MT Business Travel: Frequent Flyer

Dorothee Elemans' guide to Dublin. HOW TO GET THERE I fly with BA or Aer Lingus. Ryanair also does cheap flights.

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Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

AIRPORT TO TOWN The Aircoach goes to Dublin's centre, and stops at all major hotels. A return ticket costs EUR12. Taxis costs about EUR20, and take anything from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the traffic.

BEST HOTEL The Radisson SAS St Helen's 1 (Stillorgan Road, +353 1 218 6000, www.radissonsas.com) looks like a beautiful old mansion house, with magnificent woodland and landscaped gardens. It's about three miles south of the city centre, and one side overlooks Dublin Bay. Many business conferences are held there. A few years ago, Bono and The Edge from U2 bought the Clarence Hotel 2 (6-8 Wellington Quay, +353 1 407 0800, www.theclarence.ie).

It's now a comfortable, modern hotel, popular with VIPs, and right in Dublin's centre. The Wingate Hibernian 3 (Eastmoreland Place, Ballsbridge, 1 668 7666) is more traditional, housed in a Victorian redbrick building in the posh part of Dublin. It's cosy with a large drawing room and several fireplaces and beautiful oil paintings.

BEST ROOM The penthouse at the Clarence 2 is famous for its baby grand piano, views of Dublin, and the hot tub on the roof terrace.

BEST BUSINESS RESTAURANT Among Dublin's many restaurants, I have two favourites. Roly's Bistro 4 (7 Ballsbridge Terrace, 1 668 2611, www.rolysbistro.ie) is popular with business people. The food is fantastic, including Kerry lamb pie. You always leave feeling very full. You need to book in advance.

Wong's Chinese restaurant 5 (5A The Crescent, Monkstown, 1 230 1212) has delicious Asian food and great service, and is a good place to take clients.

BEST BARS Dublin has hundreds of pubs and bars, notably in the Temple Bar area. My favourite is the Bailey 6 (2 Duke Street), which has a continental feel, with tables outside. Young professionals go there for a post-work Guinness or cocktail. The Market Bar 7 (16A Fade Street), in a former sausage factory, was Dublin's first gastro bar. They don't play music - it's full of the sound of people talking and having a good time. Johnnie Fox's Pub 8 (Glencullen, www.jfp.ie) is the highest pub in Ireland, about 30 minutes' drive from Dublin's centre. It's the place for traditional Irish music and dancing and serves good seafood.

A FEW HOURS TO KILL? Dublin is lovely to walk around, but there's plenty to do indoors too if the weather's not great. The Guinness Storehouse 9 (entrance on Bellevue Street, www.guinness-storehouse.com) is a large exhibition space, with shops and cafes, and includes a tour of how Guinness is made, culminating in a visit to Dublin's highest bar at the top, with 360-degree views of the city. You get a free Guinness at the end of the tour. The James Joyce museum 10 (The Joyce Tower, Sandycove, 1 280 9265) is interesting. It's nine miles out of Dublin, attractively sited on the coast road. If you want some fresh air, visit St Stephen's Green 11, with its memorials to Yeats and Joyce, or Dun Laoghaire harbour 12, which has nice views and a good shopping centre.

BUSINESS ETIQUETTE Doing business in Dublin is quite relaxed, although both women and men should wear suits. Don't be surprised if people arrive late for a meeting. You'll also find that there will be a lot of chatting before getting down to business. Dubliners are very sociable, and it's common to be invited out for a drink or a bite to eat after work. You're expected to accept - it would be churlish to stay in your hotel room.

SECRETS OF THE JET SET Because meetings can over-run, avoid scheduling too much in one day. Always pack an umbrella: the weather in Dublin can change in a minute.

Dorothee Elemans is account manager at Corpra, a real estate consultancy.

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