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  • Dublin’s Whiskey Distilleries

    Apr, 2018

    Dublin’s Whiskey Distilleries – All within 5 Kilometres of the Ashling Hotel, Dublin 

    Ireland and Dublin in particular has a long history of producing Whiskey dating as far back as the 18th century. At one time, almost 40 distilleries were in operation in one area of Dublin known as the Golden Triangle in the Liberties. In the 20th century the industry declined with the last of the distilleries closing its doors in 1973. Nowadays, the Whiskey industry is making a revival with cool and trendy distilleries popping up regularly.  Here at the Ashling Hotel, we are within walking distance of some of Dublin’s best known distilleries and certainly recommend paying one of, if not all three of them a visit the next time you’re in Dublin.

     

    Jameson Distillery Bow Street

    Jameson is one of the most recognisable brands when it comes to Irish Whiskey. The recently refurbished Jameson Distillery on Bow Street is just a 10-minute walk away from the Ashling Hotel or just one stop away on the LUAS Tram. The Jameson Distillery first opened its doors back in 1780 and although Whiskey isn’t produced there today, a tour of the factory gives you a step by step walk through on the production process and some interesting insights into the history of the famous brand.  Some of the Ashling Hotel Front Desk team were lucky enough to be invited along to the new look Jameson Distillery shortly after it reopened in 2017. They can certainly recommend it!

    Teeling Distillery

    Located in the famous Liberties area of Dublin city, Teeling was one of the newest whiskey distilleries to open in Dublin in over 100 years. The Teeling family have a long history of making whiskey dating back to 1782 when a craft distillery was set up on Marrowbone Lane. Now, 230 years later the new generation of the Teeling family are carrying on the  legacy. This, unlike many others, is fully functioning and dispenses hundreds of thousands of litres of whiskey a year.

    Pearse Lyons Distillery

    A new distillery located in the heart of the Liberties in Dublin city. The distillery itself is has a unique home, in the old St. James church on James Street.  Pearse Lyons opened its doors in 2017 and has welcomed thousands of visitors since. During renovations, the owners updated the old and damaged stain glass windows of the church and put their own unique stamp on them, the windows now tell four different stories including ‘How Irish Whiskey is Made’ and ‘The Art of Coopering’.  Our Food and Beverage team were invited along to check the distillery out before it opened to the public in Summer 2017. Needless to say, they were very impressed!

    Once you’re done exploring the distilleries, sit back, relax and let us look after you at the Ashling Hotel, Dublin. Grab a bite to eat in our stylish Iveagh Bar and sample your favourite cocktail or make use of our free Wi-Fi and tell your friends about your day out in Dublin on Social Media.

    If you would like to be the first to hear about exclusive special offers and discounts, sign up here.

     

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  • Backstreets of Dublin

    Jan, 2018

    We welcome tens of thousands of visitors to the hotel every year, many of whom come to explore all that Dublin has to offer. We’re fortunate to be in such a prime location in Dublin city within walking distance of some of Dublin’s best known attractions including the Guinness Storehouse, Phoenix Park, Dublin Zoo, Kilmainham Gaol and Jameson Distillery.
    Dublin is full of great things to do but if you look a little closer to the immediate area around the Ashling Hotel there are some interesting things to do that sometimes slip under the radar. Arbour Hill Cemetery, the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History, Lilliput Press, Croppies Acre the 1798 Irish Rebellion Memorial Park and the “Floozy in the Jacuzzi” in Croppies Park are all just a short stroll away.

    To help you plan your day out in Dublin, we’ve put together this list of things for you to check out during your stay.

    Arbour Hill Cemetery and Memorial
    Here you can visit the graves of the dignitaries of the 1916 Easter Rising. The grave site is surrounded by a limestone wall with the names of the deceased inscribed in both Irish and English. To the rear of the cemetery is the United Nations Veterans Association house and gardens and is certainly worth checking out too.

    Lilliput Press
    The Lilliput Press is one of Irelands smallest and most prestigious publishing houses and is located just a few hundred metres away from the Ashling Hotel. More than 500 titles have been printed and popular topics of books include Irish History, Memoirs and Architecture.

