Dylan, Dublin $$$$
Tel: 353 1 660 3000
Concierge.com's insider take:
Although hidden away on a quiet lane, this chic 44-room Victorian is getting a lot of attention as the hotel of the moment. On the outside it's stately and buttoned-up, but the sexy interior mixes deep reds and purples, lime-green, and grays with chrome-studded walls. The elevator lined in red leather is a truly decadent touch. Autumn-hued guest rooms feature all manner of heavenly beds—some over-the-top rococo in style, others upholstered like James Bond's Aston Martin. There's also a lengthy pillow menu, iPods, complimentary wireless, and under-floor heating in the bathrooms; all very hip and hi-tech, but without compromising on luxury. The flashy Dylan Bar, with a double-sided mirrored fireplace and fiber-optic lighting, has created a real buzz among the city's party crowd, as has the Irish cuisine in the elegant all-white Still restaurant. Service is friendly throughout, with experienced young staff who get right on any request—from tracking down a restaurant whose name you can't remember to organizing a perfectly timed shopping trip by taxi on your way to the airport. Style without great service doesn't score five stars, and they know it.
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