This recently refurbished four star Secret Hotel, ‘Fabulous trendy hotel close to o?connell street – 4 star – Dublin’, offers guests the chance to explore central Dublin with ease, whilst having a deluxe base to return to at night. Guests love the friendly onsite bar and the convenient onsite restaurant serving up delicious cuisine but the real draw here has to be the fully equipped gym and relaxing sauna. For those travelling on business, the central location means you are well connected to the city via public transport, and the onsite business centre will ensure you are well looked after with conference rooms and fax and photocopying services.
Just a short walk from this hotel is Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest University founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I. This beautiful building is set within 40 acres of parks, gardens and cobbled squares and is well worth a visit just to admire it’s architecture and ancient heritage. Most visitors however beeline for the Long Room of the Old Library, which is full of treasures including 200,000 of the library’s oldest books. It also holds a harp from the 15th century, made from oak and willow and brass strings. The most coveted treasure of all though is the Book of Kells, a 680 page book written in 800AD in Latin by Irish monks of the four gospels. This sacred book welcomes half a million visitors a year, and is an intriguing national treasure.
Dublin is a great place for some retail therapy, with the central shopping area running from Grafton Street to O’Connell Street, conveniently close to this Secret Hotel. The Dolls Store Hospital and Museum is a must for families or those with an interest in childhood nostalgia. Marvel at the exhibitions of antique teddies and dolls in the Museum of Childhood section, pick up some beautiful accessories for your dollhouse from the shop or pick up some special gifts from the range of traditional toys on offer. If you have a teddy bear or doll in need of some TLC, then the dolls hospital here has been running since 1938 so repairs here are certain to meet your high standards.
For thrill seekers, why not spend the day at Dublin’s Ski centre. Try your hand at skiing or snowboarding, whether you’re a beginner or a pro, you’re sure to have a fun and memorable day out. There are two slopes, with mirrored walls so you can perfect your technique with the help of the experienced instructors. When you’re tired out, grab some pub grub in the cultural Quarter Temple Bar. The Oliver St John Gogarty has a fantastic lunchtime carvery and an award winning restaurant to boot. There’s also daily live traditional music, which will keep you there until the early hours!