Ireland, Ireland, together standing tall. Shoulder to shoulder, we’ll answer Ireland’s call.
What would be a more perfect setting to watch the Rugby Internationals, with Ireland playing, than the Four Seasons Hotel Dublin? After a short car journey from The Shelbourne Hotel, St Stephen’s Green, where we waved goodbye to the Team Bus of the Boys in Green, we were at the grand yet modern Four Seasons Dublin. Surrounded by embassies and ivy-covered homes in the area of Ballsbridge, Four Seasons Hotel Dublin is an elegant, tranquil luxury hotel with 197 guest rooms and suites that are some of Dublin’s most spacious, and look out over leafy cityscapes and lush, landscaped greenery. Home to immaculate garden views and Dublin’s only full-service hotel spa, this luxury Hotel in Dublin is an ideal spot to unwind and discover the perfect balance of warm Irish hospitality and personal service.
After a speedy but pleasant check-in we made our way to our room, a rather winding task with so many corridors to negotiate. Once inside we were greeted by a very light, pale green, Georgian style twin double bedded room with study area including all modern high-tech conveniences. The room amenities included multi-line speakerphones with voicemail, a data port for high-speed Internet access, international satellite television and a DVD/CD player, the perfect setting for some serious afternoon rugby action! The bathroom was very spacious with walk-in shower, large bath and his and hers sinks all finished in an elegant Georgian white marble with gold trim.
After unpacking our dinner attire, Emily and I made our way out of the hotel for a little exploration before kick-off. The streets of Ballsbridge were electric with the anticipation of the match, roads closed, pubs packed and Guinness flowing. Once back in the room we made full use of the extraordinarily large TV, rugby had never looked so good, especially when walking an Irish match in Ireland in such a luxurious hotel. Unfortunately no amount of shouting at the TV and supporter spirit could turn the game Ireland’s way with Australia outsmarting them at every turn. Emily and I had however had a wonderful time in our fluffy robes, drinking Magners, sprawled out on our beds, so much so time had run away with us and dinner was upon us!
After a soak in the shower, we made our way down to The Reading Room for what was a very pleasant evening, very informal and somewhat of a contrast to other restaurants in Four Seasons hotels, but nevertheless, in typical Four Seasons style, served with passion. After dinner we made our way back to our room and bed, the soft white cotton sheets were too much to resist. We awoke to a beautiful cold crisp morning, light flooded through the windows filling the room with the expectation of another day in the Emerald Isle and experiencing what Dublin had to offer, but not after a hearty breakfast in Seasons.
Seasons restaurant in Dublin features contemporary Irish cuisine, proudly created with the freshest in-season, locally sourced produce, meats, cheeses and seafood. They offer breakfast as well as Sunday brunch. Guest favourites include free-range scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, braised lamb shoulder, molten goat cheese and onion tart, expertly prepared seafood and roasted free-range chicken, all complemented by the relaxed, engaging environment. Emily and I chose the al a Carte option, pancakes with bacon and maple syrup for me and eggs benedict for Emily with smoked Irish salmon. Despite a bit of a wait for the food to arrive, it was well cooked and beautifully presented. After a (un)healthy helping of coffee it was time to say goodbye and check out. Check-out was smooth and as usual with Four Seasons the staff made the whole experience a charming one. Guiding us in to a car we said our goodbyes. Driving through the streets of Dublin the aftermath of the rugby was clear, despite the loss, and in typical Irish fashion, the city had partied and partied hard! As supporters and countrymen stood shoulder-to-shoulder supporting the Shamrocks, so did the staff of Four Seasons Dublin, providing an impeccable service to their guests and answering any call.
Four Seasons Dublin