October 2014                          Dublin

Some hotels trade on their history and others their location but few are able to boast both and the Westin Dublin is among them.

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The Westin was opened in 2001 after extensive reconstruction turned three 19th century local landmark buildings directly opposite Trinity College into a modern 160 room hotel. The façade of the three buildings and as much of the interior as possible was saved and repurposed in the project and nowhere is this more apparent than the Banking Hall, a soaring  Victorian space which used to be the main hall of the old Bank of Ireland.

Dublin 229I was able to enjoy this memorable space later for day-long meetings and while the acoustics suffered a little the sheer majesty of the room more than made up for it.

The entrance to the Banking Hall features intricate floor tiles with the logo of a previous financial institution, the Allied Irish Bank.Dublin 231

 

Below the Banking Hall is the aptly named Mint Bar which used to be the vaults of the bank and the sturdy pillars and low ceiling give the lounge a crypt-like ambiance to enjoy some cocktails and conversation.

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The rooms of the Westin Dublin while a mite smaller than North Americans may be used to feature all the modern conveniences plus a nod to the hotel’s location with colourful framed reproductions of pages from the Book of Kells housed at Trinity College.

This attention to detail is evident throughout the hotel and helps make the Westin Dublin as much a landmark as the buildings former tenants.

My tour ended with a visit to the hotel’s largest suite, the palatial 1700 sq. ft. College Suite which features two floors of Edwardian luxury. The lower level includes a living room, full dining room, bedroom with king bed and balcony overlooking Trinity College while the upper floor houses an office & library, private gym and steam room.

Dublin 220My polite Canadian reserve prevented me from inquiring as to the nightly rate for this sumptuous suite because as the saying goes, if you have to ask then you can’t afford it.

While the College Suite may not be within every traveller’s budget the Westin Dublin has a variety of accommodations available to suit almost everyone wanting an upscale stay in the heart of Ireland’s enchanting capital.

My thanks to the Westin Dublin’s director of sales Tom, a fellow Canadian, for his time touring me around this hotel that blends past & present to create it’s own timeless elegance.