The DNA: If the calibre of the boutique hotels opening is any indication, Dublin is having something of a moment. The newest kid on the block is The Mont, a handsome 19th-century pile that once housed a bank and later a nightclub, and which local studio 21Spaces has now reimagined as a warm, sleek 96-room retreat lined with Irish timber, customised furniture and Kvadrat fabric. From certain angles, the liberal sprinkling of leafy house-plants, mesh-wire lamps, rattan screens and dark panels evoke a pleasingly mod plantation mood, whilst the bedrooms are awash in light and dressed in a masculine palette of dark greys and burnt hues. The public spaces are a particular treat, especially the old school vibe of Sin Bin bar with its stock of gin and craft beers, and the brightly lit in-house restaurant Speranza where head chef Krys Kania’s Italian menu is anchored by knock-out stone-baked pizzas.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 96 rooms & suites (16-33m2) (172-355 sq ft) • hotel opened: 2019 (previously Mont Clare Hotel) • interior design: 21Spaces • parking possible nearby (charged) • pets allowed on request • 24-hour front desk