The Fitzwilliam Hotel
What We Love
- Individually designed guest rooms, all slightly different
- Unlimited high-speed Wi-Fi with no charges or fuss
- Dozens of movies to watch on the 28-inch interactive LCD TVs
What To Know
- Valet parking is free on a short-term basis, but a £10 charge applies for overnight
- “Executive room” sounds swanky but is actually the entry-level accommodation
- eReports have it that the walls are thin
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Dublin’s poshest design hotel happens to also be one of its most centrally located, nestled among luxury shopping, cultural and historical sites, fine-dining restaurants, and welcoming watering holes. Each room is slightly different, giving them a residential feel, but all are tricked out with fabric and furniture by celebrated British designers like Terrance Conran and Paul Smith. Irish Chef of the Year Kevin Thornton oversees a namesake restaurant that earned a Michelin star for its contemporary cuisine, served in a pretty room overlooking St Stephen’s Green. A small spa offers massage and facial services and a bespoke nail bar.
In the Area
Dublin’s famous “craic,” or spirit of welcoming, is found in abundance right around the Fitzwilliam. It’s also near Dublin’s “catwalk,” the high-fashion Grafton Street, whose shops include the long-running lifestyle store Brown Thomas and the elegantly feminine Fran & Jane, a mother-daughter partnership that’s been creating beguiling fashion for decades. The iconic watering holes in the neighborhood are plentiful. The hotel’s list of favorites includes the Bailey, O’Donoghues, and Grogans.
How to Get There
Arrived after a long flight and our room was ready! Room was charming, spotless and while on the smaller size (it IS Europe), perfect in every other way. Had tea one afternoon in the main area; drinks in the bar and tapas at Grazing. The only area for improvement would have been the table service in the bar.
The Fitzwilliam in conveniently located within Belfast. The staff was excellent and the buffet breakfast had ample choices.
The room, however, left a little to be desired. While clean, with a comfortable bed, the decor looked as though it came out of a house of ill repute. The room was small, and while not unusual for a city hotel, the little room available was taken taken up by a large purple sofa. On the positive side, we were able to use the sofa as a luggage stand, as space was at a premium. The room was kitted out with mirrors, except for where one was forced to plug in the hairdryer. For that, I used the reflection of the TV. The bathroom was newish, but black, with absolutely no place to place toiletries.
Obviously designed by someone who never stayed in a hotel and approved by someone with questionable taste.
The staff was its saving grace.
Ours was a brief stay but top notch. Marina at the front desk was the ultimate employee. The location was close to bars, restaurants, Trinity College and museums. We will stay here when we return next year.