Just before Valentine's Day each year my inbox is flooded with special hotel deals and packages in what sometimes feels like an annual competition for the most original or over-the-top romantic adventure.
This year's winner, in my book, goes to the Conrad Dublin for its simple -- and free -- Valentine's Day special, which also hits that all-important luxury marker for local authenticity.
On Feb. 14, Conrad Dublin will offer guests exclusive access to the hotel's so-called Occasional Limerick Butler, Stephen Clare, who will be on site with typewriter in hand to craft personalized love poems for hotel and restaurant guests.
The guests just have to provide three words, and he will whip up an original on-the-spot poem.
Conrad Dublin marketing manager Anne-Sophie Capard said the property put Clare in charge of limericks after he approached the hotel while it was organizing plans in 2016 to celebrate its multimillion-dollar refurbishment.
"He met with our marketing manager at the time and created a bespoke poem for her, after a short conversation with her," Capard said. "The hotel really loved it and decided to hire Stephen for the launch party, which was an absolute success with our guests on the night."
The hotel has since used his services for different occasions, including creation of a special Conrad Dublin poem, titled "Cead Mile Failte," which means "100,000 welcomes" in Irish.
While Capard said Clare's poetic services will be available to anyone staying, dining or drinking at Lemuel's Bar and Lounge on Valentine's Day.
Couples can also get a custom poem as part of the hotel's Valentine's Day package, called Over the Top, which for $5,000 includes a private helicopter ride over Dublin, three nights in the presidential suite, an in-suite dinner hosted by executive chef Marcin, a pre-dinner in-suite reception with Dom Perignon, a photoshoot, a picnic in the Iveagh Gardens and a variety of luxury perks and amenities.