Our Top 3
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.
This design hotel is located in the emerging Docklands district, so you can count on a view of the River Liffey and the Grand Canal. With fresh interiors and a contemporary and modern feel, it’s part of the new Dublin. Mingle with locals and visitors alike on the ground-floor bar as well as a rooftop bar perfect for sunset-watchers. The onsite restaurant, Brasserie, serves a modern take on Irish cuisine; perfect for a pre-theatre dinner (the Bord Gais Energy Theatre is right next door), or ‘drunch’ on Sunday late afternoons. A wellness spa with a green infinity pool, whirlpool, and spacious lounging areas round out the hotel’s myriad offerings.
A classic hotel set in a landmark building at the heart of Dublin, its grand lines and elegance are a draw, as is its enviable location overlooking St. Stephen’s Green. Originally founded in 1824, the hotel has even found its way into Irish history—the Irish Constitution was drafted here, and it even has a mention in James Joyce’s masterpiece, Ulysses. Spend your time in the grand sitting rooms taking high tea, or take on classic steak and seafood at The Saddle Room. Head to two bars—the Horseshoe Bar features fine Irish whiskey, and is one of Dublin’s classic meeting places, or visit No. 27, which highlights an informal menu and innovative cocktails, as well as a Sunday jazz brunch with a perfect view of the park.