On the banks of the River Liffey with beautiful views over Dublin night lights from its upper levels rooms, and a few steps from the Millennium Bridge that leads you towards Temple Bar and past Trinity College to Grafton Street in ten minutes. O’Connell Street is a five-minute walk away.
Bedrooms follow the hotel's neutral colour scheme with rich fabric bedspreads, curtains and contemporary art on walls adding flashes of colour. Not all rooms have baths – to allow more space in rooms for time-poor business travellers – but if you’re keen to kick back, ask for a bath when booking. Beds are super king sized. Internet is wired in bedrooms though - a bit of a minus. Suites are stylish with wooden floors, statement stand-alone mirrors and a massive bath and power shower.
Free WiFi and ridiculously comfortable leather seats frame spacious public areas where chilled out businessmen and women tap away happily on their Macs. ‘If Carlsberg made....’ hotel work spaces, you’d be hard pressed to beat the Morrison Hotel (John Rocha can probably take the credit for his feng shui design). This super-chilled atmosphere is helped along by neutral colours, dark wood furnishings, marble floors, interesting art and a discreet purr of classical or ambient music. The hip designer style translates into an impressive new conference space that can be divided into three rooms, which can also cater for weddings (but 20 max per year). In the middle of this is an extremely funky, leafy courtyard area dotted with lanterns, art and stone benches.
Eating and drinking
Halo restaurant seats up to 80 in a gallery-type space with high ceilings, pieces of art and individually- coloured rich fabric chairs. Prices are good value - €35 for three courses. The Café bar is a relaxing hang out during the day but it really kicks off at 6pm when lights go down, music goes up, and the cocktail making swings into action. How about a blackberry and chocolate Mojito? Yes, please.
Five star all the way.
Who stays there
Business travellers, touring couples, small groups in the know, trendy single young socialites.
If you're in Dublin for business at the new convention centre, this is a great hotel choice - a short Luas ride from the convention centre but far enough so that you can let your hair down in the city centre at night.
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Great cocktail bar
- Proximity to new convention centre
- An oasis of feng shui
- Views from some bedrooms over rundown buildings
- Wired internet in bedrooms