If you’re in search of the best hotels in Dublin, you’ll find our Dublin hotels guide very handy.
Regardless of whether you’re looking for boutique hotels, spa hotels, 5 star hotels or cheap Dublin hotels, we’ve got you covered.
Ireland’s capital is home to endless places to stay. Some are good. Others are great. While some, well, some are terrible.
In the guide below, you’ll find the best hotels Dublin has to offer, from luxury retreats, like the Shelbourne, to funky spots like the Mayson. Dive on in!
Our favourite hotels in Dublin City Centre
The first section of this guide is packed with what we think are the best hotels Dublin has to offer. These are places that one of The Irish Road Trip Team has stayed in and loved.
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1. Hyatt Centric
Certainly, one of the nicest hotels to pick right in the heart of Dublin, the Hyatt Centric is a 4-star property housed inside a beautiful, old brick building.
Located in the historic Liberties neighbourhood, it’s close to some of the city’s top attractions including St Patrick’s Cathedral which is just 200m down the road.
The hotel also boasts some great facilities, including a fitness centre, garden area, shared lounge, restaurant and bar. All guests also get a complimentary buffet and full Irish breakfast every morning.
2. The Fleet
For those looking to be close to the action and plenty of bars, then The Fleet Hotel in Dublin is the ideal place to stay. Located on the quieter end of Temple Bar, you’ll never be short of things to do with plenty of attractions, shops and pubs to explore.
The 4-star hotel has a range of rooms to suit different budgets. From Standard Single Rooms to Deluxe Doubles, you’ll find something to suit your trip.
One of the highlights of the hotel is the elegantly decorated Café Bar 1920, which serves up hearty meals and a range of drinks, so you never have to stroll very far for a beer.
3. Iveagh Garden Hotel
This is another of the most overlooked of the many Dublin hotels. Located in a lovely neighbourhood for exploring the city, Iveagh Garden Hotel is a 4-star accommodation option just a 15-minute walk from Temple Bar and Dublin Castle.
It’s also described as one of the first sustainable hotels in the country. It was created with a lower carbon footprint compared to other hotels and runs almost completely on renewable energy.
The large spacious rooms are neatly polished, with modern furnishings and city views. In the pretty outdoor dining area, you can enjoy a meal from Elle’s Bistro, or a cosy drink indoors at the bar.
4. Moxy Dublin City
Ideally located right in the centre of the city on the northern side of the River Liffey, the trend 4-star Moxy is one of the newer Dublin hotels.
It’s an easy walk to Temple Bar or one of the many museums in the city, including The Irish Emigration Museum and the National Wax Museum.
The modern rooms are spacious, with some offering city views from the floor to ceiling windows. While you’ll find the retro-inspired restaurant and bar a great place to head for a meal or a drink. It’s definitely one of the most stylish places to stay in Dublin City.
The funkiest boutique hotels in Dublin City Centre
Now that we have our favourite Dublin hotels out of the way, it’s time to see what else the capital has to offer.
This next section is packed with boutique hotels in Dublin City Centre, from the very quirky Mayson to the excellent Dean Hotel and more.
1. The Mayson
Located inside a renovated industrial warehouse right on the River Liffey, the Mayson is one of the most unique boutique hotels in Dublin City Centre. They offer standard double rooms, but it’s their suites which are the real showstopper.
Spaciously set out and decorated with a vintage touch, the suites have a free-standing bath right in the middle of the room, with city views out the window.
The Mayson also has a gym with an indoor pool for ultimate relaxation. Or you can choose from a drink at the rooftop restaurant, or a cosy meal in the Elephant and Castle Restaurant on the ground floor.
2. The Dean Hotel
Another great hotel on Harcourt Street, The Dean Hotel is close to plenty of bars on Camden as well as walking distance from the Iveagh Gardens and St Stephen’s Green.
You have a choice from spacious double rooms, decorated with bright colours and modern furnishings, or more affordable but smaller rooms, even some with a neat bunk bed option. The best part is that all rooms offer city views.
You’ll don’t have to go far for a drink or a meal either. You can opt for the café in the lobby or at Sophie’s – one of the coolest rooftop bars in Dublin.
3. Number 31
Few Dublin hotels can go toe-to-toe with this next spot. For a quieter alternative and yet still centrally located, Number 31 is set inside a classic Georgian townhouse just two blocks from the Grand Canal.
It’s not hard to believe that the famous architect, Sam Stephenson once lived there. The rooms are decorated in a more traditional style combined with bold colours.
The stylish shared lounge in the guesthouse features a sunken lounge pit and a cosy fireplace for those colder evenings.
You can also enjoy the pretty garden and outdoor terrace, if the sun is out. This is regarded as one of the finest B&Bs in Dublin for good reason.
