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Post-re­ces­sion Dublin is a friendly, dy­namic city filled with live mu­sic (Whe­lan’s), food trucks (the Bernard Shaw) and quirky beauty par­lours (Trop­i­cal Popi­cal is Saoirse Ronan’s favourite). Af­ter its re­cent re­fur­bish­ment, there’s no bet­ter place to lay your head than on the supremely fluffy pil­lows at the West­bury, which is a haven right in the cen­tre of the ac­tion. Some­thing of an Ir­ish in­sti­tu­tion, the ho­tel boasts a new look of roll-top baths, vel­vet arm­chairs and an art deco-style bar, the Side­car. The restau­rant, Wilde, re­flects Dublin’s fast-emerg­ing culi­nary scene with won­der­ful dishes in­clud­ing grilled gi­ant prawns and baked Alaska with peach and sour cherry. lucy halfhead

The West­bury, from about £230 a room a night (www.doylecol­lec­ For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.ire­

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