The Luxurious Fitzwilliam Hotel In Dublin, Ireland

Review of The Fitzwilliam Hotel | Saint Stephen's Green
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The stylish and contemporary five-star Fitzwilliam Hotel is unlike any other hotel in Dublin. Located in the heart of the city center, the premier hotel was built by Sir Terence Conran in 1998. With only two meeting rooms, the Preferred Property is focused on the individual to make the experience special and anonymous. The luxurious hotel offers a fitness center, beauty salon, and a small spa dedicated to a holistic approach exclusively for the guests.

The 5-star hotel

The Fitzwillaim Hotel Lobby
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The hotel has that exclusive, magnetic, and unique traditional Irish hospitality. It is contemporary, stylish, and chic. It was built in 1998 by Sir Terence Conran with a goal of being a boutique and modern hotel unlike anywhere else in Dublin. He surpassed that goal with the opening of the elegant Fitzwilliam Hotel.

The combination of bold color splashes mixed with neutral tones is a perfect balance inside. With a focus on the individual traveler, they do not accept large groups. If you are not sure what to do while visiting the city, ask one of the concierges. Each one has their own “specialty” and unique knowledge of the city. Patrick knows all about arts and culture, as well as the music scene. Viktor is your man if you want information on the bars and restaurants in the city. For family fun and attractions, Tony knows all about the great family activities the city offers. Sports fans and outdoor enthusiasts talk with Marcin.

The staff at the Fitzwilliam Hotel know that people come from all around the world to visit their city. Some of these travel days can be very long, so as an added touch, all guests will find a welcome gift in their room. It is usually chocolates, cookies, or something small to begin a wonderful stay.

Exclusive podcast tours for guests

Downtown Dublin
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The hotel is in the heart of the city center, across from St. Stephen’s Green and right above the famous Grafton Street. You can walk to several attractions and shopping areas throughout the city. Unique to the Fitzwilliam Hotel is exclusively designed walking tours. The podcasts can be downloaded or streamed so guests can enjoy highlights of the city on their own time. Options include a 30-minute historical highlight tour, a 1916 Easter Rising walking tour, and a fashion walking tour.

A new train stop is right outside the main door of the hotel and construction of the new tracks throughout the city is almost complete. Upon completion, it will be even easier for guests to take day trips to several towns along the coast or other cities inland.

The Fitzwilliam Hotel rooms

A guestroom
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The boutique hotel currently has 139 rooms with plans to expand during a renovation period. All the guests in the hotel enjoy in-room complimentary Wi-Fi, tea and coffee, daily newspaper, and fresh bottled water. The rooms have a minibar, laptop-friendly safe, robes and slippers, and exclusive Murdock toiletry products.

Four styles of rooms are available to choose from in the hotel. Signature rooms offer guests comfort and style. Superior guestrooms offer the option of views of the courtyard garden or St. Stephen’s Green. The Deluxe guestrooms also offer a choice of view along with a four-poster bed and can accommodate two adults and two children. The Deluxe Premium guestrooms offer more options including a terrace, king-size bed, signature bath, and sitting room.

The 2,000 ft² (185 m²) penthouse is the ultimate place to stay. It is a beautiful apartment tailored to the style and desire of the guests. One of four butlers will be handpicked and dedicated to making sure all your needs are fulfilled during your stay including flowers, music, beverages, snacks, and more. The penthouse also has a baby grand piano inside for you to play or let it play itself if you prefer. It is only available once a month so if you are interested in staying in it, you will need to book it in advance.

Dining in the hotel

Citron restaurant
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Citron restaurant in the hotel is located above the lobby on the mezzanine level. The city favorite is “finer casual dining.” Head chef Paul Devoy has worked in London and around Ireland. He uses local ingredients infused with bold color components matching the hotel to design original dishes that will stimulate and please the palate. The restaurant currently offers a three-course dinner for only 59.00 EUR (70 USD) including a bottle of wine and parking. Citron restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch (except Sunday), and dinner.

The Inn on the Green inside the Fitzwilliam Hotel is more than a bar. It is a place for guests and locals to relax, eat, and mingle. Enjoy some cocktails or some food platters in the evening with friends or coworkers. The Inn is also the best place to relax in the afternoon and enjoy their famous afternoon tea. From Dexter beef and ham hock to trout roe, and pastries like Victoria sponge, clarions, and scones with preserves, you will love the delights the afternoon tea offers. Choose from six different types of loose-leaf teas to add to the relaxing afternoon. The sweet and savory afternoon tea is served from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm daily.

The fine dining restaurant is currently under renovation and will be opening soon with a famous chef in the kitchen.

A fantastic hotel in a fantastic city

Dublin is a digital hub with companies like Microsoft and Google having headquarters there. It is a young and growing city with about 50% of the population under 35 years of age. In the heart of it all, you will find this magnificent hotel. The Fitzwilliam Hotel calls itself “the smartest, friendliest, warmest-welcoming hotel in Dublin,” and they are. Don’t just take their word for it (or mine), they have the travel awards prove it.

If you are going to Northern Ireland, you can stay at their sister hotel, The Fitzwilliam Belfast.

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