    Manor Street
    Take a walk through Manor Street in the heart of Stoneybatter, one of Dublin’s Hippest neighbourhoods. You’ll find a wealth of independent shops, deli’s, café’s and traditional pubs. There are some great spots to sit and grab a cup of coffee and watch the world go by or try sampling a local craft beer in L. Mulligan Grocers, a traditional Irish Pub.

    National Museum of Decorative Arts at Collins Barracks
    The National Museum is just a minutes walk away from the hotel. Here you’ll find exhibitions of furniture, glassware, ceramics and clothing from years gone by. While you’re there, check out the Asgard Yacht exhibition too, the yacht was used during the 1914 Howth Gun Running.

    Croppies Acre
    Croppies Acre, opposite the National Museum, is a memorial dedicated to those who took part and lost their lives in the 1798 United Irishmen Rebellion. Rumour has it that the site is also a mass grave containing the bodies of those who lost their lives during the rebellion. The term croppies refers to the tight haircuts worn by the Irish rebels at the time as they mimicked the style of the French revolutionaries.

    Anna Livia Statue at Croppies Park – “Floozy in the Jacuzzi”
    The Anna Livia statue, widely known as the “Floozy in the Jacuzzi” lies in Croppies Park outside the Ashling Hotel. The statue was moved here for safe keeping in 2010 from her former home in the city centre. At weekends, late night revellers thought it would be a great idea to fill the fountain up with washing up liquid and give Anna Livia a bubble bath! Our front facing bedrooms on the higher floors can look out on the “Floozy in the Jacuzzi” to ensure she is safe and well!

    Once you’re done exploring, let us look after you! Relax in your room and order some Room Service or why not enjoy a cocktail in the Iveagh Bar, or avail of our free Wi-Fi and tell your friends about your trip to Dublin on Social Media using the hashtag #ashlinghoteldublin.

    To get all the latest exclusive special offers, sign up to our newsletter here

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  • In The City – By The Park

    Sep, 2017

    Here at the Ashling Hotel we actively encourage our guests to get out and about to explore all Dublin has to offer, so much so that we provide a range of take away food, drinks and snacks for them to take with them on their day out.

    We’re very fortunate to have so many of Dublin’s finest attractions within just a few kilometres of the hotel, including the Phoenix Park. The Phoenix Park is Europe’s largest urban park and one of Dublin’s most popular visitor attractions and here at the Ashling Hotel we’re just a few minutes’ walk away. In fact, we’re so close to the Park that we often refer to it as our back garden!

    Phoenix Park is loved by Dubliners and visitors alike. Every year the park plays host to countless concerts and events. Global music stars such an Coldplay and Robbie Williams have played spectacular concerts in the park over the years, in fact the park even held an audience with the Pope back in 1979 which drew in over 2 million people. Ireland’s Largest Gardening festival, Bloom, also draws thousands of people to the park every year.

    Here’s a little tip; the best time to see the park is bright and early in the morning when all is calm and the mist is still lingering in the air, it’s beautiful.

    Dublin Zoo
    Phoenix Park is home to Dublin Zoo, one of Ireland’s biggest family attractions. The Zoo first opened its doors on the September 1st 1831 and spreads over 28 hectares. Each year over 1 million people pass through its doors to see the animals. At the moment, over 400 animals live in Dublin Zoo with a mix of mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians and invertebrates all on display. It is the ideal place to go if you have children, the Kaziranga Forest Trail, a wonderful new habitat for the zoo’s breeding herd of Asian elephants, it’s definitely not to be missed! Zoorasic World has just opened too, there’s a life-sized model of a T-Rex (rumour has it, his name is Stan), along with pythons and forest dragons all housed in a beautiful Victorian building, the kiddies will love it!

    Fallow Deer
    Did you know that the Phoenix Park was originally a deer park? The herds Fallow Deer can still be seen roaming around the park today. The deer were also the inspiration behind our Ashling Hotel logo. The team here at the Ashling Hotel are so committed that they’d go to great lengths for a photo opportunity. Here’s Jamie, our Food and Beverage Manager, stretched out trying to get a photo of the deer.

