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Jaw droping design with no expence spared
Celebrated my wifes 40th birthday with a nights stay at the Dylan. It is by far the most amazing hotel we have stayed in. The staff were delightful, the room was beyond expectation and the restaurant fantastic.
Nothing short of perfect!
From the moment that you enter the front courtyard and entrance to the Dylan - the experience begins. And, it is nothing short of perfect. This hotel designer, staff, and management have "got it".
The decor is incredible in it's uniqueness, however, has juxtoposed style and comfort. From the lobby with it's red leather studded posts, the white library, to the red bar - each space is fantastic. The rooms haven't missed a beat either. The bed and linens are divine, loaded ipod to use, high ceilings, great lighting, and bathrooms that have light, space, style and beautiful amenities.
Travelling alone, I almost expected to be intimidated by the stylish, young, dressed in black staff - but couldn't have been treated better. They called me by name, made all my bookings from drivers to restaurants, and greeted my son when he and his rugby mates came to have dinner with me in the amazing restaurant. The restaurant is truly one of the best I have been to.
They have only been open a few months, and I guarantee, when the rest of Dublin's chic and the world's most discriminate travellers discover the Dylan, it will be THE place to be.
Could not find fault.
Magic & Sparkle give two thumbs fresh to the Dylan :-)
We stayed at the Dylan for Magic's birthday and had a fantastic weekend. :-)
We arrived very early in the day and our room was ready upon arrival. Staff were very helpful and friendly, so much so that after i mentioned that it was Magic's birthday they left some lovely little chocolate birthday cakes in our room (see pics!). It was the little touches like this that made our stay so lovely.
It felt very decadent to be getting ready in the morning - using the complementary IPOD to listen to a bit of Frank Sinatra while lounging around in the gorgeous dressing gowns, with the plasma screen on and taking in the the sumptuous surroundings - has to be the best way of easing yourself into a weekend of enjoying the hustle, bustle and great time that Dublin is.
To boot, Dylan has the trendiest cocktail bar we saw in Dublin - full of local movers and shakers all doing their best to look fabulous - not our bag as such, but provided oodles of comedy for us in terms of people watching (and pointing, staring and laughing...)
It's a 10 minute walk into the centre of Dublin from the Dylan, which we loved as you get to see more of the Georgian grandeur that Dublin has to offer. We stopped at Foleys on the way back one night which was a nice break in the walk if you find it tiresome.
We managed to pack a lot into our stay in Dublin, places that we would really recommend are:
Guiness Storehouse: Obvious but very interesting, and great views of the city from the 360 degree viewpoint bar. Best to book tickets online as you won't have to endure the long queues to get in with express entry and a 10% discount.
Kilmainham Gaol: Little way out but just down the road from the Guiness Storehouse. Is a fantastic History lesson and gives great background of the 1916 Easter uprising that made Ireland what it is today. (It's the same prison Mr Bridger was in during the original Italian job, much to Magic's delight.)
Ice skating at Smithfields: We know this is not there all year round but it was great fun to be ice skating in the freezing cold for as long as our delicate little feet would allow! And is just down the road from a large shopping area and new tram stop.
Porterhouse bar in Temple Bar: Fantasic pub across several floors. Has its own brewery and a fabulous range of world beers for you to try. Its great for the boys in the beer stakes and has hair straighteners in the toilets for the ladies :o)
Gruel, Dame Street: We had our best meal in Dublin at this little cafe, it doesn't look like anything special but that is it's charm. it's not about the decor, it's all about the food here. Delicious, home cooked and fresh food served by friendly people in a unique and comfortable environment.
Olyesya's Wine Bar, Exchequer Street: This a sumptious wine bar which just begs you to sit down, drink and talk. Discreet and polite service, fantastic range of really high quality wines - and a range of antipasti platters which make your mouth water. Luuuuuuuuuuvelllly. It's just opposite a fantastic food shop called Fallon & Byrne, which has an amazing array of world and local produce.
We have already recommended the Dylan to friends and family, it's a great place to base yourself when you are in Dublin to ensure that you are relaxed and refreshed enough to explore the city. The seventh heaven beds worked wonders to sleep away any tiredness from walking and drinking in this fair city.
just spent 2 nights at Dylan for my beloved's 40th. although only opened 2 months ago, this place has really got it's act together. feels new with everything pristine but no sense of panic you sometimes feel in new hotels. Pricey considering it's a boutique and by definition short on facilities, but great staff, trendy and smart. marked down because it's not central.
One in a million
WOW - that's all i can say about this hotel. For such a new property this place has everything almost perfect.
I work in the business myself and so would be quite critical - however I could fault almost nothing at Dylan.
It is a really unique product - there is nothing else like it in Dublin. From the moment we entered the lobby we felt special - from the concierge who parked our car, to the front desk staff who showed us to our room, to the service and food at dinner that night, not to mention the breakfast the next morning. the decor is amazing - so often places try to be too "cool" and manage to get it drastically wrong - Dylan have got it just right. It is intimate and cosy yet trendy. The one thing that stuck out for me was that for such a high class hotel, it was not stuffy and you were made to feel so welcome. The outdoor terrace area is great, and not just for smokers - there are lovely patio chairs and tables, plasma screens and heaters.
We very rarely dine in a hotel we are staying in, however we had heard such good reports about "Still" that we thought we would give it a try. And we were so glad we did - amazing food - I haven't had a steak like it since I was in Shanahan's on the Green. The service was amazing and not at all overbearing.
