You’ll nurse a wish to go back to the city’s Dylan Hotel

by Patrick Finnegan
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Dylan Hotel, located off Baggot Street in Dublin’s leafy south city centre, has been a favourite haunt for stylish food, sophisticated drinks, and elegant parties since it opened its doors more than a decade ago.

The 5-star boutique hotel, which has just completed a fresh redesign, boasts 72 individually designed bedrooms and suites, in a contemporary landmark property that was once the nurses’ home for the nearby Royal City of Dublin Hospital, also known as Baggot Street Hospital.

Dylan Hotel takes pride in the history and character of the unique building it calls home.

A collection of the finest Irish crafts was commissioned to create the recently refurbished ground floor, complete with new restaurant, bar, terrace and private resident’s cocktail room to pay homage to the property’s rich past.

The fresh redesign of the ground floor was curated by Grainne Weber of Grainne Weber Architects, with the lobby of Dylan Hotel having undergone a complete makeover.

On arrival, guests are greeted with Italian marble and acacia parquet wood flooring, on which sit two handcrafted side desks created by Irish furniture maker, John Lee.

What is especially endearing is that the redesign is particularly sensitive to the history of the nurses’ house.

Details as minute as the menu cover and the souvenir boxes of matches include the logo of the badge worn by the nurses.

The lobby leads on to the newly designed Dylan Bar, which is open for light bites and an array of drinks from non- and low-alcohol options, to an impressive Irish whiskey and gin collection.

New restaurant, The Eddison, which is proudly named after one of the hospital’s matrons, Miss Edith Annie Eddison (who ran it during the 1916 Rising), is a particular favourite.

Head chef Paul Quinn and his team at The Eddison showcase their commitment to the best of Irish produce in the new restaurant, which places plants and vegetables at the heart of every dish from breakfast through to lunch and dinner.

Just off The Eddison is the hotel’s hidden gem, The Ruby Room; a cocktail bar serving a range of delicious cocktails created by the hotel’s mixology team.

The Ruby Room was named after Ruby V Stokes, another matron of the hospital, where she lived until 1960.

Colourful, yet intimate, The Ruby Room seats just 30 guests. Padded velvet wall-lined paneling and deep, cushioned banquets are accessorised with plush feather cushions.

The Nurserie is a partially covered terrace area just off The Eddison and across from The Ruby Room, which can be enjoyed all year round by guests.

Filled with a mix of Victorian plants including tree ferns, The Nurserie is a decadent urban oasis.

This time of the year, it is an ideal spot to enjoy a summer BBQ. Known for its focus on plants and vegetables, the kitchen plates up delicious salads.

The deluxe bedrooms are focused on the comfort of guests and are Irish-designed and individually styled, with many incorporating the original design features of the Victorian nurses’ home, including vaulted ceilings and port holes.

The signature suite especially is one of a kind, with a spacious and contemporary seating area, leading to a bespoke hand-crafted Italian king bed.

Dylan Hotel’s list of signature services truly sets the hotel apart and the enthusiasm, friendliness and professionalism of the hotel’s management team – managing director Grainne Ross, hotel manager Conor Dillon, and group director of sales and marketing, Jennifer O’Neill – and staff made for a very enjoyable stay.

A visit here comes highly recommended …

Patrick stayed as a guest of Dylan Hotel to review the hotel’s redesign.

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