The picturesque coastal town of Dun Laoghaire (pronounced Dunleary), just 8 miles from Dublin city centre, is renowned for its harbour and piers which offer spectacular panoramas over the Irish Sea. This excellent 4* Hot Rate hotel in the heart of the seaside resort boasts spacious, finely furnished double en-suite guest rooms with free Wi-Fi internet at exclusive discounts for Hotwire customers. As well as boasting both indoor and outdoor pools, the hotel features a superb onsite fitness centre and sophisticated fine dining restaurant which specialises in both local and international cuisine. Those on business in the capital are also catered for, courtesy of the hotel’s hi-tech business centre which comprises of fully-equipped meeting and board rooms.
A relaxing city retreat in this excellent Dun Laoghaire hotel offers the best of both worlds; a sleepy, idyllic coastal resort in close proximity to a cosmopolitan European city brimming with historic landmarks. Just under 12km from Dublin’s dynamic city centre via the DART suburban railway system and dedicated bus routes, exploring the capital could not be easier for tourists. Taking a stroll on Dun Laoghaire’s great East Pier is one of the town’s most recommended activities owing to its remarkable views over the coastline, but visitors are also encouraged to pop into the town’s many charming seaside tea rooms, sample some Guinness in one of the many traditional Irish pubs, perfect their game at one of the nearby golf courses or to take a boat cruise leaving from the town’s main harbour.
Founded by the Vikings in the 9th century, Dublin has since enjoyed a rich and varied history which can be experienced simply by taking a stroll through the city’s streets. No other prominent landmark illustrates the capital’s extensive past than the Dublin Castle, located just off Dame Street. From its inception as a Norman fort to its function as a seat for the Provisional Government of 1921, the castle has served many purposes and today tourists are invited to explore its opulent Throne Room, the grand Saint Patrick’s Hall and numerous other impressive state apartments.
After experiencing Dublin’s past, city breakers can marvel at its present by paying a visit to the awe-inspiring Spire of Dublin, a 400 ft stainless steel monument situated on O’Connell Street. Popularly referred to by locals as the ‘Monument of Light’, the structure embodies contemporary Ireland and is dazzlingly illuminated at night to create a beacon-like impression over the city skyline.