A 4-star stay in Dublin 9

The Bonnington is a 4 star hotel located just north of Dublin city center and is a perfect place to relax after a day or night spent in the hustle and bustle of the city.

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Getting There

The hotel is only about 15 minutes from the city center and is also conveniently located on the road to Dublin Airport – perfect for guests visiting from Ireland or overseas.

There are excellent transport links available in and out of the city center and the airport with a wide variety of regular buses stopping just minutes from the hotel.

Dublin buses numbers 11, 16, 31 and 41 offer the perfect way to get from the city center to the hotel and are very convenient and economical at less than €3 each way.

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The stay

All of the hotel’s rooms have been recently refurbished, with classic, executive and family rooms on offer.

For my visit I stayed in one of the executive rooms in the hotel which was lovely and neat with a place for everything and everything in place.

The room featured individual air conditioning (heaven in a heat wave), Respa orthopedic bed, 39-inch Smart TV (Netflix, Amazon Prime and YouTube are close at hand), a desk with a very comfortable reclining chair and USB ports, a tea and coffee station, and complimentary Prija toiletries.

I found the ability to control the heating and air conditioning amazing considering I was staying during the recent hot weather. The bed was very comfortable and definitely helped me a lot to have a relaxing sleep.

The large amount of USB ports in the room would be ideal for large families with bags of devices, while the desk and recliner would be perfect for anyone staying for a work trip.

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Meals

There are plenty of dining choices available at the Bonnington. The Croft Bar & Bistro is located next to reception with food served from 12:00. In addition to the starters and dishes offered, the sandwiches and wraps offered are a perfect snack at lunchtime.

The night I stayed at the hotel, I had dinner at DXTR at McGettigan’s. It is a pleasant and relaxed setting that uses products exclusively from local suppliers. Their goal is to provide excellence in what they call farm-to-fork catering.

The restaurant uses a Josper Grill which is an indoor barbecue oven that cooks a variety of meats and fish at over 500 degrees Celsius, sealing in all the flavor and moisture.

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I ordered the salt aged smoked beef burger which was delicious. The burger, presented in a brioche bun, was so rich in flavor and had Dublin cheddar cheese, house-smoked bacon, dill pickles, red onions, tomato, lettuce and the original sauce from DXTR.

In addition to the burger, there was a large portion of lovely hand cut fries. The potatoes used to make these fries come from The Seed Potato Company in Ballymun. The fries, which are made even crispier by being double-fried in duck fat, are so flavorful they’re equally delicious on their own or with smoky tomato ketchup.

Other menu highlights include catch of the day (locally sourced from Dublin Bay and the North Atlantic using sustainable fishing methods), 14oz Dexter T-bone (which has been aged for 28 days with Himalayan salt by Gahan Butchers and is grass fed Irish Donabate Dexter Beef) and the Wagyu Burger (provided by Anne Cronin of Bantry in County Cork).

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I had breakfast the next morning in the newly refurbished Broomfield Suite. There was a great choice of food on offer, ranging from wonderful fresh fruit and pastries to everything needed for a classic full Irish breakfast. Food is served buffet style, allowing guests to choose what they want as often as they want.

The hotel also has a lovely tea room located just inside the front door which serves afternoon tea. A selection of sandwiches, miniature desserts and scones with cream and jam are included with Prosecco, an optional extra for a special occasion.

This room is stunning with its sophisticated decor, open fireplace and beautifully crafted tea cups and saucers.

The installations

If you are looking to relax or keep in shape during your stay, the B.Fit Fitness & Leisure Club offers a complete experience for hotel guests and club members. This space occupies two floors and includes a newly renovated gym with new equipment, an 18-meter swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.

There are also designated times set aside for children to use the pool. I used the pool and jacuzzi during my stay and was very impressed with what was on offer, including the cleanliness of the changing rooms.

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Those in need of treatment can head to the Serenity Treatment Room, a spa offering a wide range of treatments from massages and facials to waxing and Hopi ear candles.

Kieran O’Reilly is the health club’s on-site physiotherapist. He has worked with teams such as Dublin GAA and Ireland Cricket and is available by advance appointment.

Globally

Although busy the day I arrived, the staff I met at the hotel were incredibly friendly and welcoming. The restaurant served great food and I was delighted to see how committed the chefs were to local produce.

Guests will be assured of a good night’s sleep after a relaxing trip in the leisure center and the exceptionally comfortable beds. The rooms were also nice and quiet, blocking out any noise from inside or outside the hotel.

From my experience, I would recommend this hotel to solo travelers as well as couples and families as I had a very enjoyable stay.

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The price

I was offered a hotel stay for consideration. Throughout August, the price of a classic double room, which includes bed and breakfast the following morning and use of the leisure area, starts from €208.10.

For more staycation inspiration, check out this review of a rustic retreat in Wicklow and this fun and chaotic trip to Galway.

– Written by Mark Casserly

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