham and feel in a different world with all the American pensioners, but if that is not your thing find my suggestions below.
The Marker Hotel $$$ – in the revamped docklands area you can find several hotels. The Marker Hotel is one of the expensive ones with great facilities and an amazing rooftop terrace. This hotel is modern, new, fresh and offers great hospitality. It also has a lovely spa with swimming pool. It is probably the most business like hotel of the three, but worth a try if you want to be in the docklands and appreciate a waterfront view.
Number 31 Hotel $$ – I actually was in this hotel this week, and it was heaven! The sit-down area – aka lounge place aka bar is the most different reception area I have seen with any hotel. You enter this hotel via 31 Leeson Close and this reception area is where you can chill at the fire place, where you will come to have breakfast and where you will check in. From there you are accompanied to the main house at the back of the garden where all the guest rooms are. It is lovely, comforting and one of those rare hotels where you will hug the owner when you leave again the next day.
The Dean $$ – If you walk in on a Thursday evening after work to check in, the DJ is already playing his first tunes. This boutique hotel is quirky, different, exciting and for sure will give you a relaxed feel immediately. On the top floor there is a restaurant called Sophie’s and a terrace bar which were buzzing when I was there. It is a bit outside of the centre but still close enough to easily get you around. This is totally your place to go if you like boutique hip hotels.