If you’re in search of the best hotels in Ballsbridge, you’ve landed in the right place.
Why? Well, it’s a beautiful corner of Dublin, there’s lots of pubs and restaurants and it’s a stone’s throw from the city. There’s also some excellent hotels to book into.
In our Ballsbridge hotels guide below, you’ll find everything from luxury accommodation to places to stay in Ballsbridge that hopefully won’t break the bank.
Our favourite hotels in Ballsbridge
The first section of this guide is packed with what we think are the best hotels in Ballsbridge – these are places that one of The Irish Road Trip Team have stayed in and loved.
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1. InterContinental Dublin
First up is one of the finest 5 star hotels in Dublin. The Intercontinental Hotel in Dublin is just 3km from Dublin Castle, Olympia Theatre and The Spire. This luxury hotel in Ballsbridge promises sumptuous rooms, satellite TV, marble bathrooms and cosy bathrobes for relaxing after a soak in the extra deep bath.
The hotel has a Spa and Wellness centre, a chandeliered Lobby Lounge for coffee and snacks served in the courtyard garden. The elegant Seasons Restaurant offers international cuisine including an award-winning breakfast using the finest local ingredients.
Well located, this hotel is a short walk from Herbert Park and the Grand Canal. If you’re looking for Ballsbridge hotels where you’ll be treated like royalty, book into the Intercontinental.
2. Herbert Park Hotel and Park Residence
Overlooking leafy Herbert Park, it’s hard to believe you are staying in Dublin city. The Herbert Park Hotel and Park Residence is a stylish modern hotel with beautifully furnished rooms and suites overlooking the 48-acre park through full height windows.
The wonderful service extends to breakfast in your room if desired. Opt for an apartment and have your own microwave and refrigerator or enjoy the chef-created dishes in the Pavilion Restaurant.
Within 2km you can explore the National Print Museum, Origin Gallery and Fitzwilliam Square or walk along the banks of the Grand Canal. If you’re looking for bright and spacious Ballsbridge hotels with great reviews, check the Herbert out.
3. Ballsbridge Hotel
Home to bright, spacious rooms and a short walk from the city, plenty to see and do and the best restaurants in Ballsbridge, this hotel is well worth a look.
Close to a bus stop and the DART Railway station, it is very convenient for speedy transit into the city. Rooms have luxury linens, comfy mattresses, cable TV, free Wi-Fi and tea/coffee facilities.
Tuck into the buffet breakfast in Raglands Restaurant or grab a coffee to go from the Red Bean Roastery. The onsite Dubliner Pub is popular with locals and serves Irish dishes and drinks with a friendly laidback atmosphere.
4. Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge
If you want something with a touch of wow, the magnificent Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge is a restored 19th century Masonic Ophans’ School set in landscaped gardens.
It’s a short walk from Sandymount DART station and within walking distance of the RDS Conference Centre, Aviva Stadium, embassies, business district and city centre highlights.
The hotel has 335 rooms and suites, where you’ll be surrounded with home comforts, fluffy pillows, a work desk and free Wi-Fi.
The hotel has underground parking, a fitness centre and waves you off each morning with a fantastic cooked breakfast. This is one of the most popular hotels in Ballsbridge for good reason.
5. Schoolhouse Hotel
The boutique Schoolhouse Hotel in Ballsbridge has been converted into a unique hotel with a wonderful atmosphere and sense of history. Former classrooms now boast king-size beds, Wi-Fi, LCD TVs, free movies and William Morris design interiors.
The bathrooms have Victorian-style power showers as a nice added touch. Guests can indulge in drinks and chatter at the bar before enjoying French and Irish gastropub cuisine in the Schoolhouse Restaurant.
The hotel is 2 minutes from the Grand Canal and less than one km from the National Print Museum, Origins Gallery and several stadiums.
Other great hotels in Ballsbridge
Personal favourites aside, there are plenty of other great hotels in Ballsbridge and other types of accommodation in Ballsbridge.
Below, you’ll find some other excellent hotels in Ballsbridge along with some guesthouses and townhouses that pack a mighty punch.
1. Roxford Lodge Hotel
The luxury Roxford Lodge is one of a handful of hotels in Ballsbridge that we have recommended to us over and over again by visiting tourists.
You’ll find it in the heart of Ballsbridge where it boasts stylish rooms with jacuzzi and/or sauna. Comfortable beds, a desk, Nespresso coffee machine and free Wi-Fi are enhanced by the Victorian character and modern facilities in each boutique room.
The dining room offers continental and full Irish breakfasts with complimentary tea and coffee available throughout the day. Make use of the the onsite vehicle charging station or the nearby bus stop and DART station for easy transport into the city centre.
2. Pembroke Townhouse
Ballsbridge accommodation doesn’t come much more stunning that our next spot. Nestled on a Georgian street, the 18th century Pembroke Townhouse oozes character and offers outstanding service to guests.
Extras include the elegant drawing room with roaring log fire and the larder which guests are welcome to raid for tea/coffee and homemade cookies. Rooms blend refined Georgian elegance and graceful furnishings with 21st century contemporary style.
Awards include “the best breakfast in Dublin”, second place in Georgina Campbell’s Guesthouse of the year 2020 and “One of the Top 100 Places to stay in Ireland” in the Michelin Guide. It says it all.
3. Ariel House
If you’re looking for cosy accommodation that could go toe-to-toe with the top Ballsbridge hotels, look no further. Situated in three adjoining townhouses, Ariel House has excellent feedback for its service and attention to detail.
Lovingly restored interiors, original sash windows, stained glass and other fine period features can be admired throughout the reception, drawing room and dining room where award-winning breakfasts and afternoon teas are served.
Superior accommodation includes 37 plush ensuite bedrooms on the ground and first floor (no lift). Ranked one of the Top 500 hotels in the world for service, and a top place to stay on TripAdvisor, Ariel House is a short walk from the Aviva Stadium, Herbert Park and the Grand Canal.
4. Aberdeen Lodge
Last but not least, the four star Aberdeen Lodge welcomes guests to Ballsbridge with its ivy-covered facade and boutique rooms.
Period furnishings and four poster beds in some of the 16 rooms are complimented by in-room tea/coffee makers and spa-like bathrooms.
Make yourself at home in the conservatory, gardens, library and drawing room. Enjoy a glass of wine or afternoon tea before dinner is served in the restaurant.
This memorable luxury lodge in Ballsbridge is within walking distance of Sandymount Beach, Herbert Park, many of the best pubs in Ballsbridge, the National Print Museum and the DART train station.
Ballsbridge accommodation: Where have we missed?
I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some brilliant Ballsbridge hotels from the guide above.
If you have a place that you’d like to recommend, let me know in the comments below and I’ll check it out!
FAQs about the best Ballsbridge hotels
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything ‘What are the newest Ballsbridge hotels?’ to ‘Which are the fanciest hotels near Ballsbridge?’.
In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.
What are the most luxurious Ballsbridge hotels?
When it comes to luxury Ballsbridge accommodation, you can’t beat the Intercontinental. Some other gorgeous spots are Roxford Lodge, Pembroke Townhouse and Ariel House.
What hotels in Ballsbridge are best for a weekend visit?
If you’re after luxury, go for the Intercontinental. If you need a base to explore the city from, Herbert Park Hotel is a great option.
What Ballsbridge accommodation is good for first time visitors?
If you’re looking for Ballsbridge accommodation that’ll act as a home from home, one of the guesthouses is worth looking at, like Ariel House or Aberdeen Lodge.
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.