Yesterday I got back from a 3 day work trip to Dublin. My first time in Ireland and a new kind of work assignment doubled my excitement for this city.
Dublin was sunny, historical, pretty, rough, original and kind. The kindness of the people really touched me and made me feel safe and relaxed there.
Irish ice cream at Murphy’s
After work I just went quickly to the hotel to get changed in more confortable shoes and then I went to explore the city. I walked along the river Liffey (and almost felt like in Paris), wandered through Temple Bar district with all the pubs and street musicians and was impressed of the Trinity College buildings and parks that made me wish I was a student again (almost).
Jury’s Inn hotel
I stayed in a nice hotel next to Christ’s Church called the Jury’s Inn and it was very easy to walk from there to the city center. I’d love to go back for a week end and really explore the city’s museums and historical sites. Also I didn’t get to taste any Guinness so definitely need to go back!
Sunset at Christ’s Church Dublin
Last year we went to a short week end break to Amsterdam with B and as usual I was in charge for the organization of the trip. First thing to do was to find a nice place to stay so I googled “design hotel Amsterdam” and found Hotel The Exchange, fashion hotel in central Amsterdam. A couple of clicks later I had booked a room for a very reasonable price in this fashion hotel, where the rooms are dressed like models as they tell on their web site. The interior decoration is done by the students of the nearby fashion school The Amsterdam Fashion Institute.
This room has a feeling of a 90’s rave party
Black and white
All white and crispy clean
So when we arrive I’m really excited and a bit scared to find what kind of room we’ll have. I’m telling B that it’s a design hotel and it will be a fashion experience for us and even if we’d hate it it’s only for one night. And so we get our key and go up to our room which is….. all white and with no decor what so ever! (Ok the reading lamps were golden metallic colored…)The room was tiny so the good thing was that the completely white interior made it feel more airy. So this had to be the budget traveller’s fashion room, extreme minimalism! The bed was big and comfortable, television worked well and in our small bathroom we could have a nice hot shower (which was much appreciated by us because that week-end the temperature dropped significantly and there was even a snowstorm… I get chills even just remembering that!).
View from the hotel corridor to the cafe Stock
In the hotel there was a small cafe style restaurant and next door you can find a cool shop called Options which was great for small and original souvenirs. The hotel was well located and it was easy to go everywhere by foot. We came from Brussels by car and the hotel gave us a discount card for the parking hall. The parking was almost the same price than our hotel room (around 70 Euros), so next time if we go for longer than a week-end it would be better to go by Thalys.
We really liked the feeling and the atmosphere of this small hotel. The communal spaces were colorful and quirky and I was happy to find myself there for that snowy Dutch week-end.