If you’re planning a trip to the capital, some Airbnbs in Dublin are as quirky, unique and charming as the city itself.
We’ve handpicked a selection of the most unique and unusual Dublin Airbnbs to save you wasting precious time wading through the mass.
From cosy cabins and contemporary studios to coastal castles and converted churches, we have something for every budget.
We’ve even included a short summary of important facts to help you find best Airbnb in Dublin to suit your needs.
The Most Unique Airbnbs in Dublin
Dublin, like many places in Ireland, is home to its fair share of quirky Airbnbs. You’ll discover 15 of the most unique and unusual below.
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1. Martello Tower
We’re kicking things off with what is hands-down the most unique Airbnb Dublin has to offer, both from a location and an interior and exterior perspective.
Steeped in 200 years of history, the best thing about this Martello tower (apart from its 10-foot thick walls!) is its location – it’s a stone’s throw from many of the best things to do in Dublin.
Built as watchtowers and defensive forts, Martello Towers, by necessity, have panoramic views. This one is right on the rocks overlooking Dublin Bay.
The stone staircase winds its way up from the king-size bedroom, double bedroom and bathroom on the ground floor to the first-floor sitting room with veranda and finally reaches the fully equipped kitchen on the top floor.
You even have parking and private steps to the pebbly beach. Book a night or see more of this place here.
2. The Church Roof Apartment
Who would think that St Kevin’s Church hides a desirable Airbnb in Dublin within easy strolling distance of St Stephen’s Green and the city centre?
The church has been converted into characterful apartments and this rooftop loft is the best. It has a vaulted ceiling and magnificent arched window.
From the king-size bed to the full kitchen with Nespresso machine, it’s loaded with home comforts. Portobello is one of the more ‘hip’ neighbourhoods in Dublin and it’s brimming with top pubs and restaurants along the Grand Canal.
This unique apartment is 5 minutes’ walk from city centre bars, canal walks, friendly cafés and attractions. See more or book a night here.
3. A Barge on the Grand Canal (one of the most unique Airbnbs in Dublin City Centre)
One of the most unique Airbnbs in Dublin City Centre has to be this beautifully restored 57-foot-long houseboat moored at the Grand Canal Dock.
Polished wood, porthole windows and the ship’s wheel provide character and ambience. Guests have the whole houseboat to themselves including three comfy double bedrooms.
There’s also a modern galley kitchen, leather sofa sitting area with wood burner and a full bathroom with flush loo. Relax on the furnished deck with drinks and wave to passing boats.
With central heating and Wi-Fi, it’s the perfect Dublin base just a stone’s throw from Grafton Street and Dublin Castle. See more or book a night here.
4. The Portobello Townhouse
For those who appreciate clean lines and contemporary furnishings, this townhouse is “the biz” and includes a private patio and free parking.
The open floorplan has a modern log burner, dining area and stylish kitchen with grey cabinets. Patio doors provide an indoor-outdoor lifestyle with the paved courtyard.
A king-size bedroom with Victorian fireplace feature, two further double bedrooms, full bathroom and a guest toilet complete the accommodation.
This Victorian period property is in Portobello, within easy strolling distance of the city centre, St Patrick’s Cathedral and Grafton Street with many local bars, restaurants and shops to choose from nearby. See more here.
5. An Artisan Cottage in Dublin 4
This delightful 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom Airbnb in Dublin is in a quiet residential neighbourhood just minutes from Dublin city centre.
Comfortable and pristine, it has wood flooring, an eat-in kitchen and cosy sitting area with leather sofas. There’s even a fireplace with logburner.
Upstairs, you’ll find a queen bedroom, a double bedroom and modern bathroom. Make use of the patio oasis for relaxing over a pint of Guinness or a glass or wine while sausages and steaks sizzle on the built-in barbecue.
6. A Cosy Cabin with mighty views
This gorgeous newly built guesthouse has superb sea views of Ireland’s Eye and private access to Burrow Beach.
Ideal as a romantic getaway, this well-appointed log cabin includes a modern white kitchen, dining table and sitting area along with a double bedroom and bathroom.
It comes with superb outdoor amenities including an enclosed barbecue area with table and chairs and another seating area on the lawn with uninterrupted sea views.
Pop into Howth Village for shopping and dining or visit the sights of Dublin by train or car, just 30 minutes away. Book a night or see more here.
7. Orlagh House
Enjoy the lifestyle at this country house estate with 13 bedrooms and 8.5 bathrooms. Ideal for weddings, family gatherings and friends’ reunions, this restored Georgian mansion is one of the most luxurious Airbnbs in Dublin.
Look forward to sharing meals and conversation in the lavish dining room, relaxing in the chandeliered sitting room in front of the crackling open fire and socializing in the bar with pool and snooker tables.
Set in the Dublin Mountains for bracing walks, the 50-acre state has breathtaking city views and is just 25 minutes from the city centre and airport.