    Aras an Uacharain
    Aras an Uacharain is the official residence of the President of Ireland and is located in the centre of the Phoenix Park. The house has a colourful history and many years ago was home to the Viceroys who oversaw British rule in Ireland. In 1938 the house became the official residence of the President of Ireland. Tours are available on Saturdays only and are free of charge (yes, free!)

    Ashtown Castle
    Ashtown castle is a medieval tower house that dates back to the 17th century. The castle is officially the oldest building in the Phoenix Park. Nowadays, the castle is home to part of the Phoenix Park visitor centre where you can enjoy audio visual presentations on the park and check out the various exhibits and demonstrations.

    Tours
    If you’re looking for a unique way to explore the phoenix park then a Segway tour is the way to go. Tours are available seven days a week and last for approximately one hour and take in all of the park’s main attractions along the way.
    Alternatively, you can hire a bike and head off exploring the park yourself. You can pick up bikes just inside the main entrance on Parkgate Street and they cater for all ages. The newly extended cycle trails make this a really enjoyable way of exploring the park.

    Did you know that Chesterfields Restaurant here in the Ashling Hotel gets its name from Chesterfield Avenue which runs through the park? The fourth Earl of Chesterfield was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in January 1745 and is credited with initiating a series of landscape works in the Phoenix Park. These included considerable replanting of the Park as well as planting of elm trees on either side of the main avenue which bears his name. But above all it was he who awarded the lasting benefit of throwing open this splendid Park to the citizens of Dublin and the public in general in 1745 and then followed the erection of the Phoenix Column which is located in the centre of the Park and forms a focal point of a large roundabout on the beautiful tree-lined Chesterfield Avenue.

    Once you’ve taken in all that the Phoenix park has to offer, stroll back Ashling Hotel and enjoy a dreamy night in. Sample the latest cocktail in the Iveagh Bar or order room service and catch up on your favourite TV Show.

    To get the latest news and offers, sign up to our newsletter here

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  • In the city- By the park

    Jul, 2017

    Here at the Ashling Hotel we actively encourage our guests to get out and about to explore all Dublin has to offer, so much so that we provide a range of take away food, drinks and snacks for them to take with them on their day out.

    We’re very fortunate to have so many of Dublin’s finest attractions within just a few kilometres of the hotel, including the Phoenix Park. The Phoenix Park is Europe’s largest urban park and one of Dublin’s most popular visitor attractions and here at the Ashling Hotel we’re just a few minutes’ walk away. In fact, we’re so close to the Park that we often refer to it as our back garden!

    Phoenix Park is loved by Dubliners and visitors alike. Every year the park plays host to countless concerts and events. Global music stars such an Coldplay and Robbie Williams have played spectacular concerts in the park over the years, in fact the park even held an audience with the Pope back in 1979 which drew in over 2 million people. Ireland’s Largest Gardening festival, Bloom, also draws thousands of people to the park every year.

    Here’s a little tip; the best time to see the park is bright and early in the morning when all is calm and the mist is still lingering in the air, it’s beautiful.

    Dublin Zoo
    Phoenix Park is home to Dublin Zoo, one of Ireland’s biggest family attractions. The Zoo first opened its doors on the September 1st 1831 and spreads over 28 hectares. Each year over 1 million people pass through its doors to see the animals. At the moment, over 400 animals live in Dublin Zoo with a mix of mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians and invertebrates all on display. It is the ideal place to go if you have children, the Kaziranga Forest Trail, a wonderful new habitat for the zoo’s breeding herd of Asian elephants, it’s definitely not to be missed! Zoorasic World has just opened too, there’s a life-sized model of a T-Rex (rumour has it, his name is Stan),  along with pythons and forest dragons all housed in a beautiful Victorian building, the kiddies will love it!

    Fallow Deer
    Did you know that the Phoenix Park was originally a deer park? The herds Fallow Deer can still be seen roaming around the park today. The deer were also the inspiration behind our Ashling Hotel logo. The team here at the Ashling Hotel are so committed that they’d go to great lengths for a photo opportunity. Here’s Jamie, our Food and Beverage Manager, stretched out trying to get a photo of the deer.

