Good Hotel Guide Review
Frankie and Josephine Whelehan have transformed a Victorian red brick property a short walk from St Stephen’s Green into a chic city-centre bolt-hole. This was once a refuge for retired governesses and ‘bewildered women’, who would be still more disconcerted if they could see the modern art adorning the walls, the air-conditioned bedrooms, the espresso machine, fridge and Parisian bath products that are standard issue. ‘What a metamorphosis!’ writes a Guide inspector. ‘Any vestige of institutional gloom has been dispelled by a stunning combination of white paint, bold paintings, eccentric antiques, a touch of chintz and bright velvet and the most luxurious of beds and bathrooms.’ From ‘shoebox’ rooms with a rainforest shower, to suites with a seating area and luxury bathroom, all have quirky touches and well-chosen Irish literature. This is an adult hotel, not one for families. Craft gins are served in the Gin and Tea Rooms, while ‘excellent light meals as well as delicious breakfasts’ can be taken in ‘a charming room opening on to a flowery terrace’.
22 Adelaide Road
00 353 1 969 6598
42. Some suitable for disabled (contact hotel directly).
Gin and Tea Rooms, Garden Room, terrace, in-room TV (terrestrial), 8 parking spaces.
in lobby and bar.
all ages welcomed, but not an ideal place for children.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room €130–€500. Continental breakfast €14.50, continental and a cooked dish €19.50.