Having landed in Dublin at a ridiculous hour; 7.10am and after some faffing around at the airport, our taxi pulled up outside The Morrison shortly before 9am and the tone was immediately set.
As the driver was helping us take our two very large suitcases out of the car, a man appeared out of nowhere and insisted he carry them into the hotel for us while we grab our smaller bags (can you tell we don’t travel light?) and check in. This is something I only ever expect at a five star establishment, not a four, and having stayed at 9 other four star hotels across Ireland in the past two months, I can assure you that this certainly isn’t the norm!
Nevertheless, I was grateful; particularly because I was wrapped up for winter – it is February in Ireland after all – and it was turning out to be an unusually warm day; 18 degrees celsius so I was all hot and bothered, but also because one of the wheels on my suitcase had broken during our incredibly long* 1 hour and 10 minute long flight!
*Sarcasm – just in case it wasn’t obvious.
We had the warmest welcome upon check-in; the man ran round to the other side of the desk to see if our room was available – it wasn’t, but he kindly upgraded us to a deluxe room, meaning that we could check in right away! Not only that, he gave us a bottle of water and a warm chocolate chip cookie each *insert heart eyed emoji*
If you ever want to bribe me, you should know that cookies, or biscuits of any description are my absolute weakness! Any reservations I had about staying in the North side of Dublin again (more on this later) instantly vanished.
We went up to our room; 205, located on the second floor and within a few minutes, a lady brought our luggage up for us. We freshened up and after a quick 10 minute turnaround, we were back out the door. Jass had to head to work and I wanted to make the most of the beautiful sunshine to take some photos, just in case it disappeared later in the day.
Jason, the man from reception looked puzzled when I came back to the hotel half an hour later as he’d assumed I was also going to work. I told him I was working from my room or a cafe and he insisted I head straight to Halo where they serve breakfast every morning first for a complimentary meal on him.
I immediately texted Jass to ask whether he’d mentioned I’m a blogger when he booked the hotel and he replied back saying no, and that the hotel was booked through his company, which means my name wasn’t even on the booking!
Sidenote: I don’t like people finding out I’m a blogger in advance because I don’t want any kind of preferential treatment, and a few times when people have either seen me vlogging and ask what I’m doing or when somebody once recognised my name on the booking, I’ve seen the change in their attitude just because they want a good review. Anyway, this wasn’t the case here. The hotel had no idea who I was – it was just incredibly great hospitality on their part.
Breakfast was delicious; there was the usual full Irish breakfast buffet, continental breakfast items to chose from and an a la carte menu of hot meals made to order. I had a bit of everything during my three night stay, but my favourite brekkie was a cheese & mushroom omelette with a side of avocado and a vegan sausage. Yes, I combined two meals, but they were more than willing to accommodate every morning – it was delish!
I’d normally start by telling you all about the room itself, but I just had to give you the backstory first to explain how wonderful this hotel is. It was almost midday by the time I’d woken up from my post-breakfast nap, showered and unpacked a few things to settle into the room before I started working.
The room itself is large, spacious, very well lit, clean, modern and looks as though it may have been recently renovated (my fave). The decor is all white, with touches of pale grey in the soft furnishings and bold pops of fuchsia which add to the contemporary vibe and overall feeling of cleanliness.
The huge bed was firm, and though it seemed comfortable at first, it was a bit creaky and the pillows weren’t great. They didn’t ruin my sleep, but I did wake up a couple of time during the night as my face was buried into the pillow due to them being too soft. While it’s not the worst hotel bed I’ve slept in, it was just a bit of a let down – I’d give it a 7/10, which is probably quite generous.
Aside from the bed, our room had a huge desk which doubled up as a vanity; it was so long that I could spread all my makeup out on one side and still have enough space to comfortably sit at the other end with my laptop and notebook. At the end of the desk there’s an unusual seating area that looks like a chaise lounge – very fancy, and comfy too!
There is a fully stocked minibar, kettle, a selection of hot drinks, a safe, hairdryer, iron, ironing board, umbrella, bottled water a robe and slippers – along with plenty of wardrobe space if you prefer to unpack your suitcase or stay for a longer period of time. The room also has plenty of plugs sockets dotted around, and one on either side of the bed which is extremely handy!
Sadly, we didn’t have a room with a view of the Liffey, which would have been pretty. Instead, our view was of the other buildings surrounding us, but we weren’t bothered as the room was still light and airy. The WiFi is meant to be high speed, but I found that it can often be flaky at times which isn’t ideal if you’re planning to work from your room a lot.
The bathroom was large, spacious and spotless; the large walk-in shower and Crabtree & Evelyn products added to the luxuriousness of it.
As I mentioned earlier, and in this post, the North side of Dublin isn’t my favourite part to stay in and while the streets surrounding the hotel are fine during the day; they can seem a bit gritty when it’s dark outside. I must admit, I felt safer walking back to the hotel on my own at night when I stayed in the heart of Temple Bar, however, the downside to that was that it was very noisy.
I’d say The Morrison is the perfect choice for Dublin first-timers, especially if you want to be close to the often-wild Temple Bar area which is just a stone’s throw away over the Millennium bridge, but certainly far away enough to be able to escape it.
I should also mention that there is a fitness centre located in the basement of the hotel, if that’s your thing. Clearly, I didn’t check it out – soz. They also have a Grill restaurant within the hotel, but again, I didn’t dine here as it looked far too meaty for me, and there are so many great eateries near the hotel.
This certainly isn’t your average Hilton, and nothing about it feels like a typical chain hotel; I love the unique design and contemporary decor. It’s individual character is not something you find at every DoubleTree and I would be thrilled to stay here again.