Temple Bar Hotels: 14 Spots At The Heart Of The Action

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If you’re in search of the best Temple Bar hotels, you’ve landed in the right spot.

Dublin’s Temple Bar district tends to draw tourists by the boat load, and while we’d only recommend spending a fraction of your time in Dublin here, it’s still worth a visit.

Mighty pubs, incredible food (there’s some great restaurants in Temple Bar!) and quirky history aside, there’s lots of excellent hotels in Temple Bar, from fancy and funky to cheap and cheerful.

In the guide below, you’ll find the best Temple Bar hotels on offer, from The Fleet and The Clarence (yes, U2’s hotel!) to The Hard Rock Hotel and more.

Our favourite Temple Bar hotels

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The first section of this guide is packed with what we think are the best Temple Bar hotels. These are places that one or more of the Irish Road Trip Team have stayed in and have loved.

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1. The Fleet

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Situated conveniently next door to one the best pubs in Temple Bar (The Palace), The Fleet is a classy hotel that’s recently undergone a major refurbishment to make your stay even more enjoyable.

The 93 rooms are clean and decorated in a classic modern style, while the deluxe double bedrooms ramp up the luxury if you want to pay a little extra.

The Fleet is also the owner of the Fleet Terrace, a lovely little garden space that feels miles away from the hustle and bustle of the area. It’s also a stone’s throw from the best pubs in Temple Bar.

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2. Temple Bar Inn

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Just a little further down on Fleet Street is the Temple Bar Inn, a relaxed boutique hotel in a mighty location. With over 100 rooms to choose from, it’s a simple and chic spot that’s a great base to tackle the best things to do in Dublin

Everything feels fresh here and their generous breakfast selection is great too, covering everything from full Irish and vegan signature breakfasts to a cracking continental selection.

If you’re looking for hotels in Temple Bar a stone’s throw (it’s less, actually) from the action, book yourself in here.

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3. The Morgan Hotel

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Sitting incongruously next door to the always tourist-ravaged Hard Rock Cafe, The Morgan Hotel exudes a bit more elegance and style than its party-loving neighbours.

Standard rooms are spacious, airy and furnished in relaxing shades of cream, with pastel pink and green notes. Their fine restaurant 10 Fleet Street offers classy cocktails and a nice mix of smaller and larger dishes, including their delightful battered hake and tartar sauce. 

If you’re looking for boutique hotels in Temple Bar, you can’t go wrong with a night here (it’s one of the quirkiest boutique hotels in Dublin, as it happens!).

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Popular hotels in Temple Bar with good reviews online

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The second section of our Temple Bar hotels guide is wedged with Temple Bar accommodation that has racked up rave reviews online.

Below, you’ll find everywhere from the Temple Bar Hotel and the Hard Rock Hotel to some other popular places to stay.

1. The Harding Hotel

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Perfectly situated between Temple Bar and a bunch of other attractions including Dublin Castle and Christ Church Cathedral, the stylish Harding Hotel is in a historic Victorian building and contains a quality bar and bistro too.

Boasting 52 well-appointed bedrooms featuring artwork from Dingle artist Liam O’Neill throughout the building, you’ll also get free wi-fi, tea and coffee-making facilities and a TV in each room.

You’re also just a stone’s throw from the superb Piglet Wine Bar when you want to step out in the evening. This is one of the most popular Temple Bar hotels for good reason.

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2. Hard Rock Hotel

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The Hard Rock is one of the newest Temple Bar Hotels, and the reviews online are very encouraging. Now, don’t confuse this stylish hotel with the same brand’s chain of ubiquitous bars and restaurants.

Located in a plush building on Exchange Street Upper, The Hard Rock Hotel Dublin features 120 luxurious guest bedrooms and suites furnished using warm fumed woods, fresh stone surfaces and bespoke Ulster carpets. 

All of the usual souvenirs and memorabilia are available at the on-site Rock Shop, while their Peruvian restaurant Zampas is a surprisingly unique addition to Temple Bar’s cuisine. 

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3. Temple Bar Hotel 

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On one hand the Temple Bar Hotels Fleet Street location is pretty perfect, but if you’re here for a weekend then be prepared to hear the sounds of partying revellers until the wee small hours.

Even so, this is a stylish stay that’s in a perfect spot if you want to head over to Trinity College to see the Book of Kells during the day. 

And don’t forget that downstairs you can walk straight into the lively Buskers Bar, with its superb cocktails and the largest gin selection in Temple Bar.  

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4. The Clarence Hotel

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The Clarence offers some of the most unique accommodation in Temple Bar. Dating back to 1852, the 4-star Clarence Hotel is a Dublin icon that offers great views over the Liffey. The rooms are spacious and comfortable and their thick double glazing cuts down city noise.

The rooms also come with a plethora of original Irish art on the walls and if you’re really worn down by all your sightseeing and revelling then you can head to one of The Clarence’s spa treatment rooms. 

