Situated within easy access of Dublin’s city centre, this four star luxury Secret Hotel, ‘Great Gateway Hotel off M50 – Dublin 4*’, offers up comfortable guest rooms furnished to a high standard with cable LCD television, coffee and tea making facilities and a separate hanging closet. In the evenings, there are three restaurants to choose from and even a nightclub to save on taxi fares going out. The business centre offers translation and secretarial services, as well as having both meeting and conference rooms. Other highlights include free parking, 24 hour concierge and 24 hour security as well as theatre reservations, laundry and babysitting services.
Liffey Valley Shopping Centre is one of Ireland’s largest shopping and leisure centres. Indulge in some retail therapy at the likes of Coast, Benetton and Miss Selfridge or treat the family to an evening at the cinema. The VUE 14 screen multiplex shows all the latest blockbusters with a choice of VIP seats and there are plenty of eateries like GBK, KFC and Harry Ramsden to head to after to discuss your favourite bits of the film. If you’ve got little ones, why not pop along to the Thursday Kids Club, where they’ll be entertained with music and magic shows.
Being so close to Dublin city centre, make sure you manage to squeeze in as many sights as possible. If you’re pushed for time, try the hop-on hop-off bus tour which stops at all the main attractions such as St Patricks Cathedral, Dublin Zoo and The National Gallery of Ireland. For Guinness lovers, make sure you take a tour of the Guinness Storehouse in St James’ Gate Brewery. After learning about the history of this iconic drink and its founder Arthur Guinness, you’ll finish at the Gravity Bar with a complimentary pint of the black stuff and panoramic views of the city. Of course, the best place to enjoy this Irish tipple is in one of the many historic pubs in the cultural quarter of Temple Bar. Fitzgerlads Bar is an Irish pub in a nutshell, with a Victorian style bar and cosy seating. Expect lively locals, good grub and lashings of Guinness.
The Irish coastline is absolutely breathtaking, so a day at the seaside is highly recommended for those visiting this magical city. Sandycove boasts some of the best ice creams, and is therefore a popular destination for families. It is also home to the Martello Tower, in which James Joyce wrote his first chapter of his classic Ulysses. Dollymount Strand is another good option, with Bull island nature reserve now a UNESCO biosphere reserve. It’s the place to go for nature lovers and bird watchers, but also adrenaline junkies, as the beach is also known for kite surfing.