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About Dublin

Friendly, arty, welcoming, beautiful, atmospheric. The epithets applied to Dublin are familiar. (And while we're on the subject of Dublinish words, lets get the word craic out of the way. It can be good there, as you know). Dublin has a reputation for welcoming folk in, so there's no shortage of choice when it comes to the best places to stay in Dublin. There are plenty of great options across the price brackets, from chic hotels to city centre apartments - which you'll find via our online partner, booking.com.

Despite being a capital city, Dublin feels compact and more village-y than most European capitals. It's got some beautiful architecture - from its medieval castle and cathedrals to the Georgian splendour of some of its houses - but it's also got some corkers, and it's the miss-matched effect which really gives Dublin its great character.

Dublin also has a wonderful mix of strong local traditions and cosmopolitan forward thinking. There are a thousand pubs to choose from, but there are also restaurants serving food from all over the world. If you're looking for pub suggestions try Kehoes in South Anne Street, which is authentic and quirky, and has a country pub type atmosphere, or the The Long Hall on South St George's Street.

Where To Stay

  • If you're here on business then it's probably best to stay near Dublin's International Finance Services Centre, in the east of the city near the docklands.
  • Budget travellers should consider staying in the Phibsborough area, a short distance from the centre located to the north of the city.
  • Culture vultures should probably stay in the Rathmines district, with most of the city's museums just a short distance away.

Out and About

Known for being a great place to have a good time, Dublin's live music scene plays a big part. It's easy to find out what's on, but if you're not sure what kind of thing you'll enjoy maybe try The Cobblestone at Smithfield, or O'Donohhoe's on Merrion Row. If you're after traditional Irish music try the Brian Brou on Prospect Road or The Bleeding Horse on Upper Camden Street.

As well as the pubs, the people and the music, Dublin's appeals include its museums and galleries. The Irish Museum of Modern Art houses a good collection of modern and contemporary art and has frequent visiting exhibitions. The Hugh Lane Gallery has a collection of contemporary art and includes a reconstruction of the studio of Francis Bacon, relocated lock, stock and barrel from London. Or try a lesser-known permanent exhibition in the Chester Beatty Library at Dublin Castle: Sacred Exhibitions, a display of sacred texts and icons from many world religions.

The Sights

The Book of Kells in the Old Library of Trinity College is a highlight for many. Ancient, and staggeringly intricate, this book of gospels was created by monks around 800AD.

Another great attraction for lovers of history is Kilmainham Jail, one of the biggest unoccupied jails in Europe. Inside is an interesting and affecting exhibition charting Ireland's journey towards independence.

For a completely authentic sporting experience, the best places to stay in Dublin will point you in the direction of a hurling match at Croke Park which is excellent. Like a cross between the most hotly contested rugby match you can imagine and polo (without horses), it is fast and furious.

What Not To Miss

  • History-lovers and mere tourists alike should make time to visit Dublin Castle, dating all the way back to the year 1204. Nowadays it serves as a government building however there are still 2 museums, a smartly tended garden, a café and a guided tour for visitors to enjoy.

  • Head over to the Guinness Storehouse and hear the official story behind one of the world's most iconic beers. Enjoy an interactive self-serving tour with a complimentary pint and/or tasting sessions too!

  • Bring a picnic and set off meandering around Phoenix Park. Known as Dublin's playground, many events take place here each year and there are even deer freely roaming the forest areas. A number of sights can also be found within the park such as The Wellington Testimonial and an ancient tumulus from over 5,000 years ago!

Don't forget that this city is buzzing all year round! So if you want to guarantee a room in one of the best places to stay in Dublin, do your homework and book well ahead.

The best places to stay in Dublin

Hip City Break Dublin!

  • The Clarence is owned by Bono and The Edge. So it's pretty hip, but not so that it might irritate - all the rooms and light, airy and non-gimicky. It's also right on the banks of the Liffey, perfectly positioned for seeing the sights and enjoying yourself in the evening.

  • The Dean is a fantastic city break option - it features chic, boutiqe interiors that belie the building's Georgian history and there are also three stylish bars on site. Plus, it's just a stone's throw away from the city's best bars and clubs.