It’s also owned by Bono and The Edge of U2, though don’t expect to bump into them at the Hotel’s famous Octagon Bar. If you’re looking for hotels in Temple Bar for a special occasion, you won’t go wrong here.

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5. The Norseman

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With a history going all the way back to 1696 (the year it was licensed), The Norseman claims to be the oldest pub in Temple Bar and they say there’s actually been a watering hole here since the 1500s!

God knows what this Temple Bar accommodation would have been like in those days but I can guarantee it’s a whole lot better now!

This Temple Bar accommodation is more of a guesthouse and offers five cosy luxury ensuite bedrooms and all rooms include tea and coffee making facilities as well as large wall-mounted flat-screen TVs (and a great pub on-site!).

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Apartments that’d go toe-to-toe with the best Temple Bar hotels

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The next section of our Temple Bar hotels guide is packed with some more gorgeous Temple Bar accommodation, but this time it’s the self-catering kind.

Below, you’ll find places to stay in Temple Bar that’ll likely appeal to a group, as many can accommodate 4+ people.

1. The Merchant House

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If you’re looking for Temple Bar accommodation that comes with a fine bit of history, then the the Merchant House, a building originally constructed in 1720 and then restored in 2005, should tickle your fancy.

This spot features spacious suites all named after some of Dublin’s grandest literary names, including James Joyce and Bram Stoker (I doubt any of them ever stayed here though, sadly).

Although there isn’t a dedicated reception area, all of their suites offer free Wi-fi and light refreshments. Enjoy luxury furnishings, spacious bathrooms, ‘King’ size beds and a comprehensive Mini-Bar (not that you should need one in Temple Bar).

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2. Temple Bar Lane

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Being located this close to the Temple Bar pub invariably means that, unless you’re planning on partying all night long, you might need earplugs if sleep is a priority. Having said that, Temple Bar Lane is still in a deadly location for literally everything else!

With 41 rooms all equipped with a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom, this spot is cheap and cheerful and aimed at a younger crowd on a budget. And let’s be honest, it’s pretty cool having such an iconic pub right on your doorstep.

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3. Temple Bar District Apartments

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Again just a stone’s throw from the famous old pub, the Temple Bar District Apartments is a compact 10-room apart-hotel aimed at the kind of person who probably won’t be spending too long in their room anyway. 

This self-catering accommodation comes with free wifi and lies in a great location for exploring central Dublin, with Christ Church Cathedral and Dublinia to the west and Trinity College to the east. And, of course, you’ll never be short of places to drink in the middle of Temple Bar

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Hotels near Temple Bar

The final section of our Temple Bar accommodation guide takes you to some of the best hotels near Temple Bar.

Below, you’ll find some of the best 5 star hotels in Dublin to some quirky spots that make the perfect base to explore Dublin from.

1. The Morrison

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Keeping the noise of Temple Bar at arm’s length from its fine position on the north side of the Liffey, The Morrison is an award-winning hotel owned by Hilton’s DoubleTree brand. Standard rooms at the Morrison are ace – smart, spacious, modern and decorated in cool, neutral colours with purple touches.

Although there’s plenty of surrounding choice, check out the Morrison Grill, their large restaurant with wide windows overlooking Dublin’s quays and menus emphasising seasonal cuisine.

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2. The Westin

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Fancy a 5-star experience just a stone’s throw from Temple Bar? With gaudy opulence and gleaming chandeliers, this Westmoreland Street hotel certainly isn’t the kind of stay you’d normally associate with Temple Bar but it’s nice to splash some cash occasionally! 

All rooms come with the Westin-signature ‘Heavenly’ beds, plus lavender essential oil to aid sleep and cool local art on the walls. Their Mint Bar, housed in the stone vaults, offers a vast array of whiskeys and gins and is an ideal refuge if Temple Bar is too much. 

If you’re looking for luxury hotels near Temple Bar, the Westin is a great choice. It’s cost, the service is exceptional and the location is hard to beat.

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3. Arlington Hotel O’Connell Bridge

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You can’t miss the Arlington Hotel, situated on the north side of the Liffey with its enormous American stars and stripes flag waving outside. Boasting 131 modern guestrooms, I’d say they’ve plenty more room for other nationalities too!

The great location means that Temple Bar, Trinity College and a bunch of other Dublin attractions are only a short walk away. And downstairs the Arlington Bar and Restaurant is a lively place with hearty Irish food and live music every night.

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What Temple Bar accommodation have we missed?

I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some brilliant places to stay in Temple Bar 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!

Temple Bar accommodation FAQs

We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘What are the fanciest hotels in Temple Bar?’ to ‘What are the cheapest hotels near Temple Bar?’.

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 Temple bar for a 1 to 3 night stay?

I’d argue that the best Temple Bar hotels for a short stay are either the Fleet, the Temple Bar Inn or The Morgan.

What are the coolest hotels near Temple Bar?

When it comes to hotels near Temple Bar, many opt for the Arlington Hotel O’Connell Bridge. However, if you’re looking for something cool, try  The Westin and The Morrison.

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