Tuesday, 7 February 2017

The Fitzwilliam Hotel Dublin | Full Review

As mentioned in my last blog post, we recently visited Dublin and had the best couple of days. The stay was made all the more memorable thanks to the wonderful Fitzwilliam Hotel who kindly hosted us for the trip.

From the second we stepped through the door, we noticed the impeccable customer service (quite literally - we were greeted by two friendly gentlemen who opened the door for us and carried our bags to reception ready for us to check in). Everyone we spoke to were so friendly and went above and beyond to ensure we had everything we needed and more. 

Check in is normally at 3PM but I had emailed the reception earlier that week letting them know our flight times and that we would be arriving in Dublin for around 9:30AM. We were not expecting to check in early but requested to leave our luggage so we could explore the city and check in later. However upon arrival there was a room ready and waiting for us. 

The receptionist was a delight (I feel awful because I've forgotten her name). She showed us to our room and immediately offered us breakfast as it was still being served. We kindly declined as we had already eaten at the airport so she offered fresh pastries, fruit and coffee to our room instead. If you know me at all, you'll know I'm not one to decline coffee so we had a latte on the balcony overlooking St Stephen's Green.

The room was so spacious and comfortable. The carpet was soft enough for us to sink our feet into and the four poster bed was huge and so so comfortable. There was also a desk area, complete with a television and letter writing facilities. There was also a stereo in the room connected to built in speakers so you could plug in your phone and listen to music in the bath or from bed.. Erm YES PLEASE!! If you didn't have anything to plug in, you could also request a CD from the CD library on offer. 

There was a cosy living space, plenty of room to place your luggage and a bathroom with a huge bath and shower. The minibar was packed with goodies like mini bottles of champagne, chocolate and juice. All the lights could be dimmed for ultimate relaxation also. The room was complete with a set of robes and slippers each, all monogrammed with the hotel signature to accompany the towels. 

The room also included complimentary umbrellas to use throughout your stay, perfect for the drizzly weather we had during our stay.

There was a selection of restaurants to choose from in the hotel and also a bar opposite reception, that for a Wednesday evening had such a lovely atmosphere. If a bar isn't your thing you can choose to unwind in the lobby instead; sinking into one of the arm chairs in front of the roaring fireplace or having a mug of tea in a library-esque nook hidden behind the concierge desk. 

The Fitzwilliam are meticulous about the finer details and it's truly those extra touches that make staying there special. Once returning in the late afternoon after exploring the city, there was a personalised note from the general manager requesting that we let them know if we require anything extra to make our stay memorable. This was also accompanied with a box of macaroons.. who doesn't love macaroons?

In the evening I had a long soak in the tub and ordered from the in-room dining menu. There was a selection of room service options for all diet preferences and it's served 24 hours a day. We opted to share a macaroni cheese with sweet potato wedges as we had gotten a little peckish but wasn't quite up for a full meal each. The food was delicious and as usual, served by the most polite and friendly waiter. 

There was also a turn down service so waiting for us when we returned to the hotel in the evening was a pair of handmade chocolates and a menu to order breakfast to the room. 

After the most comfortable and cosy night sleep it was the biggest struggle getting ourselves out of bed for breakfast.. but it was SO worth it! 

As soon as we arrived at the mezzanine level for breakfast, we were greeted and offered tea and coffee, along with a choice of brown or white toast. Awaiting on the table was a selection of condiments, mini jars of jam, butter and milk. 

There was a huge buffet offering continental breakfast. We had a variety of cereal, granola and oats to choose from, along with fresh fruit, fruit juice and pastries, cured meat and mini danishes. 

After a pre breakfast of toast and mini danishes, we had the option to choose from the menu. Both Luke and I opted for waffles with bacon and maple syrup but it was a close call between the eggs benedict and pancakes with berries also. I also noticed the full Irish breakfast which looked incredible. 

Even during breakfast everyone at the Fitzwilliam were so accommodating, regularly offering us fresh tea and coffee and refilling our jug of milk. 

Just before we left to walk off our breakfast around the park across the road, the waiter had made us a latte each in a paper cup so we could take it with us. It was little things like this that really justify the five star status this hotel has. 

Our stay at The Fitzwilliam Hotel was perfect. We were treated like royalty from the second we arrived and it made our stay at Dublin all the better. It was so much more than a place to rest our head.

*Thanks for having us Fitzwilliam! 

Briley x


  1. This looks like a great hotel to stay at. I've never been to Dublin x

  2. This looks like a lovely place to stay. Great that your room was ready for you.

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