Photo courtesy Shelbourne Hotel Dublin
Looking for somewhere classy to stay while in Ireland? Contributor Gina Baksa pays a visit to the top luxury hotels in the Irish capital of Dublin
A Dublin city break is at the top of everyone’s bucket list. The historic capital of the Republic of Ireland was not only home to literary legends like Yeats, Wilde, and Shaw, but it also boasts an astonishing cultural legacy as reflected in its Georgian architecture, medieval castles, and in its River Liffey location… not to mention its beautiful parks and gardens.
Offering visitors a large slice of the ‘craic’ – that penchant for fun the Irish are known for – Dubliners are renowned for their friendly and generous hospitality, which is always on display in the city’s traditional pubs and bars. Luxury accommodation in Dublin is certainly plentiful. You can choose from grand castles or canal-side hotels, elegant unique or boutique hotels boasting plush historic suites, or even modern design hotels and corporate affairs that are perfect for working stays.
In short, in Dublin there’s a hotel for everyone. To help you, here are a few of our favourite top recommended luxury hotels in Dublin.
The Best Luxury Hotels in Dublin Ireland
The Shelbourne, Autograph Collection
The Shelbourne Hotel Dublin boasts an enviable location in three grand townhouses opposite St Stephen’s Green in the heart of Dublin. Elegant and sophisticated, the hotel has attracted many celebrities to its refined accommodation and famous Horseshoe Bar, including the Beckhams who married here, as well as the Rolling Stones and playwright Seamus Heaney.
Widely regarded as one of the top luxury hotels in Dublin, the Shelbourne’s Princess Grace Suite is the epitome of regal living with its exquisitely furnished bedrooms, a dining room for eight, and two marble bathrooms. Book a treatment at the spa and you’ll have full use of the sauna, pool and steam room, as well as the regal relaxation room with its sumptuous day beds. Make a night of it with a reservation at the historic Saddle Room restaurant and enjoy innovative cuisine from Head Chef Garry Hughes.
Visit the Shelburne Dublin’s website at https://www.theshelbourne.com for further details.
Clayton Hotel Charlemont
If you’re looking for the best places to stay in Dublin for a girls’ weekend away, a romantic celebration or a well-deserved solo escape, then the Clayton Hotel Charlemont should be top of your list. Comprising three restored Georgian buildings connected by a glass atrium to the new four-storey hotel, the Clayton is well positioned in central Dublin close to Grafton Street shopping and St Stephen’s Green.
We love the superior rooms with rainforest power showers, heavenly linens, and Rituals toiletries. All guests enjoy free access to the Clayton’s fitness suite with its range of free weights and machines. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served at the intimate Gaudens restaurant, renowned for its farm-to-table menu.
For further details, visit www.claytonhotelcharlemont.com.
One of the finest luxury hotels in Dublin, Tbe Westbury sets the bar high with its unrivalled central Dublin location, its 5-star uniformed service, its incredible gastronomy, and its luxurious rooms and suites. Stylish yet relaxed, the interior design here is grandly sophisticated with a touch of 30s elegance. Whether you reserve a table at WILDE restaurant, or go for bistro and terrace dining at Balfes, an afternoon tea at The Gallery, or a cocktail at the Sidecar, there are plenty of dining options at The Westbury.
The hotel owns the adjacent Westbury Mall so shopping is on your doorstep and there’s a well-equipped fitness centre. For the ultimate in decadence choose the private Presidential Suite with its own entrance in a separate wing. This magnificent suite boasts its own dining area and lounge, an opulent marble bathroom and steam room – and the services of a private butler.
For further details, visit www.doylecollection.com/hotels/the-westbury-hotel.
Luttrellstown Castle Resort
Have you ever imagined renting a romantic Irish castle for your wedding? Or for an exclusive getaway with friends and family? Now’s your chance to book the most opulent luxury hotels in Dublin. The magnificent Luttrelstown Castle Resort is a 20-minute drive from Dublin Airport and only half an hour from downtown Dublin.
Land on the lawns by helicopter and play a round or two of golf on the 18-hole championship course, try a spot of fishing or even horse riding, before a refreshing drink in the bar followed by a sumptuous dinner catered to your party’s requirements. There are 20 bedrooms and suites here, all individually designed with thoroughly modern comforts and amenities in a 15 century setting. Imagine free-standing tubs, four-poster beds and vintage furnishings. Surely the best hotel in Dublin, whatever the occasion.
For further details, visit www.luttrellstowncastle.com.
Carlton Hotel Blanchardstown
Conveniently located just 15 minutes from Dublin Airport, the 4-star Carlton Hotel Blanchardstown is a superb luxury Dublin hotel with easy access to the city centre, as well as all main motorway links. With ample meeting room and breakout space, this award-winning hotel is ideal for corporate stays and Dublin city breaks, and offers guests free Wi-Fi and parking.
Celebrating a special occasion? Then book a superior suite with its separate king-size four-poster bed, separate lounge, luxurious fabrics, and rich red colour accents. You’ll also get free access to the executive lounge and the fitness suite. Order room service or head down to the Urban Kitchen restaurant and café for a sumptuous breakfast or dinner overlooking the hotel gardens.
For further details, visit www.carltonhotelblanchardstown.com.
Temple Bar Hotel
Boasting un unbeatable location in trendy Temple Bar, this 4-star luxury hotel in Dublin is just seconds from all the shopping on Grafton and Henry streets, as well as Trinity College and unmissable Dublin attractions like the Jameson Distillery and Guinness Storehouse. There are 136 beautifully furnished rooms and suites to choose from, with their own individual design.
We recommend the Junior suites with their calming colour scheme, soft-as-down King beds, separate lounge and rainforest showers. Kick back and catch up with Netflix movies on the 50” TV and order supper from room service. The in-house Buskers Bar and Buskers On The Ball restaurants are a great place to start your evening out in Dublin and offer an extensive menu of bistro favourites.
For further details, visit www.templebarhotel.com.
One of the best places to stay in Dublin with views over the Grand Canal, the Hilton Dublin is an excellent choice. Located a short walk or taxi from St Stephen’s Green and mere minutes to the Charlemont tram top, guests are within easy reach of all Dublin attractions, as well as myriad restaurants, bars, and cafés.
Take a seat at the outdoors terrace at the Charlemont Bar and watch the boats on the canal. Drinks are served here as well as snack foods, while the Charlemont Bistro offers a more substantial menu for lunch and dinner using local produce. We love the spacious Superior canal view rooms with windows that open, excellent air con and heavenly queen beds. Thoughtful touches include black-out blinds and an in-roof safe that will hold a laptop. Work out at the fitness centre or hire a bike to see the local sights.
For further details, visit www.hilton.com/en/hotels/dubduhn-hilton-dublin/.
Other Top Luxury Hotels in Dublin
Whatever your idea of ‘luxury’ there’s certainly no shortage of great places to stay in Ireland’s capital city.
In addition to the world-class luxury hotels featured above, be sure to take a look at our list of the best boutique hotels in Dublin, too. Typically smaller and more intimate than the larger, often ‘big name’ brand luxury hotels, the best boutique Dublin hotels are perfect for romantic weekend breaks in Dublin. Be sure to check them out if you’re planning a trip to Dublin!
Contributor Gina Baksa writes about hospitality, travel and lifestyle for various international publications. See her work at: https://ginabaksa.journoportfolio.com.