Hotel in the heart of the city centre – 4 star – Dublin

This secret hotel in the heart of the city centre boasts a range of services and facilities to suit even the most discerning of travellers. Let the staff help you organise city tours and theatre reservations whilst you relax on the rooftop terrace and lounge or enjoy French cuisine in the onsite Brasserie style restaurant. Spacious guest rooms benefit from the latest mod cons, such as climate control, plasma cable television and free internet access and are kept to a high standard throughout your stay with daily housekeeping and a turndown service. The fully equipped business centre includes meeting rooms, audio/visual equipment and translation services so you can ensure that whatever the purpose of your visit, you will be well catered for at this luxury hotel.

Although Dublin is a city, it’s situated close to mountains and the beautiful Irish coast. This makes it a unique city break in that you can enjoy the best of both worlds and enjoy outdoor pursuits alongside great shopping, restaurants and entertainment. A trip to the Dublin Mountain range is unforgettable; hire mountain bikes, or simply indulge in a woodland walk on foot. For those with a tighter schedule, the National Botanic Gardens in the city spread over 19.5 hectares, and date back to 1795. With a large pond, arboretum and glasshouses the Gardens offer a range of interesting and unusual plant species such as the weeping Atlantic cedar and strawberry trees. Phoenix Park also makes a lovely day out, and features Ashtown Castle, which dates back to before the 17th century. If you’re travelling with children, you may also wish to visit Dublin Zoo, which is situated inside the park. As one of the oldest and largest zoos in Europe, it has a good range of exotic species as well as interactive displays and plenty of talks and feeds throughout the day to enjoy.

In the evenings, there’ll be plenty of traditional Irish pubs to keep you company, serving hearty food and plenty of Guinness, often to the sound of live bands and musicians. The Quays has a particularly good reputation for daily live music, which kicks off at 3pm and goes on until the early hours. It’s popularity has made it one of Dublin’s more lively venues. Alternatively, The Gaiety Theatre is a great place to watch concerts, plays and comedy acts, with the likes of Pavarotti and Joan Rivers having performed here. Check the box office for the latest events.