It doesn’t matter how often you stay in Dublin’s Number 31 – and we have happily stayed here many, many times over the decades, looked after by various owners – every time you stay is always a special occasion.
How so? Well, partly it’s the extraordinary design, a truly unique mix of modernism – in the mews house – and elegant Dublin Georgiana – in the house on Fitzwilliam Place, which connects to the mews via the garden. No other house manages to pull off two contrasting yet complementary design styles, and manages to make both supremely comfortable.
Partly it’s because of chef Delia Bracken's fantastic breakfasts. There isn’t a better breakfast to be had in Dublin, with each and every plate is signed by this diligent and creative chef with true flourish and verve. Ms Bracken manages to make everything taste brand new, from her celebrated cranberry bread to classics such as eggs benedict or smoked kippers with poached eggs. Presentation is meticulous, service is focused and attentive, and there is no better way to get the day off to a roaring start.
Manager Jennie Cotter and her team run Number 31 with svelte assurance and understatement, completing the virtuous circle of relaxation and inspiration that every visit to this brilliant address offers. Number 31 is one of the great European destinations.
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