Three miles, or a ten-minute bus journey into the city (buses run every 15 minutes), the Radisson Blu is safely removed from Dublin, while a scenic 20-minute walk will take you into the upmarket suburb of Blackrock. The hotel is close to Leopardstown Race Course and an excellent base for touring around Wicklow. It’s a 40 minute taxi ride from the airport.
The 151 bedrooms have recently been renovated. Beds are extra long with pillow-top mattresses. All rooms have breathtaking views of the gardens and also Dublin Bay from upper levels. Suites are spacious and luxurious, with a homely touch, and separate bath and showers. Modern coffee making machines too.
Welcoming fireplaces, soft armchairs and a romantic ambiance in the library are offset by the bright and airy surroundings of the conservatory area where locals and guests chat and relax over a glass of wine or a newspaper. There’s a secret lounge reserved purely for guests who want more privacy. You can step out into the gardens from the terrace when the weather allows. Free WiFi throughout.
Eating and drinking
Talavera, in the Michelin guide, was named Dublin’s best Italian restaurant by The Dubliner which is high praise indeed. The soft candlelight setting is intimate and inviting. The Italian chef keeps it in the family, hiring Italian staff, so food is authentic. Other private dining areas for groups, such as Le Panto are in line with the history and elegance of the hotel. You have the option of a BBQ in the gardens. Spoiled for choice basically.
There’s a beauty salon on site.
Impeccable five-star service in formal surroundings.
Who stays there
Couples, honeymooners, business travellers, mature guests - this hotel has something for all.
- Mature travellers
- Sporty types
- Escaping the crowds
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Free car parking
- Historical building
- Rooms have garden or sea views
- It is a bit out of the city centre