Northumberland Road is in Dublin’s Georgian district by the canal, close to lively Ballsbridge and ten minutes to Merrion Square. The Air Coach stops right outside the hotel for easy drop off and pick up.
Thirty one pastoral guestrooms are individually styled with antique furniture, original William Morris wallpaper and fabrics, vintage phones and old-fashioned toilet cisterns (it’s the small things!). All are en suite with Victorian style bathrooms. Rooms are named after Irish writers and poets with snippets of history on the walls. Free WiFi and LCD TVs too so you’re not totally cut off from urban life. Almost though.
I find myself returning to the Schoolhouse bar for lunch/drinks quite a bit - it's a warm and inviting space, as well as being informal and relatively calm to nurture good conversation. Public areas are limited to the bar and restaurant where architectural features evoke the 19th century, think 40ft vaulted beamed ceilings, Gothic windows and baronial fireplaces. Soft furnishings and carpets frame the discreet reception area and heavy wooden doors lead to guest rooms. The Gothic restaurant will soon be carpeted and repainted with new curtains to make it even more intimate. There’s a leafy seated outdoor area when the sun shines or in the evening, make a beeline for the open fire in the bar and sink into soft leather armchairs and sofas.
Eating and drinking
A new menu by Olivier Quenet of La Maison restaurant (in the city centre) offers mouth watering dishes such as fish and chips, pumpkin risotto, lamb shanks and beef and Guinness pie. The homemade fries are chunky and temptingly more-ish. The wooden-styled environs of the bar is popular with both pint and wine drinkers and the clientele reflects a balanced combo of locals and visitors.
None in the hotel but Urban Spa and Sports Company gym are down the road, but do you really want to leave these quaint rooms?
Friendly staff and efficient but informal service. Someone at my neighbouring table dropped a knife and it was replaced in lightening speed with no fuss.
Who stays there
Couples or small groups. Business travellers.
Book ahead, this place fills up quickly, especially on 'romantic' calendar weekends. Parking is free.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Business travellers
- Mature travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- No fuss
Pros & Cons
- Rustic 19th-century schoolhouse setting
- Free movies
- Free parking
- Quality menu
- Limited public spaces