Dublin

Feast your senses on bewitching scenery, fantastic city life, sensational sporting events and compelling historical sights. The Republic ‘s capital city Dublin lies at the heart of a region that enchants the visitor with a selection of lakes, rivers and stretches of coastline. Dublin is usually the first port of  call for visitors and this energetic, youthful city pulsates with a compelling mix of history, culture, hip bars and pub, elegant architecture, great shopping and some of the country’s most sophisticated restaurants. Cosmopolitan and diverse, Dublin is now one of Europe’s top urban hot spots.

Dublin

Ireland’s capital is steeped in history and youthful energy. Dublin is a city where the charming and cosmopolitan converge in delightful diversity. Medieval, Georgian and modern architecture provide a backdrop to his friendly bustling part. Attractions are many, from castles, museums and art galleries to the lively spirit of Temple bar. As one of the oldest cities in Europe, Dublin provides you with a multitude of cultural riches from the ancient to the ultra modern and from history, architecture, literature to the performing arts. Dublin has lively pedestrian shopping streets at the heart of the city, alive with buskers and street performers, and there is a number of huge shopping centers in the outskirts offering excellent choice all under one roof, or go further a field to the surrounding towns and villages where you’ll find boutiques and craft shops. Rich culture, gourmet cuisine, lively pubs, fabulous shopping, music for all and plenty of sport are just some of the experiences Dublin has to offer.

Accommodation in Dublin                                                                                                   Top Hotels in Dublin
Accommodation in Dublin is plentiful, but the best is not inexpensive and can fill up rapidly during special events or conferences. Book ahead if you can. The tourist office provides a booking service and will telephone around if you turn up on the spot. The best bet if you want somewhere within reach of most of the sights and stores is to stay south of the river, somewhere around St. Stephen’s Green area, or further out in the pleasant residential suburb of Ballsbridge. Many attractive Georgian town houses have been stylishly converted into guest houses and small hotels, where you can glimpse something of Dublin’s former glory in an appropriate setting. The Georgian House is probably one of the best, and also best-located, of these, with a lively seafood restaurant.

Farther south the tariffs will be lower and the buildings more recent, probably Victorian or Edwardian. Be prepared for a bus or taxi ride to the city center. Some of the best are Butlers Town House, Raglan Lodge, Ariel House and Merrion Hall. Elsewhere in the city, pick your location with care:Some areas are not particularly pleasant for walking in the dark. If you want a hotel with all the trimmings, try one of the modern business hotels such as the Conrad or the Westbury. Buswell’s favourite haunt of politicians and journalists, has more character and a certain 18th century cachet. If you have a car, consider staying even farther out in the more peaceful suburbs, or on the coast, say in Dalkey or Blackrock. Parking in the city center is always difficult and a car is a constant security risk. Avondale House in Scribblestown is a good out  of town choice, a former hunting lodge dating from the 1720’s with a country house atmosphere. There are many cheaper B&B in the coastal areas. However it will be difficult to enjoy Dublin’s night scene staying this far out.

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Hotels in Dublin

***** The Shelbourne – Dublin’s grandest hotel is no less than an institution. The 19th century Shelbourne, on the most fashionable ,,Beaux Walk” stretch of St. Stephen’s Green, is part of the nation’s heritage, in the movie of Brian Moore’s novel, The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, it is the ultimate proof of wealth and status. The Irish Free State’s constitution was drafted here in an upper room. Despite its lofty pedigree, the Shelboutne is pleasantly unstuffy. Everybody is welcome, at least for a coffee or a drink in the Horseshoe Bar. For the restaurant, you are advised to dress up a little and remember your wallet.

***** Conrad Dublin – completed its refurbishment in 2005. Located in the heart of Dublin’s city center, only a few minutes walk from Grafton street, the hotel has 191 de luxe guest rooms including 15 suites. Each room comes complete with CD player, ergonomic work stations, broadband WI-FI, cable TV, A/C, turn down service, bathrobes, slippers & hairdryer. The hotel offers  a choice of 2 bars, a restaurant, 24  hour room service, fitness service, fully equipped business center & extensive conference & meeting facilities.

***** Four Seasons Hotel – The charm of Irish tradition & hospitality combine to provide the stage for Four Seasons Hotel Dublin. The hotel offers a location of cosmopolitan convenience in the prestigious embassy & residential  district, bringing together exceptional guest rooms and suites with the finest facilities for business & leisure. reflective of Dublin’s architectural heritage, the hotel is just minutes from the cultural & entertainment options of the city center. The hotel features 15000 sq. ft. of meeting and banqueting space, fine dining in Seasons Restaurant, Ice Bar and a 11000 sq ft full service Spa.

Dublin Castle

Eating out in Dublin

Although Ireland cannot claim to be gastronomic capital of the universe, the eating scene in Dublin is immeasurably better now than it used to be, with healthy, high quality ingredients rather than filling high fat dishes. For gourmets, the city has plenty of choices in the classy town house restaurants around St. Stephen’s Green, most of which produce classic French cuisine modern dishes, but you can expect to pay handsomely for the privilege there. The best of these (Patrick Guilbaud, The Commons, Thorton’s) have earned their high reputation, other verge on pretension. For several years now Dublin has been home to a number of very good ethnic restaurants – the Rajdoot and Shalimar produce interesting Indian Food, the Imperial and the China Sichuan are the best of the Chinese restaurants, while for Italian food, Il Primo and Nico’s are recommended. Besides foreign cuisine, though, Irish cooking is making a healthy comeback, so you may try a Dublin coddle (boiled sausages, bacon, onions, and potatoes ina thickened sauce) or oysters and Guinness. One of the most unusual restaurants serving Irish food is Gallagher’s Boxty House, in the lively Temple bar quarter.

Pubs

Dublin pubs concentrate on drinking rather than food, but the demands of tourism have meant that more and more serve snacks at lunchtime, though the selection is rarely particularly imaginative. A civilized touch, however, is that most will serve coffee at any time of day, including an Irish coffee. The mystique surrounding the serving of Guinness is less here than you might expect, but if you look as though you would appreciate it a shamrock might be etched deftly into the creamy head.

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