    Aras an Uacharain
    Aras an Uacharain is the official residence of the President of Ireland and is located in the centre of the Phoenix Park. The house has a colourful history and many years ago was home to the Viceroys who oversaw British rule in Ireland. In 1938 the house became the official residence of the President of Ireland. Tours are available on Saturdays only and are free of charge (yes, free!)

    Ashtown Castle
    Ashtown castle is a medieval tower house that dates back to the 17th century. The castle is officially the oldest building in the Phoenix Park. Nowadays, the castle is home to part of the Phoenix Park visitor centre where you can enjoy audio visual presentations on the park and check out the various exhibits and demonstrations.

    Tours
    If you’re looking for a unique way to explore the phoenix park then a Segway tour is the way to go. Tours are available seven days a week and last for approximately one hour and take in all of the park’s main attractions along the way.
    Alternatively, you can hire a bike and head off exploring the park yourself. You can pick up bikes just inside the main entrance on Parkgate Street and they cater for all ages. The newly extended cycle trails make this a really enjoyable way of exploring the park.

    Did you know that Chesterfields Restaurant here in the Ashling Hotel gets its name from Chesterfield Avenue which runs through the park? The fourth Earl of Chesterfield was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in January 1745 and is credited with initiating a series of landscape works in the Phoenix Park. These included considerable replanting of the Park as well as planting of elm trees on either side of the main avenue which bears his name. But above all it was he who awarded the lasting benefit of throwing open this splendid Park to the citizens of Dublin and the public in general in 1745 and then followed the erection of the Phoenix Column which is located in the centre of the Park and forms a focal point of a large roundabout on the beautiful tree-lined Chesterfield Avenue.

    Once you’ve taken in all that the Phoenix park has to offer, stroll back Ashling Hotel and enjoy a dreamy night in. Sample the latest cocktail in the Iveagh Bar or order room service and catch up on your favourite TV Show.

     

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  • Dublin Days Out, Dreamy Nights In

    May, 2017

    Here at the Ashling Hotel, we know our guests don’t just come to see us, but for many reasons, one of which is exploring our wonderful city of Dublin.

    Dublin has a wealth of great things to do with famous visitor attractions such as the Guinness Store house, Phoenix Park and Temple Bar all just a within 5 kilometres of the Ashling Hotel. Further afield, a twenty-minute journey will take you to the coastal towns of Howth and Dun Laoghaire, perfect for a fun day out. We have a ‘Take Out’ range of food and drink for our guests who were heading off for their ‘Day Out’ and may not have time to stop for lunch or just want something to snack on.

    Then we have ‘Dreamy Nights In’ relating to all the things that one can do at the Ashling Hotel – relax in our Iveagh Bar with a cocktail or craft beer, dine in our Chesterfields Restaurant, log into our free Wifi and surf the net, watch television from under your duvet or have Room Service. Did you know that Ashling is the Irish for dream?

    Our freshly prepared Take Out range of food and drink is available from Chesterfields Restaurant throughout the day. Room service menu is available from 4-9.30 pm and pizzas are on hand 24 hours a day.
    To view our room service menu, click here

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  • Welcome to the Ashling Hotel Blog

    May, 2017

    We’re delighted to welcome you to the new look Ashling Hotel website and Blog! You know when you’ve arrived at the Ashling Hotel, Dublin. Our warm welcome, spacious bedrooms, great location and friendly staff all combine to offer you a unique experience throughout your stay. The hotel has a proud reputation of offering a personal service second to none – whether you’re visiting for a business meeting, a social occasion or a city break with friends or family, our priority is to make your visit a relaxed and enjoyable experience.

    The Ashling Hotel is in an excellent location in the heart of historic Dublin City and beside the Phoenix Park, Europe’s largest enclosed city park. The surrounding area is home to some of Dublin’s premier attractions including Dublin Zoo, the Guinness Storehouse and the newly renovated Jameson Distillery along with shopping districts Grafton Street and Henry Street.

    Our 4 star hotel offers 225 beautifully appointed bedrooms, all designed to the highest standard to ensure a comfortable and relaxing stay with all of the essentials.

