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WHAT WE LOVE...

This is a trendy, boutique-style hotel in the upmarket suburb of Ranelagh, a neighbourhood which is known for a great selection of pubs and restaurants and is around 15 minutes from the city by car. There are 40 cosy guest rooms, which are comfortable and well-equipped with a mini bar of drinks and snacks and lots of convenient gadgets. The Americana cocktail bar on the ground floor is a large, bright space with an excellent cocktail and tapas menu, and Layla's rooftop restaurant has a classic Italian menu, a great selection of wines and cocktails and good views of the surrounding rooftops. There's a coffee hatch, and guests can also book in to see movies in the comfortable Stella Cinema in the basement, which has its own bar.

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Yvonne Gordon
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Yvonne Gordon is an award-winning travel writer who writes for publications around the globe including The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, National Geographic Travel and BBC Travel. She is author of Frommer's Ireland, co-author of Lonely Planet Experiences Ireland and her awards include Travel Extra Travel Journalist of the Year. Follow her at www.instagram.com/yvonne.gordon.

THE DETAILS

Location

Step out of the hotel's door into Ranelagh village and have access to many great pubs and restaurants.

It's a short walk to Rathmines, where you'll find the shops, art galleries and cafés. A 20-minute stroll north will take you to St Stephen's Green and the city centre.
By plane: direct flights to Dublin from Manchester and Birmingham (1 hour), and London (1 hour 15 minutes). It's a 30-minute drive to the hotel. Parking costs €15 per night. skyscanner.net

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Style & Character

People who like fun, art, good food, cocktails, a movie night and a comfortable sleep - or locals on a night out - will enjoy staying here. We loved the colourful art and the stylish rooftop restaurant, with views of the surrounding low-rise buildings and distant mountains.

Service & Facilities

Rooms are very well equipped; there is a speaker, kettle, Nespresso machine, hot water bottle, clothing steamer and hairdryer in the room.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Cinema
  • Family-friendly
  • Free Wi-Fi

Rooms

The standard Double room was compact, extremely comfortable, well-equipped and had nice views. We liked the picture windows at the end of corridors and appreciated the extra touches in the room: interesting magazines to read, snacks and toiletries for sale and a clothing steamer.

Double, Super Double, Bunk, Family
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, Nespresso machine, Smeg mini fridge, TV, free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

The Italian menu at Layla's has great pasta, pizza and traditional mains, plus creative cocktails like a whiskey apple or a mango basil smash. We recommend the pappardelle pasta with slow-cooked beef Bolognese on the heated outdoor terrace at Layla's.

Layla's: rooftop restautant, Italian cuisine. Open daily for all-day dining and weekend brunch. 3-course evening menu from €49.50.
Americana Bar: atmospheric cocktail bar, bar snacks and sharing plates. Open daily from 12pm.

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