A treat in Dublin City Centre can come in many forms. Retail therapy, a walk around Trinity College, drinks in a cosy Dublin pub, or the chance to try afternoon tea at a five-star luxury hotel.
Situated right smack bang in the middle of the main throughfare of Dublin City, the Westin Hotel gives easy access to both North Dublin and O'Connell Street to its right and South Dublin and Grafton Street to its left. And of course, dead ahead is Temple Bar.
So you couldn't ask for a more central location for a one-night stay with the added bonus of trying out the hotel's afternoon tea offering.
Afternoon tea is served in the Atrium Lounge, a stunning five-story high glass atrium, with natural daylight and comfortable surroundings. And that is where our couple's, one-night stay started.
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Service at the Atrium Lounge was that lovely mix of being really attentive to our every need and wish, but also taking a step back at times and let us just enjoy the moment.
The roaring open fire and delicate piano playing meant that we sank in the luxury armchairs and had a very relaxing time.
The actual afternoon tea was a three-tower feast of sandwiches on the bottom layers, scones (two types!) and lemon cake on the middle plate and a top plate filled to the brim of cakes of lots of different types.
Our server was really keen on the sweet, cake top plate and told us the lemon cake "the best in the world!" In the end, we had to believe her.
We both really enjoyed the sandwiches, which were a mixture of good old ham and cheese, a delicious egg mayonnaise and an open salmon sandwich on brown bread. The scones were also a hit but we struggled when faced with all the lovely sweet treats at the top. Thankfully, take-home boxes can be arranged and nothing went to waste.
There is also an impressive array of teas, any coffee you wish and a full bar is also available in the Atrium Lounge.
There were lots of different groups in for afternoon team and it really did strike as the perfect location for a family reunion or catch up, or to simply relax with a glass of champagne after a busy day shopping in the city centre.
Top tip: The resident pianist is there at weekends, from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon and is well worthing trying to book your experience for when she is playing.
The luxury of afternoon tea was combined with a night stay at the five-star Westin. Our room was a well-appointed corner room overlooking Trinity College Dublin. One of the main attractions to the hotel, apart form the luxurious interior, is that within a few steps you have an array of shopping, entertainment, and many attractions on the doorstep.
Our only slight concern was about noise levels from the Luas outside and the general hub of the City Centre, but you couldn't hear anything and the beds were very comfortable (each room has a signature Westin Heavenly Bed®). And with no kids in toe - it made for a wonderful night's sleep.
The hotel building, consisting of 191 guest rooms and suites, dates back to the 19th century. In the past few years, there has been a multi-million investment program and 2019 saw the unveiling of a refresh Atrium Lounge.
Part of the refurb was the creation of additional space, the Library, and the addition of 19 bedrooms overlooking Trinity College and Westmoreland Street. The design of the new-look lobby at The Westin was once again led by Dublin-based, architecture and interior design firm, NODA.
Breakfast the next morning was in the Morelands Grill, just inside the main doors of the hotel. It was a combination of a buffet-style service that included the ingredients of your full Irish breakfast and a menu where you could order hot dishes as well.
The buffet was stocked with all the usual suspects and there was a toaster down the end of the restaurant for your morning toast.
We liked the idea of ordering either fried or poached eggs fresh from the menu, as these are breakfast items that can be hit and miss in a buffet style.
Upon our exploration of the hotel, we found the moody Mint Bar. It was closed for a private function that day, but we had a little peak and it looks like a stunning cocktail bar that is concealed within the original vaults of a former bank. The location certainly creates a truly unforgettable setting for any special occasion.
We were invited to try out the afternoon tea experience with an overnight stay as guests of the hotel for purpose of review. The price for this package is from €453 per room to include full Irish breakfast and Afternoon Tea for two.
The afternoon tea opening hours are Monday – Sunday: 12:00pm – 5:30pm. The menu can be viewed here.
We are blessed that Dublin City has a number of great afternoon tea experiences on offer including those at The Shelbourne Hotel, The Merrion Hotel and The Westbury.