Heading to Dublin but not sure where to stay? We’ve checked out the 10 best hotels in Dublin city centre for you—from super luxury to hipster chic.
Dublin has no shortage of accommodation
options. But don’t just opt for the first (and cheapest) place in town. A cosy
base is key to an enjoyable stay in Ireland’s capital, no matter if you come
here for fun or business.
And as we all know that finding that
perfect home away from home can be pretty time-consuming, we have done the
homework for you. Take a look at our selection of the 10 best hotels in Dublin
city centre below.
10. Blooms Hotel – a colourful stay in Temple Bar
Colourful Blooms Hotel in Temple Bar is just a stone’s throw from Dublin Castle and Trinity College, making it an ideal sightseeing base. The rooms and apartments come with all the modern amenities you’d need for a city break (or a business stay), including a flat TV.
The hotel has its own downstairs pub with live Irish music seven days a week and optional cocktail mixing classes. Fancy a dance? “Club M,” an institution among Dublin’s in-crowd, is housed in the very same building, meaning you can party the night away without having to worry about jackets, umbrellas, and a cab back home.
Address: 3-6 Anglesea St, Dublin 2
9. Marlin Hotel – a luxury hipster playground
Just a few minutes’ walk from Grafton
Street, newly opened Marlin Hotel is a luxury hipster playground with an
industrial nod. The sculptural tree, red Vespa, and horsebox doubling as a coffee
station in the lobby are great for Instagram pictures, while the self-check-in
minimises waiting times at the reception.
We love the co-working groundfloor with
super-fast Wi-Fi, as well as the vast vinyl collection in the library area. The
300 rooms and suites come with luxury double beds, a smart TV, illuminating
mirrors, automated blackout blinds, and a Bluetooth speaker.
The hotel’s restaurant offers buffet-style breakfast as well as organic wines, craft beers, and all the traditional Irish foods.
Address: 11 Bow Lane East, Dublin 2
8. Aloft Dublin City – a favourite of millenials
This brand new 202-bedroom hotel on Mill
Street in the heart of The Liberties has quickly become one of the 10 best
hotels in Dublin city centre, especially popular with the tech-savvy millennial
crowd. Part of the Marriott International Inc, colourful and stylish Aloft
Dublin City looks like something straight out of an influencer’s Instagram
Upon arrival, head to the seventh floor
for check-in. Instead of keys, doors open with QR codes, and if you want to
order room service, just send an emoji (!) to the WhatsApp concierge called “Lofty.”
A highlight not to be missed is “The WXYZ bar” with chic decors, huge windows for stunning city views, and an all-day food and drinks menu.
Address: 1 Mill St, The Liberties, Dublin, Dublin 8
7. The Dean Hotel – the funky yet affordable hotel
If you are looking for something
affordable with a funky touch, The Dean Hotel, five minutes off Grafton Street
and surrounded by bars and clubs, is your best bet. The stylish four-star hotel
in a Georgian townhouse sports a hipster retro vibe with chrome tables,
wood-burning stoves, and old-school vinyl players.
The rooms are modern, colourful, fun, and suitable for couples, solo travellers, families, and groups of friends alike (for the latter, we highly recommend the chic bunk beds!).
If you love rooftop terraces just like we do, head to “Sophie’s bar and restaurant” on-site and enjoy 360-degree panoramic views over the city, the sea, and the mountains while sipping a cocktail.
Address: 33 Harcourt St, Saint Kevin’s, Dublin 2
6. The Alex – a refuge with industrial 1950s vibes
The Alex (formerly known as O’Callaghan
Alexander Hotel) around the corner from Trinity College has an industrial 1950s
vibe—think sleek furnishing, plush sofas, steel, and lots of natural light. The
chic Work Hub in the lobby with extra fast wifi makes it ideal for everyone in
town for business or freelancers and tech junkies catching up with their
The rooms and suites are modern yet cosy, and we are fans of all the works of local artists on the walls, the super kingsize beds, and the rainforest showers. Hungry? The hotel restaurant has an all-day menu with customized salad bowls and tapas, which are especially popular.
