Reconstructed from three 19th-century landmark buildings opposite Trinity College, including a bank, the Westin is all about location, but the marble pillars, tall mahogany doorways, blazing fireplaces (even in summer - a little odd), and period details also set it apart. Despite its formality, it also feels welcoming - like staying at a posh friend's house.
Bedrooms are functional, small, and suave, with crisp, white Indian linens and 18th century–style oak furniture. Recent refurbishments have spruced them up, in cream and green tones, with stately deep-buttoned chocolate leather bedheads.
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.
Bathrooms are large and clean, although the decor is a little dated compared to other hotels in the Westin portfolio.
The lobby is a large, several-roomed affair, but it's pleasant enough and staff are competent.
Guests can book in-room spa treatments.
There's a 24-hour fitness suite of reasonable size.
Morelands Grill is all about steak, and pretty good steak at that, cooked in a charcoal Josper grill. Guests can also partake in afternoon tea in the lovely Atrium Lounge at the center of the hotel (some rooms overlook it), a glass-ceilinged courtyard with furniture dotted around and a relaxing, historic feel. Try the hotel's more unusual botanical afternoon tea, featuring things like a popcorn panna cotta and a gin cocktail teapot.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The breakfast buffet is good, but not always included in your room rate.
Dublin is a walkable city, and one of the Westin's strengths is that it is right in the heart of it.
Traditional, tasty Irish fare is on offer at straightforward Quays (4-minute walk), or try Bad Ass Cafe (4-minute walk), also in the heart of Temple Bar, serving up American-style burgers and pizzas alongside modern comedy acts.
A coffee house institution, Bewley's (6-minute walk) boasts beautiful stained glass windows and signature cherry buns. Or try Bowes Lounge Bar (2-minute walk) to find a lovely old pub with genuine historic charm.