This year is the first I can remember that we’ll be spending the entire Christmas break here in Dublin – and one of the things I’m really looking forward to is the chance to kick back, relax and play tourist in my own city.
I’ve had a taste of it already with the recent 15th birthday celebrations for the Guinness Storehouse, as well as a night at the Trinity City Hotel.
Regular readers will know I’ve been dying to stay there since last summer, and it didn’t disappoint. Our room gave off definite vibes of a chic New York city loft: it was lovely and spacious, with exposed red brick walls, low lighting and stylish leather furniture.
The location is perfect for checking out Dublin’s top attractions, and we took full advantage with a stroll around to the Irish Whiskey Museum at the bottom of Grafton Street – just across from the main entrance to Trinity college.
I’d walked by this spot on loads of occasions but had no idea it would be such good craic: from the funny anecdotes and encyclopaedic knowledge of our expert guide, to the gorgeous interiors of the building - which include several unique areas, a tasting bar and café - it was a thoroughly interesting and enjoyable way to spend a few hours.
After a spot of shopping, and checking out the Christmas lights on Grafton Street, it was back to the hotel to unwind over dinner and cocktails – two of my favourite things, which this hotel does really, really well. The colourful and eclectic décor is really atmospheric too, especially at this time of year, making it a lovely spot to enjoy a little festive cheer amongst friends.
Need further incentive to pay them a visit? The hotel will be launching a brand new brunch menu in the new year – keep an eye on thewebsite or Facebook for more. Current specials include the Shop and Drop package with overnight accommodation for two, breakfast the following morning, a glass of Prosecco on arrival and 10% off in-store at Kilkenny on Nassau Street – priced from €153 per room per night.
Fluff and Fripperies was a guest of the hotel.