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Hotel The Westin Dublin Hotel 5 star
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This large, handsome and classic hotel is partly housed in the building of a former bank opposite Trinity College. Some wonderful traces of its past are still present in parts of the hotel, like the great hall where events are organised and the bar in the former strongroom, where guests can sip on award-winning cocktails. The delicious afternoon tea is another unmissable aspect of any stay in this highly comfortable establishment.

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      The Westin Dublin   -   © Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE

    • Hotel The Westin Dublin

      The Westin Dublin   -   © Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 9.56 /10

    The hotel is in a very busy street opposite Trinity College, just next to the Temple Bar district in D2, Dublin's party district. It goes without saying that shops, pubs and restaurants are all very close by. Dublin international airport is 6 mi away and the journey may take 35 minutes or longer depending on the traffic.

    Accommodation 8.45 /10

    The hotel's 163 rooms overlook Trinity College and are divided into 65 'Classic' rooms and 6 suites (each named after an Irish writer), with the other rooms falling into the 'Deluxe' category. The decor is just about as classic as you can get. Thanks to the triple glazing the rooms are very quiet, unless you want to open your window; in this case you would be better off asking for a courtyard room than one overlooking the noisy street. The rooms are all painted cream and are all decorated with two Kells photos, dark wood furniture and a very comfortable armchair. The comfortable, cosy beds found in Westin hotels are always a real pleasure and even the cotton sheets are given special attention, with different ones provided depending on the time of year. All the rooms have a widescreen plasma television on the wall, individual air-conditioning and heating, an electronic safe, tea and coffee-making facilities, a telephone, Internet connection, a minibar, an iron and an ironing board. As for the attractive marble bathrooms, they contain a bathtub, a rectangular washbasin, a separate shower, a large mirror, a magnifying mirror, Westin hospitality products, a hair-dryer, bathrobes and slippers, etc. There is also 24-hour room service and a concierge service.

    Some 30 rooms overlook a courtyard. The 'College' suite would be the presidential suite in any other hotel. It is a split-level suite with a very high ceiling and its upper level boasts the desk that once belonged to the bank manager. His magnifying glass is also there! This suite is in the oldest part of the hotel, which was previously the bank; enormous heavy curtains frame the 20 ft-high windows and a fake bookcase conceals a door in the wall. The two superb mirrors around the bed are topped by cameos and there is an amazing 'Waterford' crystal chandelier in the vast lounge area. There is also a dining room, and the balcony overlooking Trinity College has great views of the festivities on Saint Patrick's day. A second straight (Georgian) staircase takes you up to the hotel's little private gym. The bathroom is another beautiful and comfortable space decorated with original Georgian features, and it even has a hammam to be enjoyed by guests lucky enough to stay in this suite.

    Overview 7.95 /10

    The Westin Dublin was built in 2001 and renovated in 2009. It is housed in six listed buildings connected by the Atrium, a bright and pleasant glass-roofed courtyard area. The eight floor establishment is a bit of a maze, as you will find when you make your way to your room! The oldest part of the hotel was built in 1813 and the facade dates back to the construction of the Allied Irish Bank in 1863. The building which housed the bank (which closed in 1990) now forms the entrance to the Westin. It is a classic hotel, cosy, stylish and welcoming and its reception is adorned with six beautiful columns. One of its particularly nice features - especially when it's time for afternoon tea - is the Atrium, with its pale pink walls. The space is renovated annually and the bar has a fine selection of quality cocktails. The corridors leading to the rooms are decorated with photos, and Georgian doors and classic rugs further embellish the decor. Here and there, you will also come across a few steps linking the different levels of the old buildings, now connected to fulfil their current purpose. A fully restored hall, as large as it is sublime, is used to organise events and banquets and it is worth taking a look at it, with its fine mouldings, beautifully shaped ceiling, four enormous chandeliers (each consisting of more than 4,000 pieces) and two allegories on either side of a superb clock. It is one of the most beautiful examples of the Georgian style in the whole of Dublin, a city bursting at the seams with buildings from the same period and it took two years to restore it to its former glory. The hotel gym does not have any natural light, but the light parquet flooring, numerous mirrors, bed of plants and nine 'Technogym' machines help make it a pleasant space. The hotel only has one treatment room, but massages can also be enjoyed in the comfort of your own room. There is also a concierge service.

    Food and drink 7.95 /10

    Guests can choose between three restaurants for dinner and two for lunch. The Atrium and the bar serve light dishes like fish and chips, salads, sandwiches, etc., from 12:30 pm to 10:30 pm. In addition to these two spaces, the 'Exchange' restaurant is open in the evening and it also hosts breakfast from 7:00 am to 10:00 am during the week and from 7:30 am to 10:30 am on the weekend. Guests can choose between the buffet and the a la carte menu, with its choice of continental or Irish breakfasts, American dishes or eggs Benedict. The dinner menu will set you back ?18 for two courses or ?22 for three. On Sundays, brunch is a popular option and it is served from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm to the sound of a live jazz band in this large, bright room with light parquet flooring. This setting is much more modern than in many other parts of the hotel, and patterns representing flowers and birds are painted on one wall. The cuisine here is European with Irish touches and the very elaborate menu includes wine suggestions for the various dishes.
    The Westin's afternoon tea, served in the Atrium, is quite divine, whether you opt for the traditional afternoon tea or the champagne option, etc. The canapé selection (foie gras, caviar, etc.) is particularly well suited to bring out the best in champagne, which can be served by the glass thanks to a partnership agreement with Dom Pérignon. This rare luxury is to be found in very few hotels in the capital and it is a pleasure to ask the staff for advice about the champagne. Thanks to their training on the subject, they can provide some really helpful information. Moët et Chandon champagne is also available. Guests with a healthy appetite have a special menu just for them and the dessert includes a chocolate fountain for two, complete with marshmallows and fruit to dip in (?18 for two people). There is a good choice of teas, so everyone should be able to find something to their taste (the various different flavours are displayed in little pots).
    The Mint Bar is housed in the unique and impressive setting of the Bank of Ireland's former vaulted strongroom. Guests can enjoy a drink surrounded by the safes, black and white photos and the bank's old furniture, etc. The bank counter has hardly changed at all, except that it is now manned by the bar staff! The mixologist will help you find your way around the capital's largest cocktail list, which includes inventions that have walked away with all the prizes at various sophisticated beverage competitions.

    To know

    A WiFi connection is available throughout the hotel. There is a fine selection of afternoon teas, cocktails, etc.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, keep fit, spa

    • Sports equipment

      gym, golf, fitness, sports

    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The communal areas
    • The bar and its cocktails
    • The welcome and the service!
    • The fine location
    • The magnificent Georgian style of the superb hall
    • The Westin bedding
    • The reception
    • The rooms

    disadvantages

    • The place is a maze!

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