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Great food, dramatic scenery and plenty of ‘craic’; Dublin proves an ideal city break

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BY LAURA TOOGOOD

Although it may not be an obvious choice for a romantic city break, Dublin offers visitors the chance to explore Irish traditions, as well as contemporary European culture. Those making a trip to the Emerald Isle will not only enjoy some breathtaking scenery on the periphery of the capital, but you will also experience exemplary hospitality and the famed ‘craic’.

 

 

Most Aerlingus flights touch down in Dublin’s plush terminal two and the city centre is approximately half an hour away in a taxi. Both the Merrion and Shelbourne hotels are situated in a fabulous location and offer a luxurious 5* stay; however if you are looking for a more fashionable retreat with chic interior, a suite at La Stampa is the ideal choice. A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, this boutique style hotel is situated at a prime location on Dawson Street.

 

A La Stampa Suite

La Stampa

 

A moment’s stroll from Grafton Street, St. Stephen’s Green, the Ha’penny Bridge and beautiful Trinity College, La Stampa offers a luxurious and quiet base that is nestled in one of Dublin’s most desirable districts.

Aside from the aforementioned attractions, it is definitely worth taking a daytrip away from the bustling streets and towards the Dublin Mountains. For those feeling active, a walk up Sugarloaf Mountain will be rewarded by stunning, panoramic views of the coastline, dramatic landscape and the city centre beneath.

 

View of Sugarloaf Mountain

Sugarloaf Mountain

 

A visit to Johnnie Foxes afterwards is a priority for sampling a slice of Irish tradition. Although it is only a mere 20 minutes from the city centre, this pub offers a taste of the rural culture that makes Ireland so endearing. The floor is spattered with sawdust and a live coal fire smoulders near the bar. Historical images and collectables are hung from the walls and they will have you entranced whilst enjoying one of the best pints of Guinness in the country. The pub’s seafood is divine, with the Galway Oysters and Dublin Bay Prawns a highlight on the extensive menu. For those wanting to prolong their visit to the mountains, a Kaylee is performed every evening.

If you would prefer to dine back in the city centre, you can continue to absorb the culture in O’Donoghue’s, where live music will accompany your pre-dinner drink. One of the city’s most sophisticated member’s clubs, Residence, is located around the corner. Non-members can enjoy the use of the facilities if they book a meal at the restaurant.

 

O’Donoghue’s in Dublin City

O'Donoghue's

 

However, one of the most popular places to dine in the city is the award-winning Saba. If you want to enjoy a wonderful atmosphere and divine Thai/Vietnamese cuisine, then you must book a table in advance.

For a night of dancing, Krystle and Lillies Bordello are among the city’s VIP haunts. The former has a younger crowd and is favourable to smokers, with a large outdoor balcony comprising most of the exclusive section. In contrast, Lillies Bordello offers an intimate setting and U2 are among the regular guests in the Library area of the club. Dubliners love to party late into the night, so be warned that both venues are unlikely to get busy until the small hours.

 

Lillies Bordello

Lillies Bordello

 

Finally, before you leave the city, Guinness lovers should definitely visit the Storehouse where the famous stout is made. You can sip a complementary pint of the black stuff, whilst enjoying a wonderful view of the city from the top of the tower.

For help with corporate or VIP arrangements for a trip to Dublin, including booking private flights or enjoying VIP access to the city’s top clubs and restaurants, you can contact Concierge Dublin.

Our Editor flew with Aerlingus from London Heathrow to Dublin and stayed at the luxury boutique hotel, La Stampa.

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