If this is the new generation of design hotels, then 21st-century travel should be fun.
Walk through the Victorian red-brick building and its limestone extension, and you journey through several worlds. Tactile wallpaper, red-and-white Murano glass chandeliers, gold skirting boards, Louis XIV chairs - this is no white-minimalist haven, but a collage of sets from a Tim Burton film.
In the slick 'dylanbar' you'll find an Art-Nouveau pewter counter, double-sided hearth and fibre optic mood lighting; in the lift, emu skin walls; elsewhere, showstopping mirrors and metal sculptures. You half expect a cast of fantasy characters to saunter past. Even the all-white restaurant glimmers with pearlised leather and full-length voile curtains, like an ice palace.
No expense was spared in the 44 suites either. Expect a panoply of gadgets with all the right names - Bose, Bang & Olufsen, Etro (that's champagne bath oils) - along with 7th Heaven beds which are as good as they sound. This is the hotel of choice in Dublin for excellent service, stunning food presentation and superb, no-holds-barred comfort.
Dylan is a design hotel with double bedrooms costing from €240 for B&B.