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With its grand, imposing facade (due to its former incarnation as a bank), this hotel boasts some handsome original 19th-century features in its interior, and even those parts that feel more modern have an impeccably well-maintained elegance to them. Guest rooms are large, with a refined decor including wide leather headboards and outrageously comfortable beds. The Mint Bar remains a fashionable hangout for the Dublin glitterati, and the Exchange restaurant serves excellent, modern European food. The only thing missing is a spa, but you can book pampering treatments in your room.