31/32 Lower Stephen Street, Dublin 2
Contemporary Art Deco inspired, The Grafton is one of Dublin 2’s newest four-star hotels, designed for city stays for business, couples, friends and families. This newly refurbished hotel is primely positioned adjacent to South King Street, a minute from Grafton Street and St Stephens Green, and within walking distance of landmark visitor attractions including Trinity College, the National Gallery of Ireland and the Guinness Storehouse. www.thegrafton.ie
The Grafton exudes luxury and glamour with modern styling fused with sleek 1920’s details to create a distinctive personality. Guests are welcomed to the light filled lobby, framed with geometric mirrored tiles, polished wood and brass that balance with bold and soft toned plush velvet sofas, chairs and tables. The Coffee Dock with a separate seating area, serves refreshments throughout the day to guests and visitors who drop in to take a relaxing break. To the left of the lobby, the finishing touches are being made to a street level outdoor terrace that is scheduled to open in late April.
Built on the site of the original iconic Bartley Dunne pub, Bartley’s Bar embraces the nostalgia of Dublin from a gone by era with a modern twist, capturing the character of this famous landmark that attracted an eclectic mix of people. Traditional blends with contemporary themes with deep moody colours and rich velour textures, Bartleys serves a full range from old school classics to something more modern or a simple pint of the ‘plain’. Its cocktail menu features quintessential classics including La Dolce Vita (mango infused vodka, strawberry syrup, lime juice passion fruit and Prosecco), its signature The Bartley Spritz (Martini Fiero, strawberry, rhubarb topped with Prosecco) and The Auld Fashioned (Slane Irish Whiskey, spiced Irish tea syrup and Bartley’s house bitters), carefully crafted/expertly prepared by the skilled team of mixologists and bartenders.
The iconic art deco mood extends to Bartley’s Restaurant that is bordered with leather banquette seating and rows of stylish leather quilted chairs and tables that accommodate up to 78 people. The casual dining menu offers an individual take on classic local and international dishes. Its speciality menus and traditional fare have been designed to offer an exciting introduction to alternative food choices.
The lower ground floor is home to Bartley’s Lounge, an event space that is available for private hire for up to 250 guests. The room is fitted with the latest lighting and sound technology and has its own private bar area and entrance.
Upstairs all of the 127 rooms are modern 1920’s inspired and include Terrace Suites with balconies that allow guests to savour the cityscape and take in the cultural atmosphere. A range of rooms from Deluxe Single to Super king and Bunk rooms are available, prices from €169. There is great attention to detail in all the rooms to ensure guests have the perfect stay with individually controlled air conditioning , mini fridges and ritual toiletries and walk in showers. The Grafton is possibly the only hotel in Dublin 2 to have large spacious Family Rooms designed especially for up to six people to stay together. Complete with two sets of bunk beds and a super king bed, these rooms have a separate bathroom and shower room to accommodate the group, along with superfast Wi – Fi and Smart Chromecast TV giving guests access to their favourite TV apps for movies. Not every family is 2+2 so these family rooms sleep 6 without the expense of interconnecting rooms or an uncomfortable camp bed.
Following a complete refurbishment, the hotel reopened in August 2021 under the new management . In terms of sustainability the hotel is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and is dedicated to the continuous improvement of green initiatives throughout the hotel, whether it be through energy conservation or recycling and waste management. The Hotel is participating in the BREEAM certification process, a certification of the assessment of environmental, social, and economic sustainability performance, using standards developed by BRE. A water detection system has been recently introduced by the hotel which is also in the process of securing the green tourism accreditation .
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