Address: 41-47 Fenian St, Dublin 2
5. The Clarence Hotel – Bono’s rock-and-roll hotel
Owned by U2’s Bono and The Edge, The Clarence Hotel is considered Dublin’s original boutique rock-and-roll hotel. The five-star place is located on Wellington Quay in Temple Bar and offers 48 double rooms as well as a Garden Terrace and a Penthouse Suite, all coming with wooden towel rails and original Irish pieces of art emphasizing the hotel’s traditional touch.
Besides the on-site restaurant “Clever East,” we especially recommend the comfy eight-sided hotel bar “Octagon”, known for their delicious cocktails and a great place for people-watching. If you are looking for some quiet time, head to “The Study” opposite the reception and enjoy a glass of wine at the fireplace.
Address: 6-8 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
4. The Marker Hotel – a stylish waterside spot
Love the docklands? The stylish Marker Hotel is located right at the waterside and boasts spectacular views from both the rooms and the rooftop terrace. Easily recognisable by its checkerboard façade, a Dublin landmark of its own, the hotel is beloved for its sleek and modern rooms as well as its award-winning spa, including a 23-metre long infinity pool.
Nestled between the Liffey and the Grand Canal, a short stroll from Sandymount Beach and a 20-minute-walk to Temple Bar, this hotel is ideal for cosmopolitan guests with a weak spot for everything water. Escape the city buzz by the ocean or hop on a sailing boat around the corner from the hotel.
Address: Grand Canal Square, Docklands, Dublin 2
3. The Shelbourne – for a five-star treat
Easily recognisable by its signature red-brick Victorian façade, The Shelbourne overlooking St Stephen’s Green, just a few minutes walk from Grafton Street, has been a Dublin institution ever since it opened in 1824. Easily one of the best hotels in Dublin city centre, the five-star venue boasts everything you’d expect from a traditional luxury place, like open fireplaces, glittering chandeliers, and countless antiques.
The rooms and suites have kingsize beds and fancy marble bathrooms. The hotel also has an opulent spa, a beauty salon, and a small barber’s shop. And its elegant restaurant “The Saddle Room” ranks among the favourites of Dublin’s gourmets. “The Lord Mayor’s Lounge” is a fixture on the city’s social scene, with the occasional celebrity popping in.
Address: 27 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2
2. The Westbury – top-notch accommodation in a prime location
The family-owned Westbury was voted “Best Hotel in Ireland” in the “Condé Nast Traveler 2019 Reader’s Choice Awards,” and it’s easy to see why: The five-star-hotel is opulent and luxurious, with spacious, bright rooms, chandeliers, and Nespresso machines. Yet, it has managed to keep a cosy, casual vibe.
This place is ideal for sophisticated travellers looking for top-notch accommodation at a prime location in the heart of Dublin. The in-house cafe “The Gallery” is a beloved spot for afternoon tea with locals and visitors alike, while the 1930s inspired “The Sidebar” is ideal to end your day in style.
Address: Balfe Street, Dublin 2
1. The Merrion – the best of the
The 142-bedroom and suite hotel tops both our ranking of the 10 best hotels in Dublin city centre and the TripAdvisor readers’ one. If open fireplaces, antiques, and an extensive art collection are your cup of tea, this is your place to be. The hotel in the heart of Georgian Dublin has a quiet courtyard garden and a luxury spa including a pool and various beauty treatments.
The rooms come with queen-sized beds, docking stations, laptop-sized safes and more than 100 television channels. We especially enjoy the hotel’s casual Cellar Bar in the original 18th-century wine vaults. If you are up for fancy, head to the in-house two-star Michelin restaurant “Patrick Guilbaud.”
Address: Merrion Street Upper, Dublin 2
Dive in and explore the city like a local.
Read our tips on where to go, what to do and what not to miss…
In compact Dublin, you can easily cover a lot of ground on your own
From nocturnal pub crawling (for educational purposes) to high-adrenaline outdoor activities to fun family-friendly pursuits, choices abound.
You might start with the capital’s supremo tourist attraction, the Guinness Storehouse. Most people do.
Prefer being under the watchful eye of a knowledgeable guide?
There are tons of tours – walking, traveling by bicycle or bus, amphibious vehicle or horse-drawn cart…or even by boat or kayak.
However you choose to get about, you can also experience the true spirit of traditional Irish culture and history through architecture, dance, storytelling, music, theatre, museums and galleries.
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