The Best Hotels in Dublin for Every Traveller

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19 January 2021

Dublin may be a small capital, but this medieval city is packed full of historical architecture, buzzing nightlife and an excellent food scene – not just the Guinness Storehouse. The newly-renovated Docklands area is home to tech giants Facebook, Google and Twitter, while tucked away in the old town are traditional Irish pubs alongside hip new cocktail bars. Below, we’ve selected the best hotels in Ireland‘s capital – from quirky boutique retreats to eco-friendly establishments.

The Devlin

Boutique Hotel
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The Devlin Dublin’s rooms have Marshall speakers, Smeg fridges and Nespresso machines
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Voted the Best New Irish Hotel in 2019 by the Travel Media Awards, The Devlin has become a favourite for business visitors to Dublin. There are 40 cleverly designed bright, modern rooms which have “everything you need and nothing you don’t.” On the ground floor, the Americana Bar serves up some of the most exquisite cocktails in Ireland, with custom-brewed coffees to match. In the basement, film buffs will love the comfort of the Stella Cinema.
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The Dylan Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Hotel, Luxury
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The Dylan is a boutique hotel, located in a historic townhouse south of Dublin city centre. It’s in close proximity to the Aviva stadium as well as being situated in a quiet and leafy neighbourhood. There are 72 rooms here, plus an intimate lounge bar called The Ruby Room. The menu at The Eddison Restaurant includes dishes made with fresh, locally farmed Irish vegetables and the other watering hole, the eponymous Dylan bar, has won awards and remains an atmospheric place to mingle.
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Stauntons on the Green

Boutique Hotel, Bed and Breakfast
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Historians will love Stauntons On The Green in central Dublin, as it’s housed in a building where many famous Irish people have lived or stayed, including Catholic Cardinal John Henry Newman, politician Henry Grattan and poet Gerard Manley Hopkins. As well as being drenched in history, Stauntons On The Green boasts a peaceful rear garden and a choice of room options. As a bonus, complimentary flavoured water and fresh fruit are both provided for all guests in common areas.
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The Wilder Townhouse

Boutique Hotel
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The Wilder Townhouse is a pleasant city hideaway with a Victorian style red-brick facade. It is located near St Stephen’s Green and many of Dublin’s main attractions. The bar specialises in gin fusions and the restaurant serves up an award-winning Irish breakfast. The Wilder Townhouse offers unusual trips for its guests; these include a tour of Wicklow Way Winery in the countryside, an afternoon of tea tasting onboard a vintage Irish Routemaster Bus and the Wilder Bees honey tour.
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The Marlin Hotel

Budget Hotel
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The Marlin is a spacious venue ideal for families, couples or those on city breaks. With 300 rooms and an open plan common area, it’s a place to relax while you enjoy all that Dublin has to offer. Water, fast wifi and luxury toiletries are all complimentary. The Marlin is a short walk from popular tourist spots, such as Temple Bar, Grafton Street and St Stephen’s Green. The canteen focuses on European cuisine.
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Cliff Townhouse

Boutique Hotel
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Those interested in fine dining and a cosy lounge will love the lure of Cliff Townhouse. Renowned chef Sean Smith cooks up some truly sumptuous chicken and fish dishes, with fresh Irish vegetables served on the side. The range of cosy and colourful rooms include the option of park views, or windows overlooking the streets of Dublin. The main restaurant lounge has a high ceiling and an open fireplace. The venue can also be hired for cocktail parties, conferences and weddings.
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The Alex

Boutique Hotel
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The Alex
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The Alex is an old favourite on the Dublin hotel scene, which has been given a brand new look. The bedrooms have luxurious features, stunning decor and designer touches. Within the hotel, sip a cappuccino at the Steam cafe, try a signature cocktail at The Carriage or work out at Core, The Alex’s very own private gym. The Alex also contains an intriguing ‘Secret Garden’ venue, where you can enjoy sky views with a cocktail in hand, thanks to its retractable roof.
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The Green Hotel

Boutique Hotel
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The Green Hotel is a well located option in the heart of central Dublin. It sits adjacent to St Stephen’s Green, just south of Temple Bar and only a five minute walk from Grafton Street. Bedrooms focus on comfort and style, making great places for chilling out after exploring the city. The bistro-style restaurant serves up an interesting fusion of Irish and international dishes. The in-house gym is open 24 hours a day.
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Iveagh Garden Hotel

