The 7 best hotels in South Dublin

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South Dublin is primarily comprised of two picturesque neighbourhoods, Donnybrook and Ballsbridge. The streets are leafy, there's plenty of pretty parks and a wide selection of eateries and bars. Better yet, the city centre is just a short drive away, while you're also ideally positioned to access the Aviva Stadium and Dublin’s famous exhibition centre at the RDS. These neighbourhoods are ideal for families or those looking for a peaceful stay, yet with easy access to the city centre. Our selection of the best hotels in South Dublin are broad, ranging from charming traditional townhouses to luxury hotels.

The best hotel in South Dublin

For luxury

Herbert Park Hotel

  • A luxury four-star hotel in south Dublin. Herbert Park Hotel offers plush rooms with stunning views over the expansive Herbert Park. The family rooms are great for travelling with children; dine at the gourmet restaurant or take afternoon tea in the terrace lounge. A stylish city break.
  • Be assured of luxury standards and a good range of rooms and rates at the Intercontinental Dublin. Set in stunning grounds and offering a popular bar, elegant bedrooms and an excellent spa.

For character

Dylan

  • Dublin's funkiest hotel, the Dylan, is decorated with bold colours and contemporary Baroque flourishes - extravagant patterns and oversized furniture. A lavish spot for business or pleasure.

For traditional style

Aberdeen Lodge

  • The chic Pembroke Hall is located in a four-storey listed Georgian townhouse in Dublin's leafy Ballsbridge area. Rooms are decorated in a period style in keeping with the building's legacy; expect king-size and super king-size beds dressed in high-quality cotton linens. A stately city stay.
  • An imposing townhouse located on a quiet street, Waterloo House features traditional rooms which are light and airy with sash windows and antique furniture. There's a manicured garden and cosy lounge. Ideal for city breaks.
  • Ariel House, set in a converted Victorian townhouse, offers traditionally styled rooms (suites have four posters). Well positioned and priced.
  • For gracious living in a grand mansion boasting a secluded setting on a residential street in Ballsbridge book Aberdeen Lodge. It features elegant bedrooms and lovely gardens which can be enjoyed from the terrace over an award-winning breakfast.

Still not sure which of the best hotels in South Dublin to book? Widen the net to include North Dublin or all of our Dublin recommendations. Alternatively contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.

  • Herbert Park Hotel Dublin 153 rooms from £161

    Families  -  With triple, interconnecting rooms in the family suites, this hotel is perfect for families travelling with older children
    City Style  -  Located in Dublin's historic centre, this hotel is a great base for exploring the local sights on a city break
    Romantic Break  -  With cosy interior décor and a romantic terrace lounge, this hotel is perfect for couples on a city getaway
    Sailing  -  The Surfdock Centre offers windsurfing and sailing courses; enquire at the hotel for more information

    A smart hotel in leafy south Dublin. Plush rooms offer soft carpets and luxurious linens, with stunning views over the expansive Herbert Park. The family rooms are great for travelling with children; dine at the gourmet restaurant or take afternoon tea in the terrace lounge. A stylish city break. See More

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  • Intercontinental Dublin Dublin 139 rooms from £265

    Spa breaks  -  ESPA spa featuring its trademark treatments, plus sauna, steam room and relaxation area
    City Style  -  A luxurious five star stay with impeccable service and a tranquil setting
    Sights nearby  -  Make a trip to see Trinity College and Dublin Castle
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor Pool

    A grand five-star hotel offering quiet sophistication in an equally tranquil Dublin setting. Featuring stunning grounds, a popular bar, elegant rooms decorated in neutral tones, and an excellent spa. A city escape in true luxury. See More

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  • Dylan Dublin 44 rooms from £226

    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.
    Opulent
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet, Fodors, Frommers, Kiwi Collection

    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. See More

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  • Pembroke Hall Dublin (Ballsbridge) 12 rooms from £239

    City Style  -  Set in a quiet area close to the main attractions, this is a great base to come back to after a day of sightseeing
    Hideaway  -  Set in quiet Ballsbridge, this is a great Dublin bolt-hole away from the busy city centre
    Romantic Break  -  Choose a room with a super king-size bed to luxuriate in on your romantic getaway
    Local markets  -  Visit Ballsbridge's market and shop for bargains to take back home from your trip

    This chic hotel is located in a four-storey listed Georgian townhouse in Dublin's leafy Ballsbridge area. The ensuite rooms are decorated in a period style in keeping with the building's legacy; expect king-size and super king-size beds dressed in high-quality cotton linens. A stately city stay. See More

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  • Ariel House Dublin (Ballsbridge) 37 rooms from £104

    City Style  -  Set in a grand Victorian era house, the interiors mix the building's original features with simple and chic contemporary style
    Other Activities  -  Located in the shadow of the Aviva Stadium making this an ideal choice for those travelling to watch a rugby game
    Local exploring  -  Well positioned for accessing the Aviva Stadium, the Dublin Convention Centre and many historical sights
    Sights nearby  -  Ballsbridge enjoys easy access to all of Dublin's major attractions
    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    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. See More

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  • Waterloo House Dublin (Ballsbridge) 19 rooms from £191

    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
    Traditional

    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. See More

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  • Aberdeen Lodge Dublin 20 rooms from £143

    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.

    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. See More

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Written by Katie Harris

posted Tuesday, 30th July 2019