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The Mayson: Trendy boutique Dublin hotel on river Liffey offers high-end luxury with amazing views


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The Mayson

The Mayson

The Mayson

Lounging in a copper bath overlooking Dublin's docklands in a glass-walled penthouse suite is about as rockstar as I've ever been lucky enough to get.

I'm pretty sure the glass was one-way, or at least I hope it was for the sake of the neighbours.

I had not, sadly, won the lottery and bought some high-end luxury apartment but was instead trying out one of the newest hotels to open in the Republic's capital this year, The Mayson.

Situated in the docklands area, the strikingly modern and trendy hotel boasts 94 sleek rooms, as well as some truly incredible suites, in a handy Dublin City centre location.

While relaxing in the tub I was able to peer out across the Liffey as twilight began to settle over the city, a truly memorable experience.

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The Mayson

The Mayson

The Mayson

Before the latest restrictions, my partner and I had travelled down from Belfast specifically to try out this interesting new hotel and were blown away by what we experienced when we arrived.

The hotel is the result of a revamp of two protected structures on North Wall Quay in the city, one of which was the Victorian Bottle Boy Pub which has been lovingly restored as part of the project.

The other was a 19th century timber warehouse and the new steel and glass structure stretches skyward from the old bare-brick buildings, creating a stunning contrast.

As well as hosting The Bottle Boy Pub the hotel is also home to Ryleigh's Rooftop Steakhouse, Power gym in the basement and Elephant & Castle restaurant on the ground floor as well as Dime coffee bar in the lobby.

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The Mayson The Bottle Boy

The Mayson The Bottle Boy

The Mayson The Bottle Boy

After checking in at the reception which doubles as a trendy coffee house, my partner and I were shown around the hotel and were amazed by the levels of luxury on offer.

Unique touches like bluetooth-enabled Marshall amps in each room, Netflix-enabled Samsung smart TVs, Smeg fridges, Dyson hairdryers and Mayson munchie trays make the hotel really stand out from others I have stayed in.

We were lucky enough to be staying in one of their townhouse suites overlooking the Liffey which feature large glass facades which flood the rooms with natural light.

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Dublin City Centre during sunset with Samuel Beckett Bridge and river Liffey

Dublin City Centre during sunset with Samuel Beckett Bridge and river Liffey

Dublin City Centre during sunset with Samuel Beckett Bridge and river Liffey

Separated into a living room, bathroom and bedroom, the elegant and huge suites are stunning.

The bedroom space, equipped with the aforementioned copper bath, comes with floor-to-ceiling windows and is decked out with a contemporary timber finish on the interior walls as well as a huge king-size bed and flat-screen TV.

The living space is similarly equipped with a large TV, leather sofa, armchair, coffee table, Smeg fridge and a serving tray of handy consumables like phone chargers, heartburn tablets and condoms, among other items.

The walk-in shower is sandwiched between the bedroom and living rooms and all three have the same floor-to-ceiling windows which create not only breathtaking views of the river below but also a beautiful feeling of space and elegance.

As inviting as the walk-in shower was, I couldn't resist the urge to relax in the tub while gazing down on dusk over Dublin. After drawing a bath and, momentarily, the curtains I was soaking in suds and sipping a cold beer as the sun retreated beyond the horizon and people bustled along the banks of the Liffey below.

After the most decadent bath of my life it was time to eat so my partner and I headed up to The Mayson's very own rooftop restaurant and cocktail bar Ryleigh's.

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Ryleigh's Rooftop Terrace at the Mayson

Ryleigh's Rooftop Terrace at the Mayson

Ryleigh's Rooftop Terrace at the Mayson

The steakhouse on the sixth floor has the feel of a modern twist on a 1950s American diner and also boasts some amazing views across the Liffey and Dublin's docklands.

After a couple of cocktails in the relaxed and stylish evening ambience, we both decided we were brave enough to try the 30oz Tomahawk ribeye steak for two.

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The Mayson hotel.  30oz Tomahawk steak

The Mayson hotel. 30oz Tomahawk steak

The Mayson hotel. 30oz Tomahawk steak

Being a rooftop steakhouse in a fancy new Dublin hotel we hoped for big things from this bit of beef and it did not disappoint.

The huge but very well presented cut was wonderfully cooked, medium-rare just as we had asked, and was bursting with flavour. The parmesan skin-on fries and butter mash sides rounded off a really remarkable dining experience.

The next morning before checking out I decided to head to the basement for a spin class at the hotel's own Power gym.

The design-focused space is stunningly modern, luxurious and functional. With world-class equipment, chic changing rooms, cutting edge art, sound and lighting, sauna, steam room and a heated relaxation pool which overlooks the central outdoor courtyard, this gym is really something special.

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Power Gym & Relaxation Pool. The Mayson

Power Gym & Relaxation Pool. The Mayson

Power Gym & Relaxation Pool. The Mayson

Guests also have access to Myzone heart rate monitoring technology which aims to provide a way of increasing exercise enjoyment and adherence.

After thrashing my thighs to bits trying to keep up with the tutor in what felt like both a nightclub and a gym floor at the same time, I was very grateful for the chance to relax in the steam room before checking out.

With incredible amounts of luxury, scores of little touches in the rooms, a great location, two restaurants and a health centre all in a convenient Dublin city location, The Mayson hotel is one of the best hotels I've ever been lucky enough to stay, or bathe, in.

Once restrictions are eased (the hotel is currently open for essential stays until the end of November) make sure to check it out. The Mayson would be the perfect base for a Christmas shopping break in Dublin.

Book and stay one night at The Mayson before January 31, 2021, and enjoy a complimentary €50 Press Up Voucher on arrival, yours to spend during your stay in over 40 restaurants, bars, cinemas and pubs in Dublin. Includes breakfast, no deposit required.


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