Martin Crummy visits the center of Dublin city for a festive stay with his wife and two daughters to review the Trinity City Hotel.

We, as a family of two girls (aged four and eight), were invited to stay for a night at the Trinity City Hotel. With Christmas now upon us, it was a perfect chance for a festive getaway in the city.

The hotel is nestled between Tara Street and Pearse Street. This very central location meant that we could leave the car at home (although the hotel does offer a valet service) and opt for the train.

Getting the girls up and out of the house bright and early, we arrived in the city on Saturday morning through Tara Street but left on Sunday through Pearse Street. I think the latter is a little closer and easier to navigate when you have small legs with you.

One of the most appealing aspects of this hotel is the walk through the photo-worthy foyer that guides you to the main reception; it feels like a world away from the bustling city outside. The foyer area is a beautiful space that sets the tone of elegance and relaxation.

When we visited, it was a festive wonderland, which really added to the magic for the kids (and the grown-ups). A really nice touch is the table with hot chocolate and mince pies. Our kids thought that was the best feature of the whole hotel! As you walk further down into the hotel itself and through the Brunswick Lounge, you certainly feel like you have found an oasis to escape the hustle and bustle of the outside world.

An Irish-owned business, the decor of the hotel was refreshingly contemporary, with distinctive furniture dotted throughout the common areas and plenty of Christmas decorations to get you in the Christmas spirit.

We especially liked the little nooks in the recently refurbished Brunswick Bar & Lounge - it's definitely on the list for a coffee the next time we're in the city.

We had the best of both worlds in terms of our family-style accommodation had two joining rooms, meaning we could keep an eye on the little ones but also give them room to play. The parent's room was a nice size, while the kids' room had acres of space to run, jump, and give the beds a proper test.

The key to this hotel is making the most of its enviable location. There is no swimming pool to entertain the kids, but that really doesn't matter in this environment.

We made the most of being in the city and squeezed in as much as we could. First up was a sprint across the Liffey to see Santa in Arnotts. It was really well organised and there was a lot for the kids to do while they waited to speak to the big man.

Seeing Santa in Arnotts is an old Dublin tradition - and since we were having a Dublin staycation we thought it fitted perfectly.

After a snack, we wandered around the city looking at the Christmas lights and the hustle and bustle. The city was really busy but returning to the hotel's foyer felt like taking a deep breath - we were home for the evening.

The next morning the Lego store was top of the agenda. Brendan at reception even gave an indication of what the queue was like at the store! We had a great Sunday in town, popping up and down Grafton Street and checking out the festive shop windows.

Making your own lego person is a must

The hotel is so well situated that galleries, theatres, and shopping are all close at hand so no matter your interest, you're sure to find something to fill your days.

The staff was really good at sharing their recommendations of what's good in-house or around the city so you could (re)discover Dublin.

The hotel has a range of indoor and outdoor dining options, but the Courtyard Garden is the jewel in the crown as another little retreat away from the noise of the city. It is the main eating area and is nicely decorated with feature lighting and a cozy fireplace in the corner of the restaurant - an ideal spot for a festive nightcap.

The food was quick (important when eating with kids) and fresh, with lots of veggie options for those inclined. I went for the main course of curry, which was very generous with the amount of chicken that was in it, while my wife had a very tasty fish and chips.

The menu had all the kids' favourites (chicken goujons, sausages, and chips, etc), and there was no fuss about having them in the restaurant at 8 pm.

We returned to the restaurant for breakfast the next morning to a tasty spread that kept everyone happy. The donuts, not something you see at every breakfast, were a particular hit. I would advise trying to make breakfast early as possible on a Sunday morning, as things were getting very busy as we were leaving. A good sign, of course.

Ultimately, we all agreed that Trinity City Hotel was an ideal spot to spend a night in Dublin, whether it's your first time visiting the capital or you're on the hunt for a quiet oasis while you rediscover some old haunts.

The Details

We stayed in a family room at the Trinity City Hotel for one night for the purpose of this review.
Family rooms start at €178.50. More details on the hotel can be found on their website.

For more staycation inspiration, check out our reviews of The Westin Hotel and The Conrad Hotel.