Hotel Watch: Conrad Dublin

by Erica Moody

This elegant hotel pays tribute to Ireland’s literary legacy.

The Conrad Dublin is centrally located in Ireland’s capital city.

No trip to Dublin is complete without a glance at the Book of Kells and a photo with the Oscar Wilde statue. Ireland’s literary legacy is a major draw for book-loving visitors, and one hotel embraces this tradition in five-star style.

Limerick Butler Stephen Clare with one of his creations. (Photos by Erica Moody)

At the luxurious Conrad hotel, a resident scribe will type up poems for you on the spot. Friendly and uber-talented poet Stephen Clare, the “Limerick Butler,” sets up his typewriter in a literary themed hotel bar that houses an original copy of Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. Creative cocktails include the “Writer’s Block,” served inside of a carved-out book, and afternoon tea is served with a side of storytelling.

Lemuel’s Bar and Lounge is named after the fictional traveler from Irish author Jonathan Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels.” A large skylight map artfully displays Lemuel’s journey.

Along with the literary inspiration, the Conrad was inspired by nature, specifically the Iveagh Gardens, a hidden gem just a two-minute walk from the property that’s been dubbed the city’s ‘Secret Garden.’ And the sprawling St. Stephen’s Green park is right across the street.

A recently refurbished room at the Conrad Dublin. The hotel offers 192 rooms and suites.

The hotel has a serenity to it that fits the natural focus. It’s located just far enough from bustling Grafton Street to provide easy access to city center restaurants, bars and shops without the noise. The 192 recently refurbished rooms and suites are comfortable and bright, with large bay windows in all and balconies in some. Window-facing desks provide city views to inspire guests. Other features include Nespresso machines in every room, built-in conversion panels on desks that are handy for American guests, same-day dry cleaning and a shower/bathtub combination in each room.

The champagne table at the Coburg brasserie

The stylish Coburg brasserie has a locally-inspired and convenient all-day menu. Seafood bouillabaisse and roaring water bay rope mussels are popular choices, and there’s an elegant champagne and oysters table.

Alfie Byrne’s offers an impressive craft beer selection

For the beer enthusiasts, the Conrad’s more casual dining option, Alfie Byrne’s, is focused on Ireland’s growing craft beer scene. The spacious, colorful space is the third largest craft beer bar in Dublin and has 38 of them on tap. Elevated pub food is served for lunch and dinner.

A suite room at the Conrad Dublin

Rooms start at $430 a night. Learn more here.

Photos Courtesy of Conrad Dublin.

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