In our ‘Secrets of a Concierge’ series, we get the lowdown on all the best places to go in a city. Here, we talk to Michael High, Chief Concierge at The Dupont Circle Hotel, to find out where to go in Washington DC.
In our ‘Secrets of a Concierge’ series, we get the lowdown on all the best places to go in a city. Here, we talk to Michael High, Chief Concierge at The Dupont Circle Hotel, to find out where to go in Washington DC.
The birthplace of countless playwrights, poets and authors, Dublin is positively steeped in literary history. And what better way to pay homage to these greats than to follow in their footsteps and visit their favourite pubs! To start you on your adventure, we’ve compiled a handy map highlighting the famous haunts of some of Ireland’s most beloved writers.
If you’ve ever visited The Westbury Hotel, you’ll know how important flowers are to the look and feel of the hotel. The lobby, gallery and public spaces are adorned with beautiful floral arrangements, tying into the season and subtly bringing an air of the outdoors into the hotel.
To celebrate the 81st anniversary of Repeal Day, we’ve colorized a selection of stunning Prohibition era photography. The vivid colours bring these images to life, perfectly capturing both the fashion and atmosphere of this fascinating chapter in American history. Many of these historic photographs are set in Washington, the home of our own Dupont Circle Hotel.
Want to know the inside scoop on the hottest places around Kensington? We spoke to Vincent Peach, the head concierge at The Kensington Hotel, to see where he recommends.
Do you fancy skipping the washing up this year, and spending Christmas in a luxurious hotel where you won’t have to lift a finger?
Planning a trip to Washington? You’re in for a treat, as the country’s vibrant capital is steeped in both political and cultural history. While exploring all that the city has to offer, coffee lovers will be spoilt for choice, as Washington is also home to an array of tasty cafés and baristas. Use our handy map below to check out Firehook; specialising in rich coffee and tasty fresh breads. Slipstream meanwhile celebrates both coffee and cocktails; “two complex beverages, where the nuances of flavour matter”. Amen! Mingle with high-flying politicos in ME Swing, a White House-adjacent café that opened its doors during Woodrow Wilson’s administration back in 1916. And of course, don’t forget to visit Café Dupont at The Dupont Circle Hotel. Offering a multi-sensory experience in luxurious, stylish surrounds, it’s the perfect spot to while away an afternoon.
It’s hidden off one of the busiest streets in Dublin, where shoppers gather to duck into their favourite boutiques and high street shops. And now there’s a new kid on the block, in the form of the super chic Balfes.
There’s so much to do in the buzzing, cosmopolitan city of London that you’ll undoubtedly need a few pit stops during your day’s exploring! Luckily, the city is home to a wealth of cafés offering up rich, tasty coffee – the perfect pick-me-up. Our handy map highlights some of the finest baristas in the city. Partaking in a spot of retail therapy on Oxford Street? Be sure to check out the nearby Workshop Coffee Co., an intimate coffee bar whose focus is on quality and simplicity. If you’re peckish, head to Nordic Bakery on New Cavendish Street – just be sure to sample their amazing cinnamon buns. Or, if you fancy taking a load off and relaxing in luxurious surrounds, make your way to 108 Brasserie at The Marylebone Hotel. Here you can sample coffee, pastries, cakes and even a decadent Afternoon Tea if you’re feeling particularly lavish! There’s also a host of tasty gluten-free treats on offer if you fancy a healthier alternative.
In the latest of our Day in the Life series, we talk to Alan Smullen, General Manager of The Croke Park Hotel. Alan has been working in the hotel for nine years.
In the latest from our Day in the Life series, we meet Valentina Piana, the Food and Beverage Supervisor at The Kensington Hotel, to see how she spends an average day.
Are you looking for the perfect pressie for your bestie, or want to spoil your mum with a fancy getaway? Well look no further, as we’ve got the perfect solution!
With our Retail Therapy Package, you and a friend will enjoy all the luxuries our London hotels have to offer; waking up to a delicious full English breakfast and later, sitting down to a decadent Afternoon Tea - before availing of a late check-out at 3pm. Before that though, we suggest you hit the shops, and we’ll even include a £50 voucher for Selfridges with the Package. On nearby Oxford Street, you’ll find a host of both designer and high-street stores.
