Just booked my first SPG Award Redemption at the Westin Dublin in February. The process was extremely easy with the point transfer. The hotel looks very nice and in a perfect area. Does anyone have any reviews on this hotel or tips for Dublin in February? I'll look forward to reporting back on the hotel after the trip!
droma, I'll look forward to reading your report. I am trying to sort a Dublin stay for 3 people in May, and it looks like the Shelbourne Dublin Renaissance only allows 2 persons/room,even though they offer a double/double and also offer a king room with one rollaway permitted, yet only allow double occupancy (really strange). It would be nice to get by with one room, thereby saving some shekels. I am sworn off of SPG properties until after the two programs merge (chasing plat lifetime and need the nights), but would make an exception here, if the Westin accomodations would work better for us.
Thanks for the post!
pluto77, I will definitely keep you posted! I've read some iffy reviews on the Shelbourne, although it does look like a beautiful place. This is pretty much my reason for choosing the Westin, along with it only being 144K points compared to 160K for the Shelbourne.
Have not stayed at the Westin Dublin, but since the merger I have stayed on points at two westins , Westin Grand Munich and Westin Cape Coral florida. I was impressed with both and in my opinion treated very well as a "platinum guest". One thing I have noticed is that the membership benefits are not "limited" at resorts like with marriott, so resort or not doesnt matter, you receive breakfast or whichever benefit you are entitled to based on your status.
Finally getting around to writing about this great hotel after a whirlwind of travel (St. Regis Park City awesomeness to be talked about in future post).
About 4 days prior to checking in, I received an email from a Westin Experience Specialist welcoming me and offering services to make my upcoming stay a memorable experience. They said as Platinum, my stay was extremely valuable and important to them. I told them we were on travel for my wife's birthday and any upgrade or anything else they could do would be greatly appreciated. They said they would send a special treat on her birthday (they did...a tasty desert plate) and would try to upgrade based on availability at check-in.
Well this didn't end up being true at all...as they so rudely confirmed me an upgrade 2 days prior to arrival! I was able to log onto the app/website and see that I had already been upgraded from an interior facing standard room to a unique writer's room with a balcony overlooking the city. The balcony was HUGE and had a table with two chairs perfect for coffee in the morning.
The hotel was very clean and upscale and they did everything to accommodate anything we requested. We returned home for a quick midday break at one point to find the water wasn't working (no big deal as we were headed right back out to explore), called down and was told it was being worked, and it was fixed by the time we got back with an apology note from the manager and a bag of chocolates for our troubles. I didn't expect anything at all, but it was extremely nice that they acknowledged the potential for an inconvenience and provided another little treat.
My wife's distant family came to town to meet us which was a real treat, and they, along with many others in Dublin raved about the tea time at the Westin. Since it was my wife's birthday, I decided we could fork over a lofty sum for tea time (my nightmare), but to my extreme delight the tea time had a "Most Peculiar Afternoon Tea" option which was right up my alley:
That's right, instead of tea I got a full teapot of Blueberry Gin Mojito with my snacks. My wife added a glass of champagne to her regular tea offering and we had a great time.
The Westin was a truly special stay, and Dublin is a greet city for cozy pubs, live music, and delicious beer and whiskey. I highly recommend going to the Teeling Distillery (the only distillery still in the city) and eating at Boxty which has all sorts of different takes on potatoes, fries, pancakes, etc...The restaurant scene in Dublin was the most surprising thing, as I was expecting fish and chips etc...and really impressed with the food renaissance the city seems to be going through.
This stay was an amazing first time as a platinum and redemption in a Starwood property. There does seem to be a real valuing of the guests and I can see why people love their program so much.
Great write up droma. Enjoyable, informative read and sounds like a good time. I look forward to my first experience at Starwood properties, but alas, I must wait for the merge. So terrific how the Dublim Westin treated you!