Uncover Dublin’s hidden gems and a new love for the city, with a little help from The Fitzwilliam Hotel & Stylist Irene O’Brien

2023 sees the 5* Fitzwilliam Hotel celebrate 25 fantastic years on Dublin’s iconic St. Stephen’s Green. Along with a hotel wide refurbishment due to complete later this year, the hotel plans to celebrate the city that has made these years such a pleasure, by shining a spotlight on some of the amazing local traders, makers & curators who can be found just a stone’s throw from the hotel, if you know where to look! As long-standing residents on the Green and a small, Irish, independent business, The Fitzwilliam Hotel is fiercely proud of the city and in particular, their neighbours – the local, independent businesses that are the life and soul of the city. Presenting: Dublin by Design, a collaboration conceived and curated through a mutual love for Dublin and designed as a love letter to the city to be shared far and wide. Whether you’re visiting Dublin for the first time or would like to rekindle a forgotten love for the city, this is the perfect overnight package for you. Small groups of up to six people are invited to book in and spend an early afternoon discovering the hidden gems that make Dublin the amazing city it is and meet the people who make that possible before indulging in a luxury overnight stay in Dublin’s friendliest 5* hotel. 

The Dublin by Design package is the latest offering from the Fitzwilliam Hotel and sees the hotel partner with renowned stylist, writer and fashion presenter Irene O’Brien, best known as the style expert on RTÉ’s Today Show. A native Dubliner and self-confessed lover of the city, Irene has long held a love of Vintage, Irish-design, and independent businesses. Dublin is her enduring love-affair, the ever-changing retail landscape of the city, her expert topic. It’s this very passion that the hotel recognise and want their guests to experience on a personalised and unique walking tour of the local area, just jam packed with an abundance of independent retailers and creative talent, if you take the time to scratch beneath the surface and find the real beating heart of Dublin. A place like no other where craft, skill, passion and creativity thrive. This is the Dublin in which the great love affair begins. This is the Dublin that locals know, and that Irene will be sharing with guests on her tour. Dublin by Design – where gems are uncovered, drinks are toasted, and tales are shared.

Guests will be greeted by Irene before setting off together on foot, where Irene will share her extensive knowledge of all things locally Dublin and give a real feel for the very fabric of the city. Be prepared to be swept along by Irene’s love for independent Dublin retailers and Irish culture, radiating through her infectious enthusiasm! Just a short walk from the hotel and into Dublin’s creative quarter, you will be immersed in local delights from Dublin’s oldest vintage store Jenny Vander to up and coming Irish designers in Om Diva, exquisite Dublin-made fine jewellery at Mo Muse and meet some sustainable fashion champions at a new and exciting collective. Or perhaps you’ll detour into another of the handpicked locations, depending on what you’re looking for. There will of course be time for a quick pit-stop to recharge your batteries and compare notes, and in true Irene fashion you can be guaranteed to be enjoying a Dublin brewed artisanal coffee or a glass of the black stuff in a prime location, watching the world go by. Expect to step off the high street and discover an eclectic selection of stores and destinations, each tour individualised and thoughtfully curated to bring the group to what suits their interests best, whether you’re hoping to pick up a one off piece that will always make you smile when you think of your time in Dublin or simply want to immerse yourself in the history and culture of the area. 

After a busy two and a half hours exploring, guests will be welcomed back to the hotel for some expertly prepared cocktails and Afternoon Tea, a selection of mouth-watering gourmet sandwiches and tasty treats. The evening is then yours to enjoy, whether you want to explore the city by night or rest and recuperate in your newly refurbished luxury guestroom. A full Irish breakfast will be served the following morning along with an all-important leisurely late check out. The Dublin by Design Package is available each Friday on request from 14th April 2023. Small groups up to a maximum of six people and package must be booked in advance. Rate available on request, subject to availability and size of group.

For More Information – https://www.fitzwilliamhoteldublin.com/dublin-by-design/

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