Classy City Break Dublin!

  • If you're looking for big and luxurious, The Westbury Hotel is a splendid choice. Situated in one of the most desirable locations in town, the property embodies a classical Art-Deco style hotel with fresh interior designs.

  • The Intercontinental Dublin runs along similarly elegant and luxurious lines, but is set in the green and leafy Ballsbrige (outside the centre of town) surrounded by lovely gardens. The accommodation oozes class, and details such as the huge flower arrangements in communal areas add to this image.

  • Timelessly classy despite only being ten years old, The Merrion Hotel is the epitome of elegance and grace. The interiors hark back to Edwardian high-society yet there are still all the necessary mod-cons of a modern hotel. If you're willing to push the boat out, a stay here will not disappoint.

  • Perhaps a little more down-to-earth than some of the other options, the Brooks Hotel is a superb option for a Dublin break. Its central location means there's no excuse not to see all that the city has to offer, plus it has a stylish cocktail bar, a cinema and Francesca's restaurant, which serves up splendid grub.
  • The Cliff Townhouse has everything that you'd want for a grown-up city break - it's centrally located and features smart, boutique interiors with an array of colourful furnishings. Their excellent restaurant specialises in seafood dishes and you can relax with some champagne in the oyster bar! A terrific stay.

On a Budget

  • Ariel House is a converted Victorian townhouse on Lansdowne Road - which is super central for all Dublin's main sights and great for the rugby. With classy rooms starting from just £66 per night, it's a splendid option for a budget break.

  • Aberdeen Lodge is a lovely Victorian mansion turned B&B on a desirable residential street in Ballsbridge - just 8 minutes from the centre by DART train. This property features smart accommodation, and amongst the 20 rooms are a couple of family sized suites. Enjoy their award winning breakfasts each morning to set you up for the day.

  • The Schoolhouse Hotel, a Victorian school convert, is located right next to the grand canal as well as the Aviva stadium. The red and yellow hues in the rooms add a homely atmosphere, whilst the dining room with it exposed original wood beams is a sight to behold. At this spot you're also only ten minutes away from Dublin's main sights!

  • Five townhouses have been converted to create Buswells Hotel, a great value hotel in the centre of Dublin. Located close to both daytime and nighttime highlights, the property's decor is cosy but comfy and they also offer free overnight parking.

For Something Different

  • Dylan is arguably Dublin's funkiest hotel - and possibly most colourful. Red and lime greens seem to be the favourites, and there are bold patterns and big furniture. Bedrooms are calmer than the public rooms, and the welcome is very warm for such a hip property.

  • The Merrion Hotel has been converted, to elegant effect, from four Georgian townhouses, creating the effect of a gracious grande dame hotel in just ten years of service. The garden is lovely, there's a small spa and the restaurant has a Michelin star.

  • The Marker Hotel is right in Dublin's Docklands, a big, shiny, stylish, contemporary building, which looks like a checker board box. The location is particularly good for the Dublin Convention Centre, but you're also only 20minutes walk from the centre of town, so this is more than a business hotel.

For an apartment

  • For a wide range of city centre apartments check out our online partner, booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Travellers can fly into Dublin Airport, located just 5 miles north of the city centre.

  • Alternatively, you can always take the ferry from either Liverpool or Holyhead to Dublin.

  • Dublin is a popular destination year round, but if you want warmer weather it's best to visit over the summer. July is both the warmest and the driest month of the year, with the average high temperature 19°C and the average low temperature 12°C.

  • For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partnerRentalcars.

Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Dublin for you?

Best Hotels in Dublin

  • Ariel House 37 rooms from £69

    Dublin (Ballsbridge)

    Converted Victorian townhouse on the Lansdowne Road just steps from the Aviva stadium. Rooms are traditional in style - book a suite for a four poster experience. Incredible value for this excellent Dublin location, close to all major sights and nightlife. Perfect for a budget break or rugby fans.

