Dublin's Best Boutique Hotels to Book for Travellers Seeking the Extraordinary

With its award-winning bar and covered terrace, the Dylan is a great choice for couples
With its award-winning bar and covered terrace, the Dylan is a great choice for couples | Courtesy of the Dylan / Booking.com
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21 September 2021

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Dublin’s a beautiful city, full of rich heritage and vibrant culture. From the leafy suburbs to the bustling centre, the capital of the Republic of Ireland serves up masses to see and do, whether you’re taking in the nightlife, jumping into the cultural scene or sampling the latest epicurean offerings. You might be here for a weekend break or a longer stay – whichever it is, book a hotel from the list below, via Culture Trip, and you’ll be good to go.

The Devlin

Boutique Hotel
4.5/5 (111 Reviews)
The Devlin
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Here’s the perfect place to stay if you want a village vibe and proximity to the city centre. The hotel is within walking distance of many of the most popular attractions of the city, and is well serviced by public transport. The 40 rooms are lookers, down to the colourful teal panelling on the walls, and while compact, they’ve got everything you’ll need to make the most of your stay. Top tip: there’s a glass-walled rooftop terrace and bar with delicious cocktails, as well as a fully kitted-out cinema with the cosiest armchairs for checking out the latest releases.
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The Hendrick

Boutique Hotel
4.3/5 (372 Reviews)
The Hendrick
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Price Drop
Now from $89 per night
The first street-art hotel in Ireland is on the cusp of the centre, with easy access to Dublin via the Luas tram system, or various bus routes. It’s an Instagram dream come true, with 146 rooms that range from doubles to family-size spaces, all in crisp monochrome tones. You’ll be tempted to hang out in the vibrant ground floor bar or outdoor courtyard, but there’s plenty to explore in the Smithfield area, and terrific cafes practically on your doorstep. Attractions nearby include the Guinness Storehouse, the Jameson Distillery and Phoenix Park.
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The Marker

Spa Hotel
4.8/5 (975 Reviews)
The Marker
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Price Drop
Now from $309 per night
The Marker is a little bit further out, but it’s a must-stay — not just for the hotel itself, but for the surrounding area, the vibrant Grand Canal Square. The 187 guest rooms and suites here range from premier rooms to a one-of-a-kind suite, the Schwartz. Whichever you book, you’ll get sleek good looks with plush, vibrant purple carpet and cosy mustard chairs. Take in the views of the city, the mountains and the sea from the rooftop bar, or switch off for a meditative treatment in the spa: either way, it’s an unforgettable experience.
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Cliff Townhouse

Boutique Hotel
4.2/5 (168 Reviews)
Cliff Townhouse
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You couldn’t get much closer to St Stephen’s Green than this beautiful nine-room boutique hotel. Size-wise, there’s plenty to choose from: we like the Townhouse Rooms, which overlook the city and feel like a home away from home; the Parkview Rooms are lovely, too, leaning decoratively into the Georgian style, with Instagram-worthy views of Stephen’s Green. It’s the ideal spot from which to dive into the Dublin cultural scene, and is only a few minutes from Temple Bar and Harcourt Street, if you’re looking for a night out.
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  • The Dylan

    Boutique Hotel, Hotel, Luxury
    4.6/5 (460 Reviews)
    The Dylan
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    Price Drop
    Now from $251 per night
    The historic townhouse is a two-minute walk from Baggot Street and about 15 minutes on foot from the centre of Dublin. It’s got a bar that’s won many an award, and several places to dine, as well as a heated, partially covered terrace you can hang out in comfortably all year round. Most of the 72 individually designed bedrooms and suites have queen, king or double beds, and the hotel is dog-friendly. All in all, it’s a great choice for couples or if you’re traveling with pals.
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    The Alex

    Boutique Hotel
    4.5/5 (419 Reviews)
    The Alex
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    Price Drop
    Now from $204 per night
    Here’s the perfect base for a first Dublin adventure, a stone’s throw from Merrion Square, the National Gallery of Ireland, Grafton Street and Trinity College. The Alex is also within walking distance of various other cultural attractions. Many of the 103 rooms feature cocooning king or twin beds, which explains its popularity among couples; the suites can sleep a family of four. There are plenty of dining options in-house, but the Secret Garden terrace in particular will have you feeling as if you’ve stepped into something out of a storybook.
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    The Wilder Townhouse

    Boutique Hotel
    4.8/5 (233 Reviews)
    The Wilder Townhouse
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    Price Drop
    Now from $232 per night
    It’s slightly off the beaten path, but this boutique townhouse is one to make a beeline for, with the ideal balance of period heritage and modern-day comforts. There’s a great design mix, with dressmakers’ dummies and plum-coloured velour. Romance is the key flavour here, and the place is a dream for couples. You’ll be able to make the most of the nightlife scene, as Harcourt Street and South William Street are both within walking distance. There’s also easy access to public transport, making it a good hub to take in all the city has to offer.
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    Number 31

    Boutique Hotel, Bed and Breakfast
    4.4/5 (95 Reviews)
    Number 31
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    Fancy staying the heart of the Georgian Mile, within walking distance of St Stephen’s Green? Choose this hotel, with its laid-back eclectic feel and plenty of nods to the Jazz Age. There’s a sunken 1970s-style living room with a glittering bar area and a lush garden where you’ll end up spending whole evenings. Each room highlights the original features of the building while blending in modernist elements: yellow, teal and fuchsia accents add pops of colour. There’s no restaurant, but there are plenty of options nearby, including the upmarket contemporary Irish restaurant Suesey Street.
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    For more great places to stay in the Irish capital, see the most family-friendly hotels in Dublin and the best spa hotels in Dublin; they’re all bookable through Culture Trip. Fill the time with the best outdoor activities in and around Dublin, or head further afield with the best weekend trips from the city.

    This is an updated rewrite of an article originally by Sophie Donaldson.

    These recommendations were updated on September 21, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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