Although breakfast was not included in our rate we decided to finish off our stay in style - and it was everything we expected. The only thing I would point out is that the cold buffet wasn't as "wow" as I was expecting in a 5 star hotel - just a basic trestle table with a white cloth and the display could have been better, but the smoked salmon was the best I've had and the cooked breakfast was so tasty.
Overall I couldn't recommend this hotel enough - next time you are staying in Dublin city centre please try it - it's a hidden gem.
Oh My Goodness!! This place is amazing!!
The Dylan was a dream come true! My boyfriend and i were looking for something 'boutique' with lots of character and a bit exclusive. I'd seen all the pictures on the stylish website and thought it looked stunning but I have to admit, I did think 'Can it really be that lovely?'. And I have to say that it was better than the web-images. The actual space is bigger and more atmospheric than I expected and despite being high design, felt very relaxed and welcoming. The staff were all wonderful and made you feel completely at home- in fact I'd like to move in (just don't tell my cat...!). We managed to drag ourselves away from our beautiful room (gorgeous furnishing), driffted down through the amazing corridors (really- they are very cool!) to eat at Still. We are both food lovers, and both the food and the service were superb. The location was great too. I'd initially been worried that it might be a bit far out of town but it was just a nice 15-20minute stroll away from Trinity and it was actually nice to get away from the bustle of Temple Bar. The area that surrounds the Dylan is a little bit like London's 'Notting Hill' with some great bars and places to eat. What more can I say, except I want to go back soon! And if you go, I hope you like it too!
I heard through word of mouth about this new hotel that was opening in Dublin. Out of curiousity, I wanted to see what the buzz was all about. Being a jaded New Yorker, my expectations were some what squewed to the negative, however, I was very pleasantly surprised. The design of the building, from the rooms to the lounges, to the restaurant, were incredible.
The service staff, particularly a front desk person by the name of Madison, were the most professional I've seen. And, I am a professional person who travels a large percentage of my time.
If you are interested in staying at a hip, very up to date hotel, that's not far off the beaten path off the center of Dublin, this is the place to be. While the prices may seem a little higher at first, after one hour in this hotel, I realised that I was certainly getting my money's worth.
I would highly recommend this hotel, as THE place to stay in Dublin but, for now, I would like to keep this hotel as my little secret.
I've stayed at a number of hotels in Dublin, but nothing like this. I booked through the website because the pictures looked stunning, but when I got there the place exceeded my expectations. Wow! you have to see it to believe it!
Gorgeous decor throughout the lobby. Courteous staff, very friendly. The bar and restaurant had a vibrating buzz, it was a busy night but everybody seemed to be relaxed and enjoying.
I was brought up to the room by one of the receptionists and surprise! I got a beautiful room with a plama on the bathroom!
Oh! and the 7th Heaven bed... best night sleep in my life!
Really worth the money
New kid on the block !
Firstly even though they have gone through a series of soft openings, there are still learning and its going to be a while before everything comes together. This is my only quibble ; they are charging the highest price for their standard rooms in Dublin at present., and this is for the moment a unfinished product in terms of some aspects of servive and logistics. However I had one of the best nights sleep ever in a hotel I really did not want to get out of bed. The rooms are fantastic, contempory but comfortable, and even though in a new extension they have managed to create some character. The public areas are great , the libary reminds me of Carlisle Bay in Antiga. The room service snacks were of a good standard but the breakfast buffet was poor. In general the service needs to work to a slightly higher standard but that will come with time. Great location also.
Got kicked out of the clarence as bill clinton had the whole place booked supposedly. So they transferred me here. Gorgeous decor though no taxi drivers could find it and i had to wait 30 mins for my cab the next morning. Awesome bar and lovely staff. mod cons take a bit of figuring out but other than that the kind of place you never want to leave!
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... was basic. The lady drinking at the bar had to go out back in search of Paddy. The TV had a sigh under it saying No FoxTell and there was a game on that I learned was hurling. It was like gaelic football, played with a hockey ball and sticks. The players wore helmets equipped with face grills but no other protection from the sticks that were flayed around like broad swords. The commentator was unintelligible, speaking Irish I assume. I had company so could not spend long watching it ...
... end! We walked back to the hotel.
So, in two hours, I think we spent more in Dublin than we spent the whole time in York. I remember people saying how expensive Dublin was and THEY WERE RIGHT! Luckily, we've been very good with our money so it shouldn't be a big deal- but we still have to be careful not to spend our euros on "dumb stuff". I can tell you I'll have much smaller bills for our next taxi ride!
... but I managed to keep my nerves calm and we arrived to our destination in time to drop our bags, rush out and find the only local dinner spot still open- Eddie Rockets! ( an Irish version of Johnny Rocket). Burgers, milk shakes and surprisingly good salads. Happy bellies, and tired bodies. We snuggled into our beds for the ...
... and Lucy on FaceTime. Emma was asleep in Amy's arms, having been awake most of the day. Apparently they are all suffering from cold symptoms and Emma has been pretty congested all week. Lucy looked more relaxed and obviously happy with the results of her appointment with the obstetrician; all her levels are good, the ultrasound looks good and she is due about January 18. They are going to tell Ben's family about the pregnancy this week but want them to keep it to themselves ...
... Small plane and noisy flight to Dublin. I had a few little tears on the flight, as I still could not believe that I was really heading to Ireland.
Caught the bus into Dublin city and asked directions from someone where to go. Followed the directions, but what they forgot to tell me, was that I needed to turn right into a street that would lead me to the street that I was looking ...