Dublin’s newest hotel is a four-star boutique lodging in the centre of the city.
Where is it?
It’s a luxury boutique hotel in a great position in the centre of the city.
Historic or contemporary?
The hotel has a strong contemporary design that is fresh, vibrant and youthful. The Dean reflects which is a vibrant and contemporary European capital.
Small or large?
The hotel has 52 rooms. There are Mod Pods and Punk Bunks (smaller rooms), double or twin SupeRooms (bigger spaces) and Hi-Fi’s. The hotel also has two luxury suites – The Devlin and The James. There’s a cool two-bedroom Penthouse with a huge living space called The Loft.
Is this the best hotel in Dublin? What’s so special about it?
Rooms are filled with fun and creative things to play with, such as Rega turntables, vinyl and books from Tower Records Dublin and Marshall amps. There are Nespresso machines, fridges loaded with liquor and munchie trays stacked with Irish goodies. Nice little touches include comfy duvets and fluffy pillows. Bathrooms come with impressive rainforest showers and are stocked with Grafton Barber bathroom products. Other amenities are Smart TVs, Netflix, wi-fi and air conditioning.
I want to impress someone. Which room should I choose?
The Penthouse Loft was designed for entertaining and comes with an enormous Samsung television, a great sound system, private kitchen and cocktail bar. You can sink into comfy Ploum sofas and amuse yourselves at the poker table or fouzz ball table. It’s stocked with books, LPs and tons of other cool stuff.
What’s the decor like?
250,000 euros was spent in commissioning and acquiring artworks from emerging Irish artists. The collection includes fine art, typography, street art and photography. So the walls are filled with visual treats. Guests can purchase prints of some of the works along with other products from cult Irish store Indigo and Cloth.
What about the food?
The Dean Bar has coffee, tea, juices, fresh pastries, beer and cocktails. There are also rotisserie rolls from midday and a fresh salad bar. Other dishes are slow-roasted sirloin beef and chicken (until 10pm).
The Rooftop Terrace is open from 7am and where you can soak up sun or avoid a soaking under oversized umbrellas. The terrace is decked out for use all-year-round, with heaters in the winter and sun loungers in the summer. Of course, there are lovely views of Dublin.
Sophie’s Restaurant and Bar is the spot for panoramic views. Head there for pizzas straight out of a smoking wood fire oven, cocktails and drinks.
I want to have a meeting or throw a party. Is this the right place?
The Blue Room is a space that lends itself equally well to formal meetings and parties. It’s an edgy and elegant room that can be split in two. It has full AV facilities, mobile bar, a variety of menus and a kitchen and service team.
What’s the bottom line?
The Dean Hotel, 33 Harcourt Street, Dublin. Phone: +353 (0) 1 607 8110. Rooms from 98 euros
The writer has not stayed at The Dean Hotel. This is not a review.