    Traditional  -  Original Victorian period features have been retained where possible.
    Sights nearby  -  Ballsbridge enjoys easy access to all of Dublin's major attractions
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
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  • Schoolhouse Hotel 31 rooms from £87

    Dublin (Ballsbridge)

    Converted Victorian school located next to the grand canal in Ballsbridge. Especially handy for the centre of town and the new Aviva stadium for rugby enthusiasts. Thirty one traditionally decorated rooms feature king sized beds, free wifi and free movies as standard. Excellent value.

    Sights nearby  -  10 mins walk from Dublin's main sights and events venues
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  • Buswells Hotel 67 rooms from £89

    Dublin (St Stephens Green,)

    Five townhouses have been converted to create this great value hotel in the centre of Dublin. Ideally situated to enjoy culture, shopping and nightlife. The feel is cosy and rooms are kitted out in traditional fashion whilst offering the usual modern amenities. Ideal for a short city break.

    Sights nearby  -  Central location. All the major sights are within easy reach
    Close to nightlife  -  Close to Dublin's legendary nightlife
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  • The Dean 51 rooms from £110

    Dublin 2

    Stylish, vibrant hotel in Dublin's city centre. Offering a selection of chic rooms and three bars, the Dean aims to reinvigorate it's Georgian setting with a modern twist. A stone's throw from a host of clubs and bars, it's the perfect launching pad for a lively weekend in Dublin.

    Historic  -  Harcourt Street is an example of some of Dublin's finest terraced Georgian architecture.
    Museums  -  Ten minutes walk from Trinity College Dublin and The Book of Kells.
    Sights nearby  -  Fifteen minutes walk from the world famous Guinness Storehouse.
    Close to nightlife  -  Prime location for accessing Dublin's finest clubs and bars.
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  • The Clarence 50 rooms from £113


    Famously owned by Bono and The Edge of U2, The Clarence has been transformed into one of Dublin's hippest hotels. Situated on the banks of the Liffey it is perfectly placed for making the most of Dublin's many sights and legendary nightlife. A stylish, good value spot for a city break.

    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  The hotel is situated in the heart of Dublin's cultural quarter with all major attractions near by
    Private Hot Tub  -  If you book the penthouse suite it comes with private terrace and outdoor hot tub
    Spa  -  Relaxation area offering aromatherapy treatments and massages
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Frommers, Michelin Travel, CN Traveller
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  • Waterloo House 19 rooms from £122

    Dublin (Ballsbridge)

    An imposing townhouse located on a quiet street in central Dublin. Traditional rooms are light and airy with sash windows, antique furniture and warm hues. A manicured garden and cosy lounge are the perfect spots to unwind after a day exploring the city. Ideal for city breaks.

    Local exploring  -  Well positioned to explore Dublin, yet on a quiet street away from the bustle.
    Great walks  -  Take a walk along Sandymount Strand, the most famous beach in Irish fiction.
    Full of character
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  • Number 31 21 rooms from £132


    Part guesthouse, part boutique hotel with superb breakfasts and a laid back vibe. Large, gloriously decorated rooms that supersede guesthouse status. A lovely garden and superb sitting room that connects the mews side of the house with the Georgian side. A truly luxury B&B.

    City Style  -  Wonderfully located in picturesque Georgian Dublin, with bold interiors, contemporary art and charming central garden.
    Great walks  -  A ten minute walk brings you to St Stephens Green, where you can stretch your legs and feed the ducks.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors, Frommers
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  • Aberdeen Lodge 20 rooms from £145


    Gracious living in a grand mansion in a more secluded setting on a residential street in Ballsbridge. Elegant bedrooms with brass or four poster beds, floor to ceiling windows, and big armchairs. Lovely gardens can be enjoyed from the terrace over an award-winning breakfast.

    Local exploring  -  Explore the coast line of Dublin's south side, with a quaint village-like charm and wonderful seafood.
    Local markets  -  Explore the affluent coastal suburb of Sandymount, with charming fish shops, delis and restuarants.
    Great walks  -  A five minute walk brings you to Sandymount Beach, a popular walking spot for locals.
    Sights nearby  -  The James Joyce Tower and Museum is a Martello tower only six minutes away.
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  • The Marker Hotel 187 rooms from £148

    Dublin (Docklands)

    Striking contemporary hotel in the heart of Dublin's docklands. Super stylish, design conscious interiors, rooftop bar for taking in the cityscape and great food in the brasserie. Ideal for business travellers, but also perfect for a hip city break.

