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Intercontinental Dublin, Ireland
A gorgeous five-star in the upmarket and quiet Ballsbridge neighbourhood, a tree-lined suburb south of Dublin city and a popular location with embassies. The hotel looks modern from the outside but has a historic-hotel vibe on the inside, with lots of wood, chandeliers, antique-style furniture and plush carpets. Rooms and bathrooms are huge and really well equipped - the Italian marble bathrooms have huge bathtubs. The hotel also has a spa, a 14m pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, plus a well-equipped gym and a small garden terrace. It's not cheap to eat, drink or even park here, but the hotel regularly has special offer packages which include a three-course meal.
We loved all the trees in the area and how the hotel is away from the buzz, din and traffic of the city centre.
Herbert Park is a five-minute walk away, while the sights of Dublin city centre are a 10-minute drive.
By plane: direct flights to Dublin from Manchester and Birmingham (1 hour), and London (1 hour 15 minutes). It's a 25-minute drive to the hotel. Parking costs €15 per day. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
The hotel suits people who like all the five-star treatment and luxuries. Rooms are simple and peaceful in design but there's a sense of luxury and opulence around all of the common/public areas. There are lots of lovely areas in the hotel for afternoon tea or a drink - the garden terrace or the Reading Room in particular.
Service & Facilities
The service in every area was flawless. Even for such a large hotel, it felt personal and the welcome felt genuine.
- Swimming pool
- Fitness centre
- On-site parking
- Free Wi-Fi
The James Joyce Suite has silk walls, a private bar and plush sofas. It is a massive 250sqm suite and it is popular with visiting rock stars. Rooms are spacious - even the bathrooms are huge with deep bathtubs.
Classic Room, Family Room, Junior Suite, One Bedroom Suite, Luxury Suite, WB Yeats Suite, Lady Gregory Suite, James Joyce Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, Nespresso machine, bottled water, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
It's not all high-end five-star dining; there's a casual mix, so you can have a burger or fish and chips, or a loin of venison. The breakfast buffet has a great selection of cereals and hot food, and the bakery section has extras like banana bread and delicious scones as well as the usual croissants and danishes.
Seasons Restaurant: elegant 2 AA-Rosette restaurant, local produce, seasonal menus. Open daily for breakfast, Fri-Sat for dinner. Evening set menu from €60.
Lobby Lounge: comfy sofas, all-day menu, open daily. Afternoon tea served 12-2:30pm, from €58.