Whether you’re in Dublin for business or pleasure, you’ll find a long list of hotels to choose from. While Ireland’s capital city may be famous for its lively pub scene, it also boasts a number of very fine hotels with Michelin-star restaurants, luxurious rooms and exceptional service. Whatever the reason you’re planning to visit, you’re sure to find the perfect place to book among these top hotels.
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Clontarf Castle Hotel (Prices & Photos)
Live out your childhood dreams by staying in a castle. Clontarf Castle Hotel was first built in the 12th century, though it offers plenty of luxuries behind its Norman-era shell that comes complete with mounted deer heads, stone lion and full suits of armor, along with rather regal furnishings. It has an especially romantic atmosphere that makes it ideal for a couples’ retreat, though just about anyone will appreciate the opportunity to sleep in the beautiful rooms with four-poster beds that are worthy of a prince or princess. The Knight’s Bar is a great place to enjoy a drink, with its ornate ceiling, cozy fireplace, stained glass windows, studded leather chairs and carved Gothic backdrop behind the bar.
The Shelbourne (Prices & Photos)
The Shelbourne is a cultural hotspot, having been mentioned in James Joyce’s Ulysses. Set within a landmark building in the heart of Dublin on St. Stephen’s Green, it has a rich and storied history as the site where the Irish Constitution was drafted, and it’s also attracted many high brow guests over the years, including presidents and celebrities. The Shelbourne is just a 5-minute walk from some of the city’s most popular attractions, like Trinity College, Grafton Street and the National Gallery, National Museum and National Library, while the plush rooms boast especially large, comfy beds and all of the modern amenities you’d expect in a five-star hotel.
The Merrion Hotel (Prices & Photos)
Many feel The Merrion is Dublin’s most luxurious hotel. It sits within four restored townhouses in the center of Georgian Dublin, with a wealth of the city’s shopping, entertainment and cultural attractions just a short stroll away. Its restaurant has two Michelin stars, and it also hosts the Tethra Spa, which includes a swimming pool and a full range of indulgent treatments. Concierge service is exceptional too, offering to arrange cycling and walking tours with picnics and rain ponchos included, while rooms feature comfortable beds and luxury-thread linen, Carrara marble bathrooms and Asprey toiletries, along with modern technology.
Ariel House (Prices & Photos)
The Ariel House is stylishly tucked into three Victorian townhouses next to Aviva Stadium, remodeled to retain the style of the era, while offering modern amenities to guests. It offers an ideal, quiet alternative at more affordable prices yet just a stone’s throw from town. Look forward to a full Irish breakfast and afternoon tea, served in the conservatory-style drawing room overlooking the back garden and included in room rates. The rooms in the main house include typical Victorian dimensions and character, while those in the garden wing include modern furnishings.
O'Callaghan Stephen's Green Hotel (Prices & Photos)
O’Callaghan Stephen’s Green Hotel, with its Georgian architecture and contemporary design, is hard to beat when it comes to service and location. It sits next to Iveagh Gardens and is near one of the city’s most famous shopping streets, Grafton, while the LUAS tram line runs right past. The public rooms are filled with character and include the laid-back Magic Glasses bar that serves food all day, while the guest rooms are spacious and stylishly decorated, all featuring organic toiletries, tea and coffee facilities as well as a flat-screen TV.
Blooms Hotel (Prices & Photos)
Blooms Hotel is a colorful, hip and trendy hotel in the Temple Bar area with a bright exterior that reflects a modern interior. it tends to attract the younger crowd as bachelor parties/stag nights and bachelorette/hen parties are welcomed here, while the Temple Bar, famous for its happening nightlife is just steps away. A popular nightclub, Club M, is attached as well and offers free entry for hotel guests, so if your goal is to party the night away, it may be your best bet in Dublin. Guests can also enjoy whiskey tasting in the hotel’s Vathouse, and get a lesson on what it’s all about.
Number 31 (Prices & Photos)
Number 31 is a fabulous guesthouse that makes a great alternative to the large, often impersonal hotels, with a modernist mews at the back and an attractive Georgian house in the front. It sits nestled in the heart of Georgian Dublin, far from the traffic noise, yet just a short walk from St Stephen’s Green, Fitzwilliam Square and the Grand Canal. It was once the home of Sam Stephenson, a famous modernist architect, and has an elegant, contemporary design with a laid-back, welcoming vibe. The luxurious rooms boast original Georgian details, yet its entrance area is definitively modernist with a sunken seating area that’s set in front of a broad fireplace, with a mirrored bar tucked into the corner. The breakfast part of this true B&B takes itself quite seriously, with a full Irish breakfast on offer and a whole lot more, including fresh-baked cranberry bread, a buffet of cold meats and cheeses, frittata and fresh berries.
The Westbury Hotel (Prices & Photos)
The Westbury Hotel is tucked between Trinity College and Stephen’s Green in the central part of the city and makes an ideal spot for those who want to explore James Joyce’s Dublin, with the Sweny’s Chemist that was included in Ulysses nearby. The hotel hosts one of Ireland’s foremost art collections, featuring original paintings by Sir John Lavery and Louis le Brocquy, while its Sidecar bar has a 1930s, Gatsby-type look and feel with white-jacketed bartenders mixing up martinis right at your table. WILDE is its signature restaurant, combining the elegance of the period with a gorgeous area of lush greenery and floor-to-ceiling windows that look out to the city center.