Gibson Hotel, Dublin, Ireland – Review
Dublin’s dizzying pace of change never ceases to amaze. Case in point is the Docklands neighborhood, where the year-old Gibson Hotel has opened. When I was last in Dublin, four-and-a-half years ago, this area was still dominated by derelict buildings and ancient warehouses from Dublin’s maritime past. Fast forward and the whole area – now called Point Village – is in the vanguard for trendy neighborhoods. The past two years have brought a new convention center that is only a 10-minute walk from The Gibson, and the new O2 arena across the street (which replaced the old Point Venue) that attracts some of the biggest names in the music business, from Britney Spears to George Michael and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The Docklands/Point Village is still in the process of transformation, as is The Gibson Hotel. Plans are in place for the first two levels of the hotel to house a shopping center and movie theater. The hotel’s glass-and-steel Bauhaus-esque design is truly stunning,although plenty of wood, greenery and flashes of color inside soften the industrial look. The Gibson showcases some fantastic art all over the hotel, and almost every piece is by an Irish artist.
The hotel’s ultra-modern and minimalist aesthetic continues in the rooms, although a sense of balance prevents the starkness from becoming overwhelming. The beds were extremely comfortable, and the hotel was so quiet that I had no problem sleeping at night. The bathroom had a huge rain shower and plenty of light. Speakers in the bathroom allowed me to listen to the TV news while I was in the shower and getting dressed.
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I’ve never had a more pleasant experience working in a hotel room than the one I had at The Gibson. The view from my room’s window was a landscaped, zen-ish garden that was so peaceful, I was able to immediately chill out despite the pile of e-mail in my in-box. The comfortable table and chairs, along with excellent overhead lighting, meant I could work easily. Wi-Fi was quick to access once I had the code, and there were no issues with the connection. The Gibson also has a small business center downstairs and meeting rooms that can be booked for larger groups and events.
Dublin has completely come into its own food-wise, and the choices seem endless. Since I have a few favorites, I chose to eat most of my meals outside the hotel, even though the menu at the Coda Eatery was very tempting. There are also two bars at the Gibson for drinks and snacks, and if the weather is good the heated, outdoor terrace sports an impressive view of the city. I can imagine this is a very popular place for pre-concert activities.
Breakfast, however, was another story, with numerous choices from the buffet, as well as items from the menu. It was impossible for me to walk away and not be sated for the rest of the day.
While on the edge of an area that’s in flux, The Gibson can’t be beat, with its proximity to Dublin Airport (about 20 minutes away) and the attractions of central Dublin only a bus or Luas train away (about 15 minutes to Grafton Street). In fact, the Luas station is right outside the hotel. The Gibson is like an oasis from all the busy-ness and business of Ireland’s biggest city, and I look forward to seeing how this area has changed and grown when I visit next.
Dublin 1, Ireland
+353 1 681 5000