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88 Pounds of Chocolate Went into This Christmas Display at Dublin's The Marker

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  Site Where: Grand Canal Square, Docklands, Dublin, Ireland, 2
December 19, 2014 at 8:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

That’s a paltry little holiday display, you might say, observing the santa-sleigh-tree combo in the lobby of Dublin’s The Marker hotel. These trendy hotels. Too cool for Christmas. SMH. By the way, why does the lobby smell of chocolate?

Then, if you got up close to the santa, you would realize your terrible mistake. I have maligned the Marker, you would say. This santa-sleigh-tree is so well done that I had no idea it was entirely made of chocolate and icing. This is actually the most fabulous Christmas display in the world!

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The Merrion Dublin Has Two Doppelganger Christmas Trees

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  Site Where: Upper Merrion Street, Dublin, Ireland
December 11, 2014 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in hotel-land. Trees. Baubles. Gingerbread houses. Scented candles – they have it all. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be picking out some of our favorite decorations. Got some OTT trees of your own? Send ‘em in to!

The Christmas tree at the Merrion, Dublin’s poshest home-from-home-style hotel, took all day to put together on 1 December. Staff – led by the hotel florist – worked all morning and into the night in order to put each bauble in the correct place. But enjoy it while you can, because the Merrion tree’s lifespan is a short one – it’ll be taken down and replaced with a doppelganger on Thursday.

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Olive Trees and Wraparound Headboards: The Dean Dublin Is Open

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  Site Where: 33 Harcourt St, Dublin, Ireland
December 1, 2014 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

First look at a Mod Pod

The doors are open and the photos are in of the Dean Dublin, which opened last week.

What we like:

· Rooftop restaurant Sophie’s, with its 360-degree views of Dublin and what appear to be olive trees growing inside;
· Deft touches like Smeg fridges and old-style telephones in the rooms;
· The colors and textures – deep blues and velvet sofa-style wraparound headboards in the tiny Mod Pod rooms – trendy yet chic;

· Wraparound windows and massive desks in the Hi-Fi rooms – perfect workstation or what;
· Local elements like trays of “Irish munchies” and Grafton Barber toiletries;
· The €250m worth of local art about the place, and the ability to purchase some of it.

What we don’t like:

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Ignore The Name, The Dean Dublin Is Not (Just) For Millennials

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  Site Where: Dublin, Ireland
November 7, 2014 at 8:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

In these trying times of hotels for millennials, it was with a heavy heart that we first learned about the arrival of a new Dublin hotel called The Dean. That must be geared towards Students or Graduates, right?

Luckily, wrong: The Dean is a new boutique hotel. Of course, millennials will like it, but it's not necessarily aimed at them. In fact, it's majoring in art - no fewer than 45 contemporary Irish artists, from typographers to fine artists, are currently lined up to take to the walls when it opens later this month.

Rooms follow the Soho House model of being honest about room size: Mod Pods are "small and cool" (they have mini SMEG fridges), Punk Bunks are the same size, only with bunk beds, and SupeRooms are the daddies - double the size, with Samsung Smart TVs, Netflix, rainforest showers, and Nespresso machines. Hi-Fis are bigger still, and come with a record player and "classic vinyl".

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The Merrion Dublin Has a New Penthouse

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  Site Where: Upper Merrion Street, Dublin, Ireland
August 28, 2014 at 8:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

If your list of Dublin hotel room requirements includes things like duplex, roof terrace, and private cedar wood hot tub, the just refreshed Penthouse at The Merrion brings all of those things together. Sixteen years after it was first opened, the hotel has redone the two-floor space, which includes the above master bedroom. Between the furniture (desk chair, sofa), drapes, and colours, it strikes a rather feminine tone to us; more images of the rest of the suite below.

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Trump Takes Over Ireland's Doonbeg Golf Club and Lodge

February 12, 2014 at 2:49 PM | by | Comments (0)

Trump Hotels keep on Trumping on in new places. Not long after they announced a plan for Trump Rio de Janeiro, Trump has now finalized their acquisition of an Irish golf course and hotel.

The Doonbeg Golf Club in County Clare and its 18-hole championship golf course on the Atlantic Ocean, will now be known as the Trump International Golf Links, Ireland.

Meanwhile, The Lodge at Doonbeg, a 218-suite hotel with a spa and several restaurants will be managed by the Trump Hotel Collection. However, it doesn't appear that the hotel will actually get the Trump moniker. At least not right away. Currently, the charming hotel has rooms for about 175 pounds in early March.

And of course, it would not be a Trump announcement without a ballsy statement from The Donald himself. We particularly love this one:

“I am thrilled to announce that we have purchased yet another incredible golf resort. From Trump National Doral, Miami to Trump International Golf Links, Scotland, known as 'the greatest golf course in the world,' we only have the best. Doonbeg is an already terrific property that we will make even better-- it will soon be an unparalleled resort destination with the highest standards of luxury."

