I had enjoyed myself so much last year, my partner took me to Trinity Capital for a birthday treat again this year. We both love the eccentric, beautiful, decor there, and although I live only a few minutes drive away, it feels like a real break. This time, he had purchased a special offer (from the hotel directly, not a 'deals' item)- 1 night's B&B for two, with late check-out, executive upgrade, and dinner, so we got to try out Cafe Cairo, the on-site restaurant.
Trinity Capital must really hire carefully, because every one of their service staff is helpful, friendly, and appropriately 'chatty' (by this, I mean they will exchange a bit of banter, then go away at the right time). The room was comfortable and quiet (we are both smokers, so the smoking rooms are where we choose to be, and these face an inner courtyard). I was a little hungry upon arrival, so we opted to get a snack via room service in advance of dinner. Very promptly delivered.
Dinner was really good- I had a goat's cheese souffle starter. Lovely presentation- in a slightly sweet rolled biscuit tower, with roasted beetroot garnish, and tasty, if not mind-blowing. We both had a slow-roasted pork chop with maple-pear glaze. This was served with a tasty, crispy bit of crackling. Deliciously cooked, sauce was perfect, and one portion honestly was enough for two people, though we both tried to eat it all, it was that good. He had a nice apple-blackberry crumble dessert. The meal was to come with a glass of wine each, and, although I was willing to pay for the Chardonnay I preffered over the Sauvignon Blanc included, our server checked with the manager on her own initiative and he chose to substitute instead of charge.
I will review the restaurant separately here as well.
We have breakfast in-room whenever possible, which was very good and items are listed individually on the menu (e.g. sausage, egg, fruit salad, bacon etc) I like the option to choose exactly what I want on my plate. The 2pm late checkout is very civilised!
We spent a lazy afternoon after we checked out in the cafe, having lunch and coffee and playing chess. My sliced steak salad with fried smoked cheddar was unusual and excellent. Even my partner's ham and cheese sandwich was above average :-). We were there for 4 hours and there was no sense of rush, plus service stayed attentive.
The only reason Trinity Capital isn't rated 'excellent' for this trip are minor, but to be an honest reviewer, I must include them-
The heat went off at about midnight, which was fine, the room was still warm and comfortable, but my partner had elected to have a pre-bed bath, and the hot water wasn't so hot once the heat went off. My own bath earlier in the evening was heavenly and as hot as I wanted, and the tub was a nice size.
The bedside light fixtures are a kind of 1920's look, extensor design, very cool, however, the one on my side couldn't be extended, as it needed tightening and would sort of 'flop' then.
I'm not sure if we misunderstood 'executive upgrade', but we had to pay a little extra (eu15) to get a king room with smoking allowed, as the only other option was a twin in that section. The special offer price was so good that we didn't mind this- 49.95 each for the room, B&B, dinner etc. A room there alone will often run way above that, depending on timing. (I am aware some of the executive rooms have jacuzzi's and sitting areas- I imagine that was the upgrade. Could be a reason to quit smoking ;-)
These really are minor issues, and things like the light fixture aren't noticed by cleaning staff etc unless pointed out, so I will alert management and I expect it will be seen to, because it's not the kind of place to run down.
We will return to Trinity Capital... I'm already looking forward to it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Trinity City Hotel is a uniquely stylish boutique property located in the heart of Dublin City Centre, opposite Trinity College. Our 219 guestrooms offer everything that you would expect including super-fast, complimentary 200MB WiFi, luxurious cotton bed linens with fluffy duvets, en-suite bathrooms with luxurious toiletries, flat screen TV, electronic laptop safe Tea and Coffee making facilities, hairdryer and ironing facilities and a work desk We want our guests to feel at home throughout their stay at the Trinity City Hotel and our range of 4 star guest rooms are designed with guest comfort in mind. Guests can choose to upgrade to one of our beautifully appointed Executive Bedrooms and Suites or our Georgian Suites with the elegant proportions of Dublin's most famous architectural style. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Trinity Capital Dublin
- Trinity Capital Hotel Dublin
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