By Keri Griffiths
Dublin
Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland has to be a contender for one of the greatest cities in all of Europe. That does beg the question, “What makes a city great?” Well the answer is simple: Any city that creates virtues out of vices and vices out of virtues. The pub/church ratio in Dublin is about dead even and you can confess your sins to a priest while you’re committing them. Granted, at first blush, Dublin does not appear to be the sexiest of cites. The architecture is a jumble and getting lost is a near certainty, but the people are so warm and friendly that you won’t stay lost for long.  Dublin is a city that has soul, class and the locals will welcome you as if you are a long lost friend that has finally come home.

EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your next vacation to Dublin, Ireland. The city can be frequented through the Dublin International Airport (DUB). To book your flight with EscapeWizard.com, simply follow this link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php) to start your search for the best prices. We can also assist you with hotel accommodations for your next vacation. Here at EscapeWizard.com, we recommend the Westin Dublin as the best hotel in the city. Just click here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to book through EscapeWizard.com.

The most popular tourist attraction in Dublin and EscapeWizard.com’s selection for the perfect place to start sightseeing is, hands down, the Guinness Brewery and Storehouse. Ireland’s most popular export, this dark brew made from roasted malt, has drawn the crowds in for years and has kept the locals em-ployed for centuries. Founded in 1759 by Arthur Guinness, this massive brewery spans over 60 acres and is considered by many to be Disneyland for beer lovers. While you can’t take a direct tour of the brewery itself (health and safety reasons), you can take in the razzmatazz of the Storehouse. Lively exhibits show-ing the breweries history and the ins and outs of the famous beverage are available for vacationers to take advantage of. Speaking of beverage, the best part of the whole tour has to be the free pint of Guin-ness you can down in the massive glass encased Gravity Bar. For those memorabilia collectors, check out the Guinness shop for some weird and wonderful collectables.

Since life is about balance, once you’ve finished you pint hop on a bus (please don’t drive) and head on over to Trinity College for some art and education, EscapeWizard.com’s next selection to visit in the city. In 1592 Queen Elizabeth I founded the college to “Civilize Dublin” (her Majesties words), Trinity College has continued to educate and amaze people from all over the world. Famous names such as Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett have all walked these beautiful grounds in search of higher edu-cation. Despite the fact that this is a working college it is open to visitors. In fact, the school houses some of the most stunning treasures in all of Europe.

EscapeWizard.com recommends stopping by the Old Library as an absolute must. The first exhibit you have to see is the famed Book of Kells. Written around the year 800, this manuscript is considered by many to be the most striking manuscript every created in the Anglo-Saxon world and one of the greatest contributions to Christian art work. The delicate, hand painted, depiction of the gospels is absolutely awe inspiring. Regardless of your religious beliefs, it is hard to deny the shear brilliance of the craftsmanship. Besides this magnificent book there are many more artifacts on display: The Book of Armagh (9th century copy of the New Testament), the legendary Book of Durrow (a 7th century gospel), and The Long Room which is home to over 200,000 books dating back hundreds of years.

How you can go to Dublin Ireland without stopping by a pub or two is beyond me. Drinking in this part of the world isn’t simply a pass time it is a religion and Temple Bar Pub is the grand cathedral. With over 160 years of practice the Temple has earned the reputation of being a genuinely warm and welcoming bunch. The service is first rate, the booze is top notch and the food is delicious. EscapeWizard.com recommends the Temple Bar, by far, as the best place in Dublin to kick back and relax after a long day of seeing the sights.

Dublin is a complex city, the people are warm, and there is more to see then the eyes can take in. Dublin is addictive, it’s contagious and it will leave you wanting more. Do yourself a favor and book your next vacation to Dublin with EscapeWizard.com.
Hotels in Dublin
By Barbara Harvey Abbott
The Morrison, a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin, 1, Ireland
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The Morrison, a Double Tree by Hilton hotel is a short 10km (approx. 17 minutes) drive away from the Dublin Airport.  Onsite parking is available with a 12 euro parking fee with additional parking at the Jervis car park located a mere 20 meters from the hotel.  Upon arrival guests are greeted with a fresh baked chocolate chip cookie and friendly staff who will cater to their every need.  The Morrison hotel is conveniently located on Lower Ormond Quay in the heart of Dublin's city center, with stunning views overlooking the River Liffey. The Jervis Street Luas stop is directly behind the hotel, providing easy access to both of the city's train stations, the Olympia Theatre Dublin, International Finance Services Centre (IFSC), and the Convention Centre Dublin. The Templebar area, renowned for its many bars and restaurants, is located just across the river, with the internationally renowned Jervis Street Shopping Centre and Henry Street shopping areas within walking distance of the hotel.

