Set in its own gardens on a section of the Royal Dublin Society's 42-acre show grounds, this luxurious Dublin hotels on a magnificent site, allowing a 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.
A foyer in the grand tradition is flanked by two bars - the traditional wood-panelled Lobby Bar and the newer Ice, which is deliciously contemporary, and very popular with Dubliners.
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.
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 196 (16 suites, 26 junior suites, 178 no-smoking, 13 for disabled). 24 hr room service, Lift, Turndown service. Room rate €225 (max. 3 guests). No SC. Open all year.
This spacious, luxuriously-appointed restaurant overlooks a leafy courtyard.
Executive Chef Terry White's contemporary international menus combine the best of local ingredients with classical French cooking and offer a wide-ranging choice of luxurious dishes, with a considerate guide to dishes suitable for vegetarians, 'healthier fare' and dishes containing nuts.
Speciality ingredients inspiring dishes may include 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.
*Informal menus are also available at varying times in The Café (daily, 5-11pm), 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.