Regardless of whether you are staying in one of the luxury or discount hotels in Dublin near the Spire of Dublin, you will always have a visual landmark to help you find your way. This massive 120 meter or 390 foot spire is easy to spot, regardless of where you might be. Officially called the Monument of Light, or An Túr Solais in Irish, this modern monument really does act as a beacon in both the daylight and the night. The top 12 meters are illuminated at night, and the special surfacing of the monument reflects light of many different colors throughout the day.
The Spire of Dublin was designed by Ian Ritchie Architects, as part of a program to improve the neigborhood of O'Connell Street after IRA bombings destroyed the previous monument, Nelson's Pillar, in 1966. Rather than return to a traditional monument, the Spire was designed to bring a modern yet timeless theme to the area. Visitors lodging at the many budget hotels near the Spire of Dublin in Dublin can also browse through the many boutiques and shops, or dine at the restaurants that line O'Connell Street around the monument.