Can’t get any better - walking distance to city centre attractions, looking down onto Grafton Street and across to the Dublin mountains from upper level bedrooms.
Standard rooms are cosy and air-conditioned, each with their own coffee-making machine and remote control all-in-one media system. All rooms are sound-proofed – I was looking down at hordes of shoppers from a top level room and couldn’t hear a thing. The presidential suite has guest toilets, sauna, steam room and bar as well as its own butler and chef – Simon Cowell stayed here recently. Did I mention the pillow menu?
This is a busy city centre hotel, greeting 100,000 customers each year, so public areas are quite public. However, they are stylish with contemporary art, baby grand pianos and lots of inviting, plush sofas. There is free WiFi throughout and complimentary tea and coffee for guests.
Eating and drinking
You can eat and drink your way around this hotel throughout the day. Visit the Gallery (see above) for snacks and casual chats, while the Wilde Restaurant is a more elegant and formal setting with Michelin-starred chef John Wood at the helm. The Marble Bar is a lush and stylish space for bubbles or cocktails with changing music and lights to take you into early hours, while street-level Café Novo is lively and eclectic, with a packed, quality menu and decent wine list.
There is a basic gym on the second floor but clients can use a nearby city centre gym. Dylan Bradshaw’s grooming centre is close and it backs onto Metro spa for the ladies.
Hordes of attentive staff are ever ready to take your order, answer your query, or just serve you a glass of tap water....
Who stays there
All sorts! The last time I visited, a shaggy afro-haired member of US band Black Eyed Peas was casually waiting for the concierge attended lift (complete with red leather seat) in flip flops and long, baggy shorts, croissants and orange juice in hand, attracting eyebrow-raised looks from a formally dressed American couple. The Westbury is private enough for celebrities, ordered enough for business moguls, central enough for tourists and its two bars pour local energy into the mix.
There are 48 suites, 205 rooms and five room types to suit all wallets and the standard is high. Package deals include dinner with local theatre or event tickets thrown in.
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
- People watching
Pros & Cons
- Great selection of public areas
- Lots of eating and drinking options
- You can't get a more central hotel
- Lacks a little character
- If you really want to escape, this isn’t the place