Dublin has revealed itself an endearingly cosmopolitan yet historic city bursting at the seams with Celtic culture.
The 24-hour party atmosphere of Temple Bar attracts international revellers to the newer side of Dublin, while the historic galleries, museums and traditional pubs encompass the old-world charm of the vibrant Ireland capital.
Whether you’re in town for business or pleasure, there’s accommodation on offer for every need and budget. Here are 10 of our top picks for hotels in Dublin.
1. Jurys Inn Custom House
Soak up the gorgeous River Liffey waterfront at Jurys Inn Custom House, within walking distance from Connolly Rail Station. The onsite Oly’s Bar and Restaurant offers the pick of traditional Irish fare. The hotel also offers excellent access to transport links, if you want to explore the rest of Ireland.
Merrion Square's host of galleries and museums is a short 10-minute walk from the hotel, so you can easily witness the world’s largest collection of Yeats manuscripts at the National Library.
2. Cassidys Hotel
This family-run, boutique hotel in the heart of Dublin combines three classic Georgian townhouses. Cassidys offers a richly-furnished hotel bar and restaurant serving modern Irish cuisine. There’s a gym for guests and the tourist hot-spots of Trinity College and Temple Bar are just a 10-minute walk away.
3. Maldron Hotel Pearse Street
A popular choice for families, Maldron Hotel provides in-house babysitting or childcare options for a surcharge.
The hotel houses a bar, lounge and restaurant, and is conveniently located near the city’s airport. Entertainment destinations, such as the Grand Canal Theatre, the Convention Centre Dublin and National Gallery of Ireland, are all within a 15-minute walk.
4. The Gresham
The Gresham is a landmark building offering guests traditional period features, not least of which is a collection of exquisite Waterford crystal chandeliers.
The elegantly decorated range of suites all boast en-suite bathrooms and flat LCD TVs, and the penthouses provide stunning views of the city and the surrounding mountains. The River Liffey, Temple Bar and the most popular of Dublin’s shopping districts are just a few minutes’ walk away.
5. Harding Hotel
Situated on one of Dublin’s oldest streets, Harding Hotel offers an authentic Irish welcome in the heart of Dublin's old city.
The regal Christchurch Cathedral is right on your doorstep, and you need only walk a short way to reach Trinity College, the Guinness Storehouse and Dublin’s most popular sporting venues.
The historic buildings of the Grafton Street shopping area are also close by, housing popular household brands alongside unique and independent retailers.
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6. Radisson Blu Royal Hotel
Modern, upscale decor and a sophisticated restaurant serving classic French cuisine are the hallmarks of the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel.
The plush, leather-seated O Bar is a popular destination amongst guests for an evening drink. You also receive complimentary access to the nearby Iveagh Fitness Club, which has a full gym, swimming pool and other facilities.
The hotel is within walking distance from the beautiful St Patrick’s Cathedral, the iconic Temple Bar district and two of Dublin’s most famous theatres, The Gaiety and The Olympia.
7. Temple Bar Hotel
You don’t get much more central than Temple Bar Hotel, an ideal residence for those wanting to immerse themselves in the city’s nightlife.
The hotel sits at the very core of Dublin, with both the cultural and entertainment quarters of the city right outside.
Temple Bar Hotel is the ideal pick if you’re seeking quaint cobbled streets and traditional Irish coffeehouses by day and world-class pubs and clubs by night.
8. Doubletree By Hilton
After a complete refurbishment in 2014, this landmark Dublin hotel lies within the ‘embassy belt’ of the city.
The hotel boasts modern, comfortable rooms and is close to Aviva Stadium and RDS sponsored sporting events. The beautiful parkland of St Stephen’s Green is nearby, as is a host of theatres, bars and clubs.
9. Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane
Clayton Hotel can be found in the heart of Dublin Docklands. Offering 304 spacious rooms, guests can enjoy the onsite leisure centre, which boasts a swimming pool, sauna and Jacuzzi, as well as proximity to some of Dublin’s most iconic entertainment venues such as The Convention Centre of Dublin, 3Arena, Croke Park and Aviva Stadium.
10. Jurys Inn Parnell Street
Centrally located, Jurys Inn Parnell Street is within a short walk of the historic O’Connell Street with its bustling hive of activity, landmarks and monuments.
Ireland's sporting hub, Croke Park Stadium, is a 20-minute walk from the hotel, and the famous Old Jameson Distillery is even closer. All 253 rooms boast satellite TVs and free Wi-Fi alongside large plush beds and en-suite bathrooms.