Céad míle fáilte! – 100,000 welcomes to Dublin

12 May
The Temple Bar Hotel has just completed a full refurbishment of its bedrooms, which means it can now offer 129 newly refurbished ensuite bedrooms, including 20 technologically advanced executive rooms.

The Buswells Hotel has spent nearly €3 million going back to the future with classical revamp. The Georgian charm and elegance of the building has been retained and Buswells has been sensitive towards the refurbishment all the time. The Bradman's Europe 2005 guide states: ‘A strict adherence to tradition means that the decor remained the same as it was in 1921 when Eamon de Valera and Michael Collins were among the first to prop up its oak-panelled bar.’ In contrast to the Georgian style hotel, are the very modern conference rooms, which were a brand new addition to the hotel.

Coming next month is the Carlton Dublin Airport, which has been designed to an international four star standard. This contemporary building, is located on the perimeter of Dublin Airport, 8km from the City Centre. Carlton Dublin Airport offers 19 conference and meeting room facilities. All rooms are equipped with power points, wireless and wired broadband, air conditioning and nearly all have natural daylight. The hotel offers 116 deluxe bedrooms including eight suites and many rooms offer unparalleled views of Dublin airport.

Finally, an overview of Dublin would not be complete without at least one castle. The Clontarf Castle Hotel has now completed a €7 million refurbishment to include all 111 guestrooms, banqueting space, bars and restaurants. The hotel is steeped in Irish history and dates back to 1172. Hanging tapestries adorn the walls whilst mysterious doorways and roaring fires create an impressive warm beginning. A variety of guest accommodation is available, ranging from deluxe en-suite rooms to luxurious suites. Rich fabrics, mood lighting and opulent décor, ensures a stylish offering. The conference facilities provide capacities for up to 550 delegates.

New on the horizon this year are Dunboyne Castle, Days Inn and Holiday Inn Express, with a Ritz Carlton and Le Meridien earmarked for a 2007 opening. For more information, contact the Dublin Convention Bureau.

Dublin certainly has the feel of a city on the up and up, and the numerous new developments and improvements that are currently planned prove that this is a city that is putting its money where its heart is.

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