Whether you want to be at the centre of the action in a modern flat, live like the president by Phoenix Park or escape to a tower by the sea, make the most of your stay with Culture Trip’s pick of the best Airbnbs in Dublin.
This historic, family-friendly townhouse sits near the bank of the River Liffey in medieval Christchurch, and was built on the foundations of the city wall. The red-brick exterior hides a curated collection of curios: bicycles hang from the living-room wall while eclectic artworks are surrounded by previous tenants’ good wishes, scrawled directly onto the plaster. Despite these contemporary flourishes, the exposed beams and brickwork have been preserved. To explore Dublin’s history further, take a trip to one of the ancient nearby churches or wander into the city centre to visit one of Dublin’s best museums.
With mid-century modern design and an intimate terrace, this classy penthouse in the central neighbourhood of Dublin is the perfect place for a cocktail party – or even a dinner party, as the kitchen is armed with everything you need to whip up a feast. A winding iron staircase leads to two stylish double bedrooms offering comfortable beds in a cool grey colour scheme with copper accents. The apartment is just a 15-minute walk away from Temple Bar and Grafton Street, allowing guests to experience the best things to do in Dublin while enjoying the peace and quiet of being away from the main tourist hub.
Entering this property in the historic neighbourhood of Rathmines is like walking into a fairy tale castle, complete with crystal chandeliers and sumptuous silk furnishings. Fans of pink will feel at home here, with the decor including every hue, from blush bathroom tiles to fuchsia velvet sofas. With four boudoir-like bedrooms accommodating a maximum of nine guests, a conservatory and an outdoor patio, this Airbnb would be ideal for a wedding party, as the vintage decor would sit beautifully in the background of those intimate pre-wedding shots. Just 20 minutes’ walk away from the city centre, this house is an oasis of calm.
Romantic literary types need look no further than this carefully restored Georgian suite, which looks as though it could be the setting of a historical novel. The moulded cornices on the ceilings have been preserved and the interiors are furnished in a way befitting the building’s character, with an original fireplace, luxurious navy sectional sofa and elegant four-poster bed with lace throw. The surrounding area is also a big draw for culture vultures: the James Joyce Centre, Writers Museum and Gate Theatre are all just minutes away.
Set in a former cobbler’s workshop, this enormous six-bedroom townhouse sleeps a maximum of 15 guests while retaining a cosy intimacy. The decor is characterised with folksy, quirky flourishes such as brightly coloured bunting, exposed brick walls and splashes of yellow to accentuate the polished wooden floors and furniture. Combining impeccable design with home comforts, this boutique Airbnb is perfect for events or family get-togethers. It also offers a great central city location in Dublin 2, which is within easy walking distance of attractions such as Temple Bar and St Stephens Green.
This compact one-bedroom flat is a haven of understated contemporary cool in the centre of Dublin. The decor features clean modern design accentuated with printed maps and numerous plants. The apartment is situated south of the River Liffey, on a tree-lined boulevard leading to the stunning St Patrick’s Cathedral, in an area rich in independent cafés and brunch spots. Main Dublin attractions including Temple Bar and the Guinness Storehouse are a 10-minute walk away.
Martello towers were defensive forts built on Ireland’s coastline throughout the 19th century to repel a Napoleonic invasion; this example, the Sutton Martello tower, has been lovingly restored into a truly unique Airbnb. The top-floor kitchen offers 360-degree views of Dublin Bay, and you can descend from the building’s entrance straight to the pebble-strewn beach below. It’s situated in the coastal village of Howth, just north of Dublin’s city centre and easily accessible by the DART.
This family-friendly former stableyard is at the gate of Phoenix Park, Dublin’s largest green space and home of the President of Ireland. The interior has been refitted as a luxurious homestay with a rustic feel, featuring a muted-green colour palette and natural wood. There are four bedrooms (including two en suites), a sauna and a 14-metre (46-foot) heated swimming pool with a view onto the park, making this property ideal for a group getaway. Several golf courses are a short drive away, and there are two sets of golf clubs available for guests’ use. On warm sunny days, head to Phoenix Park to admire the wild deer, cycle along the wide paths and enjoy a picnic on the lush grass.
Experience Dublin from a new angle on this self-catering barge moored in the waters of Dublin Docks. Fitted with a double bed and two bunk beds, this unusual Airbnb is ideal for a family of four. It’s delightfully cosy, with hot showers, a coal stove and a fully equipped kitchen in a rustic, wood-panelled interior. Wi-Fi is available for an extra fee. The surrounding docks have a variety of great restaurants and coffee shops, as well as grocery stores for replenishing supplies. Visitors can learn more about the area at the nearby Waterways Ireland Visitor Centre – nicknamed the ‘Box in the Docks’ for its unique modern architecture – which has a great exhibition on the Docks’ history.