Much like the famous Stella Artois advert - 'Reassuringly expensive' - the Conrad Dublin International, part of the Hilton family, knows how to charge. But you'll get top-class service, a great location just off St Stephen's Green, and smashing views for your money. The modern hotel is no beauty from the outside, but from the moment you enter through its black and gold column entrance, you'll feel like you are in safe hands at an international standard luxury hotel. As such, it's popular with business travellers.
YOU SHOULD KNOW If you're looking for quirkiness, the Conrad is probably not the place for you: overall it's an efficient and well-run machine, but it does feel a little light on personality.
Newly refurbished rooms are light and bright, with large windows and natural-wood furnishings, and chilled-out light green and grey tones. There are huge TVs, Nespresso machines and USB ports.
The best thing about the seven-story building is the great views of the city, so ask for—no, insist on—a room on one of the top three floors Five rooms even have a balcony.
The hotel has a fully-equipped gym and staff are also happy to recommend local jogging routes and golf courses.
The hotel boasts a host of newly spruced up dining and drinking options. The great breakfast is served in the swanky Coburg Brasserie, which also does brunch at weekends and all-day dining the rest of the time.
Lemuel's Lounge Bar, named after the protagonist of Gulliver's Travels and stylishly themed along those lines, dishes up a suitably global afternoon tea and drinks. Alfie Byrne's is a busy Irish-style pub with craft beers, that manages not to feel as fake as it could situated as it is within a high-end hotel.
The hotel is centrally located, very close to St Stephen's Green and a brisk 15-minute walk from the River Liffey and sights closer to its banks.
Treat yourself to two-Michelin starred cuisine at the Restaurant Patrick Guilbard (8-minute walk) in the Merrion Hotel. Or Fudi's Deli (2-minute walk) is a good option for a light lunch.
House Dublin (5-minute walk) is a relaxed drinking and dining venue spread across two Georgian townhouses. Or go for the full traditional Irish pub option at Toners (8-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
A high-end hotel that's very central for St Stephen's Green and the National Concert Hall, with professional and efficient staff, a host of new dining and drinking options, and newly done-up rooms, the Conrad Dublin has the feel of any other luxury property around the world, which - depending on your standpoint - is either great or a bit of a letdown.