For our latest Irish escape, we booked a stay at The Westbury, a five star boutique hotel, which is a part of the Doyle Collection.
Located in the heart of the city, just off the main shopping hub on Grafton Street, the place is absolutely buzzing. The hotel is very central; St Stephens Park is a stone’s throw away - perfect for a bit of chill time - or, if you're seeking something more lively, you can hit the pub & restaurant scene, which are also a short walk from the hotel. Shoppers will love Grafton Street, a shopping mecca. Alternatively, if you're looking to buy something that will remind you of your time in Ireland, you can head over to the Powerscourt Centre, where you'll find a selection of boutiques which stock unique Irish designs.
Voted 'Best Hotel in Ireland' in the Conde Nast Traveller Awards 2019 Reader's Choice Awards, the Westbury is the epitome of a grand boutique hotel. From the minute you enter the hotel, the attentive and friendly reception staff put you at ease straight away.
The hotel has two bars and two restaurants. Balfes Bar & Brassiere is located on the ground floor of the hotel on Balfe Street, and you have the option of dining al fresco or indoors; we opted for a seat perched indoors at the bar.
Balfes is very reminiscent of a trendy French bistro. It was a Thursday night and the place had a great buzzy atmosphere. We weren’t too hungry, so decided to have just the one course of gamberoni in a delicious garlic and tomato sauce, which we washed down with some chilled Perrier Jouet. After a wee bite to eat, we headed to the first floor and looked in on Sidecar, the bar next to the reception, it was packed so decided to give it a miss, and retire to the suite.
The Westbury is perfectly located to enjoy everything Dublin city has to offer. From the moment you arrive, the staff are friendly and attentive.
Best bits: The central location and the staff who go out of their way to ensure you have a memorable stay.
Worst bits: Having to leave!
Most suited for: Couples looking for a stylish weekend in Dublin
*During my stay, I was hosted by the lovely team at The Westbury. All opinions are my own. Photographs courtesy of The Westbury.
Our experience overall
The property: ★★★★
Food & drink: ★★★★
Staff friendliness/attentiveness: ★★★★★