We just spent a few days in Dublin and were lucky enough to check out some really fab hotels. Dublin may be a small city (you won’t find any sky scrapers here) but what they may lack in size they certainly don’t lack in style when it comes to places to rest and relax. Here are our top four picks for the best places to get your beauty sleep in Dublin.
Just outside of the city centre is a five-star boutique hotel that offers up luxury in an arty setting, and unmatched service. The interior is a mix of Victorian and contemporary styles, the rooms are spacious, and if you’re willing to shell out just a bit extra, ask for the Dylan experience suite … where there are even TVs in the washrooms. And be sure to sip on a cocktail or two in the hotel bar’s terrace where they serve up some of the best non-beer drinks the city has to offer. Try the Lemon, Lavender & Basil Mojito – it’s simply delish.
The Dylan Hotel
Eastmoreland Place, Dublin 4, +353 1 6603000
The Fitzwilliam couldn’t be in a better location … directly across from Dublin’s large green space St. Stephen’s Green it offers up gorgeous views (especially at sunset). Even better is that it is right next to the main pedestrian shopping strip, Grafton Street, and only a hop away from the touristy the Temple Bar area, old Dublin and a slew of chic restaurants and boutiques. The comfy rooms are decked in rich greens and deep purples, red and crisp creams, and many with balconies overlooking the park.
Fitzwilliam Dublin Hotel
St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, +353 1 478 7000
The Royal Marine Hotel
This hotel is about a 30 minute train ride outside of the city to Dun Laoghaire (pronounced lahw-ry), making it feel like a mini getaway within a getaway. If you get the chance to spend a night here, you’ll enjoy coastal views and the quaint pier overlooking Dublin Bay. With 228 rooms to choose from in the historic building dating back to 1828, and a sansanaSPA, you might just want to book even more than a night out of the city centre. Bonus – the seaweed bath is ideal for soaking tired muscles after days of sight-seeing and shopping along cobbled streets.
Royal Marine Hotel
Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, +00353 1 230 0030
When it’s the hotel choice of the rich and famous, you know it’s going to be steeped in luxury. The Obamas were even scheduled to tuck under the sheets had they not cut their Ireland trip short. Touted as one of the most exclusive 5-star hotels in the city, the hotel staff have a lot to live up to and the service never fails. The location is great as well, right in the heart of Dublin, close to parks, high-end restaurants, chic spots to grab drinks, and classic pubs (swing by nearby O’Donoghue’s for an authentic experience).
The Merrion Hotel
Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2, +353 1 603 0600