It’s probably fairly obvious by now that I stayed at The Westin Dublin just before Christmas; I’ve been Tweeting and Instagramming photos of the two afternoon teas my family and I shared in The Atrium Lounge as well as the welcome amenity we were treated to. But today it’s the turn of the room review.
I spent half my childhood growing up the UK and the other half in Ireland and during my years in Ireland I walked by The Westin a million times without ever going in. But I’m so glad I now have because for a hotel in a city it’s a haven of peace and five star comfort away from the busy streets while still being really close to great bars, restaurants and shops.
My sister and I stayed in a Deluxe Twin on the fifth floor and what struck me when I first went into the room (other than the cheese, figs, grapes, chutney, crackers and wine) was the huge leather headboard the width of the room and the balcony overlooking the city. As beautiful as I find country styled properties with tartans and big comfy sofas I think deep down I’m a city girl. I loved the decor’s sleekness and clean lines as well as the modern touches of the room, although it did still have more traditional pieces of furniture like a wooden desk and prints of old Irish script.
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There comes a time when you just don’t fit in a single bed anymore and nights slept in them, although it’s better than nothing, aren’t the best. The twin beds in our room at The Westin were bigger than normal single beds and just the right size not to take up too much space which I thought was a great compromise. Saying these beds were comfortable is a complete understatement, in fact it would be the biggest understatement since the birth of Christ. Everything was so soft and obviously top quality; the pillows, sheets, duvet, and mattress, and I felt like I was in a cosy, warm, soft, cocoon all night. Getting in was heaven and the only reason I got out was because of the promise of a Full Irish breakfast.
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Hotel bathrooms leave a lot to be desired. Especially in Europe. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, when did it become ok for there to be a window from the bedroom into the bathroom/a glass panel in the door/a door without a lock/a swing door without a lock/a shower in the middle of the room/an open plan bedroom cum bathroom? Thank God for Ireland and thank God for The Westin because the bathroom was a proper bathroom with a door and a lock and solid walls. It also had fantastic marble flooring and tiles as well as bath salts, a mini loofa (great touch), plenty of big white towels and a bath that filled up in no time. My favourite part of the bathroom though was the TV speaker in the ceiling so whether I was having a shower or doing my makeup I didn’t miss what was going on back in the room.
The bedroom had a balcony spanning the length of the room with views across the city. To the right was O’Connell Street with the GPO and the Millenium Spire while on the left was Trinity College, College Green and on around the corner Grafton Street. In December it was a little cold to stay out there for long but in the summer it would be a great place to have a few drinks in the evening and breakfast the next day.
Overall the room was cosy yet modern with plenty of floor space and I really enjoyed staying there. I would however add another light as I found it a little dark and also not charge for wifi in the bedrooms. The hotel itself was full of welcoming touches like the station at reception with hot drinks, fruit and nuts, and the fires in the lobby, all of which got my stay off to a great start and made me feel right at home.
(I was a guest of The Westin Dublin)