Before our trip to the Four Seasons Dublin, I have read many reviews on the property which highlight how brilliant and special the FS service is; and indeed, how this service has become associated with every property in the FS brand. As this was my first time to stay in a Four Seasons hotel, I was eager to find out what made the brand stand out, and also why the 'Four Seasons' name is now synonymous with luxury and service and has such a revered reputation. Well I must say, after 2 nights at the FS Dublin, now I know!
We arrived and the car doors were opened for us, luggage whisked away, and car valet parked. Check in was a breeze- lovely receptionist and she informed us that we had been upgraded to a deluxe room (Had old them previously that it was for a birthday) and our room would be ready in half an hour. We were graciously showed to the lobby lounge and we were offered a free tea or coffee with a lovely chocolate biscuit. When we went to our room a personal happy birthday note was waiting and a plate of goodies! The room itself was lovely, spotless and spacious- the bathroom is the crowning jewel- absolutely gleaming with marble and complete with lovely toiletries. The beds were really comfortable and antique furniture was pristine.
The public areas are fabulous and have a sense that they are well maintained. The carpet everywhere still has that 'just new springyness' underfoot- a small point maybe, but after 9 years since opening this is a great achievement!
All these little details, however, are what Four Seasons excel in. We even spotted a man sanding and painting 2 bedroom doors opposite ours which I can safely say did not really need to be. And nowhere are these little details more prevalent than in the beautiful spa. I always think that an accurate measure of luxury in these areas can be obtained by seeing how abundant every amenity is. In every locker in the lavish and pristine carpeted changing rooms is a fresh robe, slippers, towel and laundry bag. You just know no locker has been left out. Around the corner the are rows and rows of more towels, robes and slippers. Pure luxury. Also what I find most rare in these spa areas, there are people regularly coming in and making sure everything is still pristines for every guest's visit. Outside the steam room and sauna are a plate of iced towels- never experienced these before- just ice normally. If you ask for more at reception, within 5 minutes someone is in replenishing them. Attention to detail from the staff is absolute and just amazing. Four Seasons staff are to be applauded.
The pool area and whirlpool were beautiful, looking out onto a outdoor courtyard and in this area there are yet more towels! The actual spa facilities like pool, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna may not differ from other hotels but it is the way in which they are displayed to the guest and the experience they create that makes the spa so relaxing and decadent.
The staff also get to know you throughout your stay, and they recognise you and take an interest in how your stay has been. If they find out your name, such as on your credit card, they use it. When we walked into the lobby lounge again, one staff member always said 'Welcome back.' Moreover, you really get an overall feel that every staff member genuinely cares about you and your stay, which is extremely rare.
The public areas also have a great atmosphere and the food is amazing -try the prawn cocktail! I also had the pleasure of eating the best dessert I have ever tasted in the cafe on the first night- it would be heaven for chocaholics! (Hot chocolate molten dessert!) Also, the hot chocolate was an experience in itself! 4.75 euros for flavoured hot chocolate with truffles and vanilla cream and marshmallows with enough for 3 medium sized cups is good value if you ask me!
You want to know the best bit? I got a room only rate for 3 people for 2 nights for 240 pounds sterling on expedia. 40 pounds per person per night in a place such as this is such a steal!!
Overall, I'm sure you can tell I enjoyed my stay and the location a little out of Dublin was no problem- the drive into city centre was actually quite nice! I would encourage anyone coming to Dublin to give this a try. I have truly found out what Four Seasons is really all about!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- InterContinental Dublin is a 20 minute stroll from Trinity College and Grafton Street and a short walk to Aviva Stadium to experience the thrill of championship rugby. The Hotel offers a landmark location in the city's most desirable neighbourhood, combining embassies and stately homes with pubs and restaurants. For Dubliners, this is the most attractive place to live in the city. Guests enjoy authentic experiences of today's Dublin; fresh and modern, yet warmed with a sense of Irish tradition. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 4 Seasons Hotel Dublin
- Four Seasons Dublin
- Dublin Four Seasons
- Four Seasons Hotel Dublin