Conrad Dublin – Elegance with a distinctive Dublin accent
A sophisticated, locally inspired €8M refurbishment project recently completed at the five star Conrad Dublin hotel has seen the major re-design of all guest rooms and suites, the lobby, lounge and bar area and exterior façade, plus the addition of a smart new brasserie.
Located on Earlsfort Terrace, near The Iveagh Gardens in Dublin, the luxury property is part of the Hilton Worldwide group.
Martin Mangan, general manager, Conrad Dublin, said: “The renovations have transformed Conrad Dublin into setting a new tone that is contemporary, but also reflects Ireland’s heritage.”
The project was designed by Fabled Studio.
Tom Strother, director at Fabled Studio said: “The overall design concept draws on elements from the nearby Iveagh Gardens – for example the rosarium which inspired the pale pinks and pale greens used in the colour palette, and also a maze which is picked up in the pattern of the hotel’s new carpets.”
The lobby redesign has been inspired by the work and vision of Ninian Niven, the architect of Iveagh Gardens. It features an abundance of flora and natural, indigenous materials, which have been used to marry historical influences with a contemporary finish. Design features include stone flooring and striated, textured wall panels, with furniture upholstered in pale pinks and greens.
Other sources of inspiration include Jonathan Swift, and the magic of Gulliver’s Travels, which have been woven into every corner and brought to life in the ground floor lounge and bar.
The new restaurant, designed as a modern Irish brasserie, is named the Coburg Restaurant after the Coburg Gardens – the former name of the Iveagh Gardens. The Coburg Gardens were named after the royal family of Saxe-Coburg.
During the 1800’s, the gardens housed a magnificent gas-lit winter garden and stunning iron structure, inspired by London’s Crystal Palace.
From 1817-1865, the gardens also served as event headquarters for the legendary and renowned Royal Horse Bazaar.
The Coburg restaurant draws much of its aesthetic from the grand Irish tradition of equine sports, as well as influences from the garden’s crystal palace.
These influences translate into features such as equestrian detailing in the upholstery of the banquette seating, mirrors and artwork, as well as design elements derived from the crystal palace structure.
The restaurant design has recreated a feeling of restrained elegance, using the best quality materials in leather, marble, porcelain, and brass.
The refurbished bedrooms are elegant, contemporary and luxurious with features including new timber floors with inset carpets, pale green leather bed headboards, limed oak louvred wall panels and pale green lacquered wardrobe doors with brass accents.
“There is a significant contrast between the old and the new here. Every guest room and suite has its own story to tell at Conrad Dublin,” said Martin Mangan. “Inspiration came from all quarters – sights and sounds, people and places – so our vision has been to create a storyboard that celebrates Dublin.”
The project started at Christmas 2015 and was completed in May 2016.
Tom Strother said: “This was a fantastic project for us – firstly as this is the first major hotel refurbishment scheme we have designed – and secondly that it was for the Hilton luxury brand and is situated in a fantastic city centre location.”