Luxurious suites on upper floors facilitate stunning views down into the grounds of Trinity College, across to the original Bank of Ireland and down O’Connell Street to Dublin’s controversial but impressive 121 metre high stainless steel Spire or ‘Monument of Light’. The hotel is within walking distance of Grafton Street and Temple Bar is a few short steps away. It is bang in the middle of everything really.
There are 163 rooms plus 16 beautiful suites - some of the best in Dublin for space, grandeur, comfort and awesome views of Trinity College and College Green. The library suites are split level. The Westin is proud of its trademark ‘heavenly’ beds and the custom-designed mattresses, piled high with pillows, are worthy of any queen! There is WiFi throughout as well as an in room spa service – nice. Triple glazed windows shut out any noise from Westmoreland Street below. Ten rooms have balconies, so if the weather is reasonable, request one of those for the best views.
These are filled with spectacular 19th-century ornamental features. The winding staircase that leads from reception up the towering glass ceiling of the Atrium lounge is as memorable as it is majestic. The recently renovated Exchange Restaurant is adjacent to Westmoreland Street so ideal for people watching over dinner. Restored Georgian rooms at the back of the hotel are an ode to the hotel’s banking days, with original vaults, old safes and even a teller room. There are lots of high-backed antique chairs dotted around for a sit down at any time, plus 11 meeting rooms for business.
Eating and drinking
The dark wood panelling of Mint Bar, in the former bank vaults downstairs, is a lively meeting place for locals (there’s a street entrance from College Street) over quality cocktails where you can hide in one of its many cosy snugs. Salsa nights in here are a popular draw in the evenings where an original banking counter forms the circular bar at the centre. The standard of food and drink is high and Exchequer restaurant and cocktail bar offers a Jazz Sunday Brunch. Pre-theatre deals include three courses for €19. Afternoon Tea is a popular choice in the Atrium. Foodies can even order superfoods for breakfast.
A 24-hour gym with free weights, fitness equipment and stretching mats is a stand out feature for a city centre Dublin hotel. The on-site spa and in-room spa service are major bonuses for a relaxing stay.
Service is formally suited and super-attentive.
Who stays there
All sorts: couples for a romantic weekend, single businessmen and women, pairs or small groups of tourists, especially Americans as the Westin is part of the American Starwood brand – I have seen more old than young guests.
Ask for a split level suite, or a balcony, to get the best value for money. Parking costs 25 euros for 24 hours.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
- Great views / scenery
- People watching
Pros & Cons
- On-site spa
- Convivial cocktail bar
- 24-hour business centre
- 24-hour gym
- Pricey parking
- Arguably, the style is outdated