Contemporary, classic or cost effective – these summer staycation packages are not to be missed and provide the perfect opportunity to rediscover Dublin and its rich cultural history and fine cuisine. Not forgetting the chance for a much needed shopping spree too …
Check into Dublin’s most distinguished address where you’ll be pampered and thoroughly looked after by its friendly, meticulous staff. A must do is checking out No. 27 The Shelbourne Bar after its recent refurbishment, while enjoy some refreshments (and people-watching). Unwind further with a stroll around the Green, a few lengths of the pool or take off to the spa. Later, head chef Garry Hughes and his team will serve a three-course dinner in The Saddle Room, which is included in “The Shelbourne Escape” package. This is a one night break which includes breakfast, dinner and valet parking from €479 per room; www.TheShelbourne.com.
This summer, Conrad Dublin is inviting guests to enjoy an overnight experience with early check-in and late check-out which includes a guaranteed room upgrade, three-course dinner, breakfast the following morning, plus complimentary onsite car parking from €259 per double room per night. A bonus is you can bring your pooch. Conrad Dublin has pet friendly rooms – your pooch will be presented with a dog registration card as well as welcome gift and, if they are very well behaved, perhaps join the Hilton Honors rewards club! Guests also have access to the hotel gym, and the Terrace Kitchen & Social House – an amazing spot to enjoy views of the newly renovated piazza on Earlsfort Terrace and neighbouring National Concert Hall, where you can sit, sip and dine while watching the world pass by; www.conraddublin.com.
The Wilder Townhouse has just launched its “Dublin Reawakened” package. Just minutes from St Stephen’s Green and the Iveagh Gardens, it’s an ideal base to enjoy the capital. The overnight bed and breakfast package includes a private guided tour of the hidden gems of Dublin, venturing along the cobbles of Temple Bar and Trinity College, experiencing museums with some songs and stories along the way. Enjoy a cocktail after the tour on the hotel’s pretty terrace and take home a gift book of the city too. This package is from €390 based on two people sharing. Having stayed at The Wilder last summer, I know the team will have a few surprises in store for their lucky guests; www.thewilder.ie.
One of three tempting packages at The Westbury is “Make it Memorable with Bubbles and Cake”. This includes an overnight stay for two in an elegant bedroom, à la carte breakfast in Wilde the following morning, plus a decadent Bubbles and Cake experience with a glass of Perrier-Jouët Champagne in the stylish surroundings of The Gallery. Rates for two guests start at €345; www.doylecollection.com.
Looking for a seaside break? The Shoreline Hotel is nestled on the peninsula of Donabate on a 5km sandy beach overlooking the Irish Sea and Lambay Island. Currently offering a “Girls Night In” package, this relaxing getaway starts with Afternoon Tea and a glass of prosecco overlooking Dublin Bay. Indulge in a pre-dinner cocktail followed by a two-course meal in Shoreline Brasserie and then stay overnight in one of the hotel’s newly refurbished rooms. Enjoy a leisurely full Irish breakfast the following morning. From €225 for two adults sharing; www.shorelinehotel.ie.
The Clarence is offering a luxurious one-night “Dine and Stay” package. Guests can spend time relaxing in the newly refurbished lobby bar before enjoying a decadent three-course dinner in Cleaver East restaurant. The next morning tuck into a full cooked to order breakfast. From €125 per person; www.theclarence.ie.
Hard Rock Hotel Dublin
A music-inspired city escape, the “Dublin Calling” experience includes an overnight stay in one of its stylish bedrooms, with breakfast and dinner in Zampas Restaurant & Bar plus a second room for your friends to join you – absolutely free. Other bonuses include “The Sound of Your Stay” music programme, allowing you to set the mood with a complimentary playlist, a Crosley turntable and selection of vinyls, or rock out with a Fender guitar during an in-room jam session complete with an amp and headphones. There is also a special wellness programme “Rock Om”, an in-room yoga experience fusing yoga with upbeat music. Guests can also enjoy the hotel’s specially curated art collection which features artwork by Irish artists Jim Fitzpatrick, Duda, Helen O’Higgins and Neil Powell celebrating the heroes of Irish music and culture. Dublin Calling is available to book from €250; www.hardrockhotels.com/dublin.
Ideally located off Grafton Street, the boutique Brooks Hotel is perfect for a retail therapy staycation. Guests can check in early and enjoy tea or coffee with freshly baked scones and jam, before browsing the shops around Grafton Street or take a short walk to Henry Street or hop on the LUAS to Dundrum. Guests at Brooks Hotel receive exclusive discounts in selected stores on Drury and Exchequer streets, George’s Street Arcade and Powerscourt Townhouse. Guests can also use the hotel’s “shop and drop” – you can drop off shopping bags and a concierge will leave them in your room. Return to the hotel for a glass of prosecco, two-course evening meal in Francesca’s restaurant and relax in the private resident’s lounge. This package is €249 total stay based on two people sharing; www.brookshotel.ie.
The Fitzwilliam Hotel
The luxurious five-star Fitzwilliam Hotel is offering a midweek getaway, from €299 per room (Tuesday – Thursday) and from €399 at weekends. On arrival, guests can use the hotel’s complimentary car parking facilities, enjoy a glass of bubbles, before checking into a garden room which overlooks the hotel’s stylish courtyard. This summer experience includes a three-course dinner at the hotel’s fine dining restaurant Glovers Alley and breakfast the following morning. For a more casual dining experience, The Fitzwilliam Hotel also offers guests an overnight stay with casual dining from €249 per room (Monday – Sunday). The mid-week menu is served in a private booth of The Inn on the Green; www.fitzwilliamhoteldublin.com.
The Merrion Hotel
The fabulous “Five Star Steal” at this Georgian gem includes one night’s accommodation in a luxurious double room with a bottle of chilled champagne in your room upon arrival. Later enjoy a three-course dinner for two people from the “House Menu” in The Garden Room. Guests can enjoy complimentary access to The Merrion Health Club, with a leisurely breakfast the following morning. From €420 per room per night; www.merrionhotel.com.
The Devlin’s “All In Experience” is a two-night package which includes a welcome drink from from the award-winning Americana Bar, tickets to its on site movie theatre Stella Cinema, breakfast and a three-course evening meal in Layla’s Rooftop Restaurant on an evening of your choice. All areas of the hotel are highly Instagrammable, so make the most of your stay! From €225 per person based on two nights; www.thedevlin.ie.
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