Sally McKenna relishes the Dublin 8 District Vibe of the Radisson Blue Royal Hotel

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Just a short stroll up from St Stephen's Green, the Radisson Blu Royal hotel feels like no other Dublin city centre hotel. The ten-year-old building sits just behind the narrow, medieval streets surrounding Dublin Castle, and a couple of blocks down from St Patrick's Cathedral. It is also near to the once glorious, but now architecturally-overlooked, 16th century mansioned Aungier Street. Aungier Street’s landmark buildings may be in disrepair but, like all the streets in this part of Dublin 8, this mix of ceremonial, ecclesiastical, residential, corporation, and student living is a place where anyone can feel connected. This zone feels like a District. It doesn't empty out after 5pm. The clash of architectural styles can feel edgy - I was advised not to leave my car on the street overnight - but it does feel real. The building itself is well designed and fit for its purpose. It still feels new. The hotel corridors are wide, the roof vaults and the windows are large, filling the rooms with natural light.  The earth colours in the rooms and foyer are calm. And, to top it all, the staff are helpful, and remember you're just up the road from restaurants like The Fumbally and Assassination Custard, as well as the Teelings Distillery and the Green Door Market.  If you're planning a trip to Dublin, the Radisson is recommended.