I'm a fan of small, friendly, quirky hotels, but I will make an exception for The Westbury. It's large, still friendly, but definitely not quirky. In fact, this Dublin Hotel could be located in any large, metropolitan city. Every amenity you might wish for is here in abundance. The room, though not large, was well-appointed, recently decorated, and extremely comfortable. I had a lovely night's sleep all three nights I was there, and that's what important when you're traveling. I like to be on a higher floor (and if you know Dublin, you know buildings are NOT tall there), but the second floor room presented no problems at all as far as noise level. The huge, glossy lobby with truly stunning fresh flower arrangements also had cozy corner tables and plush sofas and arm chairs, some by expansive windows overlooking the streets of the city. I found the desk staff to be businesslike yet quite approachable and always willing to help. I needed to re-book a transcontinental United flight in Business/First Class. This was done with a minimum of effort by the competent concierge who did NOT want to accept a generous tip for his efforts. I left one anyway, which he said would go into the common tip drawer to be shared by the concierge staff at week's end. Very nice of him. Breakfast was both sinful and plentiful, typical of the best Irish hotels. The fresh fruit was beautifully presented in small, perfect, seedless slices. Scones and chocolate croissants were light, flaky, and heavenly. Fresh juice and yogurt parfaits were cool and refreshing. It was perfectly suited to a busy time schedule, as you serve yourself. Coffee was strong and flavorful, frequently replenished. Real cream and Irish butter added to the luxury of a delightful morning repast. None of this luxury comes cheap, but if you want a first-rate experience, look no further than the Westbury. One final note: After dining out on the road so much, I was ready for room-service one evening. If you are an American craving a taste of home with an Irish accent, go for the Angus cheeseburger and fries. Again, it won't come cheap (with a nice tip and room service charge, it ran me 30 Euros), but the ridiculously thick, juicy patty on a sweet, brioche-style roll with all the trimmings and steak-cut crispy fries on the side was almost...well, let's just say I was glad to be alone as I ate so no one would be distracted by the "yummy" sounds I couldn't help making! It even came with a fresh flower in a vase, which I put on the nightstand to remind me of a spectacular meal. If you visit the Westbury, I am confident you won't be disappointed. It's well-situated near Trinity and is a quick walk to a plethora of luxury shops, pubs and dining establishments. And do yourself a favor--spend 30 Euros on the cheeseburger. I promise you won't regret it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One of The Leading Hotels of the World and rejuvenated by a multi-million euro refurbishment, The Westbury is an urban retreat with Dublin city on its doorstep. Located just off Grafton Street, in the heart of Dublin, this stylish 5-star hotel provides easy access to the city's best entertainment and business districts. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Westbury Hotel Dublin
- Westbury Dublin
- Hotel Westbury