If you’re in search of the best Bed and Breakfast Dublin has to offer, you’ve landed in the right place.
Luckily, the Dublin bed and breakfast scene has a lot to offer, with many B&Bs in Dublin well equipped to go toe-to-toe with the city’s most popular hotels.
In the guide below, you’ll discover the best bed and breakfast Dublin has to offer, with something that should suit most budgets.
The most unique B&Bs in Dublin City
The first section of our Bed and Breakfast Dublin guide tackles our favourite B&Bs in Dublin, many of which are right next to the action.
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1. Gardiner Lodge
Gardiner Lodge is an elegant Dublin townhouse that captures the spirit of this historic capital city. Located on one of the finest Georgian streets, this B&B has moved with the times and most rooms are equipped for business guests and tourists.
Speedy Wi-Fi, laptop safes, alarm clocks, work desks and flatscreen TVs are standard. Rooms are comfortable to ensure a sound night’s sleep and most ensuites include a bath for a relaxing soak after a busy day.
Many top attractions are within a 15-minute stroll and there are tram, bus and train stations just 5 minutes’ walk away. This is a stunning spot and it’s not hard to see why it’s one of our favourite B&Bs in Dublin.
2. Sea View D4
A Dublin B&B with sea views is a rare thing, but Sea View D4 has it all! Located in the upmarket suburb of Ballsbridge, it has fine sea views but is less than 3km from the Little Museum of Dublin, the Book of Kells and 3Arena.
Rooms are beautifully decorated with fine bed linens, hypoallergenic pillows and plump cushions. There’s ample room for a iron and ironing board, safe, kettle/coffee maker, refrigerator and glassware.
A sumptuous continental breakfast is included to start the day or guests can opt for breakfast on room service if they prefer.
3. Ariel House
The next of our unique B&Bs in Dublin could go toe-to-toe with the finest 5 star hotels in Dublin. Located in sought-after Ballsbridge, Ariel House is a model for how the finest guesthouses should be.
Within this trio of redbrick townhouses you’ll find lovingly restored interiors, original sash windows, stained glass and other fine period features usually reserved for country estates.
Superior accommodation includes 37 plush ensuite bedrooms on the ground and first floor (no lift). Period antique furnishings grace the reception, drawing room and dining room where award-winning breakfasts and afternoon teas are served.
Ranked one of the Top 500 hotels in the world for service, and a top ranking place to stay on TripAdvisor, this B&B comes highly recommended!
4. Pembroke Townhouse
Georgian refinement and Irish hospitality meet 21st century comfort at the Pembroke Townhouse. Located on a tree-lined boulevard in Ballsbridge, it’s just a 15-minute stroll from St Stephen’s Green, the hub of the city.
Graciously furnished rooms, deep cushioned sofas, crackling fires and friendly service epitomise this outstanding B&B. Stylish bathrooms include walk-in showers and luxurious Paul Costello toiletries.
The resident chef prepares “Dublin’s best breakfast” while other awards include 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.
5. Number 31
Number 31 is the perfect Georgian bolthole in Dublin promising a sense of pampering for guests. The laid-back ambience encourages you to relax the moment you arrive. Beautifully furnished rooms and personal attentive service make you want to linger and stay an extra night or two.
Each room has a warm and homely atmosphere with coordinating decor, wall coverings and plush bedding you’ll want to reach out and touch. Make use of the Dyson cooling fan, complimentary Irish spring water, tea and coffee facilities and organic seaweed toiletries.
Refreshed, tuck into Georgina Campbell’s “Best Guesthouse Breakfast” served in the conservatory. From homemade granola and poached pears to eggs benedict, it’s outstanding.
6. The Merchant House
Not rooms, but five star luxury guest suites are offered at The Merchant House in Dublin. Located in the historic Temple Bar District, this historic townhouse underwent award-winning restoration adding spacious bathrooms and king-size beds.
Four boutique suites are named after famous Irish literary figures from Oscar Wilde to James Joyce. They include tasteful furnishings, soft lighting, Wi-Fi, mini bar and light refreshments.
Breakfast is a quick stroll along the street or can be provided on room service. This listed building is not permitted a lift but a personal housekeeper is on hand to assist with luggage.
