Dublin Luxury Hotels
In Dublin, hotel luxury means individuality and a warm welcome rather than just a check list of amenities on offer. There is a wide range of luxury hotels to pick from in Dublin, depending on your taste and the purpose of your visit. The hotels on the list below all spend great attention to detail and outstanding quality, yet they all have their individual character. Whether you are planning an important business trip or a romantic weekend break, you are likely to find the ideal setting among these high class hotels.
Radisson SAS St. Helen's
Set in 4 acres of classically landscaped gardens with unrivalled sea views, the St. Helen's will make you feel like you have stepped out into the countryside. Yet the hotel is located only 5km south of the city centre on Dublin's exclusive Southside, near University College Dublin. Built by Sir Thomas Cooley, MP, in 1750, later acquired by Viscount Gough and renamed St. Helen's, the main house is a gem of Irish architecture. The hotel's 151 rooms are located in a newly built accommodation wing which is neatly integrated into the main house and gardens.
Dublin's longest running boutique hotel is located in the heart of the city on the quays of the River Liffey. Owned by Bono and The Edge of Irish rock group U2, The Clarence aims to combine contemporary style with timeless Irish hospitality. The Clarence was designed as a place that Bono and The Edge would choose to stay in when visiting Dublin. The atmosphere is relaxed throughout the hotel. Kick back in the Clarence's restaurant, enjoy the well made food and watch the Temple Bar hubbub through the panoramic windows. If you would like to push the boat out, then book the penthouse. It takes up the rooftop 5th and 6th floors of the hotel and offers georgeous views over Dublin and the mountains from its outdoor hot tub. On the ground floor you have a living room with a peat burning stove and dining space for up to 8. On the second level you have a bar and lounge complete with a baby grand piano for the entertainer in you.
The Dylan is Dublin's newest boutique hotel, situated south of the picturesque Grand Canal in a leafy and exclusive part of town. Each of the hotel's 44 rooms are individually styled. The Dylan combines style with playful, contemporary treats. Rooms come with an iPod with docking station, loaded with walking tours of Dublin and a selection of music. The Dylan is well geared up for the laptop generation, with complimentary WIFI throughout the hotel and laptop safes. Fun at The Dylan does not need to be highbrow and guests can chill out with film and a Movie Menu with a choice of Haagen-Dazs ice cream, Coca Cola and hot buttered popcorn.
The Four Seasons
The six-storey red brick building is situated on the showgrounds of the historic Royal Dublin Society (RDS) in the quiet and chique residential area of Ballsbridge. The Four Seasons combines traditional comfort with international standards in its 197 rooms. The hotel is ideally located for events at the RDS, such as the annual Dublin Horse Show.
The Merrion is set in the heart of Georgian Dublin, opposite Government Buildings, the seat of the Irish Government. The hotel takes up four meticulously restored Georgian townhouses, built in the 1760's by Lord Monck. One of the four buildings, No. 24, is the birthplace of Arthur Wellesley, the 1st Duke of Wellington. The interior is designed using Irish fabrics and antiques to reflect the architecture and original interiors of the Main House. The Merrion's own art collection features works by Irish painters such as Louis Le Brocquy, Jack B. Yeates and John Boyd. The icing on the Merrion cake is Patrick Guilbaud's restaurant, one of Dublin's most cherished foodie temples, decorated with two Michelin stars.
Built in 1824, The Shelbourne Hotel has been completely restored in 2007 while keeping its historic charm. The Shelbourne overlooks St. Stephen's Green and has been a Dublin institution ever since it first opened its doors. Enjoy a cocktail or Dublin-brewed Guinness at the Shelbourne's renowned Horseshoe Bar, a favourite meeting place for Dubliners. Or take High Tea in one of the hotel's magnificient salons. The Shelbourne 'does' old-fashioned in style.