Reconstructed from three 19th-century landmark buildings opposite Trinity College, the Westin is all about location, but the marble pillars, tall mahogany doorways, blazing fireplaces, Palladian marble busts, and period details also set it apart. The central atrium is a hodge-podge of decor: Chippendale reproduction chairs, horse paintings on pale peach walls, turquoise lamps, and too many overstuffed sofas. The bedrooms, on the other hand, are functional, small, and suave, with crisp, white Indian linens, custom-made beds, and 18th century–style oak furniture. The rooms that overlook Trinity College are a little more expensive, but the chance to watch the students in a leisurely game of cricket on a summer weekend makes all the difference. The Exchange restaurant and Mint Bar are in the original vaults of the bank.
College Green, Dublin, Co. Dublin, 2, Ireland
Dec 13, 2009
We stayed here after having nice experiences at Westin Hotels in Napa and D.C.. However, this hotel was a big disappointment. The first room assigned to us was so small and dark, with only an interior window overlooking the bar below, so we asked to be moved to another room with an exterior window. The TV and safe in the second room did not work, and the bed had devolved into a "taco" shape - sunken in the middle with the sides creeping up. It
was likewise extremely small - not what I had expected from the "deluxe" reviews we saw when researching in advance. There was no coffee maker in the room or other small conveniences, unlike other high-end European hotels where we have stayed. This simply was not the Westin standard that we had experienced previously. Concierge staff was only periodically present, and smokers huddled at the entrance. There were a lot of events going on at the hotel during our brief stay, hence a lot of groups using the mezzanine floor and the bar/restaurant. Also, the in-house bar and restaurant prices were exhorbitant....23 Euros for a continental breakfast?! We would not recommend this hotel.
Mar 9, 2007
Would stay there again in a heartbeat. The staff if friendly and full of advice for food and activities. The room was ample with a great view of Grafton St. and the entrance to Temple Bar. The typical, if not great Westin bed and bathroom... and a mighty fine pint to be found in the bar!