Sunday 21 December 2014

Review: Westbury Hotel, Dublin

Enjoy opulent luxury in a central location.

Published 20/07/2014 | 02:30

Tucked away on a side street off of one of the city’s busiest throughfares, The Westbury is a Dublin institution.

In the seconds between stepping off Grafton Street and entering the lobby, you’re transported into a luxurious space filled with marble, smiling staff and a collection of seriously impressive artwork. The rooms themselves are well equipped, with plush Sealey beds, crisp Lissadell linens and a muted, warm palette.

Highlights: Every member of staff we encountered were courteous and friendly, without being overbearing. The dining options are all top notch, from perfectly mixed cocktails in the Marble Bar to an incredible dinner in Café Novo. Afternoon tea is a popular and elegant treat, with intricate pastries and delectable cakes served up in the Gallery.

Lowlights: It would be genuinely difficult to find fault with the hotel, but we did think that an in-house spa would be a great addition.

Best for: Those looking to shop (the hotel can organise personal shopping sessions at nearby Brown Thomas). It’s also a popular spot for special occasions — when we checked in, there was a couple celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary.

Concierge’s Choice: Both the concierge and guest relations staff are incredibly passionate and knowledgeable about Dublin. Upon arrival we were urged to head straight to the National Museum, with the promise that we’d visit the exhibition of Iron Age bog bodies. Concierge John advises guests to pop into the oldest looking pub they can find if they’re after a truly sterling pint, and often directs them into McDaid’s, just outside the hotel’s entrance.

Ask for room number: All of the rooms are bright and miraculously silent considering the location. They all share many of the same ameneties, but if you can splurge on a studio suite then you’re blessed with a huge amount of space, a four poster bed and, thrillingly, a television above the huge bathtub.

Guests of honour: As you’d expect, the privacy of their guests is closely guarded by the Westbury team, but it is rumoured that David Bowie, Johnny Depp and Audrey Hepburn have all checked in.

Rates: Superior rooms start at €200 per night, or €240 with breakfast, for two people. Suites start at €320 per night, or €360 with breakfast, for two people. The traditional afternoon tea costs €42 per person, or €48 with champagne. Contact or 01 679 1122

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