Located along Ireland’s east coast at the Liffey River, Dublin is the country’s capital and largest city. From Medieval castles, Georgian architecture and a Viking heritage to traditional dance and colorful pubs, Dublin is filled with sites and attractions for all interests. Literary types can visit pubs immortalized in print or frequented by James Joyce, W.B. Yeats, Bram Stoker and Rudyard Kipling or visit the National Library of Ireland and the Dublin Writers Museum.
Whether on business or a family vacation in Ireland, travelers can get a uniquely Irish experience by choosing the personalized service, intimate atmosphere and luxurious accommodations of a boutique hotel. Best of all, many boutique hotels in Dublin are within walking distance or a quick drive to some of the city’s most famous museums, monuments, nightlife and attractions.
The Morgan is a stylish and contemporary boutique hotel located in Temple Bar, Dublin’s cultural quarter. Simplicity mixes with modern design in Art Deco fixtures, designer furniture and fun accessories. Spacious rooms are available in contemporary queen and deluxe king rooms along with suites and a penthouse. There is a fitness room, bar and restaurant. Located within close proximity to the shopping of Grafton Street and Dublin’s main business district, other area attractions include Dublin Castle, the Ha’Penny Bridge and Trinity College.
Number 31 is made up of two converted buildings connected by a charming garden. The classical Georgian townhouse nicely contrasts with the modernist mews designed by the renowned architect Sam Stephenson, whose private house this was. Warm and inviting rooms feature luxurious beds, fine linens, subtle textures and designer touches. Room rates include a delicious breakfast of seasonal produce and organic ingredients. The breakfast at Number 31 has been named the Best Breakfast in Ireland. The Number 31 boutique hotel is within easy access to St. Stephen’s Green, the shopping district of Grafton Street and the Grand Canal.
The Brooks Hotel resides on Drury Street, which is near the fashionable shops, bars and restaurants of Dublin’s cultural quarter. Warm and inviting with a spacious and airy atmosphere, guest rooms feature original artwork, potted plants and oak furniture. Luxury amenities include heated mirrors, a power shower, sunken baths and bathrobes. Rooms range from classic, deluxe and executive to junior and presidential suites. The hotel has an event space, a private cinema and in-room desks. Guests can grab homemade pastries, coffee and tea at the Café Lounge, enjoy artisan dishes at Francesca’s Restaurant or relax at Jasmine Bar, which is part of the Whiskey Trail of Ireland.
The Fitzwilliam Hotel Dublin exudes a business-like exterior that opens up to a stylish and contemporary interior. Executive, superior deluxe and signature guest rooms as well as a penthouse are available. The penthouse has a private butler, baby grand piano and complimentary champagne and fresh flowers. Down duvets, robes and slippers and luxury Egyptian cotton bath towels make guests feel right at home. There is a gym area and a beauty salon for facials, body wraps and massages. Dining choices include gourmet bar food at Inn on the Garden, contemporary dining at Citron and the Michelin star Thornton’s.
With its polished steel and glass exterior, the Gibson Hotel is the ultimate urban retreat. The hotel is near the 3Arena concert and live show amphitheater as well as the heart of Dublin on O’Connell Street. Spacious guest rooms are modern and chic with private courtyards or cityscape views. Rooms include superior and family rooms or junior suites outfitted in calm and comfortable decor. Restaurants include Hemi Bar and Coda Eatery. The Gibson has meeting rooms and a relaxation area.
Old world charm connects with modern amenities, fashionable furnishings and luxury accommodations at Clontarf Castle Hotel. Located about 15 minutes from Dublin City Centre, the castle’s vine-covered exterior opens to arched entryways and extravagant rooms outfitted in freestanding tubs, designer wall coverings and fashionable furniture. Fahrenheit Grill specializes in beef and seafood dishes and is one of the finest restaurants in Dublin. Accessorized with oversized sofas and red chandeliers, Indigo Lounge offers pastries and coffee in the morning and café style dining and cocktails in the evening.
Created from restored 18th century townhouses, the Merrion Hotel mixes the past with the very sophisticated present in its stately columns, marble bathrooms and 19th and 20th century art collection. Guests can choose from views of the garden, city scenes or stately government buildings in either the garden wing or the Georgian main house. Dining at his boutique hotel in Dublin includes the gastro-pub fare of the Cellar Bar, the modern Irish cuisine of The Cellar Restaurant and fine dining at Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud. The hotel has meeting rooms, a spa and a bar. The Merrion is within access to the National Gallery, Trinity College and the Irish Museum of Modern Art.