Plan the perfect weekend in Dublin with a stay at The Westsbury
PUBLISHED: 00:00 27 February 2019
An icon in a city of greats, The Westbury not only surrounds its guests in luxury and style, it places them at the very centre of the city’s social and cultural riches.
A member of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World and an iconic Dublin hotel, The Westbury occupies a prime position between Trinity College and St Stephen’s Green; perfectly located for exploring the most exciting sides of Dublin. At its front doorstep lies Grafton Street, renowned for its colour, street artists and luxury shopping; whilst Dublin’s ‘Creative Quarter’, a vibrant network of streets filled with lively bars, restaurants and quirky stores runs behind the hotel, with the city’s top theatres, museums and art galleries all situated within a short walking distance.
The Westbury is sure to charm. Its magnificent Gallery, with its captivating art collection and sumptuous Afternoon Tea is a Dublin institution. Modern, edgy and sophisticated, the hotel’s restaurants, bars and meeting spaces present a unique Dublin business and social hub.
Winner of No.1 Hotel In Ireland as voted by Conde Nast Traveler US Readers
Guest Rooms & Suites
The epitome of understated luxury, generously proportioned guest rooms, many enjoying panoramic views over the city, showcase the best of Irish and international design including Irish custom woven carpets and crisp Lissadell linens.
Beautifully designed with those luxurious little touches that make for a truly memorable stay, suites exude comfort and contemporary elegance. From stylish bedside lamps to sleek, low-slung sofas, each Westbury suite is uniquely tailored for exclusive living.
The Gallery, the hotel’s design showpiece is home to one of Ireland’s foremost privately owned art collections and is a beautiful and unique setting in which to linger over The Westbury’s iconic Afternoon Tea.
WILDE located on the first floor of the hotel, redefines traditional dining while creating a unique destination that’s both relaxing and luxurious. The central design ethos fuses 1930s elegance with an abundance of greenery, giving guests the sense of alfresco dining. WILDE’s menus celebrate the finest Irish produce, combining much-loved local dishes with classic cuisine from around the world.
The Sidecar with its striking art deco feel is a destination in its own right and a colourful space to enjoy a post-work martini or a pre-dinner glass of Champagne. Winner of Best Hotel Cocktail Bar for three years running.
Located on Balfe Street, where Grafton Street and the Creative Quarter meet, Balfes is a vibrant all-day Bar and Brasserie combining the energy of a New York eatery and the relaxed elegance of a Parisian brasserie.
From The Westbury, you can see most of central Dublin within 15 minutes. Indeed, James Joyce’s great modern classic Ulysses takes the form of a one-day perambulation throughout the Irish capital, so to become a ‘flaneur’ in Dublin is to take part in a particular pedigree. You will flit from grand Georgian squares to cobbled alleys, making discoveries all the while.
Many start on Grafton Street, the pedestrianised shopping street near the hotel, and a real meeting place. It is here that you might well encounter one of Dublin’s multifarious buskers. They are often of a very high quality as the street is becoming known for being a place where talent is launched. Come here at Christmas and you might even hear Bono, who does a famous annual charity busk.
This is the older, better-known Dublin – but there’s a newer city to discover too. Slip out of The Westbury’s Clarendon Street entrance and you will emerge in the ‘Creative Quarter’, a central district that includes such historic thoroughfares as South William Street, George’s Street, Lower Stephen Street and Exchequer Street. This area is now a fantastic hub of Irish design and innovation: from boutiques and artists’ studios to cafés and restaurants. See the fashion shops then, for a change of pace, browse in George’s St Arcade: Ireland’s oldest shopping centre, full of quirky stalls.
At Grafton Street’s northern end is St Stephen’s Green, one of the loveliest 19th century urban parks in northern Europe, with ducks, flowers and a garden devoted to William Butler Yeats.
Close by is Dublin’s key museum quarter, where you step from wide streets into noble storehouses such as the National Museum of Archaeology and History and the National Gallery of Ireland. They’ll swallow a few hours of anyone’s time, by which time you’ll be ready for coffee. You can caffeinate at Kaph on Drury Street, a coffee connoisseur’s delight. Try one of their madeleine cakes with a flat white – a real restorative.
Head down to Temple Bar. By night this revived industrial area is crowded with revelers and by day is a handsome collection of cobbled streets, pubs, vintage shops and great coffee and cake pit-stops such as Queen of Tarts in nearby Dame Street. The Temple Bar Food Market is truly a foodies paradise and well worth a look for all kinds of fine artisan produce and even Irish-made red wine!
The serious flaneur should then head over one of the River Liffey’s array of fine bridges to the rivalrous North Side. Walk west to the rejuvenated Smithfield area – then end at the Hugh Lane Gallery at Parnell Square, which has a marvellous recreation of Francis Bacon’s paint-spattered studio as a permanent exhibit. Then, perhaps time to reward yourself with a sundowner after a long, lustrous day’s walk in Dublin.