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REVIEW: Trinity City Hotel, Dublin

REVIEW: Trinity City Hotel, Dublin

Trinity City Hotel, the newly-refurbished boutique-style home from home, is the most centrally located four-star hotel in Dublin.

This means: World famous PantiBar, namesake of the Queen of Ireland, drag queen Panti Bliss, and Temple Bar are in walking distance.

But like any city, there are hotels dotted around everywhere – how do you choose?

What sets Trinity City Hotel apart is its calibre and class: Where original Georgian features of exposed brick and high ceilings blend with contemporary design and impeccable service.

It was a sheer pleasure to spend time in the hotel’s bars and impressive secluded courtyard during pit stops on our whirlwind tour of Dublin.

Where some hotels are booked purely on convenience as somewhere to rest your head, Trinity City felt like somewhere you wanted to go back to – and it was hard to pull ourselves away from those comfortable beds!

For me, the true sign of a good hotel – and judge this how you will – is the breakfast service.

The beefy firemen – I like to imagine – of the building’s fire station past would have come in handy to free me from being trapped in the breakfast bar.

I mentioned to my guest at the time, so I stand by it now, that if there was an all star competition for my personal top breakfasts – Trinity City’s would be in the running for the crown.

The full Irish selection was fresh, of great quality and flavour, while the continental options were varied and thoughtful – including fresh honey scraped straight from the honeycomb!

What is more than made up for in convenience and interior quality, is lost in view – don’t expect a romantic view of the Dublin skyline, but blame Dublin for that. Being so close to the city centre, and surrounded by high-rise neighbours left the view from our room lackluster.

But it’s best to be out there exploring, not observing through a window.

At 262 rooms, Trinity City Hotel can’t be classed as a boutique – but it’s as close as a hotel of this size will get, and the amount of guests doesn’t blunt the service quality.

The staff were extremely welcoming and pleasant to chat with in passing and when we arrived we were amazed to find our room was available already, and we rocked up at 11:00 in the morning.

Judging from customer reviews, this isn’t a unusual experience either – as well as birthday upgrades (based on availability of course) and a concierge with a superb rating!

As well as being close to the city centre, Trinity City is also well-located to reach other attractions outside of the city.

The Tara Street DART station, a commuter rail link, is a five minute walk away and connects the city to the stunning Irish coast including Greystones in the south and Malahide in the north, which are both well worth visiting.

Connections to/from Dublin Airport are very convenient from the hotel.

There is no rail link between the capital city and it’s airport, the only access is by road. But you’re in luck, the airport link bus stops opposite the hotel and takes around 30 minutes journey time to/from.

I, along with the many positive reviews, will continue to use Trinity City Hotel on future trips to Dublin; a home from home with impeccable service, attention to detail and quality breakfast are some of hardest things to get right consistently, but it happens here with ease.

The starting room rate at Trinity City Hotel in Dublin is $170 (€190).