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In the first of our three part Insider’s Guide to Dublin we introduced you to a few of our favourite things to do in the capital of the Emerald Isle. Below, we recommended a few Dublin hotels where you can rest your head after a day spent exploring.
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.
Located just off Grafton Street in the heart of Dublin, this contemporary hotel is classic but stylish in décor. With two restaurants to choose from – The Gallery, a casual bistro and Wilde, a fine dining restaurant – you can stay close to home or choose from a myriad of restaurants and pubs within walking distance.
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.