Reviewed by Mark Casserly — The Morgan Hotel located at 10 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, is conveniently located right in the heart of Ireland's bustling Temple Bar district and is the perfect location for visitors looking to soak up the traditional Irish atmosphere and entertainment.
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As well as being known for its numerous bars and restaurants, this area will also appeal to anyone wanting to delve into Irish culture, with places such as the Irish Film Institute and the National Photographic Archive at the National Library of Dublin nearby, offering an alternative for those not interested in the city's vibrant nightlife.
The Rooms at The Morgan Hotel
I stayed in one of The Morgan's deluxe king rooms.
The room was nicely designed with pink armchairs and pillows, bringing a lovely splash of color to the space.
Some of the room's features included a king-sized bed with soft Egyptian cotton bed linen and luxury feather pillows, a monsoon rain shower, Rituals toiletries, a marble-topped work desk, a 40-inch Smart TV, a mini fridge, a Nespresso machine and a large herbal tea selection.
It was also the first time I encountered what was called a suitepad, which is an interactive hotel directory that allows you to send messages to reception in relation to any queries or requests you may have.
Food at The Morgan Hotel
The 10 Fleet Street Restaurant is located within the 4-star hotel and deserves high praise for the top-quality food, drinks, and service on offer.
The restaurant's mixologist Rui and server Nina have a wealth of knowledge about the cocktails and food they serve up and their passion for what they do was visible from the moment I met them.
For my starter, I had a duo of bruschettas.
These consisted of a crispy sourdough bread (with buffalo mozzarella, ricotta cheese, grilled mini heirloom tomato, fresh oregano & rose garlic) and a crispy fennel and tomato loaf (truffle ricotta cheese, prosciutto crudo, crispy rucola & grilled peach wedges).
The grilled peach wedges complemented the dish so well that I was truly surprised by how delicious it tasted.
For my main course, I had lamb and scallops.
This came with wild cockles, broad beans, pea puree, rainbow baby carrots, purple potato, and pale ale & mint jus. The slow-cooked Wicklow Lamb Breast Roulade was so succulent and tender and worked really well with the jus it was covered in.
For my dessert, I had the Morgan Mess.
This light and refreshing dish comprised of pistachio meringue, vanilla whipped cream, strawberries, raspberry coulis and berry salsa topped with honey glazed hazelnuts.
The following morning, I had a full Irish breakfast where each element tasted fantastic. I would highly recommend anyone to try the full Irish when they visit as it was so great.
The Morgan is famous for its wide range of cocktails.
Some of my favorites included the Morgan Bubbles (Prosecco, house mango puree, elderflower liquor and lime juice) and the Cuban-inspired Watermelon Sugar High (Havana 3-year white rum, watermelon, cucumber, lime juice, pineapple juice and egg whitewash).
All of the cocktails were made by Rui.
Other Guest Perks
Guests at The Morgan receive complimentary access to The West Wood Club, which is located just around the corner from the hotel.
This health club received a €3.2 Million investment in 2017 and I was very impressed with the quality of the premises, which has a large gym area with state-of-the-art equipment, a 20-meter (65 feet) swimming pool, a poolside relaxation suite, and a sauna & steam room.
The West Wood Club also offers a wide range of free fitness classes each day, such as spinning, immersive cycling and kettlebells.
There are so many things to do and see within walking distance that The Morgan is a perfect place to stay for visitors looking to explore Dublin City.
Despite being in such a busy area, The Morgan is somewhere you can relax and get away from the humdrum of the city center.
The elegant rooms, five-star quality dining and excellent health club on offer should persuade you to check it out next time you visit.
Cost at this hotel: It's important that you book ahead as current prices are high at The Morgan, around €350 and up per night in mid-September. Rates should drop during the off-season.