If you travel a lot, chances are you’ve had enough of bland hotels and identikit accommodation. Fortunately for those travelling to Dublin, Ireland’s capital city has a range of hotels, B&B, and self-catering as full of character and personality as a true blue Dubliner. Here are some of our favourite places to stay in Dublin:
No 25 Eustace Street
One of the first things every visitor to Dublin notices is the abundance of graceful Georgian buildings, with their elegant lines and beautiful architectural features. Well, now you can stay at an historic Georgian style Dublin hotel in the heart of vibrant Temple Bar. The meticulously refurbished No. 25 Eustace Street dates back to 1720, serving as the residence of wool merchant J.D. Williams in the 1840s and, later, as the offices for celebrated solicitor Standish O’Grady – the “Father of Celtic Revival” and an inspiration for poet W.B. Yeats. What you need to know is that you can rent the entire property for yourself and up to six others. Not many holiday homes can boast a Bechstein boudoir piano or freestanding bath. Step out of your historic lodgings and you’re right in the heart of Dublin city centre.
It’s not often you get to stay right in the centre of a busy capital in an actual mews. A proper mews comprises of rooms above a group of stables, and, at Merrion Mews, self-catering accommodation is provided directly above the stable yard where the national police force (Garda) mounted unit waters its horses (occasionally). Tucked away off Merrion Square in the heart of Dublin, Merrion Mews is a roomy property sleeping up to six people in one of the best examples of an 18th-century townhouse remaining in Dublin. Accommodation is in three double bedrooms, with access to a garden (one of the few remaining in Merrion Square) and views of the stable yard and the elegant main house.
Even if the dog did eat your homework, you will be welcome at the 4 star Schoolhouse Hotel in Ballsbridge in central Dublin. This property started life as St Stephen’s parochial school in 1861, educating the children of Dublin until 1969 – the domestic science room is now the kitchen! Following renovations designed to retain the old-fashioned charm while introducing luxuriously modern facilities, the delightful old red-brick building has been operating as a four star hotel since 1998. There are 31 deluxe en-suite bedrooms, each named after a famous Irish writer. image credit
Combining a classic Georgian townhouse with a mews built by iconic Irish architect Sam Stephenson, Number 31 on Leeson Close has been famous for its hospitality, ever since the days when celebrities from Henry Kissinger to Ted Kennedy attended parties here in the 1960s, Indeed, the property invites conviviality, with kilim rugs in the sunken lounge, a roaring fire, and a mirrored cocktail bar. Not to mention the legendary breakfasts: Enjoy homemade breads and preserves, poached pears in vanilla syrup, homemade granola and muesli, and cooked dishes that go beyond the traditional “full Irish” to include, eggs benedict, kippers, and mushroom frittata. As befits a place of such pedigree, the 21 guestrooms creatively combine light, colour schemes, and materials, to create understated luxury.
Not many city centre hotels greet weary travellers with tea and scones on their arrival, but then, not many hotels are the Aberdeen Lodge, in Ballsbridge. This kind of gracious hospitality is what lies behind the lodge’s elegant Edwardian facade, which manages the impressive feat of creating the atmosphere of a secluded country estate at an address that’s within strolling distance of an exciting city centre. Linger in four-poster beds and whirlpool spas, surrounded by period grandeur. You can even take afternoon tea in the beautifully landscaped grounds.
Guest post by: Aoife O’Carroll