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Hyatt Centric Dublin hotel review: 'We're country hoteliers in the city'

Ireland's first Hyatt hotel has opened in The Liberties. Pól Ó Conghaile checks in...

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Inside the Hyatt Centric Dublin

Inside the Hyatt Centric Dublin

The Liberties Gate Bar

The Liberties Gate Bar

Hodson Bay Group employees celebrate the Hyatt opening

Hodson Bay Group employees celebrate the Hyatt opening

Inside the Hyatt Centric Dublin. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

Inside the Hyatt Centric Dublin. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

An archaeological dig uncovered many objects on the site. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

An archaeological dig uncovered many objects on the site. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

A local treat from Mannings Bakery

A local treat from Mannings Bakery

Standard rooms are generously proportioned

Standard rooms are generously proportioned

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Inside the Hyatt Centric Dublin

'We're country hoteliers in the city," says Declan Curtis, welcoming me to Ireland's first Hyatt hotel.

Debate is heated on hotel development in Dublin, and you'd be forgiven for thinking this 234-bed is just the latest global brand to slot itself into the streetscape. As its Managing Director's comment suggests, however, there's a little more to this Liberties layover than meets the eye.

First, the country bit. The Hyatt Centric is managed under franchise by Athlone's Hodson Bay Group. From warm welcomes to Irish art, it's clear they're striving to soften the corporate shtick. Second, The Hyatt Corporation has over 800 properties and 14 brands worldwide. Its choice for Ireland says something: Hyatt Centric is a brand targeting "Savvy Explorers" who "want to feel like they're in the middle of the action". The approach has been to reach out to the neighbourhood - from having Imelda May perform at the opening party to small, daily deliveries from Mannings Bakery - rather than ram itself into it.


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