Formerly the Four Seasons, this luxurious Dublin hotels on a magnificent site, set in its own gardens on a section of the Royal Dublin Society's 42-acre show grounds. This allows an exceptional sense of spaciousness while also being convenient to the city centre - the scale is generous throughout and there are views of the Wicklow Mountains or Dublin Bay from many of the sumptuous suites and guest rooms.
The Foyer, The Lobby Lounge, The Bar and The Reading Room have been recently restyled and retained their names with the change of ownership; together with the deliciously contemporary ICE Bar, which is very popular with Dubliners, the feel is casual-sophisticated and offers a warm welcome.
Accommodation is predictably luxurious and, with a full range of up-to-the-minute amenities, the air-conditioned rooms are designed to appeal equally to leisure and business guests. A choice of pillows (down and non-allergenic foam) is provided as standard, the large marbled bathrooms have separate bath and shower, and many other desirable features - and there's great emphasis on service, with twice daily housekeeping service, overnight laundry and dry cleaning, one hour pressing and complimentary overnight shoe shine: everything, in short, that the immaculate traveller requires.
But the Spa in the lower level of the hotel is perhaps its most outstanding feature, offering every treatment imaginable - and a naturally lit 14m lap pool and adjacent jacuzzi pool, overlooking an outdoor sunken garden. It is the only Spa in Dublin to offer separate sauna and steam room facilities for men and women. There is also a state-of-the-art gym with Personal Trainer and Nutritionist available for day guests, residents as well as members.
Outstanding conference and meeting facilities make the hotel ideal for corporate events, business meetings and parties in groups of anything up to 550.
Conferences/Banqueting (550/450), business centre, secretarial services, video conferencing (on request), broadband wi/fi. Children welcome (under 18s free in parents' room, cot available free of charge, baby sitting arranged).
Rooms 197 (1 Presidential Suite, 10 Deluxe Suites, 3 Speciality Suites, 26 Executive Suites,18 Junior Suites, 3 Family Suites,13 for disabled. No smoking. 24 hr room service, Lift. Turndown service. Room rate from about €190 (max 3 guests). Children welcome. Small pets permitted by arrangement (complimentary). Open all year.
Seasons Restaurant: This spacious, luxuriously-appointed restaurant overlooks a leafy courtyard and is open for breakfast, Sunday Brunch and for events. Chef Paul Devoy's contemporary menus combine the best local ingredients to produce modern Irish cuisine with a twist. Menus offer a wide-range of choice with a considerate guide to dishes suitable for vegetarians, 'healthier fare' and dishes containing nuts. Seats 90 (private room, 12). Breakfast 7-11 daily & Sunday Brunch from 1-3pm
The Reading Room: The Chef's Table Menu offers inspiring dishes including dry-aged grass fed beef, Castlemine lamb from Co Roscommon, and also Castletownbere scallops and the unique Toonsbridge buffalo mozzarella, both from West Cork. The standard of cooking at this Dublin restaurants high and, while it may not rival the city's top independent restaurants as a cutting edge dining experience, this is a fine hotel restaurant with outstanding service - and an excellent wine list includes some very good wines by the glass. Seats 40. Open for lunch and dinner, L 12.30-3 daily, D 6.30-9.30 daily
The Lobby Lounge/The Bar/ICE Bar: Informal menus are also available in The Lobby Lounge and The Bar (all day dining menu offered, 9am-11pm), and in Ice Bar (Wed-Sun, from 5pm); Afternoon Tea, served 3-5 daily in The Lobby Lounge, includes an extensive menu of classic teas and infusions.