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  • 26 Apr 2018

    Dublin’s Whiskey Distilleries

    Written by Ashling Hotel

    Dublin’s Whiskey Distilleries – All within 5 Kilometres of the Ashling Hotel, Dublin 

    Ireland and Dublin in particular has a long history of producing Whiskey dating as far back as the 18th century. At one time, almost 40 distilleries were in operation in one area of Dublin known as the Golden Triangle in the Liberties. In the 20th century the industry declined with the last of the distilleries closing its doors in 1973. Nowadays, the Whiskey industry is making a revival with cool and trendy distilleries popping up regularly.  Here at the Ashling Hotel, we are within walking distance of some of Dublin’s best known distilleries and certainly recommend paying one of, if not all three of them a visit the next time you’re in Dublin.

     

    Jameson Distillery Bow Street

    Jameson is one of the most recognisable brands when it comes to Irish Whiskey. The recently refurbished Jameson Distillery on Bow Street is just a 10-minute walk away from the Ashling Hotel or just one stop away on the LUAS Tram. The Jameson Distillery first opened its doors back in 1780 and although Whiskey isn’t produced there today, a tour of the factory gives you a step by step walk through on the production process and some interesting insights into the history of the famous brand.  Some of the Ashling Hotel Front Desk team were lucky enough to be invited along to the new look Jameson Distillery shortly after it reopened in 2017. They can certainly recommend it!

    Teeling Distillery

    Located in the famous Liberties area of Dublin city, Teeling was one of the newest whiskey distilleries to open in Dublin in over 100 years. The Teeling family have a long history of making whiskey dating back to 1782 when a craft distillery was set up on Marrowbone Lane. Now, 230 years later the new generation of the Teeling family are carrying on the  legacy. This, unlike many others, is fully functioning and dispenses hundreds of thousands of litres of whiskey a year.

    Pearse Lyons Distillery

    A new distillery located in the heart of the Liberties in Dublin city. The distillery itself is has a unique home, in the old St. James church on James Street.  Pearse Lyons opened its doors in 2017 and has welcomed thousands of visitors since. During renovations, the owners updated the old and damaged stain glass windows of the church and put their own unique stamp on them, the windows now tell four different stories including ‘How Irish Whiskey is Made’ and ‘The Art of Coopering’.  Our Food and Beverage team were invited along to check the distillery out before it opened to the public in Summer 2017. Needless to say, they were very impressed!

    Once you’re done exploring the distilleries, sit back, relax and let us look after you at the Ashling Hotel, Dublin. Grab a bite to eat in our stylish Iveagh Bar and sample your favourite cocktail or make use of our free Wi-Fi and tell your friends about your day out in Dublin on Social Media.

    If you would like to be the first to hear about exclusive special offers and discounts, sign up here.

     

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  • 25 Jan 2018

    Backstreets of Dublin

    Written by Ashling Hotel

    We welcome tens of thousands of visitors to the hotel every year, many of whom come to explore all that Dublin has to offer. We’re fortunate to be in such a prime location in Dublin city within walking distance of some of Dublin’s best known attractions including the Guinness Storehouse, Phoenix Park, Dublin Zoo, Kilmainham Gaol and Jameson Distillery.
    Dublin is full of great things to do but if you look a little closer to the immediate area around the Ashling Hotel there are some interesting things to do that sometimes slip under the radar. Arbour Hill Cemetery, the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History, Lilliput Press, Croppies Acre the 1798 Irish Rebellion Memorial Park and the “Floozy in the Jacuzzi” in Croppies Park are all just a short stroll away.

    To help you plan your day out in Dublin, we’ve put together this list of things for you to check out during your stay.

    Arbour Hill Cemetery and Memorial
    Here you can visit the graves of the dignitaries of the 1916 Easter Rising. The grave site is surrounded by a limestone wall with the names of the deceased inscribed in both Irish and English. To the rear of the cemetery is the United Nations Veterans Association house and gardens and is certainly worth checking out too.

    Lilliput Press
    The Lilliput Press is one of Irelands smallest and most prestigious publishing houses and is located just a few hundred metres away from the Ashling Hotel. More than 500 titles have been printed and popular topics of books include Irish History, Memoirs and Architecture.

