Photo courtesy Castleknock Hotel
Looking for a little down time and pampering when in Ireland’s capital city? Contributor Maureen Littlejohn shares this list of the top luxury Dublin hotel spas
Ireland’s bustling capital can keep any visitor running off their feet with fascinating attractions, galleries, museums, and monuments. After taking in the sights, what better plan than to book some down time at one of the spa hotels in Dublin?
Whether you are looking for a classy boutique hotel in the heart of the action, or an historic grand dame overlooking the water, spa hotels in Dublin provide a plethora of choice. Not only do they provide a tranquil oasis with soothing treatments, many offer exception food and beverage options as well as top-notch amenities such as well-equipped gyms and sensational swimming pools.
Find the perfect place to unwind in our list of the top Dublin hotel spas.
Top Luxury Dublin Hotel Spas
A posh golf resort overlooking the River Liffey, this modern oasis is a 15 minute drive from Dublin city centre. The Castleknock Hotel has been touted as ‘Best Place to Eat’ for two consecutive years by the Fingal Dublin Business Excellence Awards. There are two restaurants, Earth & Vine, a more formal venue serving gourmet Irish cuisine, and 22 Bar & Restaurant for casual dining. You can also grab pastries in the hotel lobby or cocktails in the Lime Tree Bar.
There’s an indoor pool, fitness centre, and the plush spa offers a menu of health and beauty treatments. Rooms feature contemporary décor and bathrooms keep your tootsies toasty with under-floor heating.
Learn more about one of the top luxury Dublin hotel spas at www.castleknockhotel.com.
Marker Hotel Dublin
As the arresting, checkerboard exterior suggests, Marker Hotel Dublin in the Grand Canal Square and Docklands area is snappily modern and unique. One of the more unique Dublin hotel spas, it is known for the wellness area’s 23-metre infinity pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room – as well as skincare treatments.
When hunger hits, the Brasserie serves contemporary Irish dishes. Snacks and drinks are available in the lobby, plus there’s a seasonal rooftop bar. Spacious rooms feature bespoke furniture, pops of bright colour, and original artwork by local talent. White Carrera marble gleams in the bathrooms and guests can lather up with luxe Malin + Goetz amenities.
Learn more at www.themarkerhoteldublin.com.
Royal Marine Hotel
An historic grand dame, Royal Marine Hotel offers striking views of Dún Laoghaire harbour and Dublin Bay. One of the more storied spa hotels in Dublin, it has offered respite for many a celebrated guest including Queen Victoria and Laurel and Hardy. There are a variety of rooms and suites available, some with sea views and balconies.
The Dún is the main dining room, offering solid Irish fare, while Hardy’s Bar and Bistro serves quality pub grub. Treat yourself to an elegant afternoon tea in the Bay Lounge.
Undoubtedly one of the best Dublin spa hotels, amenities include the Sansana spa, a spacious fitness area, an 18-metre pool, and outdoor tennis.
Learn more at www.royalmarine.ie.
Rochestown Lodge Hotel & Spa – Dun Laoghaire
A contemporary hotel, the Rochestown Lodge Hotel & Spa can be found on a residential street one kilometer away from Killiney Golf Club, close to the seafront towns of Dun Laoghaire, Killiney, and Dalkey. There’s a leisure club with gym, sauna and heated indoor pool. Replenish Spa offers guests a tranquil setting and a list of pampering treatments, A sports bar offers traditional pub fare and live music on weekends.
Comfortable rooms with an airy, clean décor have spacious en-suite bathrooms with invigorating power showers. For families or groups there is a Quadruple Room option that sleeps up to four people with a double and two single beds.
Learn more at www.rochestownlodge.com.
Perched on the bank of the river Liffey in the city’s docklands, The Spencer is a contemporary boutique hotel with modern style and a youthful energy. A roomy gym and 18-metre pool (with dedicated children and adult only hours) offer great workout options while the Viola Spa delivers a full range of treatments.
If you have a hankering for Thai, Malaysian, or Cambodian dishes, head to the main, Asian-themed restaurant, East. Breakfast is served daily in the Pantry restaurant and the comfy Lobby Lounge offers luncheon sandwiches and salads, as well as a week-night dinner menu. Spacious rooms are smart and sleek, with large windows, leather furniture. Some offer balconies.
For more information, visit www.thespencerhotel.com.
Bonnington Dublin Hotel
Elegant and upbeat with a dash of quirkiness, the Bonnington Dublin Hotel features a two-story leisure club with fully equipped gym and 18-metre pool with Jacuzzi. Select a luxurious treatment in the spa and the stress of the day is sure to melt away. Dining options include The Croft Bar with menu items such as steak and lamb kidney pie, DXTR Restaurant with farm-to-form dishes, and McGettigan’s Pub, a friendly sports bar.
Warm, comfy, refurbished rooms have a relaxed vibe and pretty views over the city and Wicklow Mountain. Spacious executive options come in king, twin and triple configurations.
Check out their website at www.bonningtondublin.com.
Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane
Located in Grand Canal Dock and across the River Liffey from the Convention Centre Dublin, Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane offers a leisure club with fitness facilities, a heated 22-metre pool (there’s a separate children’s pool), and a sauna. Beauty treatments are also available in the hotel’s dedicated treatment rooms.
Savor a meal in Stir, a contemporary restaurant that features locally sourced ingredients, or sip a libation in funky Vertigo Bar. Rooms are relaxed and cozy with warm décor and light wood furnishings. All have balconies, but if you’re looking for extra space, opt for an upgraded room with a sitting area.
Visit their website at www.claytonhotelcardifflane.com.
Contributor Maureen Littlejohn is a Toronto-based travel writer and editor whose curiosity about food, culture and creativity has fueled adventures in many corners of the world.