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Genteel Dublin

Located on St. Stephen's Green, Brownes Brasserie & Townhouses reflects its almost 200 years as one of the city's premier gentlemen's clubs. Today, after a $2 million restoration, it remains one of the few sentinels of Dublin's once-rich Georgian heritage, bringing country-house style to the city's oldest square as an intimate boutique hotel and handsome brasserie. Striking the balance between traditional Irish comfort and a smart, sophisticated atmosphere, this hotel is just steps from shopping on pedestrian-only Grafton Street, Trinity College, and the parliament buildings. Locals favor its brasserie for the lively buzz. While the modern amenities include high-speed Internet connections, Brownes' past predominates in its two suites and ten rooms, all individually decorated with hand-printed, carefully re-created wallpapers and period furnishings. The popular Thomas Leighton Suite features an enormous fireplace and a king-sized Murphy bed that Marilyn Monroe once kept in her office. Rooms: $145-$460. 22 St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, Ireland; 353-1-638-39-39;


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