    Manor Street
    Take a walk through Manor Street in the heart of Stoneybatter, one of Dublin’s Hippest neighbourhoods. You’ll find a wealth of independent shops, deli’s, café’s and traditional pubs. There are some great spots to sit and grab a cup of coffee and watch the world go by or try sampling a local craft beer in L. Mulligan Grocers, a traditional Irish Pub.

    National Museum of Decorative Arts at Collins Barracks
    The National Museum is just a minutes walk away from the hotel. Here you’ll find exhibitions of furniture, glassware, ceramics and clothing from years gone by. While you’re there, check out the Asgard Yacht exhibition too, the yacht was used during the 1914 Howth Gun Running.

    Croppies Acre
    Croppies Acre, opposite the National Museum, is a memorial dedicated to those who took part and lost their lives in the 1798 United Irishmen Rebellion. Rumour has it that the site is also a mass grave containing the bodies of those who lost their lives during the rebellion. The term croppies refers to the tight haircuts worn by the Irish rebels at the time as they mimicked the style of the French revolutionaries.

    Anna Livia Statue at Croppies Park – “Floozy in the Jacuzzi”
    The Anna Livia statue, widely known as the “Floozy in the Jacuzzi” lies in Croppies Park outside the Ashling Hotel. The statue was moved here for safe keeping in 2010 from her former home in the city centre. At weekends, late night revellers thought it would be a great idea to fill the fountain up with washing up liquid and give Anna Livia a bubble bath! Our front facing bedrooms on the higher floors can look out on the “Floozy in the Jacuzzi” to ensure she is safe and well!

    Once you’re done exploring, let us look after you! Relax in your room and order some Room Service or why not enjoy a cocktail in the Iveagh Bar, or avail of our free Wi-Fi and tell your friends about your trip to Dublin on Social Media using the hashtag #ashlinghoteldublin.

    To get all the latest exclusive special offers, sign up to our newsletter here

    Read More
  • 06 Sep 2017

    In The City – By The Park

    Written by Ashling Hotel

    Here at the Ashling Hotel we actively encourage our guests to get out and about to explore all Dublin has to offer, so much so that we provide a range of take away food, drinks and snacks for them to take with them on their day out.

    We’re very fortunate to have so many of Dublin’s finest attractions within just a few kilometres of the hotel, including the Phoenix Park. The Phoenix Park is Europe’s largest urban park and one of Dublin’s most popular visitor attractions and here at the Ashling Hotel we’re just a few minutes’ walk away. In fact, we’re so close to the Park that we often refer to it as our back garden!

    Phoenix Park is loved by Dubliners and visitors alike. Every year the park plays host to countless concerts and events. Global music stars such an Coldplay and Robbie Williams have played spectacular concerts in the park over the years, in fact the park even held an audience with the Pope back in 1979 which drew in over 2 million people. Ireland’s Largest Gardening festival, Bloom, also draws thousands of people to the park every year.

    Here’s a little tip; the best time to see the park is bright and early in the morning when all is calm and the mist is still lingering in the air, it’s beautiful.

    Dublin Zoo
    Phoenix Park is home to Dublin Zoo, one of Ireland’s biggest family attractions. The Zoo first opened its doors on the September 1st 1831 and spreads over 28 hectares. Each year over 1 million people pass through its doors to see the animals. At the moment, over 400 animals live in Dublin Zoo with a mix of mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians and invertebrates all on display. It is the ideal place to go if you have children, the Kaziranga Forest Trail, a wonderful new habitat for the zoo’s breeding herd of Asian elephants, it’s definitely not to be missed! Zoorasic World has just opened too, there’s a life-sized model of a T-Rex (rumour has it, his name is Stan), along with pythons and forest dragons all housed in a beautiful Victorian building, the kiddies will love it!

    Fallow Deer
    Did you know that the Phoenix Park was originally a deer park? The herds Fallow Deer can still be seen roaming around the park today. The deer were also the inspiration behind our Ashling Hotel logo. The team here at the Ashling Hotel are so committed that they’d go to great lengths for a photo opportunity. Here’s Jamie, our Food and Beverage Manager, stretched out trying to get a photo of the deer.

