Japan Rugby World Cup 2019: Pól Ó Conghaile's ultimate travel guide

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The Dean Hotel, Dublin. The Harcourt Street four-star is the first new hotel to open in the capital in over 18 months. Scroll through the gallery for more photos. The Dean Hotel, Dublin. The Harcourt Street four-star is the first new hotel to open in the capital in over 18 months. Scroll through the gallery for more photos. A ‘SupeRoom’ at The Dean. Original artworks, rotary-dial phones, luxe tones and stripped back walls and floors create a funky, yet understated feel. Superior rooms start from €149 per night. ‘I fell in love here’ reads the neon sign over reception. Sophie’s restaurant and bar. The rooftop bar offers 270-degree views of Dublin (“the weather is our wallpaper,” according to the blurb), along with a wood-fired pizza oven. An outdoor terrace overlooks Harcourt Street. Room keycards are issued in small, brown paper envelopes. One of The Dean’s ‘Punk Bunk’ rooms. A bunk bed slotted in over the double sleeps a third guest. The rooms start from €129 per night. Mini Marshall Amp and turntable. The Dean’s rooms are full of retro design touches, and some even provide vinyl freshly acquired from Tower Records. Bedroom corridor, The Dean Hotel. Unusually, three different standard of room feature along each corridor, ranging from box-sized ‘Mod Pods’ to ‘Punk Bunks’ sleeping three, and ‘SupeRooms’ – superior, or deluxe-sized doubles. Novel notes and greeting cards are scattered throughout the hotel, with quips such as ‘Come here to me’ and ‘What’s the craic?’ lightening up any boutique pretentiousness. Smeg fridges, rotary dial phones and nostalgic sweeties all come as standard in The Dean’s rooms. Mod Pods, the smallest rooms, start from around €109 per night. Bathrooms are minimalist, featuring large-size Grafton Barber products. ‘The Dean Manual’. The hotel’s in-room information pack is limited to a single sheet, with helpful tips such as ‘Oodles of TV shows and movies on your in-room Netflix’. Sophie’s restaurant and bar. The rooftop bar offers 270-degree views of Dublin (“the weather is our wallpaper,” according to the blurb), along with a wood-fired pizza oven.
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Dublin’s most hotly anticipated hotel opening of 2014 takes place this weekend, and Independent.ie Travel has exclusive photos.

The €5.5m build, located on Harcourt Street, opens Friday.

Developed by the the Press Up Entertainment Group, which also operates U2’s Clarence Hotel, the Dean is an urbane and boldly-designed four-star set to give the city’s boutique hotel scene a much-needed kick in the pants.

It sets 52 bedrooms over several floors of Georgian and contemporary architecture, with a set-piece highlight in the shape of a rooftop bar and restaurant – Sophie’s.

The restaurant comes with 270-degree views over the city centre.

The Dean has invested heavily in emerging Irish artists, boasts a rotisserie on its ground floor, a first-floor function room (‘The Blue Room’), and loads of delicious design touches.

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A ‘SupeRoom’ at The Dean. Original artworks, rotary-dial phones, luxe tones and stripped back walls and floors created a funky, yet understated feel. Superior rooms start from €149 per night.

Think miniature Smeg fridges and Marshall amps, old-school sweets, little brown envelopes for room keys and Grafton Barber bathroom products.

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A ‘SupeRoom’ at The Dean. Original artworks, rotary-dial phones, luxe tones and stripped back walls and floors created a funky, yet understated feel. Superior rooms start from €149 per night.

My first impression is of a hotel sitting somewhere between The Hoxton in Shoreditch and Kelly’s Hotel on South Great George’s Street, although The Dean has enough confidence, standout features and design flair to forge its own identity in the months ahead.

A vibrant and diverse hotel scene is essential to any great city, and though The Dean will have to prove its worth in terms of service and food, it’s opening should be warmly welcomed.

The four-star should compete well with The Morgan and possibly even the Morrison in Dublin – but its compact size, busy location and lack of spa or pool won’t unduly trouble five-stars like The Dylan or Fitzwilliam.

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Sophie’s restaurant and bar. The rooftop bar offers 270-degree views of Dublin (“the weather is our wallpaper,” according to the blurb), along with a wood-fired pizza oven. An outdoor terrace overlooks Harcourt Street.

And its location?

The Dean is sandwiched between Copper Face Jacks and Everleigh Garden, two boisterous Harcourt Street nightclubs… so don’t expect the quietude of a parkland resort. Staff reassured me, however, that added sound-proofing had been worked into the rooms.

Rates at The Dean start from €109 midweek, rising to €129 for a Punk Bunk, €149 for a SupeRoom and €649 for the one-bedroom penthouse suite.

More info: www.thedean.ie

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