The Gresham Hotel
One of Dublin’s best known hotels, The Gresham is on O’Connell Street itself, Dublin’s main thoroughfare. Whilst this can lead to noise, the rooms more than make up for it, being either modern and sleek or vintage and warmly decorated. When booking, ask for city views for the best rooms, or request to stay in the newly renovated College Wing. Stay here to find yourself in one of Dublin’s landmarks.
23Upper O’Connell St., Dublin 1, Ireland, +353 1 874 6881
The Westbury Hotel
The Westbury Hotel offers a good starting place for those wanting to immerse themselves in the local culture. Found between Trinity College and Stephen’s Green, the hotel itself has a substantial art collection, featuring pieces by Sir John Lavery and others. For those looking for James Joyce’s Dublin, Sweny’s Chemist, featured in Ulysses, is situated nearby. Rooms are decorated in a modern style, but with some vintage aspects. However, The Westbury’s main selling points are its prime location as a hotel in central Dublin, coupled with its reputation as one of the best hotels in Ireland.
The Westbury Mall, Grafton Street, Dublin 2, Ireland, +353 1 679 1122
The Clarence Hotel
The Clarence Hotel was built in 1852 on the bank of the River Liffey. 140 years later, in 1992, it was purchased by U2 stars Bono and The Edge, who refurbished it from a two-star 70 room hotel into a smaller, more upmarket, 49-room, four-star hotel. There are several types of room to choose from, with the option to pay a little extra for a “Superior River View” room. Whilst its location does mean that it can be noisy at night, this issue is avoidable depending on where you are in the hotel, and may be a benefit rather than a problem for nightlife-loving guests.
6-8 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2, Ireland, +353 1 407 0800
The Croke Park Hotel
Situated across from Croke Park Stadium itself, this modern hotel boasts a connection with the home of Gaelic sport. Croke Park is worth seeing, its 80,000-strong capacity making it the fourth biggest stadium in Europe. Its attached museum, along with its stadium tours, make it one of Dublin’s must-see sights for sports fans. Along with the Westbury, this hotel is a member of the Doyle Collection, a group of luxury hotels with locations worldwide. It features modern rooms and gym facilities, for the active visitor.
Jones’s Rd, Dublin, Ireland, +353 1 871 4444
The Harding Hotel
The archway entrance to Harding Hotel reflects the age of the surroundings. In Old Dublin, this hotel is in a convenient location, near Christchurch Cathedral and the Temple Bar area. Darkey Kelly’s Bar features both contemporary hits and traditional Irish music, with a bar menu served daily.
FishambleStreet, Dublin, Ireland, +353 1 679 6500
Clontarf Castle Hotel
The standout feature of Clontarf Castle Hotel is that it is literally a castle. Originally built in the 12th century, the hotel has a modern aesthetic and feel in a Norman-era shell. This luxury boutique hotel is a popular spot for weddings, and its romantic atmosphere makes it easy to see why. Rooms are stylish and well-designed, and some upgraded rooms and suites offer four-poster beds, making guests feel like they’re in a castle even within their rooms.
CastleAve, Clontarf, Dublin 3, Ireland, +353 1 833 2321
Another cultural hotspot, this hotel was mentioned by name in James Joyce’s Ulysses. Steeped in history, The Shelbourne is in a landmark building where the Irish Constitution was drafted. The hotel’s plush rooms feature large, comfortable beds and all expected amenities. Whilst prices are at a premium, so are services. This hotel is the choice of presidents, politicians, and celebrities, so try people watching if you’re so inclined. Along with the Merrion, this is one of Dublin’s true five-star experiences.
27 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin, Ireland, +353 1 663 4500
Arguably Dublin’s most luxurious hotel, this 142 room hotel is understated and elegant. It takes up four restored townhouses in the centre of Georgian Dublin. Its restaurant has two Michelin stars, with another restaurant also available for those looking for a more relaxed meal.
MerrionStreet Upper, Dublin 2, Ireland, +353 1 603 0600
Nestled in three Victorian townhouses, this quiet and cozy hotel is warm and stylish. A full Irish breakfast is included in the price and afternoon tea is available daily in the drawing room. Whilst its surroundings may be Victorian, the Aviva stadium is nearby as is the Lansdowne Road. Ariel House has been restored, keeping the style of the era intact whilst bringing modernity into the setting.
54,50 Lansdowne Rd, Dublin 4, Ireland, +353 1 668 551
This trendy, modern hotel is eye-catching and colorful. Its bright exterior reflects the modern interior while its location on the edge of the bustling Temple Bar area is ideal. Rooms are straightforward, with televisions and ensuite bathrooms. Stag Nights and Hen Parties are welcome, so the hotel may be better for a younger crowd. Its attached nightclub, Club M, can lead to noise, but nightclub entry is free for residents.
6 Anglesea Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Dublin, Ireland, +353 1 671 5622