FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

The Gibson Hotel, Dublin

Oct 1, 2011
2011 / October 2011

Arrival/Check-in: I arrived in Dublin after driving through fog, sleet and snow on the motorway from Galway. The 252-room Gibson Hotel is located on the north bank of the River Liffey, east of downtown, in the revitalized Docklands area, and the warm glow of lights within the hotel’s glass-cube façade was a welcome sight on a darkening winter afternoon. The expansive lobby is located on the third floor, accessed by an exterior glass elevator from street level. The property was lightly filled on a Sunday night, and the friendly young woman at the front desk immediately upgraded my room, provided information about the hotel’s underground parking garage and informed me that although the hotel was unusually quiet, the bar and restaurant were of course open for business until midnight. (28/30)

Guest Quarters: My one-bedroom suite was located on the fifth floor, and one of its more dramatic amenities was the large, landscaped terrace, accessed by bedroom and living room doors. The terrace covered part of the fourth-floor roof and was shared by about 10 other guestrooms on my floor. With wicker chairs and teak benches, wood planters with embedded low-level lighting, a few potted trees and a meandering walking path, it reminded me of New York City’s new High Line elevated park. If it had been summer, I would have enjoyed sitting outside, with views of the river and the Dublin skyline.

Room furnishings were earth-toned, modern and designer-driven. Flat-screen TVs were in both living room and bedroom; a work desk had plenty of outlets and a silver metal desk lamp. Wall switches controlled the motorized wooden blinds and drapes over the floor-to-ceiling windows. A large, white-tiled bathroom with tub, glass shower stall, heated towel racks and two round porcelain sinks was spotlessly clean. Complimentary WiFi is available throughout the property. My room, like the rest of the hotel, was filled with artwork: prints by Irish artists Tom Moore and Charles Cullen, photographs by Stuart Smyth, oil paintings by Richard Gorman. A collection of art, travel and photography books sat on a low shelf in the living room. It was easy to get comfortable in the exquisitely trendy but unpretentious environment. (29/30)

Services/Amenities: As a midweek corporate meeting venue for European firms and local companies based in Dublin’s new International Financial Services Centre, the hotel offers nine dedicated conference rooms overlooking Dublin Port, a 300-seat theater, an 875-space underground parking garage and a fully equipped fitness center. A relaxation area includes a steam room, sauna, foot baths and two Japanese copper baths situated on an outdoor terrace overlooking the city.

I enjoyed the spacious Coda bistro restaurant with its two-story ceiling, soaring wine rack and eclectic artwork. Coda serves breakfast to hotel guests, also offering a nice selection of lunch and dinner items, including tasty dim sum. The Gibson’s Hemidemisemiquaver bar is 30 feet long, and the adjoining outdoor terrace, heated in winter, overlooks the O2 arena and outdoor concerts in Point Village Square. (38/40)

The Experience: Since opening in mid-2010, the hotel has hosted the celebrity rock groups, singers and dancers playing at O2; and a musical theme is woven into the hotel’s public spaces. Works by rock photographers Ken Regan and Pattie Boyd are unobtrusively displayed, as are Gered Mankowitz’s paintings of Jimi Hendrix. The names of the restaurant and bar are musical terms, and both fill up early — and late, when weekend concerts are scheduled at O2. The revitalized Docklands district is a stunning urban renewal project that includes the Kevin Roche-designed Convention Centre Dublin; the post-modern, Daniel Libeskind-designed Grand Canal Theatre; and Santiago Calatrava’s graceful Samuel Beckett Bridge. The spectacular curvilinear Aviva stadium is within walking distance.

I found the staff helpful and friendly. The Docklands location was convenient for my meetings. Access to other areas of Dublin was easy via the modern and frequent Luas light rail tram, which stops close to the hotel’s front door. Dublin Airport is only 10–15 minutes by taxi.

Total Score: 95/100

The Gibson Hotel

Point Village
E. Wall Road
Dublin 1, Ireland
tel 353 1 681 5000
www.thegibsonhotel.ie

Introducing

FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

#globility

Insta Feed
Daily
Sep 30, 2022

Where to Go in 2023: International

It’s never too early to plan that next big trip. Look ahead to 2023 with travel inspiration from these international destinations.

From 24-Hour Butler Service to a Sky Pool: Boutique Luxury Awaits at Vista Encantada Spa Resort & Residences in Los Cabos

Set on a seaside bluff overlooking Land’s End in Cabo San Lucas, Vista Encantada Spa Resort & Residences is a Baja paradise specializing in serene vistas and impeccable hospitality, offering a Pacific coast lifestyle with authentic Mexican touches. Guests can now earn a fourth night free at the stunning resort, plus a $100 resort credit, when booking through March 20, for travel through June 15.

Daily
Sep 30, 2022

10th Annual South Beach Seafood Festival

Tickets are now available for the 10th annual South Beach Seafood Festival, taking place this fall, Oct. 19–22. The region’s best seafood and South Florida’s top chefs and restaurants will be the focal point.

Daily
Sep 30, 2022

New Luxury Glamping Accommodations and More from Lovango Resort

Lovango Resort + Beach Club is the first newly built resort in the U.S. Virgin Islands in more than 30 years and prepares to return for its second season. Welcoming guests back Dec. 20, the resort will sport some new accommodations and guest experiences.

Discover Egypt in Total Luxury with World’s Most Eminent Archaeologists

THE MOST EXCLUSIVE TOURS OF EGYPT EVER OFFERED with the world’s most eminent archaeologists

Daily
Sep 29, 2022

Michelin-Star Da Vittorio Launches Reverie Saigon in Vietnam

The world-renowned Italian fine-dining group with eight Michelin stars to its name, Da Vittorio debuts its new two-story restaurant, Da Vittorio Saigon in the hotel Reverie Saigon. The new restaurant reshapes Vietnam’s high-end culinary industry through its blending of contemporary and sophisticated design with traditional Italian food.

eFlyer News
Sep 28, 2022

2023 Travel Trends by ToursbyLocals

ToursbyLocals, the private tour marketplace connecting travelers with certified local guides for customizable tour experiences, conducted a proprietary travel survey to determine travel trends for 2023. The company features more than 44,000 guides in almost 200 countries, allowing a comprehensive study to reveal what’s in store for next year.

Why the Future of Business Travel Might Look Different

Global business travel is making its way back, even as the pandemic and other world events continue to challenge its return. In a recent poll from the Global Business Travel Association, more than four in five respondents (86 percent) from across the industry said they feel more optimistic than they did at the beginning of the year. Business travel bookings, the need to travel to do business and employee willingness to travel are all on the rise.

eFlyer News
Sep 28, 2022

More than 20 New Hyatt Hotels Coming to Latin America, Caribbean in 2024

Hyatt recently announced plans to open more than 20 luxury and lifestyle hotels and resorts in Latin America and the Caribbean through 2024. Some of these new openings include expansion of Hyatt brands into new markets.