To celebrate Pride and the LGBTQ+ community in Ireland, the Hard Rock Hotel Dublin teamed up with renowned Irish fashion designer Colin Horgan to re-imagine one of the hotel’s superior guest bedrooms. The artworks for the room honour queer favourite night club Mother and every time the room is booked, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to yours truly, GCN.
The new room, which opened to the public on Dublin’s Lord Edward Street on June 22, has been designed under the theme ‘Love Out Loud’ to create a safe space that feels inclusive to everyone. Irish fashion designer Colin Horgan was the masterful mind that developed the room.
The clothes of the Kerry-born designer have been worn around the world by a long list of international artists and celebrities including Dua Lipa, Lady Gaga, Kehlani and Brooke Candy. In this collaboration with the Hard Rock Hotel Dublin, he now had the chance to envision a whole Pride-themed bedroom.
“For me, it was about creating a safe space that incorporates both my pride of being LGBTQ+ and my passion for design,” says Horgan.
“I wanted the design to reflect the world I build through my fashion collections while also presenting the kind of space where people that wear my work might ideally like to spend time in. Above all, I wanted the Love Out Loud room to feel inclusive to everyone, allow guests to create memorable moments together and connect visitors to the vibrant LGBTQ+ community who live here in Dublin.”
Sticking to the Hard Rock Hotel’s homage to all things music, the new guest room honours the fabulous nights at Mother, the popular Irish LGBTQ+ club that was once located on the site where the hotel’s reception area sits today.
The rooms’ artworks feature photographs by Babs Daly of the old venue and DJs and show the club’s symbolic pink neon triangle which has been reclaimed as a badge of identity in Irish queer culture.
In addition to the stunning new interiors, guests will also be treated to rainbow-coloured treats and a Crossley Record Player with a fabulous selection of LGBTQ+ artist vinyls to set the soundtrack for a stay in the capital.
With rooms available to book from €289 per night including breakfast, for a month the Hard Rock Hotel Dublin will be donating €100 each time the room is booked to designer Colin’s chosen LGBTQ+ charity; your very own GCN.
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