When people think of Ireland, the first things that spring to mind for many are likely the rolling green hills and the fact that there are more sheep than people. And they’re not wrong. The homeland of U2 and Guinness has no shortage of rocky cliffs, sweeping seascapes and lush countryside.
But Dublin is a different sort of Ireland. Decidedly more urban, the bustling metropolis can certainly hold its own among the more established big-name capitals across Europe.
The humble hub for generations of writers and artists has become an up-and-coming hotspot for travellers over recent years and its transformation is only picking up speed. The country is undergoing a bit of a renaissance as many large international companies are beginning to open their European headquarters in its major cities, boosting the local economy and putting Dublin on the global business stage.
The new wave doesn’t stop in the corporate world. Trendy cafes, world-class restaurants and stylish shops are opening left, right and centre, lending the city an overall more cosmopolitan vibe. Dublin’s metamorphosis hasn’t sacrificed its charm, instead blending it with a distinctive international feel.
In a nation known for its warm hospitality and welcoming people, you can bet that the hotels are among the best of the best. Get in on the craic at one of the capital’s chic boutique options, a more individual way to experience the area. Cool and sophisticated, they’re anything but conventional.