Check in A Terence Conran creation, the hotel does big-impact boutique styling brilliantly – you'll love sweeping across the lobby's purple carpets. And bedrooms have jewel-bright textiles and textured details that are stimulating, not snoozy.
The main event Dublin's bars are legendary. Whether you prefer to sip Guinness while mingling with artists at Neary's or a black velvet at The Shelbourne's see-and-be-seen Horseshoe Bar, you'll have a ball. Find live music at O'Donoghue's and Foley's on Merrion Row most nights.
Chic eats Surface late for a lunch of smoked salmon and Guinness bread at Ely Bar & Brasserie (elywinebar.ie), a swish converted wine warehouse by the Liffey. (It goes without saying you'll follow it with designer shopping in the Powerscourt centre).
What it costs Doubles from £140 room only, though look for offers including breakfast on the website, fitzwilliamhotel.com. For flights, see skyscanner.net
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