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Looking for somewhere luxurious yet cosy to stay when in Ireland? Contributor Gina Baksa pays a visit to the top boutique hotels in Dublin
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Dublin is the capital city of the Republic of Ireland and is located both sides of the River Liffey. Home to literary greats such as Yeats, Beckett, Wilde and Shaw, Dublin became a UNESCO City of Literature in 2010.
Alongside its period architecture and historical legacy, modern-day Dublin offers visitors the real Irish craic (or good time!) in its vibrant cultural scene, from its pub life to world-class theatre and live music. From shopping in trendy Grafton Street to Dublin Castle, St Stephen’s Green, and the Guinness Storehouse, there’s a wealth of attractions and fun things to do and see in this vibrant capital city.
Dublin also boasts some excellent hotels. Here are just some of our favourite top boutique hotels in Dublin.
The Top Boutique Hotels in Dublin
The Dean Dublin Hotel
One of the best places to stay in Dublin, The Dean Dublin Hotel boasts a convenient central location within easy reach of the capital’s main attractions. Shop ‘til you drop on Grafton Street, or head for the many bars and restaurants on Camden Street.
The vibe at The Dean Dublin boutique hotel is part-industrial chic, part-retro, with a rich colour palette and snazzy reception area. Its rooftop bar, restaurant and terrace with 360-degree panoramic views over Dublin are a must in any season. From the compact Modpods to the luxurious two-bedroom, two-bathroom Penthouse with their own Marshall amps, rooms at this funky boutique hotel in Dublin have munchie trays, fully stocked fridges, painting from local artists and, of course, Netflix.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For further details, visit The Dean Dublin Hotel
The Clarence Hotel
The Clarence Hotel – the city’s original rock hotel (U2 are part owners!) – enjoys a central location on Wellington Quaybetween Temple Bar and the River Liffey. There’s a multitude of great bars and restaurants in the area, but you’ll probably want to stay in and book at table at the hotel’s own Cleaver East restaurant. Weekend brunches and dinners here are a Dublin institution, while the Clarence bar serves up tasty craft beers and elegant cocktails.
Rooms at The Clarence are minimalist chic and have seriously good double-glazing. Choose the giant duplex two-bedroom Penthouse suite and enjoy super-king beds, a private bar and even a grand piano. With panoramic views across Dublin from the roof terrace and a fully fitted kitchen with the availability of a private chef what more could you want?
Attracting a fun, sophisticated crowd, The Clarence is one of the best boutique hotels in Dublin.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For further details, visit The Clarence Dublin
Buswells Hotel in the heart of the city prides itself on its old-world charm, outstanding service, and elegant, well-appointed single, double, and even triple rooms. Situated on a quiet side street just minutes from Dublin’s major attractions, including the iconic Guinness Storehouse and the Irish Emigration Museum, Buswells is surrounded by world-class pubs, bars, and restaurants.
After a day’s hectic sightseeing, head for the in-house Buswells Bar for local craft beers and snacks. Then head to Truman’s Restaurant on the ground floor for award-winning Irish cuisine with locally sourced ingredients and five-star service to match.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For further details, visit Buswells Hotel Dublin
Gleesons Townhouse Booterstown
Located in a leafy yet central Dublin suburb, the award-winning Gleesons Townhouse Booterstown has been serving up its warm Irish welcome to locals and tourists for more than 60 years. Choose the luxury suite with its floor-to-ceiling corner windows and bay views. Fully ensuite, there’s a forest rain-shower, luxurious amenities and access to Netflix.
Start your day with an energising Nespresso from the in-room coffee machine before heading to breakfast – or brunch and even supper – at Gleesons’ own restaurant. Using locally sourced provenance the meals here are renowned and the bar is a popular meeting place for Booterstowners.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For further details, visit Gleesons Townhouse Booterstown
This funky Dublin boutique hotel is a perfect adults-only establishment and ideally located in an historic light-filled building on the corner of Fade Street and South St George’s Street in the city centre. All 16 rooms and suites feature minimalist, uncluttered aesthetics with club sofas, brick walls and vibrant artwork in the public areas. We love the Penthouse Suite with its loft-like vibe that can accommodate four guests.
The iconic Bar With No Name is part of Kelly’s Hotel and accessed via an interior walkway. It’s the perfect spot for an aperitif before dinner at the in-house l’Gueuleton restaurant serving classic French dishes with a twist. Within walking distance of all Dublin’s major attractions, you won’t need a vehicle here, but there are car parks nearby.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For further details, visit Kelly’s Hotel Dublin
Trinity Townhouse Hotel
One of the best boutique hotels in Dublin, all 20 rooms and suites in Trinity Townhouse Hotel are beautifully appointed and ideal for business, short stays, and vacations in this charming capital city. Top room choice is the expansive Superior King with its high ceilings, ensuite bathroom, king-size bed and sofa bed. Continental breakfast is included and can be collected from reception or delivered to your room.
Just a few streets from all the shopping and entertainment on Grafton Street, Trinity Townhouse doesn’t have its own restaurant but recommends the nearby Allta Italian restaurant, renowned for its handmade charcuterie and pasta dishes.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For further details, visit Trinity Townhouse Hotel
Roxford Lodge Hotel
Based in a Victorian townhouse just 7.5 miles from Dublin airport, Roxford Lodge Hotel is located in the exclusive Ballsbridge district. Home to many international embassies, the area offers guests a wide selection of bars and restaurants. Indulge in a gourmet full-Irish cooked breakfast in the lounge before heading off to explore the sights of Dublin just a short walk away. Trinity College is close by as is the IFSC and Aviva Stadium.
Choose the Executive Suite for a luxurious stay and enjoy the complimentary Wi-Fi, Nespresso machine, and jacuzzi bath and sauna. Guests arriving in e-vehicles will appreciate the three electric charging posts in the hotel car park.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For further details, visit Roxford Lodge
The Wilder Townhouse
A top Dublin boutique hotel, the historic Wilder Townhouse is a hop, skip, and a jump from St Stephen’s Green and was once a home for retired governesses. Behind its Victorian red-brick façade are a selection of well-appointed guest rooms and suites. The latter boasts 6ft king-size beds and a separate living area with elegant furnishings, high ceilings and plenty of light via the original sash windows.
All suites have their own bathroom with luxury amenities. A generous cooked (or buffet) breakfast is served in the classic Wilder Room, and after a day’s business meetings or sightseeing, we recommend kicking back in the Gin and Tea Rooms and savour Irish craft gins, or a pot of tea with light bites.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For further details, visit The Wilder Townhouse
Contributor Gina Baksa was first introduced to the dark side (ie, Guinness) by her grandmother at the age of eight. She hasn’t looked back! See more of her travel and lifestyle writing at: https://ginabaksa.journoportfolio.com.
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