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Inside the first new hotel to open in Dublin for nearly 2 years... and it's so hipster it hurts

If you’ve been waiting for a room with vinyl and foosball then your prayers have been answered.
Nov 20th 2014, 9:55 AM 54,589 52

DUBLIN IS ABOUT to get its first new hotel for nearly two years – and from basement to penthouse it’s tailor-made for hipsters. Cashed-up ones.

After a €5.5 million fit-out, three Georgian terraces in Dublin’s Harcourt St, once the staid offices of the ICC Bank, will open tomorrow as the 52-bedroom The Dean Hotel.

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The hotel is the latest venue launched by the Press Up Entertainment Group, the same mob behind bringing the Wagamama chain to Ireland, as well as Dublin’s Bison Bar & BBQ and The Liquor Rooms.

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The new flophouse will include the ground-floor Dean Bar, a first-floor “event space” and a rooftop New York-style Italian restaurant called Sophie’s with views over the city.

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However it will be inside the hotel rooms that everything really goes into fixie-riding overdrive, with the cheapest rooms featuring “punk bunks” and many kitted out with turntables, vinyl collections and Marshall guitar amps.

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The 128 sqm two-bed penthouse has a loft and, wait for it, its own cocktail bar, a 70in TV, foosball table and eight-seat poker table.

Here’s the blurb: “We don’t do conventional. We do fun. Super cool & comfortable rooms filled with stuff that will make you smile. Spaces for work & play. Food & drink to tweet home about.”

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But all that smiling and… tweeting… will cost you – room rates will start from €109 a night and go all the way up to an eye-watering €999 for the top digs.

At least the bathrooms are as big as some Dublin studios.

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It will also feature works from Irish artists throughout its rooms and the owners said the commissions and purchases were worth over €250,000 in total.

Oh, there are swings inside too…

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The Dean Hotel opens tomorrow.

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