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If you are over for shopping then don't miss out on Clery's on O'Connell Street.It is an old style department store with a great atmosphere and a wide range of product. Across the road is Easons with a comprehensive a range of books, magazines and newspapers from all over the world.

Talbot Street is great for bargains of all kinds and at the more modern shopping centres on Abbey Street & Henry Street you can get anything you want.

If, like me, you are allergic to shopping there is still plenty to see and do. At night there is a great selection of both traditional & modern pubs & clubs. The Point Depot is the venue which saw the start of Riverdance. It is also the location for most of the major concerts in the city. If the theatre is of interest, try out the Peacock or the Abbey.
GPO (General Post Office) - Dublin
The Irish Distillers, Whiskey Corner at the site of the Old Jameson Distillery in Smithfield is an interesting tour (and finishes up with a Whiskey Tasting Session ). It is a relaxed and informal tour. After that try out the Ceoil Exhibition just around the corner at Chief O'Neills Hotel. Ceoil is the Irish for music and the exhibition is a comprehensive history of Ireland's tradition of music, dance & singing from prehistoric times to the present day. Parts of the exhibition were a little tedious but the bit that I enjoyed most was the film show at the end. Using a 180 degree screen & total surround sound it gives an effect which I had never experienced before -as if you are part of the picture.


As hotels go, Chief O'Neills Hotel is one of the most interesting & one of the nicest that I have ever stayed in. It is a great combination of futuristic design sitting alongside traditional Irish music & culture. The feedback we have had from clients is generally along the lines " I have never stayed anywhere like it before - it was great!" At Euro 115.00 per room per night ( for a double / twin ) room, it is also good value for money.

If you prefer a more traditional style hotel then you may want to check out Wynns Hotel on Abbey Street. Wynns is a traditonal family run hotel (3 star) dating back to 1845. In recent times they have spent millions bring the rooms & facilities up to the latest international standards. With a great bar (good for conversation - excellent service - no blaring music!) & restaurant, it is good value at Euro 120.00 Euro midweek for a double / twin room (Euro 145.00 on Friday & Saturday).

Recently opened last year on O'Connell Street is Lynams Hotel. Although it is a new hotel, it is built in a old georgian building, once owned by the maker of the Tilly Lamp. It was officially opened in May 2000 by Jim McDaid our Minister for Tourism. Anyway, it was a great champagne breakfast and I got the opportunity to give the rooms a once over. As you would expect they are well kitted out and nicely decorated. The staff are friendly and we have had great reports back from people that we have placed there. At between Euro 130.00 and Euro 160.00 for a double / twin I am happy to recommend it!

Also featured by James Joyce in Ulysses is the North Star Hotel on Amiens Street. Located directly opposite Connolly Station (Mainline & Dart Trains), the Financial Services Centre and around the corner from the Central Bus Depot (Busaras), it has nice rooms, a good bar & restaurant. Looking to attract business from the executive types in the financial centre, they have invested heavily in their rooms, the majority of which are air-conditioned (unusual in Ireland), have interactive and satellite TV, modem points etc. At between Euro 120.00 and Euro 140.00 for a double/ twin room it is a fairly good deal.

The top hotel in the area is, without doubt, the 288 bedroomed, Gresham Hotel. It is a luxury 4 star hotel located right on O'Connell Street. Part of the highly successful Ryan Hotel group, it is well established as one of the leading & best known traditional style hotels in the city centre.

It has a comfortable expansive lobby area where generations of Ireland's more affluent folks have long enjoyed the traditional afternoon tea & cake. If you are not a Tea & Cake sort of person, don't worry, both Toddy's Bar & The Gresham Bar are good for pints, cocktails & light meals.

Room rate vary tremendously depending upon availability but we are usually able to get you a good deal! Prices start from Euro 85.00 per person sharing.

The Morrison is one of the most luxurious and visually stunning hotels in Europe. Designers Douglas Wallace and fashion dynamo, John Rocha, have created a masterpiece by incorporating the 18th century facade of a Georgian townhouse alongside a thoroughly modern south-facing front over looking the River Liffey. The interior is a mix of high ceilings with pale white walls, stone floors and beautiful grey hand crafted Irish carpets. From EUR 100.00 p.p.s.

This is that part of the city centre just north river Liffey. Liffey only about 150 yards wide so you are never far away from attractions south but area has many in it's own right. As Dublin folks concerned real city. includes O'Connell Street, main thoroughfare, General Post Office (GPO), the focal point Easter Rising, Garden of Remembrance & Financial Services Centre.

One of the most luxurious and visually stunning hotels in Europe is the Skylon Hotel. Designed by Douglas Wallace and fashion guru, John Rocha the hotel itself is riddled with real works of art, and the rooms demand relaxation. Undoubtably one of Dublin's elite locations.

A recently opened superior hotel of a four star standard, the Clarion Hotel is located in the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC), in the heart of Dublin's docklands. The only hotel of this standard located in the IFSC, the Clarion provides an oasis of calm and tranquillity in which to unwind after a stressful day. The hotel offers a very high standard of accommodation, great food and drink, and a health club and spa.

Only a minute away from bustling O'Connell Street is Abbey Hotel. This charming hotel has a great reputation for high standards and guests return again and again.

Situated just off O'Connell street, right in the heart of Dublin City Centre, the Academy Hotel is the natural choice for the discerning visitor as it offers the ultimate in comfort and convenience. Furthermore, the hotel's friendly, efficient staff are always on hand to suggest places to visit, things to do, and generally assist you with getting the most out of your visit to Dublin.

If you're looking for something on the banks of the River Liffey, within a few minutes walk from Dublin's visitor attractions and under ten minutes walk from Dublin's main business districts, the Arlington Hotel is for you. Offering a high standard of accommodation in a beautiful Georgian setting, The Arlington Hotel features 115 fully equipped en suite rooms and executive mini suites, and is also home to a large bar, excellent bistro, and cosmopolitan nite club.

Located on Cavendish Row in a restored Georgian property, Cassidy's provides the ideal location from which to explore Dublin. The area is home to many attractions including the world famous Abbey and Peacock Theatres, The Gate Theatre, The Dublin Writers Museum, and The Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery. Guests will experience the elegance and grandeur of a bygone age but with all the modern amenities and facilities.

Just off O'Connell St. on Middle Abbey Street is the centrally located Hotel Capri. Guests receive an exceptional warm and friendly welcome. The hotel is located in two renovated Georgian houses and is an ideal base for exploring the culture and heritage of Dublin's Fair City.

The charming Isaacs Hotel is located in a re-developed wine warehouse and is centrally located on Store Street, opposite the International Financial Services Centre and close many of Dublin's visitor attractions. O'Connell Street, Dublin's main thoroughfare and excellent shopping street is just a couple of minutes away. Isaacs is also located within five minutes walking distance of Grafton Street and Temple Bar.

Two minutes walk from the International Financial Services Centre and adjacent to O'Connell Street, is the Ripley Court Hotel. Shoppers will love it's close proximity to O'Connell Street, Dublin's main thoroughfare. It is also located within five minutes walking distance of Grafton Street and Temple Bar, and just ten minutes from Stephens Green, The Natural History Museum, Government Buildings, and The National Gallery.

Located in Dublin's oldest Georgian House, and dating back to 1752, the Royal Dublin has been renovated to exceedingly high international standards, ensuring that your stay there is a very pleasant and memorable one. A member of the Fitzwilliam Hotel Group, the Royal Dublin offers a phenomenally high standard of accommodation at surprisingly affordable prices.

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