In this new section, we chat to the concierges at each of The Doyle Collection Hotels, to discover their hidden secrets of each city. First up is Kevin Nelligan, Front Office Team Leader at The River Lee Hotel in Cork.
Nothing beats a weekend morning spent lounging at a long, unhurried brunch. For most of us, it’s the first chance we get after a hectic week to slow down and catch up over a lazy meal (and maybe even a Bloody Mary).
A vibrant and cosmopolitan city, Dublin boasts a fantastic selection of restaurants, bars, and of course – cafés serving up the richest coffee. In the city-centre, you’re within walking distance of some amazing baristas; from the veritable Dublin institution that is Bewley’s, to newer additions like Fixx and Kaph on nearby Dawson and Drury Streets. Should you fancy a little luxury, be sure to stop by the five-star Westbury Hotel, located just off bustling Grafton Street. In the decadent surroundings of its Gallery, enjoy a delicious frothy coffee (or Afternoon Tea, if you’re feeling peckish) while you watch the world go by outside.
Now that winter has drawn in, and each morning is a little darker, we’re all looking for something hearty and wholesome to kick start the day. If that dream breakfast can be prepared the night before? Well, that’s even better.
Bristol may be a fantastic city in its own right, but it’s also very handily placed for day trips to local towns, villages and landmarks. Just hop on a train at Temple Meads station, just a few minutes walk from The Bristol Hotel, and you can be in any number of pretty spots in a matter of minutes.
Pop into the bar at The Kensington Hotel, and there’s every chance you’ll be served up a cocktail from in-house mixologist and bar assistant manager, Alessandro Pizzoli. Alessandro has been working in the field for many years, starting in his hometown of Bologna and building credentials at some of the world’s finest five star hotels, including The Palace Hotel and The Ritz. His work has won him many an award, as well as exclusive gigs such as the wedding of Luciano Pavarotti. We talked to him about his inspirations, recipes and what you can expect from a cocktail at The Kensington Hotel.
In this series, we’ll take a look behind the scenes with some of the staff in The Doyle Collection Hotels. We’ll find out how they spend their days, what their roles entail and how they help to shape The Doyle Collection experience.
It’s no secret that Dublin can be a little bit… drizzly. We can be blessed with long, summer days, when restaurant tables spill into the streets and the days stretch long into the night. Or with a crisp, autumnal afternoon with bright blue skies and chilly air. But we’re no strangers to a good bit of rainfall.
It’s safe to say the word ‘boutique’ is currently enjoying a cultural resurgence; shops, markets, festivals, and of course - hotels, all become slightly more attractive if this magic word is slotted in beside them! Though it certainly conjures up images of cosy, handmade produce and quirky, lovingly-selected decor, who among us is completely certain what boutique actually means? Well, when it comes to hotels, there are certain criteria that must be fulfilled before the b-word can be used. Read on, and let’s put an end to boutique myths once and for all...
Summer might be over but salads needn’t be ignored until next year. This fragrant concoction is bursting with colour and flavour, and has all the rich nutrients to leave you fighting fit in the winter months. Part of the gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Marylebone and The Kensington Hotel, this Superfood Salad is usually served in a gem lettuce leaf. It’s also one of the best sellers from the main menu.
Dublin is a city of perspectives, and there’s no better way to discover its cityscape than on a Croke Park Stadium Skyline Tour at one of the largest stadiums in Europe.
The award-winning Broadway musical Evita is on tour, and next up is Washington’s Kennedy Center on September 30th till October 19th – with its crystal chandeliers and red carpeting, there is no better place for Eva Peron’s mix of glamour and politics.
Long before The River Lee Hotel, the 1800s Muskerry tramline took locals from Cork city to the popular site of Blarney Castle. Rollin’ over the bridge with the blow of its whistle, the tram would arrive at the Cork terminus – now, the exact spot of The River Lee Hotel.
The All-Ireland final is one of the most un-missable events on the Irish social and sporting calendar. Think of the frenzy around the Summer Olympic Games or the Super Bowl, and you have ticket demand on a similar scale here on this Island. At The Croke Park Hotel, we’re more familiar with this than most, given our proximity to the home of GAA.
