Weekend Break: Personal shopper package helps you stay in fashion

Enjoy a perfect girls’ weekend at the revamped Morgan Hotel, says Vickie Maye

You don’t have to go to London to get a taste of Fashion Week. Closer to home, try the Morgan Hotel’s new fashion-focused package in Dublin

First impressions

The email landed before there was a chance to book a train ticket. “What’s your size? What colour do you usually wear? How would you describe your style?”

The personal shopping team at Arnotts had taken me under their wing and I hadn’t even left Cork.

It was my first introduction to the new addition from the Morgan Hotel. They’ve teamed up with Arnotts to launch a Stay and Shop package.

Book into the revamped four star, with breakfast included, and stroll the eight minutes to Arnotts, where a personal shopper will be there to greet you and hold your hand through this season’s style.

Just what we need as we navigate our way through the latest looks from Fashion Week.

Check-in

The Morgan’s location couldn’t be more central. Smack in the centre of Temple Bar; you’re within walking distance of whatever takes your fancy in the city.

It’s also showing all the hallmarks of a €15m revamp.

It first opened in 2001 but closed in 2018 for a full interior redesign. There was the addition of a fifth floor, and it now boasts 168 bedrooms – 39 extra rooms.

Owned by the MHL collection, it’s in good company, standing alongside The Intercontinental, The Spencer and Trinity City Hotels.

Space is compact on the ground floor, but every inch of floor space is put to good use. Sleek pink leather seats look super cool at reception. To the right is a lobby lounge, for tea and coffee, the window seat ideal for people watching.

Inspired by the Art Deco period, the hotel’s design features were created by the leading architect Nikki O’Donnell to achieve a stylish urban retreat.

The room

I stayed on the new fifth floor. A glass sliding door, frosted in all the right places, divides the super modern bedroom and bathroom. No guest books here either, there’s a tablet instead to guide you through the hotel facilities.

The bathroom, with its slick white tiles, was laden with toiletries from the Handmade Soap Company. A perfect fit.

Robes hang in the wardrobe, the mini bar is stacked.

The tone is set for a weekend of shopping.

The food

Just beyond the lobby lounge is a bar, which in turn, down the steps, leads to the restaurant. And it’s here, at 10 Fleet St, that the Morgan really makes an interiors statement.

Styled on a New York supper club, think brass finishings, statement wallpaper, lush, leafy plants, and funky fabrics adorning the seats.

It’s a stunning space, in the heart of the city centre.

I tried the starting menu, €65 for six courses, each one better than the next. Beginning with a cocktail, I work my way through a beetroot salad, smoked mackerel, salmon, duck, pork cheek with scallops and bream.

The sourdough bread and seaweed infused butter was a highlight.

Breakfast the next morning showcased a fresh fruit platter, plus yogurt and berry compote, with all the usual early morning hot dining options.

The extras

Guests opting for the shopping package are advised to visit Arnotts in the afternoon for a personal shopping experience.

After a chat about your style, to elaborate on that email, you’ll sip coffee and flick through magazines as the team bring the latest styles to your changing room. It’s a game changer.

You’ll try clothes you never thought would suit you — and be pleasantly surprised. These personal shoppers know their stuff.

You can even book in for make-up on the ground floor beauty hall afterwards.

Then it’s back to the hotel for a cocktail and dinner.

A girls’ weekend to beat all others.

Still looking for more? The Morgan has teamed up with The Westwood, the gym around the corner, with a full schedule of classes to tempt you, or an 18m pool to relax in. There are over 100 cardio machines, with classes including zumba, fat burning combo, TRX, pilates, spinning, hot yoga and kettlebells.

They’ve thought of everything.

Room starts at €169. Check out themorgan.com for details

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