Intercontinental Dublin

Simmonscourt Rd., Dublin, Co. Dublin, Dublin 4, Ireland

Set within the show grounds of the Royal Dublin Society, this Victorian-Georgian hybrid—topped by gigantic eaves and a lovely cupola—looks like the real McCoy but was in fact built during the boomtime excesses of the brash Celtic Tiger era. The impressive landscaping—it has 4 acres of gardens—aims to make the hotel seem like an oasis; a big effort has been made to ensure that a bit of greenery can be seen from most rooms. Once you enter the six-floor building, you see pre-20th-century design mixes luxuriously with modern glass and concrete and lends the place a warm touch. Guest rooms are spacious, with large windows that allow light to flood in. The lower-level antiques-adorned spa is one of the finest in the country, with a naturally lit lap pool.

PROS

  • one of the country's top spas
  • full range of facilities
  • Lobby Lounge great for afternoon tea

CONS

  • a bit of an architectural mishmash
  • room design not the most inventive

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 01-665–4000

HOTEL DETAILS

157 rooms, 40 suites
Rate Includes: No meals

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