If you’re looking for more places like this, drop into our guide to the best group accommodation Ireland has to offer (big, fancy spots that take large groups).
8. Old World Stableyard
If you’re in search of an Airbnb in Dublin that’s perfectly equipped to cater for a group of friends or family, look no further than this place.
This 4-bedroom converted stableyard is elegantly furnished to welcome visitors staying for business or pleasure.
Tastefully decorated with polished pine floors, this luxury home has a fully-equipped open-plan kitchen with handy breakfast bar. Two king-size bedrooms, a queen bedroom and a family room comfortably sleep 9.
Guests have use of a heated pool and sauna for the ultimate Dublin stay. The sunny courtyard is furnished for al fresco dining and relaxing after shopping and sightseeing.
Set in the peaceful countryside 10 minutes from Dublin centre, it is close to historic Phoenix Park with its sports fields, bike paths and Dublin Zoo.
9. Historic Georgian Townhouse (a very fancy Dublin Airbnb)
This elegant 3-storey Georgian townhouse is located in the fashionable Portobello area of Dublin. Enjoy the library and antique furnishings throughout.
Two beautifully appointed reception rooms and 3 spacious bedrooms (a king, double and twin) comfortably accommodate 6 guests.
The majestic drawing room is on the top floor with a white marble fireplace. The country-style kitchen is equipped for entertaining along with the formal dining room.
Outdoors, the private lawned garden is a quiet place to dine or read. St Stephen’s Green, city-centre bars, restaurants and attractions are a 10-minute walk away. See more here.
10. Designer apartment
Those looking for edgy, loft-style Airbnbs in Dublin will appreciate this designer studio overlooking the River Liffey designed to sleep 4 guests.
Refurbished by award-winning architects, it provides views of Ha’penny Bridge, a famous Dublin landmark. The open-plan living space has a full kitchen with Nespresso coffee machine for kick-starting the day.
There’s a king-size bed and a double sofa bed along with a full bathroom. Walk to everywhere from here, including Temple Bar, Trinity College, local bars and restaurants.
If you’re in search of an Airbnb in Dublin City Centre that’s a stone’s throw from many of the city’s top attractions, this should be right up your street.
11. A Cosy Airbnb in Dublin
Make yourself at home in this 2 bedroom cottage in the grounds of Staughton House . Nestled in the Dublin Mountains, it has serene views of Brittas Lake and the surrounding valleys.
This self-contained lodge has a king-size bedroom and a twin bedroom on the mezzanine, accessed by spiral stairs. There’s an open plan living/dining area with L-shaped sofa bed and a modern kitchen.
This location is tailor-made for walking holidays and enjoying Dublin’s scenic countryside yet just 10 minutes by bus from the city.
The lodge includes parking, gardens and even has donkeys you can feed! Book a night or see more of this gorgeous Dublin Airbnb here.
12. Private Period Apt
Part of an impressive period building, this one-bedroom apartment has unobstructed sea and coastal views from its third-floor location.
Overlooking Howth Harbour, it has many original features including the fireplace. Sleep well in the double bedroom with balcony and ensuite bathroom before rustling up breakfast in the fully equipped kitchen with Nespresso coffee machine.
Ideal for 2 guests, this private property is ideal for exploring the area on foot (there are loads of brilliant things to do in Howth).
If you’re heading into Dublin city centre, the Dart Station is 5 minutes’ walk away, making this one of our top picks for Airbnbs in Dublin. See more or book a night here.
13. Duplex Penthouse
Look forward to sunset drinks on the terrace overlooking water and city views at this luxury duplex apartment.
Ideal for 6 guests, it has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms plus a fabulously equipped kitchen with stainless appliances for keen chefs.
The contemporary sitting room has parquet flooring, a retro cocktail cabinet, leather sofas and a spiral iron staircase.
There’s a king-size ensuite, double bedroom with balcony and outdoor terrace with Astroturf. Parking is included. All this within 15 minutes’ walk of Dublin city centre, cafés, bars, shops, sights and nightlife. See more here.
Fancy seeing what other Airbnbs Dublin has to offer?
If you want to see what other unique places that are up for rent on Airbnb in Dublin, you can find looooooads right here. Or, browse some of our other Dublin accommodation guides below:
- 11 of the best rated B&Bs in Dublin
- 10 of the quirkiest boutique hotels in Dublin
- 13 of the finest family hotels in Dublin
- The best places to go glamping in Dublin (and the finest spots for camping in Dublin)
- 9 of the most extravagant castle hotels in Dublin
- 7 luxurious 5 star hotels in Dublin
- 12 stunning spa hotels in Dublin
Gillian Birch is a travel writer and published author. She has travelled the world and uses her personal journals and memories to write about her many travel experiences, particularly those that involved adventures in Ireland.