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Hotel Review: The Westin Dublin, central Dublin in Ireland

Beside the Liffey River and with a location you won’t find more central in Dublin, the 19th century building of The Westin overlooks the animated streets of Temple Bar and the prestigious Trinity College. A hotel for those who want the city on their doorstep, just beyond The Westin’s revolving doors, guests have the city at their fingertips.

Presidential Suite Living Room
The Presidential Suite Living Room

A comfortably convenient base complete with 172 rooms, the heritage of the building as the former Irish Bank makes it not your traditional Westin hotel. A signature aspect to our room, the bed frame is a striking design element featuring an oversized, dark quilted headboard that gave way to soft cotton sheets and a welcoming mattress.

A hotel that actively encourages and welcomes the city from the outside in, The Westin attracts a stream of afternoon tea bookings into its capacious Atrium Lounge. Hidden away within the core of the property and wrapped within five floors, the understated elegance and adaptable continental style of the large lounge boasts a peace the Irish streets are unable to. A glass roof and therefore an abundance of natural light allows for lazy afternoons. With a consistently popular afternoon tea menu, the space also opens itself up for many more occasions with a breakfast menu from 9am through to an evening menu until 9pm; for all day dining, meetings and celebrations.

Afternoon Tea at The Attrium Lounge, The Westin Dublin
The beautiful Attrium Lounge. Copyright 2015 Matthew

Perhaps a paradox, The Westin’s hotel bar, The Mint Bar, is described as ‘moody sophistication’. Conceivably proposed this way it is concealed within the original vaults of the old bank and considered one of the city centre’s finest. A recent launch specific to Friday nights and entitled ‘Cool As A Cucumber’, the Hotel’s partnership with Tangueray has allowed for the property to hop on the popular gin bandwaggon. An evening of not only gin cocktails, gourmet bites with a soulful soundtrack set to the Dublin night scene, The Mint Bar’s specially-designed ‘Cool as a Cucumber’ cocktail menu includes gin favourites such as the Bramble, a Raspberry Lime Bellini, Peach Spritzer, and the prohibition-era classic, The Last Word – a lime concoction served straight up in a chilled cocktail glass. Away from the nearby mayhem of Temple Bar, The Mint Bar holds under its belt a number of accolades pinning it as The Hotel Bar of the Year; perfect for those who prefer to escape the crowded cobbles across the street.

Rolling off the tongue, the Westin Workout with the fitting strap line of ‘out of town doesn’t mean out of shape’, allows guests to balance any Dublin indulgences and stay energized in their boutique hotel gym. Suitable for high intensity, time efficient workouts, the discreet fitness studio is open 24 hours a day with the convenience of a workout gear lending service; adding further flexibility to guest schedules.

The Exchange Restaurant
The Exchange Restaurant is a stylish, relaxed brasserie and is an informal and cosy venue looking onto Westmoreland Street

Adapted to complete a city break to the Irish capital, in a nutshell, The Westin Dublin, encapsulates the ying and yang of peace and partying Dublin has to offer. An asset to the five star luxury city hotel is the convenience of its central location pulling in an audience not only from far afield, but across all corners locally for an experience in the mix of the vibrant city.

Address: The Westin Dublin, College Green, Westmoreland Street, Dublin, D02 HR67, Ireland. Phone: +353 1 645 1000,