The Morrison, the first DoubleTree hotel to open in Ireland, is a great hotel with a great location. It may be a little hard to find (at first), simply because it fits in so well with it's surroundings ... there's no large "DoubleTree" sign ... but it's on the north side of the river Liffey, on Lower Ormond Quay (Street), directly across from the Temple Bar section (easily accessed by the Millennium pedestrian bridge). (The street along the river seems to change names on each block, so a GPS navigation system helps a lot in finding the right building).
The reception area is low key and modern, with soothing piped-in music (just the right mood after a long flight from the US). The rooms either face out onto the river and/or surrounding city, or into a nice interior courtyard. Our room was fairly large, with a king-sized bed, flat screen TV, mini-bar, and modern bathroom (with large walk-in shower). The bathroom amenities are the typical DoubleTree fare (Crabtree & Evelyn), with nice towels ... however they're a bit stingy with the towels (2 bath towels, 2 hand towels, and 1 face cloth) and the soap (only one bar of hand soap for a 3 day stay ... we asked for more, but didn't get it) ... but these are minor quibbles.
The room rate was high, but not unexpected for such a great location, but included the daily breakfast buffet (with the option of a hot breakfast cooked to order, since we're HHonors Gold members) ... one of the better hotel breakfasts I've had! They also have an arrangement for a lower rate at a parking garage ("car park") a block behind the hotel, which saves quite a bit. (Don't park in the top floor ... the local birds seem to have an affinity for the roofs of parked cars).
The breakfast restaurant is large, bright, and airy (two levels, and two stories tall, with TV projected on one wall ... cooking shows during breakfast time was a welcome change from the typical morning news broadcast, since we were on vacation) ... the décor was a bit unique, with one very large, very strange, humanoid sculpture apparently ready to leap down to the lower level, over a small table (where one or two people were usually enjoying their breakfast) ... you have to see it, but it does work with the surroundings!
Dinner (not included in the rate) is served in the separate Morrison Grill restaurant, looking out on the street and river. We ate there one night and I had the 9oz. filet ("fillet"), which can be had with your choice of Béarnaise, garlic butter, or peppercorn sauce ... pricy (€29), but excellent (they also have some more traditional choices on the menu ... i.e. Fish and Chips with minted peas ... at more affordable prices). Try to save room for dessert ... they have some excellent choices on the menu ... the "Apple Tarte Tatin" is delicious.
A good way to see the city and get an overview of the history, is the "HOHO" (Hop On / Hop Off) buss, which goes by the hotel every 10 minutes or so (the nearest stop is just a block or two east). You pay one fare for two days and can ride around the city, getting off and on at any of their many stops (if you want to go to the Guinness Storehouse ... which is great, but a very long walk ... this is a great way to get there).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Morrison, a DoubleTree by Hilton is located in the heart of Dublin city centre along the banks of the River Liffey. Templebar & its many restaurants, bars & galleries are located 40 steps across the river. Henry St & Jervis St shopping areas are on the hotel's doorstep with Grafton St a short 10 minute stroll away. Jervis St Luas Stop located directly behind the hotel links it with the IFSC (10 minutes), The CCD (15 minutes) & The 3 Arena (15 minutes). It also links with both city train stations Hueston & Connolly (7-10 minutes) & Dublin Bus Station. Guinness Storehouse, Jameson Distillery, Trinity College & The Book of Kells are all within walking distance. Complimentary Wi Fi throughout the hotel. Hotel guests can also access the onsite fitness room. The hotel restaurant features Dublin city centres first Josper Grill & Quay 14 features a musical inspired cocktail list. The perfect place to sip a drink or enjoy a meal as you look out onto the River Liffey. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Morrison Hotel Dublin