In the middle of Dublin’s new ‘cultural hub’, the Gibson is five stops on the Luas from O’Connell Street and one stop from the new convention centre, beside the O2 and Point Village. It’s a bit of a step from the city centre, but well worth the distance for views and access to a futuristic, cultural Dublin. Plus there’s quality eating and drinking here, so plenty of choice when it comes to relaxation.
There are 252 contemporary bedrooms on six floors, most with fantastic views of leafy, green inner courtyards or even better, the surrounding Dublin cityscape. Request a balcony for the full experience. Standard doubles are excellent, each with a plasma screen and super-fast fibre WiFi. Some rooms have baths so ask when booking if you so desire – other rooms house double head showers to save space. The fifth floor has a row of balconies so if you’re planning a party this is the floor to be on for adjoining terraces - equally great for families. Plus, 24 hour room service.
There’s an uber-cool outdoor heated balcony area looking across the River LIffey to Aviva stadium where I’d love to be relaxing in the sun al fresco. Or you can relax amid bold colour schemes and funky accessories in the restaurant and bar, or search for other chill out areas dotted around each floor. Rooms are named after musical themes in keeping with the closeness to the 02 music venue (what was previously the Point theatre) – get your mouth around this; Quasihemidemisemiquaver Bar? It’s 1/64th of a musical note apparently. Now, that’s a new one.
Eating and drinking
The unpronounceable bar – named above – boasts an extensive cocktail list in stylish terraced surroundings on the third floor, while Coda eatery combines Asian dishes with local offerings.
An impressive 24-hour gym ticks all the boxes – this isn’t some equipment shoved into a small room, it’s a carefully thought out 15-piece gym facility. A private relaxation area with a sauna and steam room is the icing on the cake and two large copper baths on an outdoor terrace are a real bonus.
You’ll be spoiled by young and energetic staff.
Who stays there
This hotel has something for everyone. There are nine conference rooms too for business groups.
Book now to grab opening offers. Parking costs 14 euros for 24 hours.
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
- Families with teenagers
- First-time travellers
- Sporty types
- Escaping the crowds
- Great views / scenery
- Live entertainment
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Adjoining rooms and terraces for families
- Balcony views
- 24-hour gym
- 360 views of modern Dublin
- Slightly out of town
- Parking costs extra