Boutique Hotel
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Opened in 2018, the Iveagh Garden Hotel has 145 luxurious rooms and is famous for its eco-focused business model. It boasts a low carbon footprint and claims to be Europe’s first sustainable hotel. All rooms have a modern decor, with jewel colour patterns, accessible showers and bespoke joinery. Elle’s Bar & Bistro onsite serves up classic cocktails, craft beers and fine wines. The bar also has a trademark champagne afternoon tea and a bottomless pancake brunch.
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The Hendrick Smithfield

Boutique Hotel
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The Hendrick Smithfield is a celebration of art, giving centre stage to the carefully chosen graffiti that street artist James Earley has selected for the walls. The white walls and minimalist furnishings create a perfect backdrop for the urban gallery, with each room serving as its own playful art space. But this hotel does not sacrifice function for form; each of the 146 rooms has been thoughtfully designed to maximise space, and those with bunk beds are a convenient option for groups. Relax in the industrial-style bar, which sells Bretzel Bakery pastries for a light breakfast. The hotel is ideally located for exploring the nearby attractions of Smithfield, including the independent Light House Cinema and the Jameson Distillery.

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  • Trinity City Hotel

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    This striking four-star hotel is just around the corner from Trinity College and Grand Canal Dock on the waters of the Liffey. Trinity City blends Georgian architecture with its maximalist interiors, with chandeliers and gilded mirrors giving common areas a sense of old-school opulence. By comparison, the bedrooms are simple, with practical design in signature shades of warm purple. Despite its main-road location, noise from the street is minimal, guaranteeing a peaceful stay.

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    Number 31

    Boutique Hotel, Bed and Breakfast
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    Located in a Georgian townhouse, Number 31 is a home-from-home; the beating heart is its kitchen. Guests rave about the breakfast made by Delia; it includes hot dishes such as kippers made to order, as well as lighter bites such as cranberry and orange loaf. Outdoor space may be rare in the city, but here you can enjoy your morning coffee in Number 31’s courtyard garden and sheltered terrace. Bright furnishings and white walls keep guest rooms light and airy. This hidden oasis is just a five-minute walk from St Stephen’s Green and the National Concert Hall.

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    The Dean Dublin

    Boutique Hotel, Hotel
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    The Dean, a stone’s throw from Dublin’s energetic Camden Street, is a stylish base for revellers looking for a spot of culture. A neon sign designed by Turner Prize-nominated artist Tracey Emin takes centre stage above the reception desk, where guests can pick up a pocket guide to the boutique hotel’s art collection or some merch. The buzzing, top-floor restaurant hosts DJs on the terrace until the early hours on weekends. Those staying in one of the suites can also create their own after-party, thanks to the turntable, vinyl and guitar supplied.

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    The Shelbourne Dublin

    Hotel, Luxury
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    Guest room at The Shelbourne Dublin
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    Overlooking St Stephen’s Green, The Shelbourne is a Dublin institution. Founded in 1824, it has hosted monumental events in Ireland’s history. In 1916, the hotel welcomed injured parties at The Easter Rising, and in 1922, Ireland’s first constitution was drawn up in a guest room. Over the years, The Shelbourne has hosted esteemed guests such as Charlie Chaplin, Elizabeth Taylor and the Kennedys. Writers like Seamus Heaney have frequented the famous Horseshoe Bar, too. The Shelbourne is by no means low-key, but the appeal of this hotel is not only about old-world elegance; the beauty salon and hotel spa make it a standout urban retreat.

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    The Marker Hotel

    Boutique Hotel, Hotel, Luxury
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    As popular with the business crowd as it is with families, The Marker Hotel is a chic and luxurious five-star destination. This hotel is no wallflower; located in Dublin’s Silicon Docks, the checkerboard-style exterior is a city landmark and sets the futuristic theme of the hotel. The 187 comfortable rooms include doubles, twins and suites aimed at families travelling with children. There’s substance to support the hotel’s style; amenities include an award-winning brasserie, a rooftop bar and luxury health spa. Yogis can take to the rooftop terrace for a complimentary yoga session.

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    Nicky Branagh-Schmidt contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on January 19, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.