Why Stay Here?
- Super Stylish Boutique Hotel in Temple Bar
- Complimentary Gym, classes & pool.
- Best Cocktails in town and cool live music.
The cocktail waitress was a perfectionist. It was a joy to watch her mix those Mojitos and the Martini was the absolute best I have come across this side of the Atlantic. Were we back in the Buddha Bar in New York? No, we were in the heart of Dublin's Temple Bar, in the coolest hotel in town. We were in The Morgan.
Style without substance is no good, and some hotels try to be funky and quirky but end up looking foolish. We have visited so many hotels that just don't deliver on their promise of a great experience, and in fact it is unusual to find one that does. But The Morgan did. We loved it. Loved our bedroom, the tapas, the location, the cool style, the friendly service and that cocktail bar.
ACCOMMODATION AT THE MORGAN
The hotel has 121 bedrooms, which I was surprised to learn as it felt like a smaller boutique hotel. We were on the second floor only minutes away from the reception using the naughty Mona Lisa lift. The room was bright and fresh and totally cool. It was all silver and white, with a huge free-standing mirror (there are several of these around the hotel) a window that actually opened, luxury robes and bed linen, a big silver wardrobe, mini bar, desk area, good lighting, complementary internet access, TV, CD player and all the essentials plus a few extras. We also had a perfect bathroom with bath and great power-shower, lots of fluffy towels and most important, good lighting. I also liked the way we had a turn down service while we were at dinner and extra towels were left for the morning.
MENU AT THE MORGAN
After our cocktail, we took a table at the back of the bar to try out the Tapas menu. While The Morgan does not do fine dining, they offer a range of food options including pastas, salads, sandwiches, burgers, ribs, steaks, fish & chips and Irish Stew. It was the tapas menu for us however, and we ordered Patatas Bravas (fried potatoes in spicy garlic sauce); Calamares (squid); Albondigas (meat balls); Croquettas (croquettes with Serrano ham and cheese) and Gambas (tiger prawns). The wine list was quite short, but we chose a Spanish Tempranillo from Fortius in the Navarra region, and it was a delicious accompaniment to our Spanish Tapas. Service was good, and the people-watching was great!
STYLE AT THE MORGAN
Although we had not visited before, The Morgan is now celebrating ten years as a leading boutique hotel and enjoys a loyal regular and visiting clientele. There are a number of self-catering units which are great for long-staying guests who want to 'do their own thing'. You can also upgrade to a more spacious bedroom with additional quirky features such as bright red stand-alone bath at the foot of the bed! For really exclusive chic, you could take the penthouse suite complete with panoramic views over Dublin city and a funky airstream fitted out in embossed leather! Yes, they do style in spades at The Morgan.
With The Morgan hitting the spot for trendy Irish and visiting clientelle, owner Paul Fitzpatrick opened a similiarly cool and chic hotel in Sandyford some years ago called The Beacon. While both hotles are clearly a sign of the contemporary boutique hotel concept so favoured these days, it is no surprize to learn that Paul himself hails from the well known Fitzpatrick family who are behind the elegant Fitzpatricks Castle hotel in Killiney, and the popular Fitzpatricks Hotel in New York. This is no chain of look-alike properties however, but rather very individual personality hotels that cover a range of hospitality options.
We soon realized why The Morgan was so popular. It certainly is a boutique hotel with syle in bucket-fulls but also with a strong emphasis on luxury and comfort. That's an irristable combination. It may have been our first visit recently, but it will certainly not be our last. And we were delighted to learn that just 3 minutes from the hotel, the Aircoach picks up every 15 minutes to whizz you off to the airport. Its going to be so easy to drop in again.
WHATS TO DO IN THE AREA?
Your in the heart of Temple Bar so you party, enjoy the city, shop, hear a band, visit an exhibition. The friendly staff at reception will be only too pleased to give you a few ideas. There are maps, leaflets and even a large interactive information screen to help you plan your stay. It is withut doubt the best place to stay in the heart of the city.