If you’re thinking of staying at the centrally-located Westbury Hotel in Dublin, then you’d have total support from KARRYON’s roving reporter Zoe Macfarlane who LOVED it during a recent visit to Ireland.
The days of waking in a beige hotel room and wondering where the hell you are have long gone. Properties are focused on ambience, service, and special touches that bond you to the destination.
The Westbury Dublin is one of those above-and-beyond hotels; perhaps that’s why they secured the Condé Nast Best Hotel in Ireland award recently.
CHECK-IN & BEYOND
The Westbury Dublin check-in was the kind you see in movies with fabulous stars in. I felt like Blair Waldorf as my rental car was whisked away, my bags disappeared, and a deluxe dessert was waiting in my room.
My every need preempted proved the perfect antidote to driving across Ireland in torrential rain.
With 205 rooms across the property and ten room categories, you’re spoilt for choice. Entry-level rooms are fab, with both double and twin bed options and a rollaway is available for selected rooms.
If you can afford it, however, splurge for the four-poster bedrooms for that enchanting fit-for-a-queen night’s sleep. It was accompanied by a #firstworldproblem of the bathtub being almost too long.
All rooms come with duck-down duvets, Nespresso machines, luxury Malin+Goetz toiletries, plus the standard room amenities.
FOOD & DRINKS
Breakfast is a mix of buffet and à la carte in the leafy-green, outside-in vibes of Wilde. The signature restaurant of the property, the chic (highly Instagrammable) Wilde also makes for a romantic dinner setting. Even if you’re like me and it’s dinner for one. I’m worth it!
If you’re lead by your sweet tooth, make a reservation for the contemporary high tea in the Westbury’s gallery. The hotel has collaborated with local fashion designers to create delectable cakes that look almost too much like art to eat. I said almost. A bonus for the dietary-restricted among us, there is gluten- and dairy-free high tea options that don’t skimp on taste.
There’s no gym and no pool here but, that doesn’t mean you can’t keep up your usual fitness routine. There is an in-room exercise booklet with a range of moves to balance out that decadent afternoon tea.
Sustainability at the Westbury is a work in progress, and they’ve started by ditching single-use plastics. While the glass water bottles can satisfy your daily hydration needs, Irish tap water is perfectly fine too if you have your own reusable bottle.
Have you ever thought about your life in a parallel universe? Like, somewhere, right now, an alternate you is a millionaire, and another is a lollipop lady, etc., etc.? After fine dining at Wilde before retiring to my four-poster studio, I couldn’t help but think the other parallel ‘me’s’ were wishing for this best-case scenario.
The Westbury Dublin is in the creative arts district of Dublin with all the key city sights within walking distance. There is on-site parking if you need it, but with a maze of narrow, one-way streets, you’re better off picking up a rental car at the end of your city sightseeing.
Stay tuned for an all-the-trimmings Christmas special coming out soon.
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