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Where To Find Glamour, Great Design and Fabulous Food in Dublin

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The elegant Dylan Hotel in south Dublin City has been a favourite with the style set since it opened over a decade ago. Housed in the former nurses’ home of the Royal City of Dublin Hospital, there are several references to its previous occupants. The new Eddison restaurant, one of several dining options in the 72-bedroom hotel, is named after one of the hotel’s matrons, Miss Edith Annie Eddison, who ran it during the 1916 Rising. The Ruby Room – a must-visit for cocktails – takes its name from Ruby V Stokes, another matron. While retaining a sense of history, the hotel has had a contemporary redesign curated by Grainne Weber of Grainne Weber Architects, which celebrates Irish craftsmanship in a timeless sophisticated aesthetic.

Designed to bring guests on a journey through the hotel, the recent makeover is the result of a collaboration with some of the finest local craftspeople. Commissioned to create unique pieces, design aficionados will notice these populate the ground floor. The lobby, accessorised in rich colours of jade and forest green, features Irish oak desks by furniture maker John Lee, which were fumed, ebonised and sandblasted resulting in interesting scalloped edges. Original mid-century Max Ingrand lighting, columns, and marble and parquet flooring are other design notes. A sense of calm descends, due to the mix of colours and detail, further revealed in the Dylan Bar.

Spoilt for choice as to where to meet within the hotel, the Dylan Bar is one option and a favourite spot for a light lunch or pre-dinner cocktails. A serene tonal colour palette of orange and mustard, is offset with walnut and burr elm panelling, and of course the walnut-fronted bar. There is an impressive Irish whiskey and gin collection, and while savouring a bespoke cocktail created by one of the hotel’s mixologists, don’t forget to admire the striking portrait by Cian McLoughlin – just one of many artworks throughout the hotel.

Leading seamlessly from the Dylan Bar is the hotel’s airy flagship restaurant, The Eddison. A new addition to the Dublin dining scene, it has already garnered rave reviews because of its marriage of aesthetics and taste. A dramatic moss installation, created by Bronagh Harte of Gingko Flowers, draws the eye to the ceiling and this live installation changes seasonally to reflect the foliage outside and mirrors The Eddison’s food philosophy of placing plants and vegetables at the heart of its cuisine.

Menus change on a monthly basis and the restaurant is open for an early bird breakfast from 6.30am onwards. Serving traditional dishes, there are moreish options such as bacon wrapped eggs with Parmesan or fried duck eggs with toasted brioche soldiers. The Eddison is also popular with those in the know for Sunday lunch, where sharing platters (€40 per person) feature roast lamb and delicious autumnal sides.

For a more intimate party or soiree, The Ruby Room is a gem (no pun intended) with luxe padded velvet walls, comfy banquette seating, feather cushions and bespoke silk lamps (made by Shady and the Lamp) with custom-made tables by Donegal-based designer Ciaran McGill. Rich in tone and texture, this is made for dressing up and is another Instagrammable backdrop.

A firm favourite with Dylan’s regular guests since the hotel opened in 2006, The Library provides a luxurious space for informal meetings, company presentations, private dining and receptions. Natural daylight, an original Gerard Byrne painting of the Botanical Gardens in Dublin and a feature fireplace are key elements. Not to mention a sense of cosiness in the evening, when the fire is lit.

The south-facing Nurserie is a partially-covered terrace and urban oasis which is open throughout the year. With Victorian planting, rope chairs and pops of colour (red and grey) and an enviable menu, The Nurserie is the venue for a seamless slide from desk to dinner. 

Dylan Hotel has 72 bedrooms and suites including luxury queen, deluxe, experience suites and the signature suite. The luxury bedrooms, with large sash windows, overlook the front of the hotel with views of the leafy city neighbourhood. The deluxe bedrooms are Irish-designed and individually styled with many incorporating original design features of the Victorian nurses’ home, including vaulted ceilings and portholes. As for the experience suites and the signature suite, they are crafted to reflect the residential luxury of staying in Dublin 4. The signature suite, on the third floor, has a loft-style vibe. With a spacious, seating area, bespoke Italian bed, marble bathroom with a deep soak tub and rainfall shower, this is worthy of a special occasion stay. Add Dylan Hotel’s list of signature services, which sets the hotel apart, and checking in is a pleasure. It’s checking out that is a hardship.

Need to Know: The Dylan, Eastmoreland Place, Dublin 4 currently has an “Autumn Special”, which includes complimentary breakfast and valet parking. To avail of this offer, call 353 (01) 660 3000, email justask@dylan.ie or visit www.dylan.ie.

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