Photo Cred: Cathal Harnett Photography
When it comes to the capital city of my motherland (Ireland), it’s safe to say I’ve stayed at a ton of Dublin hotels & accommodations since I started travelling there alone or with friend seven or eight years ago. If your looking for affordable stays, Dublin has many town-house style B&B’s and hostels but if your looking for something a bit more (well actually a LOT more) special, then keep reading…
THE WESTBURY | A REVIEW
Just looking back at these photos is already making me wish I could go back and relive my stay. Now, before you go all ‘it’s a press stay, she HAS to say nice things’, no-no I don’t. I am fortunate enough to experience my fair share of press-trips but if it isn’t exceptional then I don’t talk about it on my blog, because what’s the point? If I’m not excited it, I don’t expect you to be. I should explain that The Westbury has been in my good books for a long while… Introduced to me by my favourite Dublin-based blogging pals, I found out about the beautiful fire-lit lounge inside where you can relax and escape from the madness of Grafton street in pure luxury for the small price of a coffee or tea. It feel’s like such a hidden gem, and my mom couldn’t believe how nice it was when I brought her there for coffee with my boyfriend during the Summer. It was my boyfriend’s birthday at the time and one of the waitresses must of somehow overheard us on the way in and came down and surprised us with birthday dessert! You don’t find that kind of service anywhere anymore so I knew it was somewhere I’d want to stay for a special occasion in the future. If your in that area and need an escape from the hustle & bustle or just want somewhere nice to catch up with a friend in comfort I’d highly reccommend it.
Location: I’m not lying, you pretty much can’t get better than this when it comes to Dublin location. It’s literally in the heart of Grafton street, if your a tourist this is right where it’s all happening. For me I see it as the heart of Dublin because St. Stephens Green is a stone’s throw away as well as hotspots like Temple Bar, and any time I stay outside of this area I always find myself walking straight to Grafton Street anyway so it was nice to be on Dublin’s doorstep for once.
First Impressions: I don’t really know where to start with The Westbury because we had such a fabulous stay in the short time we were there (less than 24 hours). Cathal and I arrived for our press stay after a long day of driving & shooting for clients in Dublin, exhausted. We were able to park right up at the hotel where a valet took care of parking our car (the first of many 5-star perks). I’ve stayed in quite a few 5* rated hotels, but the greeting we recieved by staff at check-in was top-class. From the way we were so kindly spoken to, to the warm towels to freshen up, we honestly were made to feel like kings & queens (even though we looked very much worse for wear after being up since 5am that morning.).
The Room: We were given the ‘Luxury Studio Suite’ tastefully designed with a modern but cosy feel, it had sweeping views of the city, at the back of the hotel which we found super quiet in terms of outside noise. We arrived around 6pm (hence some of the photo’s being dark) to a room twice as big as my NYC apartment, a four-poster king bed and the most delightful afternoon-tea treats. Our jaws were dropping as you can imagine (and as some 3,000 of you may have seen on snapchat) and we honestly felt so spoiled. The bathroom was equipped with double sinks and luxury body products as you would expect, and a tv above the bath for the ultimate lazy-girl bathing experience. We also had access to all the usual hot-drink facilities and these delightful chocolates Cathal and I almost fought over!
Food: The treats we got with afternoon-tea were delicious & exceptionally flavourful, the fruity desserts were my favourite. We also had the opportunity to be present for breakfast which as you can see by the abundance of food pictures I was super happy with. Often I find in Irish hotels that included breakfasts must be eaten downstairs by 9 or 10am. True to my lazy-not-morning-person-self I always dread having to go down looking like I was dragged through a bush. I REALLY liked that you could choose in-room breakfast with no hassle by simple filling out the breakfast slip the night before and hanging it on the door with your order and the time that you would like it to arrive. We ordered both the continental & hot breakfasts which were amazing! The ingredients were top-notch, especially the meat.
Overall Experience: Although this hotel is definitely family-friendly (if you got the budget) The Westbury personally struck me as the type of special-occasion stay that I would highly recommend for couples looking to enjoy an luxury romantic getaway in the heart of Dublin City. The service was exceptional and the attention to detail and personal touches, (such as the book-a-zines and delightful Rathebourne candle) and the no-hassle late checkout & left-luggage care is what made this stay worth a 5-star rating (make it 6,7 or 8 stars in our books!). Exceptionally romantic & opulently comfortable is how I would sum up the experience & will definitely be checking out more hotels from The Doyle Collection. At The Westbury you will feel like royalty – trust me.
*This press-stay was complimentary, and I was under no-obligation to talk about my experience on my blog