Iveagh Garden Hotel
In the basement of the McGill family's Iveagh Garden Hotel, on Harcourt Street in Dublin, there are a series of City Pod rooms.
The rooms are 10 square metres in size, into which the designers have pushed a queen-size bed against the wall, then slotted in a rain shower and loo room which is behind a glass wall which has stencilled tree patterns on the glass. A window up above the bed lets in light. We really liked this imaginative use of a very small space, and slept the good sleep, though we can see how some will not appreciate the fact that the bathroom is on view.
This sort of imagination is actually at the heart of the hotel, which claims to be Europe’s first sustainable hotel. All the energy used comes from the underground River Swan, no less than 50 metres beneath the hotel. Turbines convert the river’s power into the lighting, heating and cooking energy the staff need.
Of course, the hotel has lots of standard and grand rooms, and they are extremely stylish, but there is something particularly charming and creative about the City Pods. Good breakfasts in Elle’s Bar & Bistro, and we’re hoping on our next trip that the concierges might try to catch our eye.
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