Some say the appeal of the Emerald Isle lies in its lush green countryside and rugged coastline, but I think the capital has plenty to entice travellers. Besides, Dublin was designated as the fourth UNESCO City of Literature back in 2010 and has been home to many famous writers over the years. As a writer myself, this fact caught my attention and had me eager to explore the streets of Dublin. There really is something for everyone in this city from shopping in Grafton Street to the pub culture in the Temple Bar area. Keep an eye out as you stroll through the streets as Dublin has many hidden gems (like the silly statue of Oscar Wilde) just waiting to be discovered by curious wanderers.
Our first night in Ireland was spent at The Address Dublin 1 which is a 4-star hotel located in Dublin’s business district. This brand new luxury hotel shares the same premises as the North Star Hotel but is completely unique and very modern. It made for a perfect sanctuary in the city for us travel-weary visitors. The interior is made up of funky contemporary design combined with the original brick face walls of the buildings which created a fascinating look of the new blended with the old. The lighting also enhanced the ambiance as the reception area was full of nooks with comfortable seating for guests to enjoy.
The hotel is within walking distance to the train and bus stations and self-driving visitors can park at nearby Connolly Station. Although not much to look at from outside, The Address at Dublin 1 has a warm and cosy feeling inside. This is of particular importance when you arrive during a typical Dublin downpour; especially in winter. Staff members were just as warm and welcoming and made every effort to help us with our many questions upon arrival. Their first-class amenities include a fully-equipped gym, Scandinavian saunas and two rooftop lounges exclusively for use by hotel guests.
Our room was on the top floor and had the most incredible view of the Dublin skyline that captivated my attention immediately. The 72 luxury rooms and suites really offer travellers everything they could possibly need during their stay. With a huge bed, super soft bedding, large ensuite bathroom, an entertainment system on the TV and plush bathrobes I was ready to settle in permanently.
Each room is equipped with state of the art smart technology and one touch devices that controls everything in the room. Décor consisted of muted greys and whites with a few splashes of gemstone colors to round off the soft features. We couldn’t have asked for a more comfortable or peaceful place to recuperate and we awoke the next day feeling refreshed and ready to explore.
Dining at The Address at Dublin 1 is real treat due to the fact that McGettigans Cookhouse and Bar is situated on the ground floor. Not only is the food superb but the drinks are just as great and tend to flow in the typical Irish style.
We enjoyed a starter and main course each along with a shared bottle of wine as we took in our surroundings and planned for the trip ahead. My chilli and garlic butter prawns starter was served with sourbread toast. The delightful combination of flavours was excellent and my husband was just as appreciative of his starter which was the soup of the day.
For the main course I ordered the organic salmon which was served with oyster mushrooms, Thai green curry and vegetables. My salmon had been perfectly prepared by the knowledgeable chef and paired wonderfully with the crunchy vegetables.
Breakfast each morning was served in the newly refurbished cellar on the lowest floor of the hotel. There is a wide variety of choices that ranges from the traditional Continental breakfast to a Hot Irish Buffet. Definitely the kind of breakfast that gives you a great start to your day.
There is no shortage of things to do Dublin and you’ll need several days to do everything. The Address at Dublin 1 is quite centrally located and close to Dublin’s Theatres, the Concert Hall and the Convention Centre. You also have easy access to the public transport systems which are just across the streets and will take you straight into Dublin Old Town. Each section of the city has something interesting and unique to offer.
My personal favourite was the Viking and Medieval Area as I just love history. You can visit Dublin Castle which offers a number of different tour options. Otherwise, head around the other side of the Castle to visit the Chester Beatty Museum. This cultural museum has revolving exhibitions, so check the schedule in advance. While we were there the exhibition contained hundreds of artefacts, ancient books, scrolls, clothing, and jewellery from various Asian and Middle Eastern countries.
Nearby, you’ll find Trinity College which is well known for its famous past students but also for the Book of Kells which is housed in The Long Room. This extraordinary library is awe-inspiring and a haven for bibliophiles. While in the area, make sure to visit Grafton Street to do some shopping and Temple Bar for photographs and a pint, if you like. This part of Dublin has a wonderfully vibrant energy and is always busy regardless of the weather. Take a stroll through St Stephen’s Green or go to Phoenix Park if you’re looking for green spaces and some time in nature.
In a nutshell
Dublin is a lively city full of exciting things to discover and experience. With endless entertainment possibilities make sure you spend enough time in this capital. The Address at Dublin 1 will cater to all your needs and provide every comfort imaginable as you explore making it the ideal base for any visit to Dublin.
Rooms and suites at The Address at Dublin 1 can be booked from £184 per night.
Address: 1 Amiens St, Mountjoy, Dublin 1, Ireland