Updated: Aug 18, 2020
My wife Audrey and I were lucky enough to have the opportunity to stay and review the Radisson Blu late last month. I’d been there many times for press events and had always wondered what it would be like to stay here and experience it first hand.
The Radisson Blu is a 4 star hotel located on Golden Lane, a stone's throw away from St. Stephens Green in Dublin city centre. To the other side is St Patrick's Cathedral and park. It’s also only minutes from our home in Dublin 8. So even though we weren't going far, it was lovely to be staying in our own city as guests for the night.
Literally it is minutes walk from the hustle and bustle of Dublin city centre. However due to it's location it's quite shielded from the crowds and traffic that you find a few streets over. There was zero noise of traffic and the views from higher up in the hotel are quite spectacular. While on street parking can be hit or miss around here, there is an easily accessible underground car park for guests. Ideal for visitors from other counties who are visiting Dublin, or indeed for those Dubliners like us who are looking for a little break away from reality.
The hotel has always in my experience been impeccably clean. However they have certainly stepped things up a notch and are complying with all the Covid measures which have been put in place. They've implemented a '20 Step Safety Protocol' and are members of the Fáilte Ireland Safety Charter. We certainly felt very safe throughout our stay. I absolutely have to mention how genuinely friendly every staff member was to us. From check in to check out we were treated so kindly.
What can I say but it was pure luxury. We were in a suite with a huge amount of space. In the heart of Dublin, when square footage is everything, there was more than enough for a very comfortable stay. There was a couch at the end of the bed, which may seem like a small detail, but one which for me very much adds to the experience. There was even a telly in the bathroom- the fact that we didn't use it is neither here nor there. The point is that we had the choice to. They also left us two very large G+T's on ice for our arrival which was a lovely touch. The Radisson bar 'Dyflin' actually have their own gin. It's very tasty! The bed was huge and comfortable and the view over the city absolutely beautiful from our large balcony.
I’m going to be really honest here and say that when I saw the menu I wasn’t sure how many options there would be for the two of us. We are veggies who eat a little fish (yes I know that's called pescatarian) And Audrey is also coeliac.
However I was very happily proved wrong on that point. I’ve actually not been so impressed by a meal in a VERY long time. To the point of wishing I hadn’t drank so many delicious cocktails so that I could finish more of the food. Rookie move.
For starters I had the homemade chancery chips with onion dip and then the fish and chips as my main. We are nothing if not predictable and we had our dessert sent to the room. I ordered the chocolate brownie with homemade honeycomb. Audrey had the mushroom starter and cauliflower as her main course. I would 100% go back there again and again for that meal. Absolutely superb.
If you have the opportunity to stay in the heart of the city, the Radisson Blu on Golden Lane couldn't be a better choice. It's fancy without being off putting. With the addition of the Velvaere Day Spa later this month, it's high on my list of indulgent stays for Dublin. A little bit of luxury in the heart of the city. Check out their available deals by clicking here.
Thanks to the whole team for a really special night away for me and my love.
**We kindly received an overnight stay for two. As always, all views are entirely my own. If I didn't enjoy our stay, I simply would not have written anything!