Dublin has a slew of accommodation options from ritzy 5-star hotels through to cheap bed and breakfasts. Prices of Dublin hotels can double (or more) during peak periods, which can mean gig nights and sporting events as well as St Patrick's Day, so it's always worth checking for clashes when you plan to travel. Some hotels in Dublin offer reduced rates, especially during quieter periods and at weekends, but rarely on the spot; it’s best to make an advanced booking to secure cheap accommodation.
The hotels in Dublin below have been classed into three different pricing categories:
Luxury (over €200)
Moderate (€100 to €200)
Cheap (up to €100)
The prices quoted above are the starting prices for a standard double room and include taxes and breakfast unless otherwise specified.
Enjoying a great location on the north bank of the River Liffey, the recently expanded Morrison Hotel is not only an oasis of tranquillity but also a showcase for the talent of Ireland's internationally renowned designer John Rocha. The interior is unashamedly chic, with a minimalist theme of East meets West. All 138 bedrooms are equipped with high-tech gadgets and the various bars, restaurants and the nightclub are popular with the local style brigade.Address: Liffey Quays, Ormond Quay Lower, Dublin, Dublin 1
Telephone: +353 1 887 2400.
The Fitzwilliam Hotel
Luxurious and ultra-modern, The Fitzwilliam commands a striking central location with the calm and tranquillity of St Stephen's Green to one side and Grafton Street to the other. Theirs is a stark, minimalist interpretation of typical country house features, using chrome, frosted glass, large leather sofas and dramatic down lighting. Its large roof garden is great for summer sunshine.Address: Grafton Street, St Stephen's Green, Dublin, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 1 478 7000.
The Merrion Hotel
Dublin's most sumptuous 142-room hotel looks like a standard Georgian block of houses, but behind its modest façade, it has been sensitively restored to combine period elegance with 5-star modern facilities. There's a classy restaurant, sizeable pool, gym and spa, but also magnificent formal, landscaped gardens, forming a serene haven far removed from the frenetic city centre.Address: South Central Dublin, Upper Merrion Street, Dublin, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 1 603 0600.
Overlooking elegant Fitzwilliam Place, Number 31 is the former home of Ireland's leading architect, Sam Stephenson. It has since been converted into a highly sophisticated, award-winning guesthouse with an emphasis on detail, luxury and simplicity. This stylish property offers a variety of en-suite accommodation, as well as secure car parking, but it's the intimate beauty that wins guests over.Address: South Central Dublin, 31 Leeson Close, Dublin, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 1 676 5011.
This seriously sexy boutique hotel offers chic visitors a chance to really show off in an uber cool bar that serves first-rate cocktails. The 55 bespoke rooms are amongst Ireland's most stylish. Neat in-room touches include iPod docks pre-loaded with a walking tour of the city, laptop compatible safes and Italian marble in the bathrooms.Address: West Central Dublin, Eastmoreland Place, Dublin, Dublin 4
Telephone: +353 1 660 3000.
A veritable Dublin institution immortalised in James Joyce's epic Ulysses, and now something of a hub for the Ireland rugby team, the 5-star Shelbourne Hotel has been home to the rich and famous (and even royalty) since its opening in the 18th century. Centrally located beside St Stephen's Green, with 265 opulent rooms, celebrated bars and restaurants, and a smart health club, it remains one of Dublin's most distinguished hotels.Address: Grafton Street, 27 St Stephen's Green, Dublin, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 1 663 4500.
Amberley House is ideal if you're planning to dive into Dublin's late night activities but still want to wake up in comfort. This isn't the Ritz, but they do the basics extremely well, and it is as central as you can get without going really upmarket. All rooms have free Wi-Fi.Address: North Central Dublin, 34 Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin, Dublin 1
Telephone: +353 1 874 6979.
This cheap, city centre hotel harks back almost 200 years. It is very old school Dublin and as such boasts some impressive period features in its façade and public areas. The rooms have been recently refurbished, with free Wi-Fi available in most of them, though snuggle up in the Library Bar and the years still drift away.Address: South Central Dublin, 1-5 Exchequer Street, Dublin, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 1 679 7302.
A simple base, Generator Hostel is the place to be if you're looking to bump into other travellers. Adorned with graffiti and host of regular markets, the owners do their best to give this place genuine colourful charm. It is also in the Smithfield area so is convenient for the city centre and the fantastic Block T culture space.Address: Smithfield, Smithfield Square, Dublin, Dublin 7
Telephone: +353 1 901 0222.