Dublin is famous for many things – its people and its charm first and foremost – but it also has a well-deserved reputation as a city of art, culture and literature. When you think that Oscar Wilde, William Butler Yeats, James Joyce and Samuel Beckett were all Dubliners, you get a sense of the rich literary tradition that defines the city.
For more than 70 years, InterContinental Hotels and Resorts have been dedicated to those who appreciate and enjoy The InterContinental Life, that particular appreciation of fascinating places and fresh perspectives.
Nowhere is this more evident than in InterContintental Dublin where the team has embraced the life of the city’s most famous writers. Ballsbridge itself, where the hotel is located, is steeped in history and was once home to some of the most ground-breaking writers and thinkers of the 20th century.
The iconic places and landmarks these fascinating writers celebrated still exist and are within walking distance of our hotel. The former residence of James Joyce is on Shelbourne Road, where he lived at the beginning of his romance with Nora Barnacle.
Renowned playwright Brendan Behan and celebrated poet Patrick Kavanagh both famously resided in the area and their busts are on display in local pubs. The famed Raglan Road, the focus of the iconic poem by Kavanagh is also nearby, as is his statue seated on a bench on the banks of the Grand Canal.
InterContinental Dublin is very proud of Ireland’s famed literary history, so much so, the hotel celebrated it by naming it's top three suites after Joyce, Yeats and dramatist and folklorist Lady Gregory. With their creative spirit in mind, The James Joyce, The William Butler Yeats and The Lady Gregory Suites have all been lavishly refurbished with the finest silks, gorgeous carpets and soft furnishings in muted, peaceful tones.
If you are looking to explore the Dublin’s historic literary culture, the hotel's Concierge would be delighted to assist you with some insider recommendations.
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