A boutique hotel in Dublin's city center offers personalized attention in a lodging where design is important and all of the city's landmarks are within walking distance. In the city, boutique hotels tend to run larger than traditional boutique hotels, with anywhere between 100 and 200 rooms. Additionally, restored Georgian buildings are a favorite among Dublin boutique hoteliers.
With its 121 rooms, this boutique is almost large enough to disqualify it as a boutique hotel. The Morgan has original artwork by local artist Robert Shaw featured in every room. A minimalist style runs throughout the hotel, which features clean lines, white linens and modern furnishings. Vogue calls the hotel "a stylish haven in Europe's most happening city." The Morgan Bar has a regular house DJ and bongo sessions.
Trinity Capital Hotel
A 2009 remodel extended the Trinity Capital Hotel to 195 rooms. The fire station in which the boutique is housed first began serving Dubliners in 1909. The hotel has incorporated pieces of the firehouse's original architecture, like the watchtower, into the hotel's design. The lodging is across the street from Trinity College, a major tourist destination and stop along Dublin's hop-on, hop-off tour.
La Stampa Hotel and Spa
La Stampa marries east and west, with classical French, Asian and Moroccan designs. The hotel, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, has 28 rooms and suites. In addition, the hotel has two restaurants, cafe and spa. The restaurants reflect the design principles of La Stampa with their fusion menus, featuring Parisian and Moroccan cuisine. At the spa, guests can indulge in aesthetic and therapeutic treatments influenced by Indian, Thai, Japanese, Chinese and Bali traditions.
Bono and the Edge -- of the Irish rock band U2 -- brought their creativity to the hotel world with The Clarence. The cardinal colors of the Christian church, crimson, royal blue, amethyst, gold and chocolate, make up the hotel's palette. All furnishings are custom-designed and crafted by Irish artisans. The hotel restaurant, the Tea Room, serves up Irish cuisine using local ingredients all day long. The Octagon Bar is the original spot where the U2 members used to hang, inspiring them to the build the hotel at this location.
Fashion designer John Rocha uses a warm palette of beige, chocolate and black to create a minimalist ambiance at The Morrison. Original handcrafted art and Irish carpets lend authenticity to the hotel's design. Rooms are outfitted with Egyptian-cotton linens and Portuguese limestone; some rooms come with iMacs as well. The hotel, which overlooks the River Liffey, also has an atrium-style restaurant and bar.
O'Callaghan Stephen's Green Hotel
A modern atrium unifies two restored Georgian houses at O'Callaghan Stephen's Green Hotel. Georgian restoration seems to be a theme here, since the hotel also boasts a restored Georgian library with staccato ceilings and open fireplaces. Each room is individually style in shades of red, deep blue or gold. All of the 99 rooms, 22 of which were built in 2009, feature US and European electrical outlets. The hotel's restaurant, Pie Dish Bistro, serves a full Irish breakfast buffet each morning.
Three Georgian townhouses make up the family-owned and operated Trinity Lodge. George's Bistro and Wine Bar has five different areas, including a lounge and heated terrace. A complimentary glass of wine comes with every lunch or dinner item purchased by guests from the restaurant, which serves a mix of Italian and Irish fare. Both the airport bus and the Dublin City Bus Tour stop in front of the hotel.
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