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Classy, modern, chic… we’re talking about the trend for hip designer hotels! Contributor Gina Baksa shares this list of the top luxury design hotels in Dublin
Cool design hotels are so popular, even corporate hotels are creating funky new designer sub-brands to attract discerning millennials who won’t stay in a chain hotel. In Ireland’s dynamic capital city, visitors can choose from some of the most unique luxury design hotels in Dublin.
Nespresso? Check. Luxurious fabrics and eye-popping colour accents and textures? Check. Old school record player and LPs? Check. Pool table and Vespa in the lobby? Check. Original abstract artwork and sculpture? Check? Craft beers and locally distilled spirits? Check. Destination cocktail bar and dining? Check.
Add to the mix superb restaurants with local provenance and you have the ingredients for some of the very best places to stay in Dublin. Here are just some of our favourite design hotels in Dublin.
The (Hippest) Luxury Design Hotels in Dublin
The Address Connolly
Enjoying a central Dublin business district location near Connolly Station, The Address Connolly is one of the most popular design hotels in Dublin with 4-star service to match its eclectic interiors and award-winning restaurant.
McGettigan’s Cookhouse & Bar offers guests an international menu of Irish-bred meat and fish, with locally sourced fruit and vegetables served in season. The adjacent cocktail bar is a popular neighbourhood hangout and offers craft beers alongside an extensive wine and cocktail list.
Choose from 235 air-conditioned guest rooms with safes and desks: Classic, Premier, Club, or Suite rooms. We favour the light-filled Club Suite for its clever mix of retro and modern furniture, neutral fabrics, stylish marble bathroom, and the Smart tech that controls climate, entertainment, and lighting at the touch of a finger.
Unwind after a day’s shopping or meetings – there’s a business centre here – with a workout in the well-equipped gym and a relaxing sauna.
For further details, visit The Address Connolly.
Aloft Dublin City
Aloft Dublin is a cool design hotel located in the historic Liberties district of the city. Once home to Dublin’s tanneries and leather trade, the area has transformed into a trendy residential and business area popular with millennials and filled with cool bars and cafes.
Guests enjoying their Dublin city break at Aloft will be within walking distance of the Guinness Storehouse Museum, St Patrick’s Cathedral, and other popular Dublin attractions.
The design here is cutting-edge… imagine brick and glass exteriors providing a juxtaposition of historic and modern aesthetics. Inside, the ‘now’ vibe continues with a calm colour scheme, excellent lighting, and artwork.
Enjoy drinks overlooking Dublin and the Wicklow Mountains from the terrace at the WXYZ Bar and do your Queen’s Gambit on the lounge chess sets. We love the views from the spacious Urban Aloft Suite with its separate sleeping area, floor-to-ceiling windows, and full air conditioning.
The Aloft Hotel Dublin sets the bar high for Dublin design hotels with its boutique vibe, superb gastro pub food and live music, and a warm, friendly welcome.
For further details, visit Aloft Dublin City.
The Grafton Hotel
Gleaming from its recent £20million facelift, The Grafton Hotel is one of the coolest design hotels in Dublin and is located just off its namesake main shopping street. Boasting an eclectic style mix of modern and 1920s design, with rich colour accents, fabrics, and lighting, all the public areas and 127 rooms are designed for relaxation and fun.
Choose superb top-floor views from the Executive Junior Suite–expansive enough for work, rest, and play. Binge watch your favourite Netflix series on the 49-inch Smart TV with Chromecast compatibility–and there’s even a private rooftop balcony. Thoughtful luxurious touches include de-misting mirrors and non-slip walk-in showers, as well as crisp linen sheets, bathrobes, and slippers.
Savour classic dishes at the in-house Bartley’s Bar & Restaurant before cocktails and a boogie at The Scaredy Cat, the newest and most vibrant hotel club in Dublin that’s popular with millennials and the young at heart.
For further details, visit The Grafton Hotel.
Hard Rock Hotel
The original design hotel par excellence, the Hard Rock chain continues its expansion into hospitality with its newest outpost in Dublin just opposite City Hall. Ideal for Dublin City breaks, the eclectic interior design provides a funky backdrop to rock memorabilia from the Hard Rock collection, here with an Irish bias: Hozier’s first guitar, another signed guitar from the Cranberries, and Bowie’s orange boilersuit among many more.
