The 8 Best Bed and Breakfasts in Dublin

Stauntons on the Green is one of several upmarket Dublin B&Bs that offer elegance and luxury within a historic setting
Stauntons on the Green is one of several upmarket Dublin B&Bs that offer elegance and luxury within a historic setting | Courtesy of Stauntons on the Green / Expedia
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14 August 2020

The best B&Bs in the Irish capital offer the chance to experience the country’s famous hospitality in an intimate setting, but without the hefty price tag you’d get at a hotel. Comfy beds, friendly staff and cooked breakfast with a local twist – think freshly baked soda bread or freshly caught fish – are guaranteed at these homes from home in Dublin.

Number 31

Boutique Hotel, Bed and Breakfast
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One of Dublin’s best-known B&Bs is the former residence of architect Sam Stephenson, whose brutalist designs, such as the boxy Central Bank, sometimes courted controversy with their modern look. This elegant townhouse, just five minutes from St Stephen’s Green, preserves the original Georgian façade, while the interiors combine traditional touches with distinctive modern flourishes. Sink into a deep leather sofa in front of the fireplace, or enjoy the patterns and textures in each carefully curated room. Gourmet breakfast options include mushroom frittata, poached pears in vanilla syrup and granola.

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Ariel House

Bed and Breakfast, Hotel
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Ariel House, in the affluent suburb of Ballsbridge, comprises 37 rooms spread throughout two charming red-brick Victorian buildings and a modern wing. The garden-view rooms in this new section are neat and unfussy, while more opulent superior rooms and suites, featuring four-poster beds and crystal chandeliers, are available in the main house. The communal drawing room is populated with antique furniture and a grand piano that is free for guests to use. The lavish breakfasts include a full traditional Irish fry-up, as well as smoked salmon, pancakes and fresh scones, all made with locally sourced ingredients.
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Pembroke Townhouse

Bed and Breakfast
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This townhouse, also in Ballsbridge, has a wide range of rooms varying from original Georgian suites to quieter rooms in the modern section at the back. For families, Pembroke Townhouse offers highchairs, cots, infant beds and in-room babysitting services. The building’s Georgian character is preserved in its red-brick façade and in the drawing room, with its period fireplace and antique furniture. A spread of home-baked treats is available with breakfast, including fruit scones, soda bread and banana bread, with complimentary coffee and biscuits served all day.

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Aberdeen Lodge

Bed and Breakfast, Hotel
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Owners Pat and Ann bought this dilapidated Edwardian property in Ballsbridge in 1989 and transformed it into a stunning ivy-clad guesthouse and a deserving recipient of a Fodor’s Travel Award. Service is exceptional, with personal touches including a pot of Irish tea and freshly baked cookies waiting for you on arrival. A concierge service will pick you up from the airport in a luxury car and also help you arrange tours. The award-winning breakfast includes a full Irish, served in the period dining room. Despite the village-like feel of the area, central Dublin is minutes away on the Dart – the city’s public transport is also the perfect way to explore the highlights of the Irish capital’s coastline.

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Gleann-na-Smol

Bed and Breakfast, Cottages
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If it’s relaxing sea views you’re after, this cosy cottage, in the coastal village of Howth, offers a welcome respite from the city, with scenic cliffside walks for hikers of all abilities. Aspiring anglers will enjoy the abundance of fish, while shoppers can browse handmade jewellery and vintage antiques at the local market. The B&B itself is decorated in eclectic fashion and serves up a hearty Irish breakfast with home-made bread and preserves. Despite the coastal tranquillity, central Dublin is only 20 minutes away by Dart train.

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Evergreen Bed and Breakfast

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This luxurious B&B would make an ideal stay for a couple or a family getaway, with spacious ensuite rooms decorated in a lively red and amber colour scheme and traditional wood panelling throughout. Breakfast comprises a full Irish, fresh fruit salad and a variety of cereals and is served in the dining room, where exposed-brick walls create a rustic atmosphere. The accommodation’s country setting belies its convenient location, a 10-minute drive from Dublin Airport and 25 minutes from the city centre. The surrounding medieval town of Swords is home to an imposing castle and numerous golf courses.

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Harrington Hall

Bed and Breakfast
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Harrington Hall is a sophisticated blast from the past, revelling in its Georgian roots with original features and old-world decor. Behind the red-brick walls and sun-yellow door, you’ll find a luxurious interior with gilt-framed mirrors, Arcadian wall hangings and glistening chandeliers. The elegant ensuite rooms – ranging from twins to suites – are decked out with traditional wallpaper and antique furnishings and all have TV and coffee-making facilities. In the mornings, you can tuck into a traditional Irish breakfast – bacon, eggs, soda bread – all washed down with freshly squeezed juice, before heading out to enjoy a day of shopping at nearby Grafton Street.

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Stauntons on the Green

Boutique Hotel, Bed and Breakfast
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Stauntons on the Green is where a famous poet put pen to paper, a politician sought respite during battles for independence and a Catholic cardinal founded a university. Its storied past and manicured garden, as well as luxurious rooms – think velvet throws, cosy down duvets and organic seaweed-based toiletries – combine to make this one of Dublin’s most appealing B&Bs. Through the Georgian sash windows you can watch the ducks on the lake and enjoy the calm of St Stephen’s Green, before wandering downstairs to tuck into smoked Irish salmon with eggs (or fresh fruit and natural yoghurt) in the breakfast room.

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Chloe Byrne contributed additional reporting to this article

These recommendations were updated on August 14, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.