I recently took an impromptu trip to Dublin, where I spent an exciting 72 hours trying to experience as much as I possibly could in the beautiful city. After two action-packed days, I was in much need of some luxury and relaxation, and the Fitzwilliam Hotel delivered just that. Here’s what I loved about The Fitzwilliam Hotel in Dublin:
Situated at the base of Grafton Street, just across from the city’s beautiful landscapes of St. Stephen’s Green, the Fitzwilliam’s location provides the perfect balance between its proximity to both the bustling city centre and peaceful outskirts of town.
Lined with shops, street-side performers, and popular pubs, Grafton Street is the gateway to all of the main tourist attractions that Dublin has to offer. Using St. Stephen’s Green as a base, I was able to stroll down Grafton Street and be minutes away from key places like Trinity College and Temple Bar. When I needed a break from the action, I wandered over to St. Stephen’s Green, which is the perfect dose of greenery that every city needs. I felt a sudden calmness descend upon me as I walked through the park gates – the car horns and loud voices faded, leaving me with the sweet sounds of birds chirping and trees blowing in the wind.
Using these two landmarks, I was able to navigate my way around the city with ease.
Characterized by it’s unique vibrant colour scheme, the guest rooms come to life and seem to brighten up what can be otherwise
dreary day in the city. My room was equipped with all the bells and whistles: a plush bathrobe hanging in my spacious Victorian-style bathroom, a beautiful garden view terrace where I enjoyed a nice glass of wine after dinner, followed by a delightful sleep on my four-post bed…it was like sleeping on a cloud! In the morning, I was able to satisfy my tea addiction and make myself a cup of tea using my full tea set, which I enjoyed on the terrace while reading my freshly delivered newspaper. After I was nice and alert, I strolled down to the Citron Restaurant to indulge (as if I hadn’t indulged enough already) in a traditional Irish breakfast.
The service I received was the cherry on top of what was already a fantastic stay. The Fitzwilliam isn’t your average luxury hotel, as they go above and beyond to build their brand with their superb customer service. Each and every staff member greeted me with a smile, and where possible addressed me by name. It goes without saying that the staff have all mastered the customer service basics, but what I was most impressed with were the little details. I checked in quite early in the morning and my room wasn’t ready. Rather than loitering around the lobby for a couple of hours, I decided to stow my luggage and squeeze in some more sightseeing. I returned to the hotel several hours later, exhausted after a full day of zipping around the city. As I stood in the lobby rummaging for my baggage tags to claim my luggage, the Concierge escorted me to the elevator and explained that my luggage had already been taken up to my room. Small gestures like this can make any hotel stand out – it’s certainly something that I’m going to remember!
Although my three days in Dublin were slightly chaotic, I returned home feeling well-rested and relaxed thanks to the Fitzwilliam Hotel.
Special thanks to the Fitzwilliam Hotel for hosting me. Of course, the views and opinions presented in this post are my own.