Conrad Dublin offers the ultimate Ireland experience – it’s close to all of the major tourist attractions while being removed enough for a much-needed sense of serenity in a major city.
The hotel is walking distance from many of the city’s major tourist destinations. It’s also packed with unique touches that make it stand out, from an on-call poet to a Gulliver’s Travels themed bar.
Here’s what to know if you’re considering booking a stay at Conrad Dublin.
The five-star hotel is a must-visit for tourists who want a quiet evening after exploring the city – or for the many celebrities who come through Dublin.
The hotel houses an impressive fitness center. Rugby teams often stay there when they pass through town, so they provide them with training equipment, including a high-tech Wattbike.
The location is unbeatable – it’s near the secret gardens of St Stephen’s Green. The shopping on Grafton Street, immortalized by Ed Sheeran’s song “Galway Girl” is a short walk away. And it’s all a short drive from the major tourist attractions, including the Guinness Brewery, where guests can receive guided tours but more importantly, have their selfie placed on top of the beer’s foam for a #stoutie.
The EPIC Irish Emigration Museum is also a short drive away and a must-see while you’re in town – even if you’re not Irish. The high-tech museum will make you feel like Harry Potter, with interactive rooms where the books move and tell stories. Museum guests can also visit the museum’s genealogy center to explore the database.
Another nearby standout, only a quick walk away, is ely Wine Bar and Restaurant. The family-owned restaurant, opened by Erik and Michelle Robson 16 years ago, offers over 500 bottles of wine and 80 different glasses.
The food and drinks
The hotel’s bar, Lemuel’s Lounge Bar, was inspired by Gulliver’s Travels, with cocktails and tea time based on the story. The roof is an elaborate map of his travels letting in natural light. The rest of the hotel, including its restaurants, are all informed by the city and its local gardens.
Coburg Brasserie, which gets its name from the nearby Ivy Garden’s former name, has a subtle equestrian theme. Throughout the restaurant, Hermès scarves are framed. The Champagne and Oyster table is a particularly thoughtful touch, where guests can opt for specific masterclasses with visiting chefs, including sourdough and chocolate.
The most casual restaurant is Alfie Byrne’s, which houses the third largest craft beer bar in the Dublin city center. Every week, they rotate their options to showcase Irish microbreweries. At the moment, they’re building one of the largest terraces in the city center just outside the pub.
During my recent hotel stay, Michelin-starred Chef Eddie Benghanem visited from their sister property, the Waldorf Astoria Trianon Palace in Versailles. He teamed up with pastry chef Brizaida Hernandez to introduce Tea Time at Lemuel’s. For the launch, New York media mingled with Dublin’s finest food writers. Guests sipped the custom cocktail, a Lillet Rosé Spritz, or opted for carefully selected teas. Tea Sommelier Shameerah Corrigan showed me how to brew the perfect cup, a millennial pink floral concoction that smelled like it should be a body wash in the best possible way.
“The dessert has to be simple and tasty. I like when I understand what I’m eating. I want the dessert to be nice fresh and not too sweet so you can enjoy,” Chef Eddie Benghanem told the crowd.
One standout of the hotel is the on-call “Limerick Butler,” Stephen Clare, paying homage to the city’s rich literary history. While he creates poems and not limericks, they’re the ideal gift to take back home to your loved ones.
Simply give the resident butler a theme, along with details about who the poem is for, and he’ll craft a poem on the spot using his vintage typewriter.
Conrad Dublin has 192 rooms that were fully refurbished in 2016. They’re the largest standard rooms in Dublin city center and all are equipped with large bay windows for lots of natural light and plenty of local touches.
The wool blanket throws are hand woven in Ireland. The hotel rooms also come equipped with built-in international converters, making it ideal for weary travelers who forget their own.
The Presidential Suite is the most famous of the hotel’s rooms. The spacious suite comes complete with a piano for traveling musicians and a dining room that would seat an entire band. The massive suite has reportedly hosted everyone from David Bowie to Hillary Clinton.
During my weekend visit last month, I spotted former Senator Joe Lieberman quietly dining at the hotel’s restaurant, the Coburg Brasserie.
How much does it cost to stay there?
Rooms start at $430 a night.