The Fitzwilliam Hotel Dublin
What it is
An ultra-stylish 139 room hideaway on St Stephen’s Green, with two stellar restaurants and an in-house salon for well-coiffed exploits.
What it isn't
An (Irish) couch potato. There is a small but well-equipped on-site gym that’s open 24 hours, for all your post-pub-crawl fitness needs.
What we think
Dublin is, admittedly, drizzly—with 128 rainy days per year—and that’s one reason The Fitzwilliam is so comforting to stroll into. Adorned in gem-like hues of citrine and amethyst, rooms are as welcoming as they come; note the live orchids, duck down duvets and pillows, and Diptyque toiletries in the bath. The starter room category is a cozy 236 square feet, so if you’re traveling en famille, consider upgrading to a Deluxe: they’re outfitted with four post beds and chartreuse soaking tubs, and especially spacious at 365 square feet. Or do as celebs and dignitaries do and book the 2,000 square foot penthouse—complete with a baby grand piano, gratis champagne, and a doting butler to attend to your every whim, 24/7.
You're here because
The service is legendary. A.k.a. it’s the kind of place that *still* leaves chocolate at turndown. (And you love chocolate).
Ensconced in your channeled velvet booth at Glovers Alley restaurant, you’re not sure what’s more delicious: the Dublin Bay prawns with lardo and tarragon, or the buzzing locals tippling cocktails at the bar.
Restaurants & Bars
Thornton's - Innovative cuisine that reflects seasonal and local produce
Citron - Superb food prepared with style and imagination by head chef Philip Mahon
Inn on the Garden - Where Dublin gathers for a tall drink, a quick bite, a meandering tale, a genuine laugh
Directly across the street from 22-acre park St Stephen’s Green, designed in 1664. Six blocks away? Your neighbor, Dublin Castle, erected in 1204.