The Most Family-Friendly Hotels in Dublin, Ireland

Dublin is a great city for families, with an abundance of wonderful kid-friendly hotels
Dublin is a great city for families, with an abundance of wonderful kid-friendly hotels | Courtesy of InterContinental Dublin / Expedia.com
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13 January 2021

Ireland’s capital is a child-friendly crowd pleaser, with zoos, museums, toy shops and hotels that roll out the red carpet for families.

Dublin is a great city for families. There are parks, promenades, beaches, museums and all-ages attractions – and many hotels in Ireland’s hospitable capital cater for groups with kids in tow, with larger rooms to sleep all, child-friendly dining times, junior room-service menus and even on-call babysitting. After all, it’s a holiday for you, too. Here’s our pick of the best hotels for tots, teenagers and worn-out parents.

The Merrion Hotel

With a junior room-service menu, dishes served on “Miss and Master Merrion” crockery, mocktails and mini bathrobes, children at the Merrion get VIP treatment. Rooms can be augmented with cots and extra beds to cater for families. The hotel is surrounded by many of Dublin’s cultural and entertainment attractions, such as the Royal Hibernian Academy, an art gallery that runs a dedicated kids’ programme and workshops, and is also close to the children’s playground in leafy St Stephen’s Green park.
Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
Express check-out
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

The Shelbourne Dublin

Situated on the edge of St Stephen’s Green, with its fountains, swans and children’s playground, the Shelbourne is a perfect place for a family city break. The hotel offers a children’s menu, babysitting services and interconnecting rooms. It’s also just down the street from the city’s main shopping and entertainment area.
Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Full-service spa
Express check-out
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Limo or Town Car service available
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace

InterContinental Dublin

Located in the affluent Ballsbridge area of south Dublin, the Intercontinental offers a fine start for families. The spacious family rooms sleep two adults and two children, with interconnecting rooms available. Aside from the excellent swimming pool, the hotel has a two-acre (0.8ha) private garden to explore and is close to Sandymount Strand, one of Dublin’s most popular beaches.
Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
In-room accessibility
Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
Express check-out
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Limo or Town Car service available
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

The Fitzwilliam Hotel

Families are drawn to the Fitzwilliam for its location at the top of the famous Grafton Street, on the edge of St Stephen’s Green and in the heart of Dublin’s entertainment district. Guests get a discount on neighbouring Cogs toyshop, children receive a welcome pack of goodies, families can enjoy bespoke menus in the restaurant – and there’s even a Wonka-themed afternoon tea. Rooms are spacious and, when interconnected, offer extra sleeping or living legroom.
Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
Express check-out
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Ariel House

Ariel House is a guesthouse created within three adjoining Victorian homes in south Dublin. The en-suite family rooms offer two double beds and are in the modern wing of the house. Rugby fans will appreciate the location, close to the Aviva Stadium – great if you’re off for a family day out. Breakfast produce is locally sourced, and the staff are proud of their honest cooking.
Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Multilingual staff
Smoke-free property

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  • The Royal Marine Hotel

    Located on Dublin Bay’s C-shaped coastline – with the Dún Laoghaire promenade, countryside and beach walks close by – the Royal Marine is a great choice for families. As well as its swimming pool and children’s menus, the hotel has executive family suites that include a king-size bed, sofa pull-outs and rollaways or cots, as needed.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Restaurant
    Full-service spa
    Express check-out
    Conference space
    24-hour front desk
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    Clontarf Castle Hotel

    With its grand turrets and glowing lanterns, children will relish the chance to stay in a real Irish castle. The family package includes welcome packs for little ones, and the hotel is close to crowd-pleasing attractions such as Dublin Zoo – plus there’s plenty of open space to run around on Clontarf’s seafront promenade. During the festive season, it’s decked to the nines, making for a great pre-Christmas break.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Restaurant
    Express check-out
    Conference space
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Limo or Town Car service available
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Terrace
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    Herbert Park Hotel

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    Herbert Park Hotel, Dublin
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    In the picturesque Ballsbridge area of Dublin, the Herbert Park Hotel sits beside the city’s titular 48-acre (20ha) park. The family package includes in-room movies and pizza – a welcome treat after a day’s adventures in the city. Families can plump for the interconnecting rooms, comprising double and twin beds.

    Ashling Hotel Dublin

    Families staying at the Ashling Hotel will find themselves next door to one of the largest galleries in the country, the National Museum of Ireland, with its family-friendly exhibits, and across the river from the Guinness Storehouse. In short, it’s a great base for exploring the west side of Dublin. Family rooms can be configured as required, with interconnecting rooms available for extra space – and kids will have fun counting the treasure trail of cuddly sheep hidden around the hotel.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Restaurant
    In-room accessibility
    Conference space
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    Dublin Skylon Hotel

    Family rooms at the Skylon are decorated with comfort and relaxation in mind and can be kitted out with double beds and singles, as required. The area around the hotel has a number of dining options, from Italian Il Corvo to Irish Restaurant 104 (set in a building immortalised by James Joyce’s Ulysses). Access into the city centre is easy, too, with a major bus route embarking from the hotel’s front door and proximity to Croke Park stadium, an interactive sports skills and games’ zone.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Restaurant
    In-room accessibility
    Conference space
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Terrace
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property
    These recommendations were updated on January 13, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.