If you're planning your first ever visit to Dublin, the five-star Westin hotel is the ideal location from which to take the temperature of the city, since it's situated on College Green.
That's quite literally the heart of the city, just across the street from Trinity College and a short stroll to many of the best restaurants and bars in town.
The global reputation of the Westin brand marries perfectly with this Georgian style building, which is actually a series of linked buildings, with the main one once being the former Allied Irish Bank.
The main hotel building has been a jewel in the crown of Dublin society since the 19 century, where the Waterford Crystal chandeliers of the adjoining Banking Hall once played host to the city's top tier conferences and events.
But now it's been refurbished and modernized with signature Westin amenities like the Heavenly Bed (oh, those luxurious linens) and (the large and inviting) Bath. With just 163 rooms, the service and attention to detail is personalized and you'll notice on arrival.
Don't miss the gorgeous five-story Atrium at the center of the hotel, which features a glass roof that lets in natural light. You can congregate here for a memorable afternoon tea featuring tiered cake stands bursting with delicious treats next to a quietly glowing fire. And a shout out to the professional wait staff, who provide a superior level of service.
You can also take in the inviting Mint Bar in the what was once the bank vaults. It's the perfect place for a nightcap or an afternoon or evening drink and again the staff are fantastically attentive and welcoming (it has won Hotel Bar of the Year and you'll understand why).
Make a point of visiting the Morelands Grill onsite for an outstanding steak, cooked to perfection in a charcoal Josper grill. Stay for the superior desserts too.
So what's the secret of the success of this five-star oasis? Is it the roaring fire near the hotel's reception? Is it the instant reprieve from the traffic's blare? Or is it the top class Irish welcome and all the luxurious rooms and suites that make a first visit to Dublin's new Westin hotel so memorable?
No surprise, it's all of it really. We recommend you visit one of the most inviting hotels in Ireland to experience it yourself.
The Westin Dublin is located at College Green, Westmoreland Street, Dublin, Ireland. Phone: +353 1 645 1000.