Dublin city was once my home away from home, from morning rush hour and quick cafes to Friday ‘swiftie’ and the mad rush home – which has never really been a dash. once I entered traffic, but walked to the parking lot at a brisk pace!
he pandemic has reset the time and I hope I never get back to this manic rush, but I miss Dublin very much. So I booked a weekend at Jurys Inn Christchurch, a hotel I have stayed at countless times.
I never entered because for me it was the home of the American tourist and not a “local” haunt, and the windows are tinted, so it’s not easy to see what’s going on inside.
I half expected our room to be a bit of a ‘shoebox’, but it was lovely and spacious with a view of Christ Church Cathedral, which is just across the road.
Each of its 182 rooms is equipped with a flat screen TV, a sofa and we parked behind the hotel in the Q-Park Christchurch car park. There is free Wi-Fi as well as an on-site Insomnia Cafe.
The bar was clean and stylish, offering fish and chips, steak, chicken curry, butterscotch pudding, a decent wine list and good coffee, if you decide to start the night watching and taking in the magnificent medieval cathedral in changing light.
During the pandemic, Christ Church Cathedral invited those who lived or worked in the city to enter its outdoor maze to experience “a sense of peace.”
The maze is a single path that twists and turns to a central point and then returns the same path to the entrance, its website says. The twists and turns represent the struggles of life. It is located on the east side of the Stone Square (the side closest to the steps leading to the ancient ruin of the Chapter House). The cathedral hopes to organize guided tours again soon, at the cost of 8.
Jurys Inn Christchurch is just minutes from where you want to go: Trinity College, Grafton Street, O’Connell Street and a short walk from all the transport you can think of. It’s the epicenter of everything and the staff are very happy to get back to work and take care of you.
Suzanne Cannon, Marketing and Online Manager at Jurys Inn Group, said: “At Jurys Inn and Leonardo Hotels, we are delighted to welcome back customers for all kinds of stays, from shopping breaks to scenic city breaks , romantic weekend getaways or guests. who just want a change of scenery.
“We are so busy and excited to be back to normal. This hotel is perfect for tourists as you are right next to the city, but you can also get away from it quickly.
Dublin’s most popular tourist attraction, the Guinness Storehouse, is less than 10 minutes’ walk away. Instead, we visited the Palace Bar on Fleet Street, with its stained glass skylight, good pint, and the perfect place to restock before any big decisions like deciding where to dine. I have never eaten badly or been in bad company at Chez Max, the French bistro on Palace Street, next to Dublin Castle.
Chez Max delivered perfectly Moules-Frites with excellent house red wine and the best coffee you can imagine in the pretty cobbled streets – opposite the then-closed Olympia Theater, bringing back a feast of rowdy memories.
A shopping spree at the Disney Store on Grafton Street was next, we always had to bring home gifts for the kids even though we had only walked 5 miles for our stay which meant a lie-in at 11am. Now it is paradise.
We were home before you could sing Molly Malone five times in five different languages - after five pints – well, it was pandemic Sunday.
The city has so much to offer with the nearby Marsh Library deserving of a mention as well. It is only 10 minutes from Christchurch on foot and has been open to the public since 1707, it was the first public library in Ireland. With its original fittings, Baltic oak bookcases and letter-engraved gables, it is a find of absolute beauty and it feels like a secret gem even though it attracts many people. many visitors.
It was built with money provided by Archbishop Narcissus Marsh, an academic and book lover with a strong belief in the public utility of education and learning.
Today, it is a registered charity and independent from any other institution.
In some libraries there are bullet holes from the Easter Rising when a British Army machine gun pulverized the building. There is also what the library describes as a “hidden garden”. The area has some cute little cafes and the gardens of St. Patrick’s Cathedral to explore, and if you’re staying at Jurys Inn Christchurch, you can come home for a nap before heading into town.
Jurys Inn Christchurch has good rates, but rooms are now booked, so be quick. Reservations can be made online at jurysinns.com with rooms from 84 €.
HEAVY AND PROUD
THE forgotten county of Irish tourism is coming together with lots of amazing things to do for families this fall and has some great deals on quick getaways.
Take for example the D Hotel (thedhotel.com) in Drogheda, which has a family Halloween special that includes an activity pack for kids and a fireworks display on October 31st. Prices from € 229 per family include an overnight stay with a two-course dinner and lunch.
The Carrickdale Hotel & Spa (carrickdale.com) in Ravensdale has an intermediate offer based on two adults and one child under 12 sharing a family room: two nights in a B&B with an evening meal from € 400 per family.
Irish travel agencies always offer great value if you want to get away from it all for an autumn break in the sun.
Cassidy Travel has an offer for beautiful Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast which is very tempting. You can stay in a sea view room at the four-star Hotel Minerva for four nights in bed and breakfast for € 539 pps (flights included). There is a swimming pool and a wonderful terrace restaurant to enjoy and it is just a 10 minute walk from the historic town center.
Call Cassidy Travel on 01-2910000 or book at a
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