Dublin hotels are constantly evolving their guest offerings while reflecting the demand, among certain clients, for larger rooms or suites. Here are four new spaces to check out (or into) …
At Conrad Dublin, there are four Signature suites taking inspiration from Irish history and folklore. Choose between the regal Boru Suite, named after Brian Boru, High King of Ireland; The Lír Suite, inspired by the Children of Lír myths; The Earlsfort Suite taking inspiration from Baron Earlsfort, or The Niven Suite, named after landscape gardener Ninian Niven. Bruna Duque Estrada, Conrad’s marketing manager, says these suites are for those “who seek unique experiences and want their accommodation to be more than just a place to sleep but a destination in itself.” www.hilton.com.
The Westbury Dublin
Having hosted pop stars and politicos, actors and ambassadors, the former Presidential Suite on the sixth floor has been refurbished (part of an investment of €8m) and is now named after the hotel founder and entrepreneur PV Doyle. The suite incorporates a large en-suite master bedroom, living room, bar and dining area with a wellbeing/glam room space. The High Deco design scheme is inspired by a bespoke rug featuring mid-century motifs in organic colours and bright green accents. Artwork from Louis Le Brocguy, Nano Reid, Tim Goulding, Patrick Scott, Anne Madde and an Angelo Mangiarotti sculptural marble table in the sitting room make this a room to remember. The suite can also be reconfigured to incorporate three en-suite bedrooms. www.doylecollection.com
The Fitzwilliam Dublin
There are 16 new balcony suites at the Fitzwilliam Hotel with different views – four take in the hotel’s courtyard and garden, with the rest overlooking St Stephen’s Green spread across the fourth and fifth floors. These suites differ in size and were designed by Christopher Ashe of Project Orange – responsible for the original hotel design 25 years ago. The decor of the new suites is Art Deco in ethos with comfort a priority (and lovely Diptyque amenities too). My tip: order a breakfast tray and have it on to the rooftop terrace to enjoy the skyline views. www.fitzwilliamhoteldublin.com
The Westin, Dublin
The former Presidential suite has been renamed the College Suite and is a sophisticated dual-level space, featuring high ceilings and a wraparound private balcony with a stunning view of Trinity College, College Green, and Westmoreland Street. It comprises a spacious drawing room with Waterford Crystal chandelier and fireplace, luxurious bedroom with a walk-in dressing area, and an Italian marble ensuite bathroom, where guests will find posh Amouage amenities. The mezzanine level has a secret entrance and is perfect for hosting exclusive meetings and private dinners. There’s also a separate space, accessed by a spiral staircase, for children or private staff such as security and PAs. Guests of the College Suite can enjoy various services including private check-in, champagne upon arrival, personal concierge and chef services, dry cleaning (for up to two garments) and much more. Regal, yes, but this suite is far from intimidating. www.thewestinhoteldublin.com