    Aras an Uacharain
    Aras an Uacharain is the official residence of the President of Ireland and is located in the centre of the Phoenix Park. The house has a colourful history and many years ago was home to the Viceroys who oversaw British rule in Ireland. In 1938 the house became the official residence of the President of Ireland. Tours are available on Saturdays only and are free of charge (yes, free!)

    Ashtown Castle
    Ashtown castle is a medieval tower house that dates back to the 17th century. The castle is officially the oldest building in the Phoenix Park. Nowadays, the castle is home to part of the Phoenix Park visitor centre where you can enjoy audio visual presentations on the park and check out the various exhibits and demonstrations.

    Tours
    If you’re looking for a unique way to explore the phoenix park then a Segway tour is the way to go. Tours are available seven days a week and last for approximately one hour and take in all of the park’s main attractions along the way.
    Alternatively, you can hire a bike and head off exploring the park yourself. You can pick up bikes just inside the main entrance on Parkgate Street and they cater for all ages. The newly extended cycle trails make this a really enjoyable way of exploring the park.

    Did you know that Chesterfields Restaurant here in the Ashling Hotel gets its name from Chesterfield Avenue which runs through the park? The fourth Earl of Chesterfield was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in January 1745 and is credited with initiating a series of landscape works in the Phoenix Park. These included considerable replanting of the Park as well as planting of elm trees on either side of the main avenue which bears his name. But above all it was he who awarded the lasting benefit of throwing open this splendid Park to the citizens of Dublin and the public in general in 1745 and then followed the erection of the Phoenix Column which is located in the centre of the Park and forms a focal point of a large roundabout on the beautiful tree-lined Chesterfield Avenue.

    Once you’ve taken in all that the Phoenix park has to offer, stroll back Ashling Hotel and enjoy a dreamy night in. Sample the latest cocktail in the Iveagh Bar or order room service and catch up on your favourite TV Show.

    To get the latest news and offers, sign up to our newsletter here

    Read More
  • 13 Jul 2017

    In the city- By the park

    Written by Ashling Hotel

    Here at the Ashling Hotel we actively encourage our guests to get out and about to explore all Dublin has to offer, so much so that we provide a range of take away food, drinks and snacks for them to take with them on their day out.

    We’re very fortunate to have so many of Dublin’s finest attractions within just a few kilometres of the hotel, including the Phoenix Park. The Phoenix Park is Europe’s largest urban park and one of Dublin’s most popular visitor attractions and here at the Ashling Hotel we’re just a few minutes’ walk away. In fact, we’re so close to the Park that we often refer to it as our back garden!

    Phoenix Park is loved by Dubliners and visitors alike. Every year the park plays host to countless concerts and events. Global music stars such an Coldplay and Robbie Williams have played spectacular concerts in the park over the years, in fact the park even held an audience with the Pope back in 1979 which drew in over 2 million people. Ireland’s Largest Gardening festival, Bloom, also draws thousands of people to the park every year.

    Here’s a little tip; the best time to see the park is bright and early in the morning when all is calm and the mist is still lingering in the air, it’s beautiful.

    Dublin Zoo
    Phoenix Park is home to Dublin Zoo, one of Ireland’s biggest family attractions. The Zoo first opened its doors on the September 1st 1831 and spreads over 28 hectares. Each year over 1 million people pass through its doors to see the animals. At the moment, over 400 animals live in Dublin Zoo with a mix of mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians and invertebrates all on display. It is the ideal place to go if you have children, the Kaziranga Forest Trail, a wonderful new habitat for the zoo’s breeding herd of Asian elephants, it’s definitely not to be missed! Zoorasic World has just opened too, there’s a life-sized model of a T-Rex (rumour has it, his name is Stan),  along with pythons and forest dragons all housed in a beautiful Victorian building, the kiddies will love it!

    Fallow Deer
    Did you know that the Phoenix Park was originally a deer park? The herds Fallow Deer can still be seen roaming around the park today. The deer were also the inspiration behind our Ashling Hotel logo. The team here at the Ashling Hotel are so committed that they’d go to great lengths for a photo opportunity. Here’s Jamie, our Food and Beverage Manager, stretched out trying to get a photo of the deer.