When planning a trip from abroad, experiencing the Gaelic games in Croke Park should be top of your list. Tickets for most matches aren’t as hard to come by as the All Ireland final however. Here, our General Manager Alan Smullen shares a familiar story experienced by many who search for an elusive Golden Ticket in the lead up to All Ireland Sunday.
Going to a GAA match in Croke Park is a great opportunity to explore Dublin. Around the world-famous stadium – where traditional GAA games are held throughout the year – there’s no better time to explore the city of Dublin.
The juice bar at 108 Marylebone Lane want to introduce you to a new wave of healthy eating - drinking! From the freshest and purest ingredients, they have created an array of signature juice drinks designed to boost your metabolism, energise your soul and give you that all-round healthy glow.
There’s no doubt you’ll be positively spoilt for choice when trying to figure out what to do during your visit to London. A diverse melting-pot of cultures with a fascinating history to boot, there’s an opportunity for sightseeing around every corner. What’s more, the city boasts a vibrant nightlife scene, meaning you can party into the wee hours in some fantastic bars and clubs too.
However, we’re going to throw a spanner in the works with yet another exciting option! A series of fun street events also regularly take place during the day around London. Here, you can sample the city’s array of music, food and culture, while chatting to locals and visitors alike. Here are just some of our favourites…
Planning a special trip to London, and fancy experiencing a new level of lavish accommodation? Look no further than The Kensington Hotel, and The Kensington Suite – the city’s largest townhouse suite.
A versatile option for anyone seeking spacious residential-style accommodation, this stunning, French-inspired suite boasts convenient interconnecting living spaces, meaning it can be reserved as either a one, two or three-bedroom configuration. And though it offers uninterrupted views over leafy South Kensington, we doubt you’ll want to leave for very long!
Catherine Flynn has lived in Dublin for 13 years and is an avid fan of the Dublin foodie scene. Her love of discovering new dining spots in Dublin has manifested itself in the popular blog, Girl Eats Dublin. Catherine is also a longtime fan of The Westbury Hotel, so we thought she was the perfect candidate to give us the lowdown on places to eat and explore around town. Follow Catherine’s recommendations if you do wish to go further afield than our own Wilde and Café Novo!
“When I lived in London a few years back, one of my favourite treats was to stay a night or two at The Westbury on a trip home to Dublin. Now that I’m back home, alas, I’ve no such excuse, so instead I’m going to live vicariously by offering you my pick of the many great dining options you’ll have on your doorstep during your stay. You couldn’t be better located for a weekend of shopping, sightseeing and of course, eating."
Be sure to mark August 7 - 10 in the diaries folks, as what might be the most fun event ever is set to take place in beautiful Bristol! The annual Bristol International Balloon Fiesta - amazingly in its 36th year - will see a host of hot-air ballooning enthusiasts descend (quite literally!) on the city's beautiful Ashton Court Estate. And while these experts - who'll be visiting from all over the world - light up the sky with their colourful balloons, there'll be plenty happening on the ground too to keep punters entertained.
London is a must-visit destination for any style-conscious traveler, and summer is the best time to get out and about to check out the latest fashions! There’s no better location for fashion-spotting than at the world famous Wimbledon Tennis Championships; and so last week, we asked street-style photographer Dvora to find out what the tennis-going public are wearing this season…
Don't know your knots from your fathoms? Ahead of Volvo Cork Week, we've created this visual guide to ensure you impress your crew - whether at sea or on dry land...
Explore and enjoy the world of art and culture in The Westbury Hotel by viewing world renown artist's Dale Chihuly's spectacular and stunning Macchia with Glass Lip Wrap. With an incomparable skill and beauty, this piece will be on view until July 31st in the salubrious Westbury Hotel, keeping company with works by both Louis le Brocquy and Sir John Lavery.
With the annual Foodies Festival around the corner, there’s no better time to experience the local food produce around Bristol.
This month the Foodies Festival, the UK’s largest celebration of food and drink, will return to Bristol’s Harbourside. Thousands of visitors from the city and beyond are expected to take part in a range of culinary activities.
From Sir Cliff Richard singing in the rain to John McEnroe's tantrum, Wimbledon has entertained us over the years. Will 2014 add another gem to our list? Maybe so.
Here’s a look at a few of the most memorable moments.
With the run up to the Ascot Races reaching its final hurdle, we speak to Irish hat milliner Edel Ramberg about the trends for this season, working under hat guru Philip Treacy, and tips to create a winning look.