The two buildings are connected by a glass bridge and the public areas and bedrooms feature stunning copper accents in homage to Copper Alley, which runs between the buildings.
The dreamy Silver Suites with imaginative use of stone, woods, and bright fabrics boast corner windows and superb views, while the Rock Star Suite has its own four-poster, kitchenette, and roof terrace. All accommodation is sound-proofed and there’s 24-hour room service.
Popular Zampas restaurant on the ground floor is a favourite local hangout with live music four nights a week: enjoy the open-flame cooking and delicious Irish provenance.
For further details, visit Hard Rock Hotel.
Hilton Dublin Kilmainham
The Kilmainham Hilton is about a 20-minute walk from Dublin city centre and within 2km of sights such as the Guinness Storehouse and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. It’s also close to Heuston station for direct rail links.
Easily accessible by road to the town centre and the Royal Hospital, the Kilmainham Hilton offers guests full use of its hydrotherapy pool, gym, steam room, and sauna – the perfect antidote to a hectic day’s shopping and sightseeing in this vibrant capital.
One of the top design hotels in Dublin, the best accommodation here is the King Room Suite with its private balcony affording panoramic views over Dublin or the Wicklow Mountains. Relax in the separate lounge area or meet work deadlines at the ergonomic desk using the speedy and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Special touches include bathrobes and slippers, and the convenience of advance check-in via the Hilton Hotel app. If you have a dog, then bring them too-there are a selection of pet friendly rooms here. Call the hotel for more information.
For further details, visit The Kilmainham Hilton.
Hilton Garden Inn Dublin Custom House
Enjoying a peaceful riverside location near Temple Bar, Connolly Station, and the main tourist attractions, the Hilton Garden Inn Dublin design hotel is within easy walking distance of the central business district as well as Trinity College and the Whisky Museum.
Oly’s Bar and Restaurant on the ground floor serves an international menu alongside a breakfast buffet with hot and cold options including the famous Hilton waffles. Work off lunch or dinner with a visit to the fitness centre before a relaxing evening in the special King Deluxe Room. Offering guests a high tech modern design with 49-inch TV, a work desk, and ergonomic chair, the suite has a mini fridge and in-room safe.
The uber comfortable Serta bed is guaranteed to give you a good night’s sleep, while the well-equipped business centre is open 24 hours and offers free printing.
For further details, visit Hilton Garden Inn Dublin Custom House.
Moxy Dublin City
If you’re looking for a cool party base for your central Dublin city break, the Moxy could be the very best Dublin design hotel for your holiday. Pull up a chair at the 24/7 lobby bar and enjoy a smooth cocktail before heading out to explore the many sights and downtown attractions in the neighbourhood.
The 3Arena is close by for world-class concerts, as is O’Connell Street, Dublin Castle, the iconic Guinness factory, and some of the best shopping in Dublin. Dine out, or reserve a table at Moxy Restaurant, where the laid-back menu has all your classic favourites, then enjoy live music sets at the Moxy Music Sessions.
All guest rooms at the Moxy Dublin City have elevated platform beds, floor-to-ceiling windows, and millennial-approved super-fast Wi-Fi. The smart TVs are perfect for binge watching and there’s all the digital connectivity you’ll need, including Chromecast.
For further details, visit Moxy Dublin City.
The Mont Hotel
Check out one of the best places to stay in Dublin: the old school-new cool Mont Hotel. After a day’s hectic sightseeing you’ll be happy you booked a room here.
We love the spacious Dreamy Suites with their double-height windows, snazzy use of colours, spacious super-king beds, a sofabed for your mate, and powerful rainforest shower. If it’s a work stay, the desk and seating area is perfect for Zoom meetings.
Pour yourself a Nespresso and use the voucher for drink or snack downstairs in the Sin Bin Bar with its delicious cocktails, craft beers, and a selection of sports games on the screens. There’s a smart covered area for ‘outside-in’ dining and drinks-perfect for meetups with friends.
Italian-inspired Speranza restaurant serves food all day and is the ideal breakfast hangout for people-watching over Merrion Square. The Mont Hotel also offers special dog-friendly rooms so you can bring four paws.
For further details, visit Mont Hotel.
Contributor Gina Baksa writes about hospitality, travel and lifestyle for various international publications. See her work at: https://ginabaksa.journoportfolio.com.