[Photo: The Lodge at Doonbeg/Facebook]

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A Castle, A Royal, and A Woodcock Reunite In Ireland

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  Site Where: Cong, Co Mayo, Ireland
December 18, 2013 at 10:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

There’s a headline we never thought we’d write. The fact that we did, and can make a plausible connection between the Windsors, a species of wading birds, and an Irish castle, is due to one thing: a photograph that was taken over a century ago, in 1905 to be exact. We’ll explain.

Back then, Ashford Castle was owned by the Guinness family, which invited the then Prince of Wales to come up to Ireland to hunt. Five months after the “Woodcock Shoot” took place, and the 1905 photograph was taken, the Prince ascended to the British throne as King George V, which makes him the grandfather of QE II, and of course, a few generations on, the ancestor of little Prince George of Cambridge. Earlier this month, Peter Phillips, eldest grandson of Queen Elizabeth, joined a Woodcock shoot to recreate the century-old image and celebrate the upcoming Diamond Jubilee of Ashford Castle.

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Dublin's Dockland Area Debuts The Marker Hotel

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  Site Where: Grand Canal Square, Docklands, Dublin, Ireland
May 7, 2013 at 5:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's about that time when folks start preparing for their European vacation. The quandary is always the same though--where to stay that won't break the bank, especially when airfares to cross the pond can get outrageous this time of year.

Luckily we've found a happy medium and it's called The Marker Hotel Dublin. Opened on April 2nd, the city's Dockland area has received its first five-star property. But despite the ritzy status (it's become part of the Leading Hotels of the World), the 187-room hotel appears to be quite down-to-earth, yet trendy with a fun cocktail bar, the biggest roof bar in Dublin, and of course, walls dotted with whimsical Irish art.

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Anthony Bourdain Does Deluxe For "The Layover" Dublin Hotel

Where: Dublin, Ireland
January 8, 2013 at 11:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

Anthony Bourdain is back for another season of “The Layover”, and we like it because he names the hotels in the cities where he'll be spending his precious time. We figure, he won't be laying his salt-and-pepper head just anywhere, after all, he's big time now. So, for entertainment and a dose of travel value, we’ll give you some details on the properties he picks, just in case you find yourself looking for a place to stay in a city that’s sanctioned by this travel personality/chef.

Layover Hotel Episode 5: Honorable Mention 1: The Davenport Hotel This traditional hotel right near Merrion Square is what Bourdain says, is in "a good location and great for the less than 150 euro ($196) a night rates." We agree.
Honorable Mention 2: Kinlay House Cheaper still is this budget spot in the Temple Bar section. The comment? “It's a hostel. But, who doesn't love sharing a room with strangers?” The upside? "It’s within walking distance of many of the typically touristy spots in town and lots of bars." And at 12 euro ($16) a night starting rates that includes free light brekkie, we can't be mad in a city where many people crash and burn in their beds after heavy nights out.

But where does Tony choose to slumber? Take a guess. We've been here before.

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Dublin's The Morrison Reopening Feb. 1st As A DoubleTree

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  Site Where: Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin, Ireland
January 7, 2013 at 9:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

Shuttered since November while undergoing a 12 week flash makeover, progress is on schedule for Dublin's Morrison Hotel, with a grand reveal set for February 1st.

The Morrison first made headlines last February when it was scooped up by billionairess Elena Baturina (who's just…you know…the richest woman in Russia and the wife of Moscow's former mayor). Apparently she liked the River Liffey views of her new little Irish investment, but felt the interiors left something to be desired. Hence the $9.3 million "splash" of improvements.

The hotel is joining forces with the Hilton franchise and will re-open as Dublin's first DoubleTree.

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At Holiday Inn Express, There's Free WiFi, Free Breakfast and Free Toiletries

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  Site Where: Northwood Park Santry, Dublin, Ireland
November 15, 2011 at 4:37 PM | by | Comments (4)

Normally when we think of the toiletry offerings at Holiday Inn Hotels, we think of soap, shampoo, lotion and if we're lucky conditioner. But at the Holiday Inn Express at the Dublin Airport, the hotel offers guests additional amenities like shaving cream, disposable razor, toothpaste, comb, toothbrush, cotton wool and even special stuff for the ladies.

This "Forgot Something" was snapped by HotelChatter Flickr contributor (UggBoy♥UggGirl) and we've found out that all Holiday Inn Express hotels now have the "Forgot Something" extra amenities program (and have been for a few years now.)

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Comfy Beds But No Marmalade At 'The Best Country House Hotel In The World'

September 26, 2011 at 11:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

It was when news popped into our inbox of Lough Eske Castle winning the title Best Luxury Countryside Hotel In The World at the Luxury Hotel Awards that we had two burning questions. What is Lough Eske Castle? And what are the Luxury Hotel Awards?

According to the website:

The World Luxury Hotel Awards are accepted as the pinnacle of achievement for Luxury Hotels worldwide. This Award was established as a celebration of ultimate achievement in hoteliering. It is about congratulating hotels that have taken the extra step & such differentiated themselves from "good hotels" to "exceptional hotels".

The list of this year’s winners is here, if you want to take a look. But in the meantime, what’s more interesting to us is a peek at Lough Eske Castle – especially as, apparently, it’s won the same award for the past three years.

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