The Cool Girl's Guide To A Dublin City Break

If your idea of a holiday - be it a leisurely week away or a stolen weekend escape - involves soaking up some city culture, then look no further than Ireland's capital.

Dublin boasts a wealth of brilliant destinations to pack your bags and head for, whether on a whim or to look forward to far in advance.

In recent years, the capital has shed its old-school party-town reputation to become a more sleek and refined version of itself, boasting thriving digital sectors and a new wave of cultural artists who have taken centre stage. 

But don't let its acclaimed fashion designers, chefs, artists, and craftspeople fool you – the city is still as breezy and Epicurean as you remember.

Showcasing this in droves is the contemporary cool of The Westin

The luxury five-star hotel boasts what others crave; one of the most enviable locations in town. 

Set in a series of historic Georgian style buildings, overlooking Trinity College, The Westin is right in the centre of it all – perfect for a weekend of cultural exploration and aimless meandering. 

Situated next to the River Liffey, you'll be within walking distance of everything the city centre has to offer, be that shopping streets, a myriad of theatres and markets or even stadiums and music venues for those once-in-a-lifetime style events. 

Suites are filled with bespoke furnishings and sumptuous marble bathrooms to create the perfect setting for a weekend of luxuriating.

Home to natural weaves and textures, the bedrooms in the new Heritage Wing of the hotel take inspiration from Ireland's beautiful landscape. They encapsulate the vision, shapes, and textures of Irish fields, cliff edges, and the endless coastline using natural materials such as linen wall coverings.

The core values of The Westin brand are Sleep Well, Eat Well, Feel Well; something they take very seriously. 

For those looking to wine and dine, the restaurant on-site is Morelands Grill - a chic and contemporary urban steakhouse. Synonymous with its Saturday Gin & Jazz Lunch, The Westin provides the perfect backdrop for a sparkling catch-up, resplendent with jazz vocalist, Cary Posavitz.

For those looking to wet their whistles only, The Mint Bar makes a nod to Art Deco's past while expert mixologists are on-hand to create anything you may desire. 

The Atrium Lounge, however, boasts five-storey high ceilings and is a popular spot for an indulgent afternoon tea.

The new design combines natural, clean lines with floral wallcoverings, brass detailing, evergreen furniture and a bar with mirror surround and curved panelling that befits the sophisticated period building.

Saving the best for last wasn't easy, but we must inform you of the hotel's jewel in the crown; The Banking Hall.

Built in 1813 by The Royal Irish Institute to promote arts in Ireland, The Banking Hall is one of the city’s leading destination venues for weddings, conferences and events.

Restored to its former glory in 1863 by architect William Murray to be the flagship branch of the Provincial Bank of Ireland, The Banking Hall boasts opulent marble pillars, tall mahogany doorways and magnificent detailing on the walls and ceiling, including four chandeliers crafted from 8,000 pieces of Waterford Crystal. 

What more could you ask for?

For packages and rates email: [email protected]thewestindublin.com, phone +353(0)16451000 or check out their website here

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