Each of the 138 guest rooms and suites at this Dublin hotel has a minimalist, contemporary design.  Guests can choose between a room with King, Queen, and two twin sized beds.  Whatever style of room, each features mood lighting in one of three colors: Pink, Purple, or Turquoise.  The hotel offers quality in-room entertainment options with a 40-inch HDTV, 55 international channels, and complimentary Wi-Fi coverage, allowing guests to stream movies directly on their devices. 

A 24-hour split level fitness center with a beautiful view to inspire a guest’s workout is one of the many amenities the hotel has to offer.  For those guests with children, The Morrison boasts amenities to meet family needs, including a great children’s menu at the Morrison Grill and a babysitting service for parents looking to enjoy a date night on the town or a bespoke cocktail in the hotel’s Quay 14 bar.

Departure is made easy with helpful and accommodating staff.  Baggage storage is available if guests what to explore Dublin a little more between the 12pm check-out time and their flight departure.  The hotel also offers a facility to print boarding passes so guests can avoid lines at the airport.  For those looking for centralized lodging for their stay in Dublin, the Morrison, a Double Tree by Hilton hotel is an ideal accommodation.  Book easily today through EscapeWizard.com (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Dublin
By Carlos Melgar
Westin Dublin
College Green,Westmoreland Street, Dublin, Ireland
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Located on its own city block right in the heart of downtown Dublin, Ireland, guests can find the Westin Dublin Hotel. The hotel was once an Allied Irish Bank but has been transformed into a luxurious five star hotel, keeping parts of the bank intact. Guests are easily situated near the famous shops of Grafton Street as well as Dublin’s business and financial district. The Westin Dublin is 10 kilometers for Dublin’s International Airport (DUB). Guest may check in at 3 p.m. but have to check out no later than 12 p.m.

Behind the beautiful historic fascia, the Westin Dublin has 163 spacious guest rooms. Each bed comes dressed with their signature Westin Heavenly Bed while the rooms are decorated with Irish decor to remind the guests of their surroundings. The classic guest rooms overlook the five-story glass-roofed Atrium Lounge while most deluxe rooms boast views of Gregorian and Victorian architectural landmarks. All rooms come equipped with High Speed Internet for a minimal nightly fee. In addition to the internet, each room comes with a refrigerator, private balcony, in room safe, 24 hour room service, mini bar, refreshment center, in-room massages along with bathroom amenities and wake up services.

Guest may find an array of flavors on the ground level of the hotel. The Exchange Restaurant and Cocktail Bar features an art deco design with natural lighting. The menu is highlighted by fresh Irish ingredients along with a delicious blend of regional and international fare. If guests just want a specialty drink or a pint of Ireland’s famous Guinness, The Mint Bar offers a welcoming atmosphere with an extensive cocktail list. The Mint Bar has turned former bank vaults into a meeting place for locals and tourists.

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Hotels in Dublin
By Jessica Howell
Hilton Dublin Hotel
Charlemont Place, Dublin, Ireland
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Overlooking the historic Grand Canal, The Hilton Dublin hotel puts guests in the heart of the city center.  Just a short walk from the famous St. Stephen’s Green area and Grafton Street, the neighboring streets are lined with bars and bistros for an authentic Irish experience.  You can find culture, comfort and convenience at the Hilton Dublin Hotel.  EscapeWizard.com recommends booking your stay at the Hilton Dublin Hotel. 

Guests staying at the Hilton Dublin Hotel have the choice of two rooms:  Guest or Executive.  Although the Executive Rooms provide more space, with a few additional amenities, guests can expect similar amenities and services no matter which room they choose.  For your convenience, high-speed internet access is available in all rooms.  Guests will also enjoy the light airiness of all the hotel’s rooms, which are slightly larger than the average hotel room in Europe.

In addition to high-speed internet, all rooms come with air conditioning, alarm radio, hair dryer, bathroom amenities, mini bar, iron/ironing board, telephone with data port and voicemail, TV-cable, and work desk with adjustable lamp. 

The Hilton Dublin Hotel’s dining options were created with guests’ satisfaction in mind.  For a fine selection of Irish whiskey’s, complimented by local fare made with fresh ingredients in a friendly atmosphere, visit the Stil Bar; open seven days a week.  Enjoy a more traditional Irish meal at the modern Uisce Restaurant.  Overlooking the Grad Canal, this delicious restaurant serves up only the freshest, finest regional dishes using local ingredients and produce.

Finally, the Hilton Dublin boasts the Charlemont Suite, which holds up to 400 guests “ making it the perfect venue for an important business meeting, conference, special occasion, or private gathering.  The Charlemont Suite can be split into four smaller function rooms holding parties of 2-80, so be sure to contact the hotel for more information if you are interested in booking the suite in addition to your room. 

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