Arrival Experience: This hotel has a convenient, multipurpose location opposite the city’s O2 arena and event center. It is perfect for concerts or meetings, but is also adjacent to the airport bus stop and the Luas public transportation train stop. Tourists and business travelers coexist nicely at this sleek and modern design hotel. Its glass exterior lends beautiful views of the surrounding cityscape as guests glide up the elevator or escalators to the third floor reception. The staff is courteous and friendly and are excellent at multitasking.
Dining: Coda is the hotel’s all-day eatery serving a hearty Irish breakfast buffet each morning with Mediterranean and continental favorites for lunch and dinner. The hopping bar is abuzz in the afternoon and evening with the whirring espresso and coffee machines or clinking of cocktail glasses. The atmosphere is akin to a New York nightclub rather than a hotel lobby thanks to the colorful furnishings and, again, those beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows. The outdoor courtyard trickles with the sounds of a soothing water fountain while the terrace on the other side has a distant view of the harbor and tables for al fresco dining or smoking.
Accommodations: The guest rooms are reached through minimalist hallways past more large glass windows permitting plenty of natural light. Rooms themselves are equally stark with high-end platform beds topped with duvets and large pillows and contemporary furnishings. A side table and two chairs face the windows looking towards the interior courtyard or city life. Plentiful closet space is available and includes extras like safes, umbrellas, and coffeemakers. Flat-screen cable TVs, built-in workspace, complimentary wireless high speed Internet, and bedside lighting is conveniently in place. A small sliver of glass is tucked away in the corner of the room bringing natural light into the shower without disturbing the privacy of bathrooms where rainfall showerheads and natural, eco-friendly toiletries await.
Conclusion: Guests can keep in shape in the fitness center or catch up on work at the two Internet-equipped computers with printer access by the front desk. This hip hotel is a happening spot that will please younger guests easily and keeps everyone on the go out of the way of the sometimes snarling, downtown Dublin traffic. Thanks to ease of public transportation access and a friendly staff, this property ranks towards the top of the list of full-service boutique hotels in the Irish capital.
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