Four Seasons in One Night
The hotel attracts hip professionals and discerning tourists, but turned out to be the ideal location for a weekend night away from the hum drum of home, as Fionnuala McCarthy discovered.
By week the hotel is a hub of activity with international business executives, who return repeatedly if a glance at Trip Advisor is anything to go by. But the weekend is when the hotel is at its best and natives who can sample a little of the five star luxury that the Four Seasons’ name is synonymous with around the world.
Set in the heart of the embassy belt and salubrious leafy homes of Dublin 4, the hotel’s location is superb; it’s a one-minute walk to the RDS arena and conference facility and a five-minute ride in a taxi to Grafton Street, guaranteeing an uninterrupted night's rest away from the bustle and noise of the city centre.
Prompt valet parking and a parking spot for all guests are guaranteed but a trip to the car wash first is advisable because there are some seriously good looking motors parked here.
This is old school. The spacious lobby with crystal chandeliers, Italian marble pillars wows, as the vast collection of artwork on the walls. Built in 2001, the Four Season has a stately feel with nods to both Georgian and Victorian architecture. The iconic Ice Bar, a favourite haunt of Dublin socialites, is a beautifully designed light and modern space, even if the champagne corks now pop less frequently than they did in during the boom years.
No need for orb-like silver lampshades or wet rooms in any of the 259 classically designed rooms, which include 67 suites A junior suite, which sleeps a family of four, comes with a walk in wardrobe, a marble bathroom with separate toilet, double vanity and glass walled shower. Sound proofing was excellent, and led to the best night’s sleep in years, aided by the black out curtains, down duvet and pillows, and a mattress so perfect that that the Four Seasons likely had engineered by NASA. Sky Sports is available in all rooms, which naturally led to the suggestion we check in for the final Liverpool game of the season.
There’s a dedicated concierge desk, and everything else you would expect from a five star hotel. But it is in service that the hotel comes into its own. The staff engages with guests at every opportunity, and are eager to linger and chat.
Food & Drink
It doesn’t get much better than sipping on a pre-dinner drink on the sunlight-flooded lounge facing onto an inner courtyard. Tucked away off the lounge is the Reading Room restaurant, the hotel’s little secret; an intimate room with an open fire, bookcase and parlour feel.
There is great selection on the menu, just don’t overdo it, as breakfast alone in Seasons restaurant is worth a trip to the hotel alone for. The children’s menu is impressive and well thought out, with enough to please parents and little people alike.
Prepare to be completely indulged here. The lower level has a fully equipped gym, a pool, jacuzzi, and male and female sauna and steam rooms, with changing room facilities that included Sunday newspapers, glossy magazines, face cloths on ice, herbal teas and fresh coffees although the home made muffins on tap, made any effort made in the gym fairly redundant.
Very much so, but without the noise associated with ‘family friendly hotels’. Activities and clubs are organised for younger guests, children are allowed in the pool until 8 pm and are welcomed in the restaurant. What is guaranteed to blow your mind if you are seven-years-old is the cookie with your name written in chocolate provided in the room on your arrival.
May Bank Holiday at Four Seasons Hotel Dublin
Dublin City Escape Package;
20% off Room Rate. Prices start from €180 per night.
Deluxe King Room (min 2 night stay) from Thursday to Sunday.
Tel: (01) 665 4000