Conrad Dublin is a novel and brilliant concept for the time-poor traveller in the Irish capital
In the ultra-competitive world of tourism and travel it is not enough for a luxury hotel to simply provide a comfortable bed, constant hot water and a Nespresso machine in your room.
Conrad Hotels have come up with a concept called ‘Stay Inspired’ for people with neither the time nor the inclination to plan their trip to a major city.
The Conrad Dublin hotel poses the question: “If you had 1/3/5 hours to explore Dublin, what would you do?”
The answer is a series of curated experiences and itineraries that can last one, three or five hours. It’s a simple idea which can either take in the obvious tourist haunts or give an alternative flavour of the city.
The activities are broken down into food, shopping, arts, culture, active and adventure. Inevitably one of those activities involves learning how to pour the perfect Guinness and another includes a trip to the Teeling Distillery, Dublin’s first new distillery for 125 years..
If you fancy something more strenuous than pulling a pint then I would heartily recommend the Bray-to-Greystones cliff walk.
Take the Dart train that runs along Dublin Bay to the picture-postcard seaside village of Bray. From there it’ll take between 90 minutes and two hours to meander along a stunning stretch of coastal path, taking in a medieval church and the Brandy Hole, once a smugglers’ hideout.
The walk ends in Greystones where you catch the train back to Bray. It’s well worth it, as the journey along the cliff gets you ready for a trip back into town and (another) well-earned pint
of the black stuff.