Resort Assessment: Dublin’s Trinity Townhouse whispers relatively than shouts, and the charges are a steal

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Townhouse resorts usually are not like different resorts. They whisper relatively than shout. They’re boutique; not bling.

hey lack swimming pools, ballrooms and set-piece lobbies, however seduce with libraries, secret bars, arty nooks and discerning rooms. They’re cosmopolitan and neatly designed, however underpinned by heritage and style (the unique townhouses, in any case, have been offshoots of nation estates).

Their lobbies usually are not filled with coachloads of vacationers. They work for enterprise travellers, but in addition for couples sneaking away to the town. For an evening or two, a real townhouse ought to make you are feeling like an insider, perking you up with each a splash of city mojo and a superb night time’s sleep.

Pulling off such a small-but-perfectly-formed enterprise is not any straightforward job, not least in our age of Covid-19. However that is precisely what the homeowners of Co Kerry’s Sheen Falls Lodge try to do.

Dublin’s Trinity Townhouse, unfold over three historic buildings on South Frederick Avenue, has relaunched following a €three.5m refurbishment, and with B&B from simply €110 per room, it is as tempting a hook for an autumn escape as you will discover.

The ranking: 7.5/10

Arrival & Location


A booth inside the Trinity Townhouse reception

A sales space contained in the Trinity Townhouse reception

A sales space contained in the Trinity Townhouse reception

Put the blinkers on for a minute, and ignore the apocalyptic scenes round us. Take a look at that glistening black door, the glowing purple brick, the pops of color in its window containers. Trinity School is a stone’s throw away. Antipasti plates are being served to diners at Dunne & Crescenzi over the highway. You may be a traveller in a unique time.

Getting into No.29, which homes the resort’s reception and a tiny lounge, the air is one in every of intimate, assured luxurious. The receptionist, sporting a tasteful face masking, wipes a pen earlier than handing it over for a signature. Thirty-one bedrooms are unfold throughout three Georgian buildings (one in every of which is throughout the highway) and, climbing the steps to our room, it appears like a real adaptation of 18th-century residences, versus a type of cookie cutter fashionable builds you typically discover behind preserved facades.

The positioning is plum, with Grafton Avenue a three-minute stroll away and no want for taxis to achieve a diffusion of close by museums, galleries and outlets. Sadly, there isn’t a bar or lounge wherein to cover away but, however in any other case, they’ve made the very best of those historic homes. eight/10

Service & Fashion

Trinity Townhouse works independently of Sheen Falls, however as soon as conscious of the connection, I started to see reflections of the Kenmare resort in golden and heather tones, and a country-classic really feel that lets unique options like fireplaces, sash home windows and coving sing alongside considerate splashes of artwork, together with new work from Christine Bowen.

Service is effortlessly skilled, from cellphone calls advising on parking to restaurant suggestions and Covid-19 measures just like the gently flashing 2m signal by reception. In our age of plastic, I used to be tickled to seek out slightly bottle of contemporary milk within the room fridge, too. 7/10

The Rooms


A Superior King overlooking South Frederick Street A Superior King overlooking South Frederick Street

A Superior King overlooking South Frederick Avenue

A Superior King overlooking South Frederick Avenue

Room choices are ‘Cosy’, ‘Basic’, ‘Deluxe’ and ‘Superior King’ – all realised with related understated luxurious, however various rather a lot in measurement, format and views. With charges so aggressive in the mean time, ask for a street-facing room for views, or a ‘Superior King’ for additional lounging and sofa area. Ours ignored South Frederick Avenue, with excessive ceilings, walnut joinery, a good sensible TV and metropolis touches together with books by Joyce and Roddy Doyle over the hearth, and Peter Harbison and Stephen Conlin’s Dublin: The Story of a Metropolis on the espresso desk. Bogs are white-tiled, with good showers and Rituals merchandise, although our towels have been surprisingly small and skinny for this spec of resort. Luxurious needs to be the order of the day! eight/10

Meals & Drink

Breakfast is delivered to the door at a pre-arranged time, in a neat cardboard field together with a newspaper. Inside, we discovered cardboard tubs of yoghurt, blueberries, a home made granola bar, an apple, honey and a wholesome ‘Inexperienced Love’ drink mixing such breakfast faves as cucumber, spinach, lettuce, chard and kale. Neglect the Full Irish, in different phrases – these craving energy may have a Plan B.

Subsequent door, wine bar Allta (; Thurs-Sat) is providing set desk menus from €65pp. The title means ‘wild’ in Irish, and chef Niall Davidson’s grá for native components runs from the mural of a Cromane oyster fisherman on the wall to dishes like these oysters with rhubarb vinegar, scallops with gooseberry and sea herbs, or a barbecued lamb pasta with Cáis na Tíre cheese and wild marjoram. Sooner or later, they’re going to do à la carte breakfasts for resort visitors. 7.5/10

Insider suggestions

Direct reserving costs are €10 cheaper than different web sites, the resort says. There are not any lifts, however accessible rooms can be found on the bottom flooring. Cancellation is free as much as 72 hours earlier than the arrival date.

Native 101

Taken by the resort’s artwork assortment? Subsequent door you will discover Gormleys, with its new sculpture backyard, and the Doorway Gallery, with vibrant work by artists like Padraig McCaul, Ken Browne and Isobel Henihan.

The underside line

Dublin has by no means had a thriving townhouse scene, however the relaunched Trinity sits properly alongside the Cliff Townhouse, No.31 and newly refurbed Stauntons on the Inexperienced, in addition to ’boutique’ additions like The Wilder and The Handle Connolly.

May Covid immediate a brand new second for small, luxurious stays? Both method, these swapping nation (or youngsters) for an evening within the metropolis won’t ever discover higher worth.


Rooms vary from €110 to €200 an evening, together with continental breakfast. Parking is €22.50 a day on the Q-Park subsequent door. Pól was a visitor of the resort. See; (01) 617 0900

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