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Four Seasons Hotel Dublin, Dublin 

Simmonscourt Road
Ireland 4
Tel: 353 1 665 4000
Fax: 353 1 665 4099
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Stranded in the Royal Dublin Society Showgrounds out in upscale but boring Ballsbridge, the 197-room Four Seasons Dublin occupies a purpose-built faux Edwardian red-brick manor house. It's a monument to Dublin's Celtic Tiger upgrade and one of the two swankiest places to stay in the city (the other is the Merrion), but Leopold Bloom simply wouldn't understand it. Sure, the odd clue that you're in Ireland is discernible—the Celtic seaweed treatments in the excellent spa, for instance—but really, this could be anywhere. If that bothers you, stay away. Otherwise, wallow. The service is as meticulously detailed as ever; every possible in-room comfort is provided, including special kids' amenities (baby toiletries, bedtime milk and cookies), and there's a 46-foot indoor lap pool. The two restaurants and various lounges face inward over a courtyard garden, as do about a quarter of the bedrooms, so speak up if you want to see the outside world. Since it opened in 2001, the place has been doing very nicely, thank you, particularly the ICE bar with its ostentatious crowd. Draw your own conclusions about the desirability of service and functionality versus character and centrality.—Kate Sekules; updated by Pól Ó Conghaile

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
"Out of the hustle-bustle of the city" yet "a 20-minute walk from the heart of Dublin," this roughly 10-year-old property fits in with such august Georgian neighbors as the Royal Dublin Society. Rooms are "so homey" and designed in four color schemes—rose, yellow, blue, and green. Popular night spot Ice serves sushi and a signature Razmopolitan, made with raspberry-infused vodka, cranberry juice, Cointreau, and a dash of lime juice. Staff are "incredibly solicitous—nothing is too difficult."

(197 rooms)
—2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 87.7
  • Design: 88.4
  • Food: 90.5
  • Location: 71.9
  • Rooms: 94.8
  • Service: 92.7

Also appeared in the Gold List in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

Amenities: Pool, Spa

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