Dublin is an addictive mix of heritage and hedonism topped off with a dash of the warm, welcoming Irish spirit. The city is packed full of history from its Viking past and the medieval castles and cathedrals, to the elegant Georgian architecture from Dublin’s economic heyday. Whilst it may not be the most picturesque of places, the character of the place truly shines through and charismatic Dubliners make for great hosts. If you can pull yourself away from one of the cosy traditional pubs in the city. Here are our favourite 5-star and luxury hotels to stay at when visiting Dublin.
The College Green Hotel Dublin, Autograph Collection
Those wishing to soak in the heritage of the city will do well to book a room here. It’s right opposite Trinity College, one of the capital’s main landmarks. On arrival, you can admire the sculpted map of old Dublin behind the reception desk and artwork that tells of the building and the area’s storied history. Take afternoon tea in The Atrium Lounge, enjoy a nightcap beneath the majestic vaulted ceiling of the Mint Bar, dine at Morelands Grill and attend an event in the Banking Hall. Mahogany, marble pillars, crystal chandeliers and brass fittings are found throughout, providing an old-world feel.
The Fitzwilliam Hotel Dublin
This hotel is five-star luxury in the heart of Dublin, a short five-minute walk away from the Temple Bar area and a great night out. The interior has been designed by Sir Terence Conran and there is a bar and restaurant on the premises for dining and relaxing. The rooms are equipped with power showers, baths, and anti-mist mirrors, and guests are supplied with slippers, a luxurious bathrobe, and toiletries by Murdock. Guests can keep fit in the onsite gym with its modern equipment or spoil themselves in one of the Spirit Treatment rooms which offer a variety of treatment options.
Nestled discreetly in the heart of Georgian Dublin, Number 31 stands as a unique and luxurious boutique townhouse, attracting a devoted following of discerning visitors seeking respite from the city’s hustle and bustle. The entrance opens to a captivating sunken lounge reminiscent of 60s Hollywood glamour, surrounded by an atmosphere of seclusion. Ideally located near St. Stephen’s Green, the tranquil park leads to Grafton Street and upscale Brown Thomas department store. The charm of 18th-century Dublin is embodied in its elegant streets and townhouses, with nearby Fitzwilliam Square and the peaceful Grand Canal offering serene respites. This adult oasis, though welcoming children, is ideal for singles, couples, or small groups, boasting individually designed rooms that exude calmness. Once the home of architect Sam Stephenson, Number 31 maintains its modern edge with vibrant artworks while offering a walled garden echoing 18th-century aesthetics. The rooftop conservatory hosts a sensational breakfast experience, and a glitterball mirrored honesty bar complements the sunken lounge’s stylish ambience. A rich tapestry of experiences awaits, making Number 31 a true gem. Read our expert review here.
Aloft Dublin City
Nestled in the heart of Dublin and The Liberties, Aloft Dublin City presents a prime location with some of the city’s major attractions right at its doorstep; including iconic sites such as the Guinness Storehouse, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Temple Bar. Featuring a daring, sleek, and distinctive design, the hotel boasts 202 spacious and luminous rooms, complete with 10-foot floor-to-ceiling windows that allow guests to take in the city’s sights without leaving the comfort of their room. Equipped with state-of-the-art in-room technology, visitors can tailor their sightseeing experiences to their own timetable. The hotel proudly hosts Tenters Gastro Pub, an excellent option for those seeking an authentic Dublin encounter, offering live music, delectable cuisine, and an unending stream of live sporting events. Should you desire a pre-dinner beverage or wish to extend the evening with a post-dinner celebration, the top-floor penthouse bar awaits, serving up signature drinks, a wealth of events, and the chance to discover emerging musical talents.
Dylan Hotel Dublin
The Dylan offers its guests lovely chic and spacious rooms with all the modern conveniences. Bose docking stations, plasma screen TVs, memory foam mattresses are supplied in each of the individually designed rooms. The bathrooms are finished in Italian marble and guests can spoil themselves with a foot spa or a professional hair dryer. Fine food is served at the Bistro style restaurant using local Irish ingredients or room service is also available. For those looking to enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine The Dylan Bar is the perfect spot and overlooks the restaurant in an outdoor terrace area.
The Marker Hotel
The Marker is an ultra-modern hotel situated in the centre of the cultural and business part of Dublin on Grand Canal Square. Each room comes equipped with a 40 inch LED TV, and a host of modern amenities. There is a wide range of facilities on site such as a 23m infinity pool, steam room, sauna, and a state-of-the-art fitness centre for guests to work out. Guests can enjoy their time at the cocktail bar and brasserie which serves traditional Irish cuisine on the ground floor or at The Rooftop Lounge which has views out over the city.
The Conrad Dublin is located near the shopping area of Grafton Street, opposite the National Concert Hall. This five-star luxury hotel offers guests air-conditioned rooms that are bright, airy, and spacious and finished with wooden floors, Irish art, and oak panelling. The hotel restaurant is the Coburg and serves fantastic seafood such as mussels, crab cocktails, and bouillabaisse. Cocktails are also available at Lemuel’s lounge bar, and Alfie Byrne’s bar offers craft beers on its stylish outdoor terrace. There is a range of facilities for guests such as a business centre, a gym and fitness centre, and 24-hour room service.
The Shelbourne Dublin
The Shelbourne Hotel is a Renaissance property that is located on St. Stephens Green just a short walk from some of Dublin’s best attractions. This historic hotel offers luxurious rooms, with marble bathrooms, bath products, robes, and slippers. Guests have access to free WiFi and flat-screen LED TVs. The on-site Health Club has seven treatment rooms, a dance studio, a modern gym, thermal facilities, and a swimming pool to keep fit and active. There is also a range of beauty services available at The Salon such as facials and hairstyling.
The Alex Dublin
This sophisticated four-star hotel is centrally situated within walking distance of Trinity College, the National Gallery, and Grafton Street. All rooms are air-conditioned and provide guests with free WiFi, smart TVs, and en-suite bathrooms. Guests can eat and relax at the stylish on-site restaurant which offers a delightful buffet breakfast, and a range of international dishes. There is 24-hour access to a modern gym and room service, as well as a work hub on the ground floor to conduct business.
The Merrion Hotel
The Merrion Hotel is an award-winning five-star hotel located in a restored Georgian building with beautiful gardens in the centre of Dublin. The fantastic Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud has won 2 Michelin stars for its fine French-influenced gourmet cuisine. Irish cuisine can be had at the Cellar Restaurant, while the No. 23 bar serves up stylish cocktails. The rooms are spacious and all have either garden or city views, modern facilities, and Italian marble bathrooms with luxury toiletries. The hotel provides guests with a state-of-the-art gym, a beauty spa, and a steam room made from Italian marble. Read our expert review here.