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Where To Have A Food-Filled Night Away In Dublin

2020 was the year we all became staycationer experts, and while Donegal, West Cork and Connemara are great and all, there's a LOT to be said for staycationing in your own city. There's something particularly luxe about holing up in a plush Dublin hotel and acting like a tourist in your hometown, and it's ideal for when you can't afford to take an extended break from work, or have small children you can't leave for too long. With Dublin currently devoid of tourists, this summer is the perfect time to take advantage of one-off offers in some of the city's best hotels, many with dinner included so you don't even have to leave your hotel. Here's some we'd like to treat ourselves to before summer's over.

The Shelbourne, St. Stephen's Green

Every self-respecting Dubliner needs to experience a stay in The Shelbourne at least once in their lives. Situated at the top of Grafton Street overlooking St. Stephen's Green, it's one of the top hotels in the city, with dining options including the very well-regarded Saddle Room restaurant, the No. 27 Bar which is now serving an all-day dining menu, or for something more casual you can also dine on their mezzanine-level terrace, which is made for curling up with a bottle of Champagne, a cheese and meat platter, and knowing our weather, a blanket.

Their 'Escape' package includes an overnight stay in a deluxe guestroom for two people, a full Irish breakfast in The Saddle Room, and overnight parking for €299, and you'll be glad to hear that the residents bar is open for a pre or post dinner drink, as is the spa. Check availability and book through their website.

The Devlin, Ranelagh

Press Up have some really greats deals on until the end of August. A one-night stay in any of their Dublin hotels will get you a €50 voucher to be used in any of their restaurants, bars, cinemas or pubs, while a two-night stay will get you a €100 voucher. They've also just launched a midweek deal in The Devlin in Ranelagh where you can stay "9-5 for €95" - that's checking in at 09:00 and out at 17:00 the following day - so much time to lounge around. Outside of that rooms start at €159 per night (with The Dean, The Clarence, The Mayson from €179), and if you stay three nights you'll get one free - five nights and you'll get two free. All the offers.

They're also encouraging people to discover more of Dublin and have arranged complimentary access to IMMA's Bharti Kher exhibition, and 30% off tickets to the Guinness Storehouse. You can also add on experiences like their 'Picnic in the Park' - grab a bike from the lobby and set off with a picnic basket, blanket and a sweet and savoury picnic - or the 'Netflix & Chill' - freshly popped popcorn, cocktails from Sophie’s, a box of Stella Cinema sweets and your choice of dessert delivered straight to your room. Rooftop restaurant Layla's is open for dinner, the Americana cocktail bar on the ground floor makes peanut butter and jelly cocktails, and Dime coffee bar serves coffee and pastries, so there's literally no reason to leave. Check out all of their offers and book here.

The Radisson Blu, Golden Lane

Another lovely deal just for ATF readers from the Radisson Blu Royal on Golden Lane, who've just opened their new Dyflin garden terrace at the top of the hotel. They've put together a summer 'Picnic in the Sky' experience, with overnight accommodation for two, breakfast and a picnic box to be enjoyed in the rooftop garden, with all the fun of a picnic and none of the hassle. They're also serving cocktails with herbs grown on the terrace, as well as wine and spirits.