4. The Cliff Townhouse
Set inside an old Georgian townhouse overlooking St. Stephen’s Green, this boutique hotel is a more exclusive and intimate experience.
With just nine airy rooms, each individually styled in an old-world charm, it’s a stunning place to base yourself on a trip to Dublin. You can opt for either city or garden views looking straight out over St. Stephen’s Green.
The townhouse is also home to an award-winning restaurant, which is open for brunch, lunch and dinner. Serving modern Irish meals, they specialise in seafood dishes which are all locally sourced and served fresh each day.
The fanciest 5 star hotels in Dublin
The second section of our guide is packed with 4 and 5 star hotels in Dublin City Centre, for those of you in search of a somewhere a little bit swankier.
Below, you’ll find everywhere from the stunning Westin Hotel and the Marker to the Westbury and some more swanky Dublin hotels.
1. The Westin Dublin
The Westin is impressive even from the outside. This luxurious hotel is set in a grand stone building just a two-minute walk from the River Liffey. Located just east of Temple Bar, it’s an ideal spot to explore the lively nightlife of Dublin.
But you’ll also find sophisticated dining options at the hotel too. Morelands Lounge and Grill serves up modern Irish cuisine, or you can try afternoon tea in the Atrium Lounge.
They offer a range of opulent rooms, from deluxe king rooms with city views to junior suites with Italian marble en-suite bathrooms.
2. The Westbury Hotel
One of the most centrally located 5-star hotels in Dublin City Centre, the Westbury is a highly regarded place to stay in the city. Just one minute’s walk from Grafton Street and a few minutes from Temple Bar, you’re definitely close to all the action.
The modern rooms have elegant furnishings, with some offering nice views over the vibrant streets. If you opt for the larger suites, you even get a living area and a free-standing bath.
The Westbury is also home to a modern restaurant and 1930s-inspired cocktail bar with terrace seating, so you can enjoy a meal and a drink in style. This is one of the best Dublin hotels if you’re looking to mark a special occasion.
3. The Shelbourne
Located right on the edge of St Stephen’s Green, The Shelbourne is aguably the most famous of the many Dublin hotels.
It’s housed inside a stately building from 1824. You can walk to some of the city’s top attractions from the hotel, including the National Gallery and National Concert Hall.
The rooms are decorated in a polished and classic style, with spacious, marble bathrooms. They also offer larger suites with private living and dining rooms.
The Shelbourne also has a range of amenities, including a dreamy indoor heated pool, two fine dining restaurants and an afternoon tea lounge area.
4. The Marker Hotel
For a more contemporary and stylish vibe instead of the grander hotels, The Marker Hotel is located on the trendy Grand Canal Square. The exterior is unmissable, with a modern checkerboard façade situated right across from the Bord Gais Energy Theatre.
The interior follows the modern design with bold colours and chic furniture. The marble bathrooms are a standout room feature, with rainfall showers that you won’t want to leave.
You can relax in either the restaurant, lounge or rooftop bar offering city views. But the infinity pool will definitely be one of the highlights of your visit.
Often regarded as one of the best spa hotels in Ireland, a stay at The Marker Hotel really does pack a punch. This is one of the newest 5 star hotels in Dublin City Centre.
The best spa hotels in Dublin
Several Dublin hotels boast award-winning spas and the atmosphere and ambiance to sooth even the weariest of traveller.
Below, you’ll find some of the best spa hotels Dublin has to offer, from the InterContinental and the popular Spencer to the excellent Royal Marine
1. The Spencer Hotel
Overlooking the River Liffey, this centrally located hotel is perfect if you want to explore the city on foot. Many of the top attractions are just a few minutes walk, including the EPIC Irish Emigration Museum, Grafton Street, Temple Bar and Trinity College.
The 4-star hotel has over 200 recently refurbished rooms, with the option of interconnecting and triple rooms if you’re travelling with a large group or family.
It’s also one of the best spa hotels in the city, with the Spencer Health Club offering an 18-metre swimming pool and fully equipped gym. With dedicated children and adults only hours, it keeps all guests happy.
2. InterContinental Dublin
I’d argue that InterContinental is one of the best hotels in Dublin City Centre if you’re looking for somewhere to mark a special occasion. It’s the perfect place to escape for a more relaxing city experience. Self-described as an urban resort, the luxurious hotel is located on two acres of land in the Ballsbridge neighbourhood.
Offering over 200 rooms and suites, you won’t complain with either city skyline, coastal or mountain views from the window.
The onsite spa, sauna and heated pool is certainly a highlight. You can choose from a range of treatments including massages, skin care or body care options to completely unwind.
