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O'Neill's Pub & Townhouse, Dublin | © William Murphy/Flickr
O'Neill's Pub & Townhouse, Dublin | © William Murphy/Flickr

The 5 Best Bed & Breakfasts In Dublin

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Updated: 9 February 2017
When you’re unfamiliar with a city, the personal touch and warm welcome that comes with staying in a bed and breakfast can make your visit that much more comfortable. With an assortment that includes award winners, customer-voted favourites and distinctively Irish experiences, read on to discover Dublin’s best B&Bs. 

The House With History

Centrally located in a Georgian building near St. Stephen’s Green and on the Luas tram line, the luxury Harrington Hall is a stone’s throw from the Grafton Street shopping district, the Creative Quarter and some of Dublin’s best nightlife. Named after the famous nationalist politician Timothy Charles Harrington, who used to live in the building, Harrington Hall also boasts its own resident masseuse – a real treat after a day spent pounding the Dublin pavement.

Harrington Hall, 70 Harcourt St, Saint Kevin’s, Dublin 2, Ireland, +353 1 475 3497

The Architectural Gem

Another bed and breakfast close to St. Stephen’s Green is Number 31, an award-winning boutique guesthouse split between a Georgian townhouse and a modern mews. Designed by the notable Dublin architect Sam Stephenson – who also designed the Central Bank of Ireland on Dame Street – the mews features a common sunken seating area with a working fireplace. Rooms are well appointed with modern art and luxurious Matteo bedding, and a beautiful private garden sits between the two buildings. Number 31’s organic, seasonal breakfasts previously won the Best Guesthouse Breakfast in Ireland Award in Georgina Campbell’s prestigious Ireland guide.

Number 31, 31 Leeson Close, Dublin 2, Ireland, +353 1 676 5011

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The Customer Favourite

Close to Dublin airport, Croke Park stadium and the National Botanic Gardens, Arranmore House in Drumcondra is the number-one-rated Dublin B&B on TripAdvisor. Within walking distance of the city centre and its many attractions, this establishment also has several quality pubs and restaurants in the immediate vicinity, for the nights when you’d rather stay close by. Host-proprietor Anne is generally described in reviews as welcoming, charming and knowledgable about her home city, providing her guests with an overwhelmingly positive experience.

Arranmore House, 104 Drumcondra Rd Lower, Dublin 9, Ireland, +353 1 830 0009

The City Centre Pub & Guesthouse

Right in the heart of the action, O’Neill’s Victorian Pub & Townhouse is situated on Pearse Street, right behind Dublin’s Trinity College. This authentic old Irish pub, founded in 1885, has eight bedrooms upstairs, ranging from singles to family suites. The food at O’Neill’s is genuinely good, and visitors can follow dinner with a premium whiskey tasting – sampling aged pot-still and single-malt whiskeys within the cosy surroundings of their whiskey bar – before falling into bed. It may not be as quiet as B&Bs outside the city centre, but the experience will be worth it.

O’Neill’s Victorian Pub & Townhouse, 36-37 Pearse St, Dublin 2, Ireland, +353 1 671 4074

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The Elegant Establishment

Ballsbridge is a wealthy Dublin suburb and home to many of the city’s embassies, and it’s well connected to the heart of the city by a short bus journey. Here you will find the sophisticated Aaron Court bed and breakfast in a beautifully decorated original Edwardian building with original features. All the rooms in this pleasant family-run B&B have en-suite bathrooms, and include free wi-fi and the all-important tea- and coffee-making facilities. The air coach services Ballsbridge directly from Dublin airport, simplifying the journey for international travellers.

Aaron Court, 144 Merrion Rd, Dublin 4, Ireland, +353 1 260 2631