Bed and breakfast Dublin: Places at the heart of the action
The second section of our Dublin bed and breakfast guide tackles the more central B&Bs in Dublin, for those of you that want to be at the heart of the action.
Each of the B&Bs below are centrally located, so you won’t need to worry about grabbing a taxi at the end of the night.
1. Harveys Guest House
Located on Upper Gardiner Street, Harveys Guest House is a family run B&B in the heart of Dublin. It’s centrally located, just 15 minutes stroll from Temple Bar, the oldest part of the city.
Private parking is available on request at this 18th century B&B that was once the home of the Harvey family. Thoroughly renovated by the current owners, many rooms retain original fireplaces and Georgian features.
Spacious bedrooms include double and family rooms and are thoughtfully furnished. Sash windows frame city views. A tasty breakfast is served in the dining area and there are two lounges for relaxing.
Going off reviews (8.5/10 on Booking.com at the time of typing), Harveys is up there as one of the best bed and breakfast Dublin has to offer.
2. Eccles Townhouse
Another elegant Victorian guesthouse in the heart of Dublin, Eccles Townhouse is an upscale home-from-home. Newly refurbished, it offers boutique accommodation boasting Wi-Fi, cable TV, tea/coffee making facilities and beautiful ensuite bathrooms. Comfort beds will ensure a grand night’s sleep.
The ground floor is home to the period Cafe Bar which retains its 19th century ambience while delivering more-ish comfort food and drinks.
From Java coffee and paninis to craft beer and Guinness on tap, the Cafe Bar will certainly enhance your stay. Secure parking is available, too.
3. Tipperary House Dublin
If you’re after a low-cost option close to Dublin attractions, the Tipperary House Dublin is splendidly situated on the banks of the famous River Liffey. Located on Parkgate Street, it’s right opposite the bus stop and train station.
Guests can choose from various clean and comfy room options including double rooms with ensuite, twin rooms with shared bathroom or budget accommodation in larger dormitories.
If you’re looking for a reasonable price, clean rooms and a great location, this is one of the best priced bed and breakfast Dublin has to offer.
4. Fitzwilliam Townhouse
Presiding over Upper Fitzwilliam Street, this lovely Georgian guesthouse has retained many original features and a refined atmosphere. Modern tastefully decorated rooms have Wi-Fi, LCD TVs, updated ensuite bathrooms and free tea and coffee.
Popular with couples, this 3 star guesthouse is just 5 minutes from St Stephen’s Green, the National Museum and the hub of the city.
Temple Bar and Dublin Castle are also within walking distance. A breakfast menu is available offering full Irish, continental or pancakes at modest prices or opt for Room Only rate.
5. Kilronan House
We’re rounding off our list with Kilronan House, an award-winning family-run B&B on Adelaide Road. In a quiet leafy Georgian suburb, it is an easy 5 minute walk from Grafton Street and St Stephen’s Green.
The historic Georgian facade makes a good first impression and inside is just as appealing. There’s free parking, Wi-Fi and concierge services such as luggage storage and printing out boarding passes.
Bed and breakfast Dublin: What ones have we missed?
I’m sure that we’ve unintentionally missed out on some brilliant B&Bs in Dublin in the guide above.
If you have a bed and breakfast in Dublin that you’ve stayed in before and that you’d like to recommend, let us know in the comments section below. Or, browse some of our other Dublin accommodation guides below:
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- 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
- 8 of the best hostels in Dublin
FAQs about the best Dublin bed and breakfast on offer
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from the most central B&Bs in Dublin to which ones we’d recommend.
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 is the best bed and breakfast Dublin has to offer?
In my opinion, it’s very hard to go wrong with Pembroke Townhouse, Ariel House and Gardiner Lodge, however, any of the above B&Bs in Dublin are worth checking out.
What are the most central B&Bs Dublin has to offer?
If you’re after nice and central B&Bs in Dublin, the likes of Eccles Townhouse and Harveys Guest House are both great options.
Are there any luxury bed and breakfast in Dublin?
Yes, Ariel House, Number 31 and Kilronan House are all beautiful guesthouses that offer a more luxurious stay.
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.