As I first time visitor to Dublin I would agree with all the positive reviews of the Westin Dublin. The location is perfect – directly across the street from Trinity (make sure you see the Book of Kells!), or cross the street and walk up Fleet street for numerous bars & restaurants. We found the Palace Bar to be a wonderful place to sample an array of Irish whiskeys. Grafton street is a short walk – it is much more ‘touristy’, but still a pleasant place to walk. I was in Dublin for a conference at the Convention Centre which gave me the opportunity for a daily morning and late afternoon walk along the river to and from the Centre.
The hotel itself is great – we upgraded to a Deluxe room which gave us a view of Westmoreland street. The room was very quiet, we were able to have a street view without any disturbing street noise. Special shout out to Michael (concierge) – he was very knowledge and helpful with activity planning and advice, as well as practical information (we needed to purchase inexpensive Pay-as-You-Go GSM phone).
My overall impression of Dublin is that is much less ‘Disney-fied’ than many tourist destinations. While tourism is obviously an important part of the local economy, as I visitor I felt more that I was welcomed into an existing community, rather than dropped into an ‘experience’ created for tourists.
Tip: Please be advised that Dublin is not a 24x7 city. It can be difficult to find a restaurant that serves after 9 pm during the week and most convenience stores close by midnight (?) and do not re-open until 7 am.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Westin Dublin is a 5 star luxury hotel, located in the heart of Dublin city centre. The hotel offers an ambience of warmth and Irish hospitality, together with an international level of service and amenities that are uniquely Westin, inviting guests to unwind and recharge with a replenishing atmosphere and natural service. Occupying one of the best locations in Dublin, overlooking Trinity College, The Westin is in the centre of the main shopping and entertainment areas and is within easy walking distance of the Convention Centre and the International Financial Services Centre, Dublin's major business district. Behind the historic 19th century façade of the hotel, all of our 172 spacious guest rooms and suites each feature a signature Westin Heavenly Bed(R) ensuring the best night's sleep, a Heavenly Shower(R) and characteristic Irish décor. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Westin Dublin Hotel Dublin
- Dublin Hotel Westin
- Dublin Westin
- Westin Hotel Dublin