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With its grand, imposing facade (thanks to its former incarnation as a bank), this hotel boasts an interior with handsome original 19th-century features. Even those parts that feel more modern have an impeccably well-maintained elegance to them. The large guest rooms have a refined decor, with 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