There are certain obvious summer destinations that are perpetually spoiled by sunshine and warm weather. Dublin is not one of them. But a city bursting with infectiously upbeat life is magical in its own right – even if it is explored through an atmospheric haze and gentle drizzle.
When it comes to hotels, Dublin plays to its strengths—expect plenty of classic Georgian architecture mixed with modern accents and functionality, and no matter where it falls on that spectrum, you'll find charm in spades. Case in point? The InterContinental Dublin.
On arrival, you're welcomed you as if you're an old friend. The rooms are imbued with 19th and 20th-century paintings, splashes of purple atop with silky-soft beds and marble bathrooms with deep bath tubs.
Retreat to the pampering spa if the weather is proving unkind and luxuriate in an ESPA facial or deep tissue massage (trust us, you might need it after an evening spent walking along Temple Bar), before snuggling up in The Lobby Lounge for an afternoon tea (we’re talking freshly baked scones and never-ending pots of steaming hot Earl Grey).
An intimate city with a bellowing reputation for local farming, fine dining and gastronomy, if you’ve already had your fix at the Intercon’s sumptuous Seasons restaurant, we also recommend taking a trip to The Shelbourne for dinner. Head to the bar for after-dinner drinks and when properly fueled up for a bout of late-night, post-drinks dancing, follow the crowds to whatever swanky bar feels right that night.