Overlooking St. Stephen’s Green, beside the Luas stop, a few steps from Grafton Street and blessed with the great balcony views. The Fitzwilliam boasts the best of both worlds; its central location is also an extra half step away to distance it from the melee.
If you’re tired and it’s minimum noise you’re after, check into the quiet garden rooms at the back, but for fab views of Dublin, I’d recommend booking into a front room with a balcony. If the weather isn’t good, book a bedroom on a lower level as they're slightly larger. Superior rooms offer a divine four poster bed and the purple, green and white colour scheme is urban and bold. Quirky old-fashioned phones, iPod stations and a library of CDs at reception are considerate touches, while complimentary candles and standalone baths earn extra brownie points. Background music adds a welcoming touch when you turn the key. If you’re flush, book the 2,000 square feet Suite (Room 506) with a 24-hour butler, party facilities for 20 people, two bedrooms and a balcony, styled in Ferrari red and black. I wish.
The airy, bright public area inside the hotel entrance with its ever-roaring fire, high ceilings and comfy lounge seats invites you to kick back whatever the time. When you come back to life, you can get some privacy over a cocktail in one of the red leather booths of the Inn bar with its yellow art and shiny wooden floors.
Eating and drinking
Celebrity Irish chef Kevin Thorton is at the helm of the two-starred Michelin restaurant that looks across to St. Stephen’s Green. You're more than likely to meet the man himself as Kevin makes a real effort to engage with every customer at the end of each evening. Ask him about his poitin, a traditional Irish spirit that Kevin brews himself on site-- the man speaks with such passion that you'll be enthralled, as I was the last time I ate here. Thornton’s creativity has been praised by the New York Times - just don’t ask for pizza or chips (lets just say he's not a fan!) 25euros for three, 95 for five and 125 for eight courses. My advice is to order canapés at €3.50 each or a €22 cheeseboard and sit over a drink in the bar where a cut out circle in the wall allows you to watch the genius at work – priceless. It’s not your only option – there are the lime green colours and lower prices of Citron for a value lunch or dinner or late night bar food and cocktails at the ‘Inn’ bar on the ground floor. If you can afford it, Thornton's is a breathtaking dining experience however -- I'm looking for an excuse to indulge myself there again soon!
There’s a fitness suite, but you should skip across the road to jog around the leafy environs of St. Stephen’s Green. There’s also a three room beauty salon to hideaway for some indulgence. A sensible and helpful touch is a day room where you can shower for early/late flights if you’ve already checked out.
Super professional, but relaxed.
Who stays there
Popular with business travellers for its modern facilities, snappy design, public areas suitable for formal meetings and excellent location -- equally tourists of all ages and well heeled women who shop ‘til they drop.
€10 for 24 hours parking is excellent in this location.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
Pros & Cons
- The Michelin-starred restaurant is gold
- Good value parking for its location
- Day room for showering after check out
- Stunning views from upper balconies
- Interior styling is the same throughout