Where to Rest Your Head: Dublin Hotels
The Merrion Hotel
Located just off Merion Square, one of the most prestigious areas of Dublin city, this gem of a hotel, which is made up of four adjoining Georgian terrace houses, has managed to retain all of its authenticity while the interior is furnished with all of the latest technology and modern comforts (including a spa and infinity pool) expected in a deluxe establishment. Reputed to be the birthplace of Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington (of which one of the salons takes its name from), the hotel has the luxury of a terraced garden located to the rear of the property—a rare asset, if indeed not unique, in a city centre hotel.
The Morrison Hotel
Located on the quays of the river Liffey and directly opposite the infamous ha’penny bridge that leads to the Temple Bar area of the city, the Morrison boutique hotel embraces all that is modern while also remaining understated and stylish. The hotel is a visually stunning building both inside and out, with the juxtaposition of the Georgian townhouse 18thC façade and modern south-facing front overlooking the river. This is one of the Dublin hotels that’s a favourite of the big names who make an appearance on the Dublin gig scene and a place to see and be seen. The rooms are quite minimalist yet comfortable and rather spacious in size. Original art works throughout the hotel are by Clea Van der Grijin.
The Conrad Hotel
Located just off St. Stephen’s Green in the centre of Dublin, and part of the Hilton family of hotels, the Conrad underwent a total refurbishment a few years back and has a modern and discernible interior. All the rooms are spacious with dramatic, custom-made paintings. At night the illuminated building of the National Concert Hall located across the street makes for a great view from the front-facing windows. The Grafton Street shopping area and the impressive St. Stephen’s Green shopping centre are a stone’s throw away, as are the Iveagh Gardens and Stephen’s Green itself. The hotel has a fine-dining restaurant (Plurabelle) as well as an underground bar (Alfie Byrne’s) that is popular with locals and guests alike.