4 Simmonscourt Rd. (Merrion Rd.) Dublin
Old World flair on two landscaped acres provides an unparalleled urban retreat.
Although this hotel enjoys a convenient Dublin setting, it feels like a country manor retreat. It has just 197 guest rooms and suites, surrounded by two acres of fountains, manicured lawns and elegant gardens, next door to the Royal Dublin Society show grounds among the historic homes of the Ballsbridge district.
Rich, jewel-toned fabrics give the accommodations a sumptuous feel, without being fussy. Views range from the city skyline to the Dublin mountains, and amenities include comfortable mattress toppers, flat-screen satellite TVs with CD and DVD players, soaking tubs, bars and complimentary water and Wi-Fi. Executive Suites add L'Occitane bath products, Nespresso coffee makers, separate living room areas and, in some cases, balconies. Executive rooms and suites are ideal for business travelers with their large work desks and media hubs for personal device connectivity.
The hotel is a popular dining destination, beginning with Season's, serving contemporary Irish cuisine and Sunday brunch. The elegant Lobby Lounge offers an express lunch, perfect for those between meetings, and the Reading Room specializes in fresh, modern Irish cuisine in a comfortable, country house setting. The clubby Whiskey Bar offers more than 100 whiskey labels, while the Ice Bar is a hot spot, especially during the annual Dublin Horse Show.
Pampering can be found at the house spa, along with ESPA body and skin treatments, male and female saunas, steam rooms, a swimming pool and a fitness center. And while it may seem as if this hotel is all about relaxation, in fact it is one of the city's top conference destinations. Each of the two ballrooms has a private pre-function area, and additional venues can accommodate product launches, executive meetings, corporate presentations and breakout sessions, as well as social gatherings for up to 650 guests.