New Year’s Eve in Dublin was the party I had imagined it to be. The centre of Dublin had been pedestrianised; there were live gigs taking place around Trinity College; and the streets of Temple Bar (the Leicester Square of Dublin) were buzzing.
Eventually, we made it back to The Westbury where we were staying. The Westbury Hotel belongs to the Doyle Collection, a family of hotels which The Kensington Hotel is also part of.
Arriving back at the hotel, there was a wedding reception still taking place. In fact, the hotel seemed constantly busy. After checking in on Friday morning, we sat on one of the many sofas and sipped tea in The Gallery whilst other guests sat around and chatted. On Friday night, we decided not to explore the pubs of Dublin but rather stay at the hotel and sip champagne with the other guests. Or perhaps they were not guests. It seemed, like most of the popular five star hotels in London, people were visiting The Westbury for Afternoon Tea as well cocktails in The Marble Bar.
The hotel itself is located in a prime spot, just off Grafton Street which is one of Dublin’s main shopping strips. Nearby is Brown Thomas, a luxury department store which Harvey Nichols shoppers would love. And as for bars and restaurants, there are Duke Street and Dawson Street to venture to. Around the corner, there is also Trinity College.
We stayed on the 6th floor, in the Studio Suite with its own four poster bed. The room was pure bliss and frankly, it was difficult to leave such comfortable surroundings to sightsee. But it was also the staff at The Westbury that made the hotel so inviting and who ultimately gave me the welcomed break in Dublin I was looking for.