Last month I had a work trip to Dublin. Having never visited the city I was excited to have a little look around Ireland’s capital (schedule permitting), but I was mainly looking forward to our stay in the Dean Hotel – a relatively new boutique hotel on Harcourt Street.
DECOR/ATMOSPHERE // First things first, the Dean Hotel is achingly cool. It’s clear that a lot of investment has gone into the interior and getting the atmosphere right. There was a huge focus on independent, Irish designers and there were some lovely design and decor touches in the rooms including smeg fridges, Nespresso machines and Marshall amps. Marble and parquet flooring made it a bloggers dream room! I’d compare it to the Hoxton Holborn – it has a very similar vibe. We stayed on a Monday night, but at the weekend, the lobby has a DJ. I imagine it would be a brilliant place to have a few drinks!
FOOD // On the top floor of the Dean Hotel is Sophie’s – a modern American/Irish/Italian restaurant offering 270-degree views of Dublin. Unfortunately, when we visited it was chucking it down with rain, but I imagine that when it’s a gorgeous day the view is spectacular. We didn’t actually eat in the restaurant. We had a few coffee meetings there and found that the service wasn’t the most attentive. I also ordered room service from them in the morning (picture below) and everything was delicious. There’s a little card in your room with the breakfast menu on. You simply tick what you’d like and hang outside your room before you go to sleep, then in the morning, they’ll arrive bearing gifts in the form of smoked salmon and poached eggs. Everything was top notch. I couldn’t fault it at all.
AREA // The Dean is located just a stone’s throw away from Grafton Street (the main street in Dublin city centre) so is incredibly central. The staff on reception were great for recommending places to eat nearby and nothing was too far to walk to. My boss came with me on the trip but stayed at the hotel the night before. She said that she didn’t get a wink of sleep because of the noise from the two nightclubs either side of the hotel. Naturally then I was a bit nervous about how well I’d sleep. They moved her to a higher floor for the second night and she slept much better, so I’d recommend asking for a room on one of the top levels.
ROOM // I stayed in their SupeRoom thanks to a free cheeky upgrade. It meant I was on the 4th floor, which reassured me about the noise. I didn’t have any trouble getting to sleep, but I did get woken up at 2pm by Justin Timberlake’s ‘SexyBack.’ They provide earplugs in each of the room and once I’d popped them in I couldn’t hear a thing.
The room was incredible. It had a huge hamper of Irish treats including my new favourite chocolate brand, Dr Coy’s. Again, all the food was from Irish suppliers, which was a lovely touch. The bed was ridiculously comfortable with crisp white linen, and there was even a hot water bottle! The bathroom was huge with a brilliant waterfall shower and toiletries from Grafton Street Barbers. I was extremely comfortable throughout my whole stay and didn’t want to leave the next morning!
This is a lovely hotel, noise problems aside, so naturally it’s a little on the more expensive side at €149 for the SupeRoom I was upgraded to . More info can be found here.
*All photos, with the exception of the breakfast shot, were taken from the Dean Hotel’s website.