Dylan Hotel knows how to provide those precious experiences in life
This Christmas we decided to treat ourselves and spend Christmas Day at the beautiful Dylan Hotel being pampered instead of staying at home to prepare and cook the turkey and ham and all the vegetable adornments that make it one of the most special meals of the year.
Sometimes a change of focus is all it takes to make us appreciate what’s good about our lives.
It was rather last minute when we made our decision but a few quick emails with Ciara ensured that our expected plan for Christmas Day would bring unexpected rewards.
We got two rooms one for the good lady and myself and one for our 20 year old happy face who likes her own space.
Not too far away from Raglan Road one of my favourite songs that conjures up the many charms of Dublin within poet Patrick Kavanagh’s magical lyrics of unrequited love this now luxurious Dylan Hotel would have been a bustling nursing home around the time it was composed.
We took a stroll after we checked in along Raglan Road and back around by the Canal and down by the side of Haddington Road Church to St Mary’s Road.
The Dylan Hotel has many enchanting features and many gifts to offer for those that visit and its staff are at the top of my list followed by its cool modern clean atmosphere. The décor is superb with mirrors used to great effect to create a sense of space particularly in the lounges and restaurants.
The chemistry of appreciation is in the air and when staff convey feelings of gratitude towards guests it releases positive endorphins throughout the body creating a healthy atmosphere. It’s the things we have in common that make our relationships with people enjoyable but the Dylan has a wonderful international staff who made our experience so interesting because of their efficient team work and attention to details in the most warn and friendly ways they attended to our stay from the check in to the restaurant and lounges and the girl who left us water and chocolates and prepped our rooms for bedtime.
Our real values are expressed in the little things we do and how we do them.
Maybe it was the Christmas spirit but I just found our stay at the Dylan surrounded by like-minded families a step beyond happiness but an atmosphere of joy that fills you with hope and faith and love especially sitting in the library randomly reading snippets from the books while relaxing in a white armchair in front of the fire with the big Christmas tree beaming with festivity.
We had opted for the 7pm Christmas Day meal sitting and as soon as we arrived we were greeted by a warm and friendly young lady in a suit taken to our table and treated to an amazing meal by a team of staff who kept a distant but watchful eye on your progress to ensure no waiting time between servings.
We could have opted for many options on the menu but we stayed with the traditional turkey and ham for the main but did experiment with satisfaction with our starters and deserts and everything was top class.
The same smartly dressed manageress was on hand early next morning with her international colleagues and provided me with a pre-breakfast pot of tea and paper before I went for a stroll around the grounds as night turned to day in the leafy suburbs of Dublin 4.
When I returned my gang were up and in form for breakfast which was just superb finishing off our experience with top marks.
Words of encouragement and appreciation like this cost nothing to give but I believe when complemented with such style and care it is important to repay the complement abundantly .
I will long treasure my Christmas Day at the Dylan Hotel