3. The Merrion Hotel
Set in a beautifully restored Georgian building, this is one of the more glamorous Dublin hotels, and you’ll find it located right between St Stephen’s Green and Merrion Square Park. Decorated in a regal country style, it has elegant rooms with plenty of neutral tones.
The hotel also includes an upscale restaurant overlooking well-kept gardens, a cocktail bar, 18th century wine vault turned stylish pub and a soothing spa and wellness centre. What more could you really want?
You can choose from a range of relaxing spa treatments or simply go for a swim in the 18-metre pool.
4. Royal Marine Hotel
The Royal Marine is a good alternative to the Dublin City hotels. If you want to completely relax out of the city centre, the Royal Marine Hotel overlooks the Dun Laoghaire Harbour and Marina.
The grand estate includes an opulent 19th century building with marble columns and a wooden staircase, along with beautifully kept gardens. You’ll find over 200 luxurious rooms, with many of them offering incredible views across Dublin Bay.
Their onsite spa is truly a highlight, with an impressive Thermal Suite featuring heated marble stone beds, tropical experience showers, rock sauna, hydrotherapy chamber and mud chamber.
It’s impossible not to feel rejuvenated after a stay at this spa hotel. If you’re looking for Dublin hotels by the sea, you can go wrong with the Royal Marine Hotel.
Dublin hotels with a pool
The second last section of our guide to the best hotels in Dublin is packed with Dublin hotels with their own swimming pools.
Below, you’ll find the gorgeous Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane and the Camden Court Hotel to the Hilton Dublin and more.
1. Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane
Just back from the River Liffey in the Docklands area, Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane is opposite the Convention Centre in Dublin and just a short walk to the 3Arena.
This popular 4-star hotel has one of the largest indoor pools in the city at 22-metres long. They also have a separate kid’s pool, so it’s perfect for families who want to have some fun.
The leisure centre at the hotel is not all about the pools though, with a gym offering free weights and cardio equipment and spa treatments for those wanting to relax.
If you’re looking for Dublin hotels a short walk from the city and a stone’s throw from plenty to see and do, this one is worth a look.
2. Hilton Dublin Kilmainham
Located to the west of the city centre in Kilmainham, this Hilton Hotel is perfect for those looking to explore a different part of the city. It’s a short walk from some of the great local attractions including Kilmainham Gaol and Irish Museum of Modern Art.
The guest rooms and suites have plenty of natural light with the glass fronted hotel offering views across parkland. You’ll also find dining options for every meal with the Cinnamon Restaurant offering a buffet breakfast and the Broyage Bar and Bistro for lunch, dinner and drinks.
With a unique hydrotherapy pool, sauna and steam room, you can slip in at the end of the day and completely relax. This is one of our favourite Dublin City hotels to use as a base to explore the city from.
3. Camden Court Hotel
The Camden Court is arguably one of the most overlooked hotels in Dublin. You’ll find it on the popular nightlife hotspot of Camden Street, the Camden Court Hotel is ideal if you want to enjoy the vibrant bar scene of Dublin and retreat to a relaxing hotel.
The polished hotel has traditionally styled rooms, but it’s the great amenities that get the rave reviews. You can enjoy the modern Irish restaurant that often hosts live music nights.
But, the indoor heated pool and Jacuzzi is of course the highlight. And if you’re travelling with kids, there’s a separate kids pool so they can make a real splash without a hassle.
4. Rochestown Lodge Hotel and Spa
Southeast of the city centre, the Rochestown Lodge Hotel is located just a kilometre from the Killiney Golf Club and a couple of kilometres from Killiney Strand.
The modern 3-star hotel offers a more affordable option if you still want to enjoy the perks of having a pool and spa onsite. They offer a complimentary leisure centre with a 15-metre pool and fully equipped gym.
You’ll also find a friendly bar, with traditional pub grub and live music on weekends, so it’s never a boring place to be.
The best hotels in Dublin Airport (and nearby)
We often get asked about the best hotels in Dublin Airport and the surrounding area, as certain hotels deliberately try to confuse those looking to book.
There are only a couple of hotels in Dublin Airport – even though many would lead you to believe otherwise. Here are some in the airport grounds and a short spin away.
1. Maldron Hotel Dublin Airport
Literally just a three-minute walk from both terminals at the airport, the Maldron Hotel is the closest hotel to the airport in Dublin. They offer pretty affordable rooms which are spacious and decorated with modern furnishings.
You’ll also find the Grain & Grill Restaurant serving European dishes for the perfect pre- or post-flight meal. They also offer grab and go breakfasts and coffee brewed at the Red Bean Roastery for anyone running a bit late for their flight!
2. Radisson BLU Hotel Dublin Airport
On the grounds of Dublin Airport, the Radisson BLU Hotel is a modern 4-star accommodation option if you’re looking to stay close by. With clean and comfortable rooms, you have the option to upgrade to larger suites if you’re looking for more space.
