DUBLIN - Conrad Dublin has been transformed, and today unveiled the final elements of a major refurbishment programme that has been heavily inspired and influenced by Dublin's rich literary culture and local heritage.
Taking less than ten months and at a cost of €13m, one of the capital's leading luxury hotels is almost unrecognisable following its make-over, which has elevated the property to a sophisticated, contemporary hotel with the nearby Iveagh Gardens one of the main sources of inspiration for the design team.
The renovation programme featured a stylish new design for all 192 guest bedrooms and suites, a full makeover of the Presidential Suite, the opening of a new, all-day brasserie together with a new ground floor lounge and bar. Guests will also notice a smart and welcoming new lobby area.
Martin Mangan, general manager at Conrad Dublin said, "There is a significant contrast between the old and the new-look Conrad Dublin and every guest room and suite will have its own story to tell. Inspiration comes from all quarters - sights and sounds, people and places - our vision was to create a storyboard that celebrates Dublin and we hope that it will, in its own way, pass on to our guests.
"From the moment guests walk through the doors of the redesigned Conrad Dublin, they will notice the new, sophisticated touches and how they reflect some of Dublin's fine geographical, historic, and cultural touchpoints."
Iveagh Garden Influences
As guests begin their journey through the hotel they will begin in the lobby, the redesign of which was inspired by the work and vision of Ninian Niven, the architect of Iveagh Gardens. It has been designed to illustrate the beauty of the Garden's Rosarium and features an abundance of flora and natural, indigenous materials, which have been used to marry historical influences with a modern finish.
All-day brasserie menu at The Coburg
Formerly Alex Restaurant, Conrad Dublin's new eatery is The Coburg, a relaxed, brasserie featuring an all-day menu that is locally-inspired. A stark contrast from its predecessor, The Coburg holds a unique place amongst five star hotels in Dublin by deliberately steering clear of a fine dining offering and instead, offering a menu that is more aligned to today's cosmopolitan Dublin, with a more relaxed vibe.
Champagne lovers will be enthused by the brasserie's Champagne table, which allows diners to enjoy elevated views over the restaurant and taste a selection of the finest bubbles including Henriot, the house Champagne.
The Iveagh Gardens, once known as the Coburg Gardens was once again the inspiration for the design of the new brasserie, which pays homage to the former event headquarters of the legendary Royal Horse Bazaar. Materials used include leather, marble, porcelain and brass, which complement the equestrian theme that is subtly woven into banquette seating, mirrors, light fixtures and artwork.
The Coburg menu has been created by head chef, Dmitry Stroykov, who uses ingredients from many local producers and suppliers. Menu favourites at The Coburg include seafood bouillabaisse, crab cocktail, roaring water bay rope mussels, Coburg club sandwich and lobster and prawn ravioli.
Lemuel's Lounge Bar
Lemuel's is Conrad Dublin's new ground floor lounge and bar and is named after Lemuel Gulliver, the fictional voyager, and pays tribute to the magic and curiosity of Gulliver's Travels. The chic new bar is a refreshingly alternative setting for Conrad Dublin's afternoon tea offering, which features a selection of sweet treats the names of which have been inspired by storyline's from the literary classic. Honey Stack (sticky honey cake with honeycomb topping) is so named after the moment where Gulliver gets stung by a bee and Horseshoe Shot (Apple jelly, elderflower foam and shortbread), takes its inspiration from the island of Houyhnhnms, inhabited by talking horses.
Guests and visitors to Lemuel's can also enjoy a light food menu throughout the day and a stylish cocktail bar where mixologists have created bespoke cocktails, each of which has its own story to tell such as Monkey See, Monkey Do and Writer's Block.
Speaking about the property's bedrooms, Martin Mangan said; "Having worked extensively with our designers, Fabled Studios, the guest rooms have been revamped with beautiful fabrics, a subtle colour palette of greens and greys, natural oak flooring and finishes such as Herringbone wool carpets and wood panelling on the walls. The result is a restful sanctuary and we think that guests will love the new-look bedrooms and indeed, the entire hotel transformation that so tastefully reflects Ireland's rich cultural heritage."
Conrad Dublin offers the popular Conrad Concierge mobile app, which gives global luxury travellers the ability to customize details of their hotel stay before, during, and after each visit via a smartphone or tablet. Whether it's pre-selecting bath amenities or checking-in while in-transit from the airport, guests can access a variety of features by using the app.
Conrad Dublin participates in Hilton HHonors®, the only guest loyalty program where guests who book directly through www.conradhotels.com have access to benefits including the digital Conrad Concierge and complimentary Wi-Fi at 26 Conrad hotels worldwide.
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