Two Rooms in Dublin, has been getting a lot of media attention lately, so we paid self confessed ‘bean an tí’ Garvan and dog Fred a visit to see just what makes this tripadvisor.com’s #1 B&B in Dublin. Summer St. North, is distinctly different from other streets in the area. Tree’s are planted at the top of the street and a community garden sits at the other end. The houses are carefully maintained, doors are brightly painted and hanging baskets line the street. But when Garvan and partner Kevin first moved into the street, it wasn’t quite so picturesque. They have worked closely with their neighbours and landlords of the area create a new sense of pride in the area.
When Garvan and Kevin travel they like to stay in nice places, and make a great effort to treat their guests with the same high standards. Already well known for their delicious three course breakfasts, dishing up such treats as potato rosti and smoked salmon, cranberry and orange scones, and fluffy pancakes with stewed apple, these guys go the extra mile for the guests. The house is always filled with fresh flowers and the smell of home baking. At Christmas each bedroom has a Christmas Tree, at Easter guests get their very own easter eggs and fresh roses await newlyweds on their honeymoon. They even provide each of their visitors with a list of bars, restaurants and sights tailored to each of their guests preferences.
Despite being built in 1834, this house manages to maintain a bright, airy, modern feeling. Garvan’s photography hangs in each room, alongside Kevin’s collection of props and antiques gathered from his work in film and t.v, their travels and some salvage yard gems. The modernist dining table and chairs sit alongside a hundred year old carousel horse they found in a thrift shop on Francis Street. A curiosity cabinet in the entrance hall houses a selection of Two Rooms merchandise, including their cookbook ‘Breakfast & Brunches’ and branded mugs. Carefully selected knickknacks are dotted around each room, but never look busy or cluttered. I personally loved the old toy truck/toilet roll holder in the bathroom and the multi-colour, glitter covered, Jesus statue on the mantlepiece.
It’s apparent from talking to Garvan that attention to detail and a want to go above and beyond for their guests seems to come quite naturally to them. At only €100 a night we think their guests are getting a pretty sweet deal.
‘Breakfast and Brunches’ is available to buy in-store and on our website.