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Dublin Hotels: Check-In

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Checking in? Then check out the awesome selection of hotels in Dublin. From Georgian five-stars to boutique beauties, romantic retreats to hip neighbourhood hangouts, the city has something for all tastes (and budgets). Here’s a selection to get you started…


Dublin Hotels: Check-In

The Shelbourne Hotel

The Shelbourne Hotel is Dublin’s grand old girl; a sparkling Georgian building on the corner of St Stephen’s Green. It’s a beautifully-appointed five-star hotel, with a history every bit as sumptuous as its bedrooms, bars and lounges. Michelle Obama and her daughters stayed recently – the latest in a long line of celebrity guests including Charlie Chaplin, John F. Kennedy and Peter O’Toole… who famously filled his hotel bath with champagne. The Irish Constitution was drafted in Room 112 under Michael Collins, and all manner of delicious discussions continue over dinners in The Saddle Room and drinks in the legendary Horseshoe Bar.

The Gresham Hotel

The Gresham Hotel dates back to 1817, with its Portland stone facade conjuring up a golden age of style and decadence for many Dubliners. Afternoon tea beneath Waterford Crystal chandeliers, society gossip in Toddy’s Bar and comfortable city centre rooms are all part of the charm – plus, the Aircoach service to Dublin Airport stops right outside the door. 288 rooms cover all bases from suites to executive accommodation, and the Gresham Hotel is just a stone’s throw from the Abbey and Gate theatres, the Hugh Lane Gallery, the historic GPO and some pretty irresistible shopping on Henry Street. Our tip? Book a room overlooking O’Connell Street.

Dublin Hotels: Check-In
Dublin Hotels: Check-In

The Royal Marine Hotel

A short drive or DART ride along Dublin’s southern coastline whisks you to The Royal Marine Hotel, a historic hotel overlooking Dun Laoghaire’s Victorian pier. The elegant four-star dates from 1863, with a history of illustrious guests including Frank Sinatra, Laurel and Hardy (there’s a bar named for each) and Queen Victoria… who enjoyed a 16-course breakfast straight off the boat! A sumptuous refurbishment has imbued bedrooms, bars and lounges with creature comforts and mod cons to match period details like sash windows and Victorian staircases. And the icing on the cake? It’s got to be a restorative treatment at the sansanaSPA.

Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel

Fitzpatrick’s is a name synonymous with the best of Irish hospitality. The castellated hotel grew up around a mansion originally built in 1740, witnessing a colourful history before the legendary Paddy and Eithne Fitzpatrick took it under their wing in the 1970s. Today, their daughter Eithne continues to welcome guests into its characterful sprawl of lobbies, suites and surprisingly nifty leisure facilities (including a 22 metre pool). Landscaped gardens, charming service and Irish Sea views are amazing, but the lasting memory lies in the welcome. You’ll feel like family.

Dublin Hotels: Check-In
Dublin Hotels: Check-In

The Merrion Hotel

The Merrion's history as a hotel may be short, but its history of hospitality stretches right back to the glory days of Georgian Dublin. Built around an elegant terrace of Georgian townhouses near Merrion Square, The Merrion Hotel offers five-star service from the get-go. Doormen greet guests in top hats and tails, leading them into a series of interconnecting drawing rooms that are swimming in plush period furniture and priceless artworks (an afternoon ‘Art Tea’ is inspired by the paintings). Celebrity guests have ranged from Bruce Springsteen to the Obamas. Facilities are exactly what you’d expect – from the Tethra Spa to Patrick Guilbaud’s two-Michelin Star restaurant. It’s a very special stay, at the heart of a very special city.

Dublin hotels: New kids on the block…

The Dean

The newest of the new kids, The Dean Hotel is a boldly-designed boutique hotel smack bang in the heart of the city. 52 bedrooms are set over several floors of Georgian and contemporary architecture, with the rooftop bar restaurant Sophie’s, being the pièce de résistance, offering stunning views across the Dublin skyline and the latest place to be seen! The Dean want you to feel like you’re staying over at a mate’s house and so they have filled your room with fun stuff: big bouncy beds, super soft linen, blast power showers, Grafton Barber products, Marshall amps connecting to your gadgets, Netflix on your Samsung TV, loads of classic vinyl for your Rega turntable, munchies to make you grin, original new Irish art on the walls and much more. You might never leave your room.

Dublin Hotels: Check-In
Dublin Hotels: Check-In

The Marker

The Marker is Dublin’s newest five-star hotel, a design stunner overlooking the burgeoning neighbourhood of Grand Canal Dock. Behind its unique chequerboard façade, you’ll find a surprising marriage of unconventional touches and textbook service. Honeycomb concrete ceilings dip down over a sleek bar, a top-notch spa and wellness centre provides for all your pampering needs, an infinity pool slinks through Kirkstone tiles, and a rooftop garden inspired by the Burren is one of Dublin’s hottest tickets. Rooms are at once decadent and crisp, with views over the Liffey, Dublin and even the Wicklow Mountains.

The Morrison Hotel

Set right in the heart of the city, overlooking the River Liffey from Ormond Quay, The Morrison is one of Dublin’s finest designer hotels. Style greets you at every turn, from bedrooms in great shape after a refurburishment by leading Irish architect Nikki O’Donnell, to Irish design talent on show in textiles, art and sculptures. Quay 14 is one of the hippest (and hottest) hotel bars in town, and The Morrison offers two restaurants delivering top Irish produce in comfort and style. The hotel has serious musical chops too, alluded to in famous lyrics in certain bedrooms and a cocktail menu arranged by intro, verse, chorus and finale. Stay tuned!

Dublin Hotels: Check-In
Dublin Hotels: Check-In

The Gibson Hotel

U2’s Bono and The Edge own The Clarence, but theirs isn’t the only hotel in Dublin with rock n’ roll pedigree. Located within a stage dive of the 3Arena (and hosting many of the acts that perform there), The Gibson Hotel is a showstopper. Think glossy, 21st century design. Think 100MB free Wi-Fi, a sixth-floor relaxation area and random hog roasts. It’s no accident that the Docklands diva evokes both a classic guitar brand and a gin martini either. Its three-storey atrium, Pattie Boyd prints, Japanese copper baths and Hemidemisemiquaver bar (named after the 64th note in music) are the perfect base for a famous weekend in Dublin.

The Morgan

If you want to be in the thick of the action, look no further than The Morgan. A boutique proposition set right on the edge of Temple Bar, this is the perfect base for visitors who want to plug right into the city. It’s got chic suites, moody lighting, sultry furniture and some of the best mojitos in town. Everyone from Solange Knowles to The Stone Roses has stayed, and it rocks the cocktails too, especially during what it calls ‘social hours’ (Monday to Friday, 4pm - 7:30pm). Rooms are fun and funky, with just the right amount of decadence… and if you really wanna push the boat out, the penthouse comes with an airstream caravan!

Dublin Hotels: Check-In