Within 10 minutes car drive from downtown Dublin, the Four Seasons is a newly built hotel which opened in 2001, the architecture reflecting the historical Ballsbridge neighbourhood. Classic and understated contemporary luxury are the two defining interior design elements.
The lobby as the entire groundfloor area is impressive. During my visit, it was busy at any time of the day. A group of friends from Asia, a party of locals (friends) and a table with intense business negociations, were part of the every day traffic in the winter-garden style lobby. It was such a pleasure to discover once again Four Seasons’ edge when it comes to interacting and attracting local patrons and being part of the local community.
The Four Seasons is the primary luxury choice for events, business or private, with extensive facilities and great catering. Upon my departure, I felt so amused watching a group of newly weds and their friends rehearsing for the BIG event.
On one evening I had dinner at The Reading Room, the restaurant on the lobby ground floor level. Service was impeccable and so was the food. The restaurant specializes in contemporary Irish cuisine along with locally sourced produce, meats, cheeses and seafood. It is an ideal choice for a more informal dinner.
The fine dining restaurant of the hotel, the Seasons serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Buffet breakfast was excellent, both service, quality and vaiety of foods. I loved the selection of fresh fruits and the dairy products which were all sourced from a local family owned dairy.
During my short stay, I had the chance to have a Spa treatment. Although the treatment itself and including the therapist provided the very best of service, all Spa facilities are rather dated and in some parts tired. I am sure that recently renovating the lobby, the management will soon consider renovating the Spa as well as all accommodation. Rooms are classic in style and very well kept (also very clean) but they need urgent renovations, especially concerning furnishings, carpets, curtains and the bathroom. A sign the renovations are imminent are the UHD SmartTv which have recently been introduced in all rooms.
Overall, Four Seasons Dublin proudly carries the Four Seasons legendary service flag, and the hotel has now established a very solid reputation among locals as well as regular travellers to Dublin
Oliver Petcu in Dublin
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