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Liberty belle: Hyatt's first Irish venue makes most of historic Dublin location

Hyatt Centric Hotel
Hyatt Centric Hotel

By Geoff Frazer

Ireland’s first Hyatt Hotel has opened in Dublin and it already has a superstar fan.

Singer Imelda May helped officially open the new Hyatt Centric Hotel in The Liberties and can’t wait for visitors to see the wonders of the area where she was born.

The Liberties in Dublin is one of those special places with a depth of history so rich that every building, street and landmark carries a hundred tales.

It was therefore no surprise that, when the team behind Ireland’s first Hyatt Hotel began to peel back the layers on their site in the heart of one of Dublin’s oldest neighbourhoods, many secrets of the past were quickly revealed.

Following an extensive six-month excavation, Hyatt Centric Hotel was left with a literal treasure trove of precious historical finds.

Spanning an incredible 900 years, archaeologist Aisling Collins expertly knitted the story from the Viking residents of the 11th and 12th centuries, through to inhabitants of the late medieval times right up to the 20th century.

The dozens of artefacts uncovered range from a beautiful 17th century Dutch Tile to an exceptionally well-preserved 12th century slate etching of the Norse God Odin. 

The Chicago-based Hyatt Hotel Corporation has more than 800 properties in more than 55 countries across six continents.

The Hyatt Centric Brand targets the “savvy explorer” or the “curious-minded travellers who want to be in the middle of the action” and feel like they are “tapped into the best of the destination”.

Jason Ballard, vice president for Hyatt EAME, said: “Hyatt Centric, the Liberties captures the essence of the brand like no other. The location and vibe of the Liberties is just perfect. The entire Hyatt team are truly excited to have finally arrived in Dublin.”  

The Hyatt Centric team have gone one step further to help their guests explore the Liberties and the capital.

Partnering with Story Tracks, an Irish start-up software technology company, a unique bespoke App, “Savvy Centric”, has been developed providing immediate access to an easily-navigable library of experiences. The curated digital content gives the guest a mini tour of what is on offer before they set foot outside the door of the hotel.     

The venue, meanwhile, offers cutting edge technologies in 234 modern rooms and suites, most of which boast views of the city and nearby St Patrick’s Cathedral.

The majority of the hotel’s furniture has been specially designed and handcrafted incorporating the personality and history of The Liberties.

The design-forward hotel will offer delicious local food and expertly mixed drinks in The Liberties Gate Bar & Restaurant, state-of-the-art conferencing facilities, a relaxed reading lounge and its very own private urban oasis — The Poddle Garden.

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