    Contemporary  -  Checker board front facade reflects the money that has been spent on the visual impact of the hotel
    Business Hotel  -  Ideal for business travellers attending at the nearby Dublin convention Centre
    Sights nearby  -  Well placed for getting to all of Dublin's sights. 20 minute walk to the centre of the city
    Swimming Pool  -  23m indoor infinity pool
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  • Brooks Hotel 98 rooms from £154


    On Dublin's trendy Drury Street, Brooks Hotel is an excellent, family-run hotel. Its style is modern with smart, comfortable rooms and an inviting, low-key bar. Central Dublin is on the doorstep, so return after a day's exploring for a delicious meal at in-house Francesca's. A stylish city hotel.

    Sights nearby  -  Five minutes walk from Dublin Castle and the Chester Beatty Library.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Small Luxury Hotels, Michelin Travel
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  • The Westbury Hotel 205 rooms from £166


    Classy yet metropolitan hotel at the heart of vibrant Dublin.

    Satellite / Cable TV
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
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  • The Cliff Townhouse 9 rooms from £167


    Centrally located town house hotel. Pastel shaded rooms feature park views, modern bathrooms and antique style furniture. Chic dining in the restaurant with a focus on fresh seafood, or enjoy champagne in the oyster bar. Popular and good value.

    City Style  -  Colourful modern guestrooms, superb dining, knowledgable staff and stones throw from the sights
    Sights nearby  -  Trinity College, is just a five- to 10-minute walk
    Great walks  -  Across St Stephen’s Green
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  • Intercontinental Dublin 139 rooms from £189


    Assured luxury standards and a good range of rooms and rates. Stunning grounds, popular bar, elegant bedrooms in neutral tones, and an excellent spa. A city escape in true luxury.

    City Style
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor Pool
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
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  • The K Club 137 rooms from £260

    Dublin (Kildare)

    The luxurious K Club hotel is set amongst 550 acres of parkland in County Kildare. Elegant accommodation features King sized beds, antique furnishings and luxurious bathrooms. A number of outdoor pursuits are on offer from falconry to clay-pigeon shooting. A smart country escape.

    Golf  -  Both designed by Arnold Palmer, The Ryder Cup Course and The Smurfit Course are considered among Europe's finest!
    Fishing  -  If you fancy a relaxing afternoon then there are plenty of spots to go off fishing
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor pool
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection
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  • Dylan 44 rooms from £311


    Dublin’s funkiest hotel. Bold colours of scarlet red and lime green are exaggerated by contemporary Baroque flourishes - extravagant patterns and oversized furniture. Sleek, more neutral bedrooms with all the high-techery and sophisticated meeting rooms - a lavish spot for business or pleasure.

    Sights nearby  -  Head to James's Gate and take a tour of the Guinness Brewery, fascinating and includes a pint in the panoramic Skybar.
    Great walks  -  Wander through leafy Georgian Dublin to St. Stephens Green, a charming central park complete with swan filled pond.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet, Fodors, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
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  • The Merrion Hotel 142 rooms from £347


    Effortlessly gracious grande dame that just happens to be only ten years old. Timelessly classic decoration that oozes understated elegance and grace - marble floors, colonnades, fireplaces, artworks, bedrooms in neutral tones. Beautiful garden, Michelin restaurant, and small spa.

    City Style  -  This Georgian masterpiece is the epitome of subtle style and effortless elegance.
    Sights nearby  -  Nearby Number One Merrion Square is the former home of one of Dublin's most famous sons, the writer and dramatist Oscar Wilde.
    Great walks  -  After a hearty meal take a stroll around the charming garden, or head down the road to the picturesque Merrion Square Park.
    Views  -  Faces the stunning Irish Government Buildings.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Fodors, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
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