    Aras an Uacharain
    Aras an Uacharain is the official residence of the President of Ireland and is located in the centre of the Phoenix Park. The house has a colourful history and many years ago was home to the Viceroys who oversaw British rule in Ireland. In 1938 the house became the official residence of the President of Ireland. Tours are available on Saturdays only and are free of charge (yes, free!)

    Ashtown Castle
    Ashtown castle is a medieval tower house that dates back to the 17th century. The castle is officially the oldest building in the Phoenix Park. Nowadays, the castle is home to part of the Phoenix Park visitor centre where you can enjoy audio visual presentations on the park and check out the various exhibits and demonstrations.

    Tours
    If you’re looking for a unique way to explore the phoenix park then a Segway tour is the way to go. Tours are available seven days a week and last for approximately one hour and take in all of the park’s main attractions along the way.
    Alternatively, you can hire a bike and head off exploring the park yourself. You can pick up bikes just inside the main entrance on Parkgate Street and they cater for all ages. The newly extended cycle trails make this a really enjoyable way of exploring the park.

    Did you know that Chesterfields Restaurant here in the Ashling Hotel gets its name from Chesterfield Avenue which runs through the park? The fourth Earl of Chesterfield was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in January 1745 and is credited with initiating a series of landscape works in the Phoenix Park. These included considerable replanting of the Park as well as planting of elm trees on either side of the main avenue which bears his name. But above all it was he who awarded the lasting benefit of throwing open this splendid Park to the citizens of Dublin and the public in general in 1745 and then followed the erection of the Phoenix Column which is located in the centre of the Park and forms a focal point of a large roundabout on the beautiful tree-lined Chesterfield Avenue.

    Once you’ve taken in all that the Phoenix park has to offer, stroll back Ashling Hotel and enjoy a dreamy night in. Sample the latest cocktail in the Iveagh Bar or order room service and catch up on your favourite TV Show.

     

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  • 24 May 2017

    Dublin Days Out, Dreamy Nights In

    Written by Ashling Hotel

    Here at the Ashling Hotel, we know our guests don’t just come to see us, but for many reasons, one of which is exploring our wonderful city of Dublin.

    Dublin has a wealth of great things to do with famous visitor attractions such as the Guinness Store house, Phoenix Park and Temple Bar all just a within 5 kilometres of the Ashling Hotel. Further afield, a twenty-minute journey will take you to the coastal towns of Howth and Dun Laoghaire, perfect for a fun day out. We have a ‘Take Out’ range of food and drink for our guests who were heading off for their ‘Day Out’ and may not have time to stop for lunch or just want something to snack on.

    Then we have ‘Dreamy Nights In’ relating to all the things that one can do at the Ashling Hotel – relax in our Iveagh Bar with a cocktail or craft beer, dine in our Chesterfields Restaurant, log into our free Wifi and surf the net, watch television from under your duvet or have Room Service. Did you know that Ashling is the Irish for dream?

    Our freshly prepared Take Out range of food and drink is available from Chesterfields Restaurant throughout the day. Room service menu is available from 4-9.30 pm and pizzas are on hand 24 hours a day.
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  • 24 May 2017

    Welcome to the Ashling Hotel Blog

    Written by Ashling Hotel

    We’re delighted to welcome you to the new look Ashling Hotel website and Blog! You know when you’ve arrived at the Ashling Hotel, Dublin. Our warm welcome, spacious bedrooms, great location and friendly staff all combine to offer you a unique experience throughout your stay. The hotel has a proud reputation of offering a personal service second to none – whether you’re visiting for a business meeting, a social occasion or a city break with friends or family, our priority is to make your visit a relaxed and enjoyable experience.

    The Ashling Hotel is in an excellent location in the heart of historic Dublin City and beside the Phoenix Park, Europe’s largest enclosed city park. The surrounding area is home to some of Dublin’s premier attractions including Dublin Zoo, the Guinness Storehouse and the newly renovated Jameson Distillery along with shopping districts Grafton Street and Henry Street.

    Our 4 star hotel offers 225 beautifully appointed bedrooms, all designed to the highest standard to ensure a comfortable and relaxing stay with all of the essentials.

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