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The suite at the Dean.
The suite at the Dean.

Stay in one of Dublin’s historic boutique hotels

Architecture buffs delight in exploring Dublin’s picturesque Georgian townhouses with their brightly colored doors. Book your stay in in one of the city’s historic boutique hotels for a glimpse of what it was like to live in Dublin back in the day.

Quiet sophistication

Nestled in the heart of Dublin’s most elegant quarter, the Dylan features a sharp eye for detail and a dashing knack for style. Despite its location in a quiet residential area away from the hustle and bustle of the city center, the hotel is less than a 15-minute stroll from St. Stephen's Green and Dublin’s famous Grafton Street.Designed by Albert Edward Murray in 1900, the building was originally the nurses’ home for the Royal City of Dublin Hospital. Murray’s other historic works include the Dublin Christian Mission, the new front of the Royal City of Dublin Hospital, the Dublin Working Boys Home and the Harding Technical House. The building was extensively renovated in 1987 and reopened as the Dylan in 2006.Check into one of the Dylan’s bespoke bedrooms featuring custom-made furniture and design details that blend seamlessly with the elegant period architecture. Food in the Tavern restaurant is outstanding, while the list of gins available from the Dylan Bar is so long, you’d be forgiven for never wanting to leave.

The Dylan Hotel

Eastmoreland Lane, Dublin 4

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Party on down

Dublin is famous for its legendary pub culture and wild nightlife and the Dean is the perfect place to stay if you want to enjoy the best of it. Located on busy Harcourt Street, this hotel is particularly popular with groups of young people. However, despite being known as a party hotspot, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this stylish, beautifully designed hotel if you’re in town for a relaxing weekend – but you’d be well advised to request one of the quieter rooms in the house. Head upstairs to Sophie’s restaurant for Dublin’s best views, not to mention some of the finest cocktails and wood-fired pizzas we’ve ever sampled.

The Dean

33 Harcourt St, Dublin 2

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In the lap of luxury

Everything about the Merrion oozes exclusivity – from its enviable situation in one of Dublin’s prettiest streets, to the charming old-school doormen, splendid rooms and excellent dining options. The hotel represents an impeccable restoration of four Georgian townhouses, dating back to the 1760s, originally built by Charles Monck, 1st Viscount Monck, for wealthy Irish merchants and nobility. The Merrion combines exceptional comfort with subtle elegance and excellent facilities, including an 18-meter pool, spa, gym and Dublin’s only two-star Michelin restaurant, Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud.

The Merrion Hotel

Merrion Street Upper, Dublin 2

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Parklife

Overlooking St Stephen’s Green, the Cliff Townhouse has one of the most prestigious addresses in the capital, occupying a townhouse that dates back to the late 17th-century, and was originally the home of the Earl of Shelburne. It became a boutique hotel in 2010, and now houses nine individually renovated guestrooms, a superb seafood restaurant, as well as the popular Urchin bar. Book one of the Cliff’s park-facing rooms, for one of the most privileged views Dublin has to offer.

Cliff Townhouse

22 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2

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Home from home

A splendid example of what happens when Georgian grandeur and contemporary comfort come together to create a stylish, yet incredibly cozy hideaway. Situated within easy walking distance of the city center, Pembroke Townhouse manages to be both quiet and ideally located for everything Dublin has to offer. While most hotels tell you to make yourself right at home, this one really means it: guests are invited to raid the larder for home-baked cookies, or enjoy a glass of wine or cup of tea in the snug drawing room, at any time of the day or night.

Pembroke Townhouse

90 Pembroke Rd, Dublin

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Text: Isabelle Kliger

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