Dublin‘s Aviva Stadium is a hub of the local sporting scene, home to Ireland’s national rugby and soccer teams, as well as regular concerts, club-level soccer and rugby contests, and even the occasional conference. The stadium is also set to host four games in the first multi-national European Championships, taking place in 2020, so it has a big future.
Hotels nearby can book out in a flash around major events, and often increase their prices to do so, too, but there are plenty of options. Our main tip for staying here is simple: book as early as you can manage. Here are 10 of the best within an easy walking distance of the stadium.
Herbert Park Hotel
Opulence is not unusual in this part of Dublin, which is renowned for its high-end feel and top-dollar prices. The Herbert Park Hotel (overlooking the gorgeous park of the same name) is a great example of that luxury, and well-worth splashing the cash on if you can. Romantically decked out, it’s home to afternoon teas, a luxury bar, beautiful rooms and great views. It’s about a 10-minute walk from the stadium, but feels a million miles from a throwaway sporting stop-off.
Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland. +353 16672200
The Dylan Hotel
How about some boutique luxury? The Dylan Hotel is a small, five-star stop-off worth indulging in, a beautiful Georgian stop-off with some high-end little extras, like heated bathroom floors and plenty of picturesque design elements. It has a design-led feel and a fantastic breakfast, and is sat a very short distance from the stadium. They’ll definitely pamper you.
Eastmoreland Lane, Dublin 4, Ireland. +353 16603000
A slightly old-fashioned spot, sure, but the Butler’s Townhouse is so close to the Aviva Stadium, you’ll see the stands from your bedroom window, should you end up on the right side of the hotel. It’s dated and Victorian in style, with something of a historic charm, but it’s the location and relatively affordable prices for the neighbourhood that are the main draw here.
44 Lansdowne Road, Dublin 4, Ireland. +353 16674022
The Merrion Hotel
Widely seen as the most luxurious hotel in Dublin (and probably Ireland), the Merrion Hotel is a great glance at how the other half live, featuring a Michelin two-star restaurant, gorgeous courtyards, opulent rooms and a basement bar that looks like something fresh from a Bond movie. Situated a 15-minute walk from the stadium, this is as good as it gets for the Aviva, and previously hosted Madonna and Bruce Springsteen.
Merrion Street Upper, Dublin 2, Ireland. +353 16030600
A spot for those looking for a quiet place to lay their heads closer to the Dublin coastline than the city (but still a stone’s throw from the Aviva), the Sandymount Hotel is comfortable, quiet and in a much-loved little village location in the heart of the Sandymount neighbourhood. Spacious and popular, it’s not the most extreme luxury available near the stadium, but it might be the best value for money.
Herbert Road, Dublin 4, Ireland. +353 16142000
A gorgeous luxury offering typical of the brand, the Intercontinental has a great on-site spa, memorable cuisine and a top location, though it is a couple of kilometres’ pleasant walk along the canal from the Aviva Stadium. Expect top-end service and a room you’ll be tempted to bed down in until kickoff, as well as a classy take on the Full Irish breakfast that’ll keep you going until mid-afternoon.
Simmonscourt Road, Dublin 4, Ireland. +353 1800937225
The Shelbourne Hotel
Another serious contender for the best hotel in Dublin, the Shelbourne also has a nice little extra for rugby fans, in that it’s invariably where the Irish team meets before its games, meaning you can wave the players off from the front door before you head for the game. It’s best known for its delicate afternoon teas and the haughty bellboys found outside the front door, but there’s depth to this place right on St Stephen’s Green that more than justifies the slightly longer trip to the Aviva.
St Stephen’s Green North, Dublin 2, Ireland. +353 16634500
A Victorian-style bed and breakfast almost literally in the shadow of the Aviva Stadium, Ariel House is renowned for its exceptional customer service, and produces a great in-house-baked afternoon tea as well as a Full Irish breakfast to convert those unconvinced by the longstanding blood sausage and baked bean combo. It’s small and books up very early on match days, but if you can get in the door, it’s a fantastic intimate option.
Lansdowne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland. +353 16685512
Beach House B&B
A little family-run spot that’s out of character with the rest of the luxury on this list, Beach House B&B will give a totally different sense of the city, being situated on the Ringsend seafront, and feeling – in the best possible way – a little like it hasn’t changed much since the 1980s. It’s a fairly affordable spot (some days) in the costliest part of an invariable expensive city, and the hosts are kind and welcoming.
26 Beach Road, Dublin 4, Ireland. +353 16670573
The Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge
An elegant spot in popular and pricey Ballsbridge (and easily walkable from the stadium), the four-star Clayton is situated in a gorgeous old building and known for its food and service. It’s taken on something of a business-heavy feel in recent years, but still makes a nice weekend stop-off, quiet and out of the centre, and with beautiful grounds and the convention-heavy RDS just around the corner, too.
Merrion Road, Dublin 4, Ireland. +353 16681111