Zanzibar Locke Hotel

Dublin, Ireland

There’s something about Dublin’s setting – all the history, culture and creative hum surrounded by dramatic landscapes – that sets it apart. Aparthotel Zanzibar Locke, made up of four Georgian townhouses, is the perfect base from which to explore it all from. Standing on the edge of the River Liffey – some suites featuring riverside views – and a hop across the iconic Ha’penny Bridge, guests are in the heart of the city. For Guinness seekers and Irish hot-pot samplers, the lively Temple Bar area is only a short stroll away.

You wouldn’t guess this was once the flamboyant Zanzibar nightclub – the spacious suites, sleek Scandinavian furniture against original exposed brick walls, a colour palette of warming bronzes and blushing pinks and leafy plants allow you to make the city your home away from home. Look closely and you’ll notice details that shine a light on Ireland’s creative scene, from the soundtrack to the cookbook in your in-suite kitchen. First-floor café Baraza will get you ready for the day with a strong pot of Irish roasted coffee – best sipped under the brick arches watching the river flow by – or perhaps a gym session and yoga class for the go-getters.

From there, the city is yours: hop between breweries and distilleries, explore 13th-century Dublin Castle, and a long hit list for literary lovers includes the Dublin Writers Museum and James Joyce Centre. Back at base, fuel up on Baraza’s California-inspired small plates.

Suites from £86. 0330 123 3480,

Words by Megan Dickson.

This review was taken from the Christmas 2021 issue of Food and Travel. To subscribe today, click here.

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