Yesterday I took a 24 hour trip to Dublin with work to conduct some customer research, which was actually a very rewarding trip workwise.
I had a brief opportunity to explore a few of the shops (for market research purposes of course), but as it was a work-based trip I didn’t get chance to explore the city much at all. It is worth a little post though, if only to review the hotel we stayed in and a tasty little lunch destination.
We stayed in the Morrison, a DoubleTree hotel by Hilton. This was quite an extravagant place to book at €179 for the night night, and not somewhere I would have picked myself as I usually try to stay around or below £100 per night and try to find the nicest place I can for that price. But this was a work trip and there no complaints from me at staying in a hotel as nice as this. The décor is very contemporary, chic and luxurious, and it’s in a great location by the river and just over the bridge from Temple Bar. Plus on arrival we were presented with a welcome cookie. That’s right! A warm, gooey, chocolatey welcome cookie! And it was very welcome indeed.
The room itself (which was only the standard room) was very spacious with an absolutely massive bed which seemed to be twice as wide as it was long. Again it was decorated in a very contemporary and stylish way and had everything you’d need for a short stay, including slippers and a robe; Crabtree and Evelyn toiletries; an iron; a rain shower and free wifi! (I love free wifi).
I also thought I’d quickly mention a cute little place we found for lunch – Bobo’s Gourmet Burgers. The concept is a friendly diner selling quality burgers made from locally sourced ingredients, and it’s a great sign that they can boast a Tripadvisor award.
The menu is full of unique burger creations, including a Greek lamb burger with olives, feta and tzatziki, and The Colm (which I chose) which was beef with guacamole, bacon, caramelised onion, pepper and salad. I also love it that the drinks menu offers pints of both Guinness and milk! The burgers themselves are absolutely massive. They don’t come with chips, but we ordered some on the side with garlic mayo without realising just how big these burgers would be (side note, you get to choose whether you want skinny or chubby chips!). For prices around the €10 mark I thought this was great value, and everything was extremely tasty! The only downside was that it’s not a very big place so it could easily be full at peak times. Worth a visit though.