If you’re heading to Dublin, you may want to check out its hip new boutique hotel, which has its own subterranean art deco cinema. The Devlin is now open in the popular suburb of Ranelagh, and it comes complete with a rooftop restaurant and bar. Its cinema, The Stella Theatre Ranelagh, has a sister cinema in nearby Rathmines, and it shows indie films, arthouse movies and cult classics twice daily.
There are 40 compact bedrooms at the Irish hotel, ranging from 12-square-metre ModPods, costing €123 ($140) per night midweek, to the 18-square-metre TriPod, which has a double bed, a single and a bunk and costs €189 ($215) midweek. The bedrooms have Dyson hairdryers, Nespresso coffee machines, Munchie Boxes and Smeg mini-fridges, and entertainment options include wall-mounted TVs with Netflix and Marshall amps for music.
Owned by the Press Up Entertainment Group, the hotel has than 160 artworks, with a focus on female artists, including a piece by British artist Tracey Emin over the check-in desk. “I Came Here For You” is the message written in amber neon. Layla’s Rooftop Restaurant offers almost 360-degree views of the city, taking in landmarks, mountains and even glimpses of the sea.
Independent Northern Ireland specialist, Pure Fitout, conducted the fit-out for the hotel, including the bespoke Portuguese and Italian marble features, handmade carpets and bronze finishes. It was completed in collaboration with O’Donnell O’Neill Design Associates and Lawrence & Long Architects.
The marble was carved to create the bars and tabletops throughout Layla’s, Stella Theatre and the Americana Bar, while Moroccan tiling was used to construct the rooftop pizza oven and line the bathrooms. Five specialist timbers also feature throughout the hotel, and the cinema has classic mid-century furniture with lamps fitted beside each seat.
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