I stayed two nights at Dublin Four Seasons Hotel between 20 and 22 April 2012, and I just cannot find the appropriate words to describe how wonderful time I had at this marvellous place. Even though my stay was relatively short, it was fairly enough for me to be convinced that Dublin Four Seasons is definitely among the best and most prestigious hotels in Europe. The main purpose of my visit to Ireland was to take part in the Titanic Walking Tour at the Harland & Wolff Shipyard in Belfast, but this fabulous hotel in Dublin was also an attraction in itself.
The hotel is located in a nice and calm area in Ballsbridge, Dublin. The neighbourhood is lovely and elegant, with lots of embassies, brown brick houses and beautiful gardens nearby. The hotel is easily accessible from Dublin airport, and at first I did not even realise how easy it is to get there. On the basis of the information supplied by route planner Dublin on the internet, first I took bus no. 747, then bus no. 7 to get to Merrion Road. I got off at the British Embassy, and the hotel is about five minutes walking distance from the bus stop. Then it turned out that I was not even supposed to take two buses to reach the hotel from the airport, as the Aircoach bus service can drop you off directly in front of the hotel at Simmonscourt Road. It is comfortable, cheap, and reliable, with buses passing every twenty minutes even on Sundays, so it is a reasonable alternative to taxis. The Sandymount DART suburban train station is also within a few minutes walk from the hotel, so I had no difficulty with getting to the city centre and Connolly train station.
I am confident to say that Dublin Four Seasons is one of the most beautiful hotels I have ever seen. If you are into traditional elegance, this is undoubtedly the place to go. The interior is quite like a classic, aristocratic, elegant country estate, but at the same time it is so cosy and warm that you are never intimidated by the grandeur of the design. All the fittings and decorations are of the finest materials, carefully selected and beautifully maintained.
I have originally reserved a superior room, but on my arrival I was told that I was upgraded to another room which belonged to a slightly higher category. This was certainly a great start of my stay, although I am pretty much sure that all the rooms in this hotel are splendid, so I would have been absolutely satisfied even without this upgrade – but it was of course even better with that! My room was spacious, clean, and perfectly equipped, with a huge comfortable bed and a beautiful marble bathroom. The only objectionable element might have been the view from my room, as it faced a courtyard, but I did not mind it at all, as it was so peaceful and quiet during the whole night, with no traffic noise whatsoever from the street. When I stay again at this hotel, I will surely ask for a room facing the courtyard. Before I left the hotel on Sunday, just for curiosity I whished to have a look at the Presidential Suite, so an extremely nice and kind lady from the reception desk showed me around there as well. I looked at it with the greatest admiration, it already resembled a castle, but you will definitely have the most enjoyable stay in this hotel even without having the highest category of rooms.
Service and staff
I leave the finest and probably the most amazing feature of my stay in Dublin Four Seasons to the end of my review. I was simply enthralled and deeply touched by the hospitality, friendliness, politeness and professionalism of every member of the staff I ever encountered during my stay. When I arrived in the evening to check in after my long journey, they greeted me with such a smile that I immediately felt at home. I had a friendly chat with the gentleman who showed me into my room, then later on I entered into a nice conversation with the lady at the restaurant reception. She was so kind and helpful that she printed me the schedule of DART trains, and she has also sketched me a map of the neighbouring streets so that I could easily find the station next morning. It was not even part of her job, I just happened to talk to her about my journey plans for the next day and she was simply keen to help me. I already had highly positive feelings about Ireland even before my visit, but this friendliness and helpfulness of Four Seasons staff has just strengthened my conviction that I will definitely return to this wonderful country. And there is no doubt about which hotel I will choose!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- InterContinental Dublin is a 20 minute stroll from Trinity College and Grafton Street and a short walk to Aviva Stadium to experience the thrill of championship rugby. The Hotel offers a landmark location in the city's most desirable neighbourhood, combining embassies and stately homes with pubs and restaurants. For Dubliners, this is the most attractive place to live in the city. Guests enjoy authentic experiences of today's Dublin; fresh and modern, yet warmed with a sense of Irish tradition. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 4 Seasons Hotel Dublin
- Four Seasons Dublin
- Dublin Four Seasons
- Four Seasons Hotel Dublin