First Look: The Dean Hotel, Dublin
Dublin's most hotly anticipated hotel opening of 2014 takes place this weekend, and Independent.ie Travel has exclusive photos.
The €5.5m build, located on Harcourt Street, opens Friday.
Developed by the the Press Up Entertainment Group, which also operates U2's Clarence Hotel, the Dean is an urbane and boldly-designed four-star set to give the city's boutique hotel scene a much-needed kick in the pants.
It sets 52 bedrooms over several floors of Georgian and contemporary architecture, with a set-piece highlight in the shape of a rooftop bar and restaurant - Sophie's.
The restaurant comes with 270-degree views over the city centre.
The Dean has invested heavily in emerging Irish artists, boasts a rotisserie on its ground floor, a first-floor function room ('The Blue Room'), and loads of delicious design touches.
My first impression is of a hotel sitting somewhere between The Hoxton in Shoreditch and Kelly's Hotel on South Great George's Street, although The Dean has enough confidence, standout features and design flair to forge its own identity in the months ahead.
A vibrant and diverse hotel scene is essential to any great city, and though The Dean will have to prove its worth in terms of service and food, it's opening should be warmly welcomed.
The four-star should compete well with The Morgan and possibly even the Morrison in Dublin - but its compact size, busy location and lack of spa or pool won't unduly trouble five-stars like The Dylan or Fitzwilliam.
And its location?
The Dean is sandwiched between Copper Face Jacks and Everleigh Garden, two boisterous Harcourt Street nightclubs... so don't expect the quietude of a parkland resort. Staff reassured me, however, that added sound-proofing had been worked into the rooms.
Rates at The Dean start from €109 midweek, rising to €129 for a Punk Bunk, €149 for a SupeRoom and €649 for the one-bedroom penthouse suite.
More info: www.thedean.ie