Monday 23 October 2017

Conde Nast ranks Dublin hotspot as one of world's best new hotels

The Dean Hotel, Dublin. The Harcourt Street four-star is the first new hotel to open in the capital in over 18 months. Scroll through the gallery for more photos.
The Dean Hotel, Dublin. The Harcourt Street four-star is the first new hotel to open in the capital in over 18 months. Scroll through the gallery for more photos.
A 'SupeRoom' at The Dean. Original artworks, rotary-dial phones, luxe tones and stripped back walls and floors create a funky, yet understated feel. Superior rooms start from €149 per night.
'I fell in love here' reads the neon sign over reception.
Sophie's restaurant and bar. The rooftop bar offers 270-degree views of Dublin ("the weather is our wallpaper," according to the blurb), along with a wood-fired pizza oven. An outdoor terrace overlooks Harcourt Street.
Room keycards are issued in small, brown paper envelopes.
One of The Dean's 'Punk Bunk' rooms. A bunk bed slotted in over the double sleeps a third guest. The rooms start from €129 per night.
Mini Marshall Amp and turntable. The Dean's rooms are full of retro design touches, and some even provide vinyl freshly acquired from Tower Records.
Bedroom corridor, The Dean Hotel. Unusually, three different standard of room feature along each corridor, ranging from box-sized 'Mod Pods' to 'Punk Bunks' sleeping three, and 'SupeRooms' - superior, or deluxe-sized doubles.
Novel notes and greeting cards are scattered throughout the hotel, with quips such as 'Come here to me' and 'What's the craic?' lightening up any boutique pretentiousness.
Smeg fridges, rotary dial phones and nostalgic sweeties all come as standard in The Dean's rooms. Mod Pods, the smallest rooms, start from around €109 per night.
Bathrooms are minimalist, featuring large-size Grafton Barber products.
'The Dean Manual'. The hotel's in-room information pack is limited to a single sheet, with helpful tips such as 'Oodles of TV shows and movies on your in-room Netflix'.
Sophie's restaurant and bar. The rooftop bar offers 270-degree views of Dublin ("the weather is our wallpaper," according to the blurb), along with a wood-fired pizza oven.
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Dublin's Dean Hotel, a boldly-designed 4-star on Harcourt Street, has made Condé Nast Traveler's list of the world's best new hotels.

"If you want to be in the middle of the nightlife district, you can’t do better than this 52-room modernist hotbed," the travel bible says.

"When you’ve settled in, head to the rooftop bar for the best views in Dublin."

The €5.5 million build, developed by the the Press Up Entertainment Group, opened last November with an adventurous mix of Georgian and contemporary architecture.

A rooftop bar and restaurant, Sophie's, offers 270-degree views over Dublin.

Condé Nast staff and contributors vetted more than a hundred recently opened hotels and resorts, from West Africa to Miami, in compiling its Hot List.

The list appeared in its May issue, and was re-circulated in its newsletter last night.

The best new hotels "combine old-school extravagance and service with just the right measure of modernity," it says.

The influential publication also ranks The Dean as one of its 15 Best New City Hotels for 2015, alongside the renovated Hotel Athénée in Paris, The Ludlow in New York and others.

"At the Dean hotel, intimate, individually designed rooms with moody blue walls, washed-out herringbone parquet floors, and subway-tiled bathrooms come thoughtfully accented," it says.

"We love the vinyl records, Marshall amps, smart TVs, Nespresso machines, and zippy orange SMEG mini bars stocked with a wellspring of local artisan libations.

"Best of all: There's a 360-degree view [sic] of Dublin at Sophie’s, the hotel’s rooftop restaurant and bar."

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.

The full list of Best New Hotels is online here.

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