Westin’s premium suites get a makeover

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The Westin Hotel  rooms are dressed with bespoke furniture and artwork. Photograph: Matthew Shaw

The Westin Hotel rooms are dressed with bespoke furniture and artwork. Photograph: Matthew Shaw

 

First look 

The Westin Dublin has revealed a €500,000 renovation of its premium suites in a redesign collaboration with Irish interior architecture firm Millimetre Design, which honours the hotel’s heritage. The updated guest rooms, overlooking Trinity College and Westmoreland Street, are dressed with bespoke furniture and artwork, including pieces by Lola O’Donohue. Brass detailing nods to the traditional architecture of The Westin. The new rooms are available from €587 a night. thewestindublin.com  

Five-star fancy

The team at Mount Juliet in Kilkenny have been awarded a five-star status by Fáilte Ireland. The 18th-century walled estate overlooking the River Nore is host to a 32-bedroom Manor House and newly opened 93-bedroom Hunter’s Yard hotel, Michelin-starred restaurant the Lady Helen, and a championship golf course. mountjuliet.ie 

A Hillsborough first 

For the first time ever this month, Hillsborough Castle and Gardens in Co Down opens its doors to visitors. After five years and a £20 million investment, the late-18th century Georgian house has been transformed. Visit the exquisitely restored State Rooms, visitor centre and 100-acre grounds by booking at hrp.org.uk/hillsborough-castle

Cottage culture 

Cullen’s at the Cottage, Ashford Castle.
Cullen’s at the Cottage, Ashford Castle.

Ashford Castle has reopened its Cullen’s at the Cottage restaurant for the 2019 season. Located on the grounds of the estate in Cong, Co Mayo, the thatched cottage offers diners a casual culinary experience designed by chef Philippe Farineau. The Summer Ashford Castle Experience includes a one-night stay in a Corrib bedroom with breakfast the next day, afternoon tea and a three-course dinner in Cullen’s at the Cottage, with prices from €915. ashfordcastle.com