A witty take on L. Frank Baum’s classic story The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz– which was of course made into a dazzling 1939 film starring Judy Garland –Wicked is in fact based on a 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire, titled Wicked: The Life & Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. In this clever and subversive tale, we travel back in time to meet teenagers Elphaba (the awkward and self-conscious Wicked Witch of the West) and Glinda (a hilariously high-maintenance Good Witch of the North!) who, despite very different views on the world, become friends. We won’t give any more away – let’s just say the film won’t ever feel the same after you understand the factors that led to the Wicked Witch’s fall from grace!
In advance of the Cork City Marathon, we asked our staff about their favourite places to run in Cork. Over 22 of the staff at The River Lee Hotel are currently training for the Cork City Marathon so there is a wealth of running-knowledge available. Our general manager Ruairi O’Connor is particularly keen, and has shared his favourite routes… we've even prepared this handy map for you to take with you on your visit!
So you’ve booked that well-deserved break, and are officially Kensington-bound. We look forward to having you! First though, it’s time to plan what you’d like to get up to during your stay – and believe us, there’s plenty on offer in this charming west-London district!
It is amazing how many Cork people including myself have such fond memories of the marathon. Our family home was on the marathon route, and the day of the marathon was always akin to a street festival. Neighbours were out from early morning making sure the street – actually avenue as we were posh - looked its very best and poor unfortunate runners were provide with copious amounts of water and sponges as they passed by.
Looking for a perfect romantic getaway destination? Well look no further! County Cork - in the south of Ireland – has it all; a vibrant capital city that’s renowned for its food, culture and nightlife, as well as some of the country’s most breathtaking landscapes, mountains and forests.
Though it’s a whopping 92 years since Dublin author James Joyce’s iconic tome Ulysses was first published, fans of the writer make sure that this modernist work is suitably celebrated every year! And since Ulysses charts the journey of one man – Leopold Bloom – through Dublin on June 16, what better date to pay annual homage! This year, as always, there are plenty of fun activities taking place around the city. Here are our top five recommendations...
On April 10th, The Gloss Magazine welcomed over 70 eager fashion fans to an exciting and colourful showcase of Brown Thomas’ Spring / Summer 2014 collection. Dublin writer Maeve Heslin attended the event, which was held in the decadent surroundings of The Westbury Hotel’s Wilde Restaurant.
The Bloomsbury Hotel has a very special heritage. We asked journalist Karl McDonald to investigate the rich history and architecture of this iconic building...
Visitors to London with even a passing interest in architecture should be sure to head along to The Bloomsbury Hotel, located just around the corner from the city’s bustling Oxford Street. In the front lounge, the noble, bespectacled face of Sir Edwin Lutyens gazes silently out from behind the bar, offering a glimpse into this iconic building’s rich history.
Not many countries can lay claim to a national sport that captures the attention of an entire country, weekend-in weekend-out. Would you believe then, that Ireland has two! The enduring success of the country’s beloved Gaelic games (hurling and Gaelic football) is symbolised in Croke Park, the 82,000-seater stadium it calls home. And it has quite a story to tell! From meek beginnings in the late 19th century, this iconic symbol on the northside of Dublin city has grown to become Europe’s fourth-largest stadium, and an enduring and powerful symbol in Irish cultural memory.
What's the best way to describe The Marylebone Hotel's love affair with art? We asked journalist Karl McDonald to put it in his own words...
While for some hotels, the paintings that adorn the walls are design elements rather than focal points for guests, at the Marylebone Hotel – they’re trying something different! It’s hardly surprising, given both their long-standing association with literature and the arts, and the fact that they’re a go-do destination for critics and buyers alike when the Frieze Art Fair rolls into nearby Regents Park every October. As such, the hotel’s proprietors wanted to make each guest’s journey through the building as visually engaging as possible. Rather than passive imagery flanking your walk from bedroom to breakfast or meeting, some serious thought has gone into the Marylebone’s art. To help with this exciting project, they’ve engaged the folks at Rebecca Hossack Gallery – with two spaces nearby in central London and one in New York – to lend some expertise.
What are the must-see sights for any literary fan in Dublin? We've created a handy map for you to explore while Daniel Gray takes us through the Dublin of James Joyce...
