I probably sound like a broken record when talking about hotels in Dublin but we simply don't have anything cutting edge that can compete with the likes of London, New York or Berlin. We have nice spots like The Merrion, The Shelbourne and The Morrison but we don't have the same breed of new edgy hotels tailored to the local market as are popping up around the world. Looks like that is all about to change.
A Sneak Peak At The Dean
The Dean is opening on Dublin's Harcourt Street in November. I've copied what they are saying about the place themselves down below but you can clearly see that they are aiming for something brand new and game changing for Dublin.
Hot Desk at The Dean Bar: Seven am. Grab a table. Plug in your tech. Wake up with fresh pressed juice. Clement & Pekoe brews. Get the head down. No hassle. Our space is yours. The Blue Room: Fun Stuff. Nothing like a raucous gathering of humans. Sit down & break bread with sixty. Eat, drink & hang with one hundred & twenty. Food. Drink. DJs. Bands. Dancing horses. Flying pigs. No bother for us. Urban wedding venue. Deadly event space. Unforgettable happening. The Blue Room: Serious Stuff. Client needs convincing? Boss needs impressing? Serious stuff doesn’t need to be lame. Fifty in a boardroom set up & lots of variations. Projectors. State of the art audio-visual. Break out room. Wake up refreshments. Brain food. Non boring boardroom. Multitasking meeting room. Brainwave generator. The Loft at The Dean Penthouse: Super cool. Hangout for colleagues or friends. Brainstorm sessions. Listening parties. Relaxed client meeting. Edgy presentations. A team den. Laid back sofas. Seventy inch Samsung Smart TV. Bar. Tap. Cocktails. Mini kitchen. Mega Irish munchies. Marshall Amps. Rega Turntables. Tower Records ultimate vinyl collection. Walls of new Irish artworks. Poker table. Fouzz Ball. Pizza & beers? Lobster & fizz? It’s your call. Book with bedrooms. The ultimate sleepover. Sophie’s: Glasshouse restaurant & bar. Three sixty degree Dublin. The weather is our wallpaper. Breakfast meetings. Best friend’s brunch. Client dinners. One to one. Group gatherings.
What Will The Dean Vibe Be?
Hotels in other cities have tapped into a new movement to embrace and welcome locals. Amazing coffee in reception areas for locals on the way to work. Yoga classes. Plugs and free internet with people encouraged to work there all day on their laptops. Amazing DJs in the evenings. Classes. Ping Pong Leagues. The thinking here is that if you create an incredible buzz in the reception area you'll not only increase revenue but have the coolest spot in town that tourists rave about when they visit. I'm thinking The Ace Hotel in New York, Soho House in Berlin or the Hoxton in Shoreditch. Here are a selection of photos from those places that highlight the vibe that will be coming to Dublin.