The hotel opened in 1997 and its facade rises to 5 storeys, the last of which is taken up by the penthouse. Square forms are the common theme in the design of the building. The hotel conceals a large inner courtyard with a fine formal garden at the heart of the city. Everything is measured out between little bushes and ponds. A small section of this space is taken up by the lounge terrace, where tea, coffee, and afternoon tea can be enjoyed. Another part of it has been designed as a miniature green labyrinth. A fine glass corridor links the two wings of the hotel, giving you a view of the garden and the new wings of the establishment. The latter were built to coincide with the hotel's opening and are, needless to say, much less aesthetically pleasing than the Georgian parts of the building.
After the Georgian entrance, a concierge service is available, followed by the reception, with its superb counter and checked flooring. The eye is then drawn towards the highly sophisticated settings of two softly coloured lounges. Light pours into these comfortable spaces through large attractive windows. The mouldings, roaring fireplaces, and a superb chandelier provide the final touches to these exceptional rooms. It doesn't get much better than taking afternoon tea here. At the far end of the hotel, businessmen can settle in at the bar, N°23, which takes its name from the Georgian house found at this address. The furniture is magnificent, consisting of various articles from all over Europe that were selected by a designer.
Throughout the hotel, and even in the rooms, superb artwork by Irish artists (including Martin Mooney) adorns the walls. This is no coincidence, as the owner of the hotel has Ireland's largest private art collection, and it is just your luck that he chooses to share it with his guests. A stylish catalogue lists all the artwork on display.
In the basement, the decor features Greek influences, in particular monochromatic bas-reliefs. It is here that the 18m long swimming pool is housed, bathed in soft light.
Guests can either visit one of the two treatment rooms or request a massage in their own room. The gym is equipped with 10 'Cynex' exercise machines and a television.