The Radisson is also home to plenty of amenities for those with a bit of time before or after their flight. They offer access to a local gym and pool, a contemporary Irish restaurant onsite with a bar and café serving meals all day.
3. Carlton Hotel, Old Airport Road
If you don’t want to stay as close to the airport, then the Carlton Hotel is located just outside on the Old Airport Road. The beautiful 4-star accommodation is set across a four-storey building with a range of polished rooms on offer.
You can opt for suits for extra space or ask for one of their rooftop rooms which have views across the city and airport. It’s still very convenient for those flying in or out, as they offer parking, as well as a free 24/7 airport shuttle bus.
4. Crowne Plaza Dublin Airport
A bit further out from the airport but overlooking Santry Park, the Crowne Plaza is a very affordable accommodation. It’s just 3km from the airport, making it an easy drive if you have an early morning flight.
The classically furnished rooms come in a range of sizes to suit everyone, with some adding dining tables and 4-poster beds. You’ll also find a conference space big enough for 1000 people, a gym and an Asian restaurant and bar overlooking the park.
The best cheap hotels in Dublin City Centre
The final section of our guide to the top hotels in Dublin City is packed with cheap hotels in Dublin City Centre (see disclaimer below!).
Disclaimer: What one person describes as cheap, the other might think expensive – it’s completely relevant. Also, cheap doesn’t mean bad (we only include Dublin hotels with solid reviews).
1. Maldron Hotel Parnell Square
If you’re looking for cheap hotels in Dublin, you can’t go wrong with a stay at this 4-star modern hotel, which is surprisingly affordable and it’s just north of the city centre.
At just a 3-minute walk from O’Connell Street, there’s still plenty of attractions and things to do within walking distance from the hotel.
It has over 180 air-conditioned rooms, from Deluxe Doubles up to Family Rooms to suit a range of traveller needs. You’ll also find the convenience of the brand new Grain and Grill Bar and Restaurant onsite which offers breakfast, lunch and dinner.
2. Maldron Hotel Kevin Street
Another of the affordable Dublin City hotels is the Maldron, this one is located on Kevin Street in the Portobello neighbourhood. There’s plenty to see on foot in the surrounding area, including the St Patrick’s Cathedral and some great bars and restaurants.
The stylish new rooms at this 4-star accommodation have something to suit everyone from doubles to interconnecting options for larger groups. The onsite restaurant is a relaxed affair and offers meals throughout the day from a buffet breakfast to traditional Irish meals for dinner.
3. Roxford Lodge Hotel
This cheaper hotel option in Dublin is housed inside a beautiful old redbrick Victorian building. It’s located just south of the Grand Canal and within walking distance to the bars and restaurants on Baggot Street.
You can choose from clean and comfortable rooms or opt for the upgraded suites featuring stained glass windows, whirlpool tubs and kitchenettes. Guests can also enjoy a traditional or continental breakfast each morning in the wood fired dining room.
4. Drury Court Hotel
If you want to stay right in the heart of the action but not break the bank, then the family-run Drury Court Hotel is a top rated 3-star option. It’s just a 7-minute walk from St Stephen’s Green and a 15-minute walk from Dublin Castle, making it perfect for exploring the main attractions.
The super clean rooms offer soundproof windows, so you won’t be bothered by the traffic and atmosphere in the city centre. You can choose from standard rooms or apartments, which provide self-catering options and city views.
If you’re on the lookout for Dublin hotels that won’t break the bank but that boast a great location and good reviews online, check this one out.
The best Dublin hotels: Where have we missed?
Since publishing our guide to the best Dublin attractions many years ago, we’ve have heaps (literally!) of questions about where are the best hotels in Dublin City Centre and beyond.
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.
FAQs about the best Dublin City hotels
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘What are the best Dublin hotels with a pool’ to ‘What Dublin City hotels are the cheapest?’ (see our Dublin hostels guide for cheap stays).
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 best hotels in Dublin?
In our opinion, the best hotels Dublin has to offer are Hyatt Centric, Iveagh Garden Hotel, Moxy Dublin City and The Fleet. However, any of the above are worth a look.
What Dublin hotels are the coolest?
If you’re looking for boutique hotels in Dublin, the Mayson and the Dean tend to steal the show. However, we’ve heard good things about the Alex and the Mont, too.
What are the best 5 star and spa hotels in Dublin?
The best hotels in Dublin on the more luxury side of things are the Intercontinental, the Shelbourne, the Westin and the Westbury.
Elisha is a freelance writer, content creator and blogger and her work can be read in Lonely Planet, Remote Lands and Matador Network. You’ll usually find her travelling in offbeat places or hiking wherever there are mountains; always with a camera in hand.