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OVERVIEW

Set right beside Merrion Square in Dublin's city centre, near the National Gallery and Trinity College Dublin, The Alex is a stylish hotel popular with business travellers visiting the city and tech workers visiting the docklands. There's a sociable co-working space in the lobby or a private executive lounge, and design touches in the rooms include wool throws and retro-style radios.


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THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Just a two minute walk from Merrion Square, the Alex is right on the doorstep of Georgian Dublin and the hotel's location near the National Gallery and Trinity College will appeal to culture-lovers. It's a short walk from both the city centre and the docklands, perfect for both business and leisure travel with easy access to the city's nightlife and shopping areas.

By plane: there are direct flights to Dublin Airport from Manchester (1 hour), Birmingham (1 hour 5 minutes) and London (1 hour 15 minutes). The hotel is a 25-minute drive from the airport.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

The design here takes on a 1950s aesthetic with rich velvet upholstery and bespoke furniture, and train references nod back to the tram lines that once ran past the hotel.

THE FACILITIES

In-room facilities are excellent, from the fast Wi-Fi to Chromecast-enabled smart TV, while the executive lounge (for the executive rooms) is well stocked with snacks and drinks.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Co-working space
  • Fitness centre

BED AND BATH

Rooms are decorated in dusty pinks with rich greens, wood panels and local artwork, with every practical need from comfy beds and fast Wi-Fi to a 50-inch smart TV with Chromecast connectivity.

Room types: Classic King, Classic Twin, Executive King Rooms, The Junior and The Alex suites, Executive Lounge

Key amenities: ensuite with rainforest walk-in shower, Paul Costello toiletries, tea and coffee facilities, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

Dining here is casual at The Carriage bar and restaurant. The all-day menu has a selection of salads, sandwiches and local favourites like beer-battered cod and chips or a lentil and butternut squash curry. In summer there's al fresco brunch or barbecues at Platform 41.

The Carriage Restaurant: locally sourced, modern European cuisine. Open for lunch and dinner. Three courses €31.

The Secret Garden: casual, al fresco dining. Open 12-10pm. Mains from €15.50.

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