Showcasing new Irish talent in everything from the textiles to the art on the walls and the sculptures in public spaces—there are even famous Irish song lyrics on the walls in some bedrooms, and in the lifts—this sleek, trendy spot, now a Doubletree by Hilton, remains top of the Northside lodging charts. The Morrison inspires reactions: some visitors find it OTT, while others draw comparisons with a London boutique hotel, though it's a fair bit bigger. Centrally located, it's halfway between the Ha'penny and Capel Street bridges, and no more than a 10-minute walk from Trinity College.
When the hotel puts a new song lyric on a bedroom wall or on one of the walls in its public spaces, the band come along and get their picture taken next to them - keep your fingers crossed to see some celebs.
The rooms in general don't do subtlety; there's a lot of white contrasted with splashes of bold purples and green in the curtains and pillows. But whether that's your decorative bag or not, they do have a sense of personality, as well as nice touches like an honesty mini bar and large smart TVs.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel is pretty popular, so if you are arriving a long time before the 3pm check-in, staff may struggle to accommodate you - it's best to let them know your arrival time as early as you can.
Bathrooms are, unsurprisingly, modern and bright, with large mirrors and white tiles. Standard rooms have showers over baths, and deluxe rooms have walk-in showers. The toiletries are from Crabtree & Evelyn.
The grey and purple lobby has a slightly 90s-vibe, as well as a pleasantly flowery scent. Staff are really friendly, and the welcome chocolate cookie is a nice touch.
There's a small-ish fitness studio.
Buffet breakfasts are good and plentiful, served in the hotel's double-height breakfast room, with baristas on hand to make good coffees. The light, modern Morrison Grill serves hearty international classics, from fish and chips to lobster bisque, a burger to a lamb cannon, to guests reclining on leather banquettes. The afternoon teas are modern and fun - from the gentleman's tea to the fancy pants option.
A great central location means that you won't need much else to get around than your own two feet. But there are also public transport options nearby, including for getting to the airport.
Try The Winding Stair (1-minute walk), a well-regarded modern Irish restaurant housed in a former bookshop (there's still a bookshop on the ground floor). Or at the other end of the scale, grab great Mexican food at Boojum (2-minute walk).
Just over the river, The Workman's Club (2-minute walk) is a good live music venue that's a haven for artists and the artistically-minded. Ireland's first brewery bar, Porterhouse Temple Bar (3-minute walk) - now part of a small chain - is only a short walk too.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Modern and funky, the Morrison has a young vibe and a lot of personality. It's also in a great location overlooking the river, close to Temple Bar but - crucially, for avoiding the tourist hordes and the party people - not actually in it.