It feels as if it's in a peaceful backwater, yet this splendid Victorian building is just yards from one of Dublin's busiest city centre roads.
Arrival at the gates of Dylan is an experience in itself, especially in the evening, when it is magically lit by old fashioned lamps outside the main entrance, where doormen greet you.
A modern wing sits comfortably with the original building and the lobby offers a foretaste of the edgy design beyond: leather padded walls, over-sized floral motifs and tactile wallpaper along with ultra-modern seating and creative lighting are just some of the quirky elements that create an atmosphere of decadent elegance.
The Dublin hotels edgy look continues in the individually designed bedrooms, which are fitted to a very high specification. Standard rooms are laptop compatible and include a plasma screen TV, MP3 players, safes, cordless phones with voicemail and speakerphone, customised 7th Heaven Beds, Frette linen, air conditioning, under floor heated bathrooms, power showers, robes & slippers, Etro toiletries, mini bar and twice daily housekeeping.
Even the most demanding international traveller would be hard pressed to complain at this five star boutique hotel.
Conferences/Banqueting (40/80). Business centre, secretarial services, free broadband wi/fi. Rooms 44 (6 suites, 38 executive, 15 shower only, 1 disabled, all no smoking); Room rate from €199. Children welcome (under 4s free in parents room, cot available). Lifts. 24hr room service.Non-smoking hotel. Open all year except 25-26 Dec.
Smartly liveried staff and striking floral displays provide a warm welcome to this boutique hotel in its quiet leafy setting just off busy Baggot Street.
The bar and restaurant are set to one side of the marble reception hall, with diners enjoying a light glassed area adjoining a stylishly furnished and parasoled terrace, a summertime mecca for aperitifs, afternoon tea or the all day bar foods.
In the dining room, the distractingly modernist furnishings have been considerably toned down although the lavish chandeliers remain, now softened with white silk shades.
Chef Glenn Murphy's stated commitment to traceability, seasonality and high quality ingredients is seen in the credit given to a network of over 20 local suppliers, and a welcome simplicity in this Dublin restaurants modern Irish cooking style.
The half-a-dozen starters and main courses reflect the popular choices one expects to find in a hotel dining room - fillet of beef, roast lamb, duck and chicken – while seafood offerings might include Atlantic cod or sea bream served with a turnip purée.
An appetising list of vegetarian main courses may include butternut squash and sage risotto, and a caramelised shallot & mushroom tartlet with Mount Callan cheddar that comes with a herb mash.
Prices here reflect those of Dublin's topline restaurants - starters from about €10, main courses around €24-32. Lunchtime and early dinner menus offer good value, and the cheerfully furnished bar area attracts a good buzz of customers with an all-day menu as well as their specialty cocktails. A wide ranging menu is served in the setteed front lounge, at high stooled tables near the bar or in the surrounding cosy niches from 12 noon until 11 pm.
The Dylan claims to have Ireland's most extensive cocktail menu, ranging from classics like the dry martini and cosmopolitan to mixologists' fantasies of tobacco old fashioneds or smoky mapletinis.
Connoisseurs will find a wide selection of gins, vodkas and spirits, while a directory-sized wine list runs from well selected wines by the glass to venerable bottles for those with very deep pockets.
Cocktail and Culinary master classes are offered.