Argentina's most prominent writer of the 20th century Jorge Luis Borges visited Dublin for the 100th birthday of his Irish counterpart, James Joyce, during 1982's Bloomsday. Borges had turned blind, just like Joyce before him, but in a beautiful interview with the poet Seamus Heaney made during his visit the South American he said he reveled in "walking the imaginary landscape", able to build his own vision of Dublin from the sprawling epic Ulysses, the short story collection Dubliners and the novel Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man which had been such an influence on him for so much of his life.
Escape the hustle and bustle of the West End but still enjoy the convenience of a hotel near Covent Garden in London. Savor our traditional Afternoon Tea in the relaxed surroundings of The Lutyens Lounge. Executive Head Chef Paul O'Brien has designed a delightful range of finger sandwiches, delicious scones with jam and cream and freshly baked cakes.
The River Lee Hotel, overlooking the beautiful River Lee in the heart of Cork city, is the perfect setting for Afternoon Tea served from 2.30pm to 5.30pm daily.
It’s not everyday you get to relax in the afternoon, take time for yourself and indulge in a sumptuous afternoon tea. It’s time to spoil yourself!
Popular theory says the tradition of Afternoon Tea was created by Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford in the early 19th Century. Customary for dinner to be served late in the day, Anna created a new meal to satisfy the gap between lunch and dinner and Afternoon Tea was born. After a time, friends were invited to join her for this new meal. Popularity increased and the idea of Afternoon Tea quickly spread, the meal becoming a fashionable event in social circles.
Enjoy your afternoon tea in the gracious surroundings of The Kensington Hotel, one of the finest hotels in London. Sit and watch the world go by from one of our Regency-style drawing rooms with period features, magnificent bay windows, real fireplaces and original art complemented by designer furnishings .
Add a glass of Moet Chandon Champagne to make your tea extra special and enjoy between delightful English scones with homemade jams and clotted cream in addition to a host of savoury delicacies. Truly relax at The Kensington Hotel.
Watch the world go by from The Gallery - An infamous spot for a teatime tête & tête among the city’s business and social aristocracy, The Gallery offers what other Luxury Dublin hotels cannot, an ideal perspective on Dublin life, with an elevated view of the Grafton Street throng and over €1m of Irish art acquisitions on display.
Washington - one of the great melting pots of the world. We invited one local writer to explain what this means from the insider perspective...
Dupont Circle doesn't seem like a place to consider the more existential questions in life. It’s a park enclosed in a traffic circle enclosed in a neighborhood that all share the same name. On a Saturday morning in November, it’s simply a leaf-strewn retreat from the marble testaments to power that seem to rise from the ground in Washington, D.C., as naturally as amber waves of grain or purple mountain majesties in other parts of the country. A toddler in the truest sense of the word falls to the ground in the park. “Back up,” his father says. A young woman in tight yoga pants carries a cup of coffee. She won’t be the last. A group of middle school students from New Jersey shuffles one by one in their green and blue and pink and red sweatshirts. A handsome older man with close-cropped silver hair and a tan-fitted jacket strains to read his smartphone against the glare of an unseasonably warm sun. He closes his eyes. Serenity now.
Whether it’s festive shopping, an outdoor adventure for the kids, or a spot of panto you’re after, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Cork City at Christmas. To celebrate the festive season, the city centre is transformed each year into a veritable wonderland, and what’s more - in the surrounding streets, you’ll find a host of hidden gems selling vintage clothes, local artisan foods and antique jewellery. To help you plan your perfect Christmas in Cork City, we’ve even prepared a handy illustrated map for you to download.
London is undoubtedly one of the world’s great shopping cities. From the hustle and bustle of Oxford Circus, to the exquisite boutiques and restaurants of Kensington and Knightsbridge’s ritzy department stores, there’s a reason why British shopping is a global export, with quintessential London style never dipping out of fashion.
Planning a trip to Bristol? We’ve got you covered! This beautiful harbour city in the South-West of England is the perfect meeting-point of old and new; you’ll learn about its colourful maritime history while also experiencing an exciting slice of contemporary urban life. In other words, no matter where your interests lie - there’s plenty to see and do! With that in mind, we’ve put together an itinerary to help you get the most from your day out in Bristol. Read on…