Photo courtesy Celtic Lodge Guest House
Looking for an intimate, unique, and traditionally Irish accommodations option? Contributor Maureen Littlejohn shares this list of the top luxury lodge hotels in Dublin
An interesting alternative to B&Bs and inns, the lodge hotels in Dublin offer homey ambiance, warm hospitality, a comfortable place to rest after a busy day sightseeing… and a modicum of intimate luxury.
While some are located in the heart of Dublin’s city centre near all the major tourist sites and attractions, others are a little more off the beaten track and offer a quieter retreat. Often family owned, many of these accommodations have fascinating historic backgrounds and all are equipped for the modern visitor.
Most have excellent accessibility to public transportation, and some even dish up delicious home-cooked breakfasts. There is even a pet friendly option for those travelling with a four-legged friend.
To learn more about these intimate and uniquely Irish accommodations, check out our list of the top lodge hotels in Dublin.
The Top Lodge Hotels in Dublin
Celtic Lodge Guest House
Surrounded by the shops and restaurants of a lively city centre street, this modest Dublin hotel is within a four-minute walk of the main city bus terminal, a Luas light rail station, and the River Liffey. The straightforward rooms feature free Wi-Fi, cable TV, tea and coffeemaking facilities, and en suite bathrooms.
Breakfast and airport transfers are offered for a fee. Lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch are available in a modern brasserie restaurant, which offers vegetarian and gluten-free options. There’s also a traditional Irish pub on-site.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For more details check Celtic Lodge Guest House
Set in a row of Victorian townhouses on a tree-lined residential street, this lodge hotel in Dublin is 2 km from the city center and close to many of the city’s top attractions. Classic rooms feature traditional furnishings, as well as free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and en suite bathrooms with showers. Cheeky, tongue-in-cheek attitude abides and great value pricing appeals to millennials.
Amenities include an elegant guest lounge with an ornate fireplace and sister café, the White Moose, offers breakfast, lunch, and coffee. Packages include breakfast/brunch at the café.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For more details check Charleville Lodge Hotel
Of all the lodge hotels in Dublin, this one stands out as a quiet retreat outside the city centre. Set on a tree-lined street in upmarket Ballsbridge, it dates to the Edwardian era, and is just a six-minute walk from the historic Martello Tower on Sandymount Beach. It’s also close to the city’s DART trains and the RDS Arena and rugby grounds.
Rooms have period décor, free Wi-Fi and TVs with satellite channels, plus tea and coffeemaking facilities. Some upgraded rooms and suites have four-poster beds and/or whirlpool baths.
Breakfast is served in the conservatory overlooking the garden or al fresco, and afternoon tea is available in the drawing room. Spa facilities are also available from a sister hotel nearby. Parking is available, as are dog friendly accommodations.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For more details check Aberdeen Lodge
Waterloo Lodge Townhouse
Set in a lovely 18th century Georgian townhouse in the city center, Waterloo Lodge is just 1.5 km from St Stephen’s Green and other city attractions.
The rooms are traditionally styled with white goose feather duvets and vibrant, colourful accents. They come with en suite bathrooms with showers, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffeemaking equipment.
The full Irish breakfast features homemade goods and is served in a bright breakfast room. On-site parking available with some rooms, and staff are on hand day and night to assist with any queries.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For more details check Waterloo Lodge Townhouse
In an elegant 1800s Georgian townhouse and modern extension, this down-to-earth guesthouse is a three-minute walk from a tram stop. The convenient location is just 1 km from Temple Bar, a bustling riverside district with live music, restaurants and quirky shops. It’s also just 3 km from tours and tastings at the Guinness Storehouse, and a 20-minute drive from the airport.
Rooms offer free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, plus tea and coffeemaking facilities, and en suite bathrooms. The filling cooked Irish breakfast is complimentary, and is served in an airy dining room. Reception is open 24 hours.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For more details check Gardiner Lodge
The Leeson Lodge
Across the street from the Grand Canal, this cozy, simple hotel in a Georgian townhouse is 2 km from both St Patrick’s Cathedral and the museums of Dublin Castle. There’s a direct Aircoach link to Dublin Airport just outside the lodge.
The relaxed rooms provide complimentary Wi-Fi and TVs, as well as tea and coffeemaking facilities. Parking is free, and a hot complimentary breakfast buffet is served in a welcoming dining room with a wood floor and a fireplace. Plus, there is a guest lounge, luggage room, and lift.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For more details check The Leeson Lodge
Contributor Maureen Littlejohn is a Toronto-based travel writer and editor whose curiosity about food, culture, and creativity has fueled adventures in four corners of the world.