If you’re in search of the best boutique hotels Dublin has to offer, you’ll enjoy the guide below.
Over the last 5 or 6 years, in particular, Dublin has seen an influx of funky, quirky and wonderfully ‘alternative’ accommodation.
And, although Dublin boutique hotels like The Mayson and The Dean tend to get all of the attention, the city has plenty more to offer in the way of quirky stays.
In the guide below, you’ll discover the finest boutique hotels in Dublin, from swanky spots to pocket-friendly places to stay in the city and beyond.
Our favourite boutique hotels In Dublin
The first section of this guide is packed with what we think are the best boutique hotels Dublin has to offer – these are places that one of The Irish Road Trip Team have stayed in and loved.
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1. The Dean Hotel
Set in a row of beautiful Georgian townhouses on Harcourt Street, which you’ll recognise from our Where to Stay in Dublin guide, The Dean Hotel is unique, fun, and funky.
It has so much going on, you won’t want to leave. There’s the main Dean Bar, events in The Blue Room, The Penthouse Loft for private parties (complete with a Foosball table!), and The Everleigh Club in the basement.
If that’s not enough, there’s also Sophie’s – one of the more popular restaurants in Dublin. The view is worth the visit alone, but the food is gorgeous too. If you’re into music, you’ll love the vinyl in the bedrooms!
2. Number 31
Number 31 is a mix of luxurious Georgian and modern mews accommodation with lots of little touches to make visiting a pleasure. With Voya products in the rooms and private outdoor seating off the room, you’ll feel well spoiled.
The chef is Delia, and her breakfasts are legendary (read the reviews to see what I mean!). You can’t leave without having her cranberry and orange nut loaf.
You can relax on comfortable sofas and enjoy the Art Deco pieces adorning the walls in the sunken lounge, a room famous for its guests during the Swinging Sixties. Outside, a gorgeous garden links front and back buildings and is an oasis of calm.
3. The Cliff Townhouse
A 2-minute walk from St Stephens Green will bring you to the Cliff Townhouse in what could be called Dublin’s Georgian Quarter. With only nine bedrooms, it can feel as if you’re holidaying with friends; the personal attention, without intrusion, is excellent.
The bedroom colours are muted pastels with velvet and tweed, providing contrast. Reproduction paintings and antique furniture and artefacts add to the feeling of stepping back in time when you stay here.
The hotel is in an excellent location, with many of the best things to do in Dublin a short walk away. This is one of the best boutique hotels in Dublin for good reason.
4. The Alex
Chosen as the 2021 Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best, The Alex hotel attracts local, international, and business visitors. Situated on the corner of Merrion Square, you’re perfectly placed to explore all the city offers.
Although it’s stylish and quite large with 103 bedrooms, the hotel has somehow managed to retain a comfortable and cosy vibe.
The beds are all king-size, and super-comfortable and the staff are friendly and helpful and will go out of their way to add surprise extra touches. Eating in the Secret Garden is a must when you’re here – the food and service are fantastic.
5. The Mayson
You won’t need a taxi to get around when you’re staying at The Mayson as it’s easy to walk into the city from Dublin’s Docklands. That’s if you can tear yourself away from everything the hotel offers.
Like the massive bronze baths next to the beds and the beautifully designed interiors. Start your day in the Power Gym, have a sauna before breakfast, grab a coffee at DIME, and drop into the Green Dolphin Barber if you want to get a haircut.
End your day at The Bottle Boy pub or Ryleigh’s Rooftop Restaurant (or both). The hotel often has package deals available, and these are fantastic value.
Other popular boutique hotels in Dublin
So, as you’ve probably already gathered, there’s an almost endless number of boutique hotels in Dublin City Centre and across the wider county.
Below, you’ll find some more of the funkiest boutique hotels Dublin has to offer, from the Gibson and the Marlin to the Mont and more.
1. The Gibson Hotel
Most Irish people would associate the Gibson Hotel with the TV show First Dates, so it’s a given that it’s an excellent venue for a romantic getaway.
This is not all it’s known for, though – it’s a favourite music venue for many and attracts artists of all types, including foodies. Guests rave about the staff; they’re not simply pleasant, they’re happy!
The LUAS stops outside the hotel, but there’s also lots of parking, and you can get free passes for Dublin attractions before you head off sightseeing. The Gibson offers package deals that are worth checking out.
2. Trinity City Hotel
The stunning entrance sets the tone for your stay at the centrally located Trinity City Hotel. You’ll feel genuinely welcomed by the lovely staff, and the spotless environment only adds to your comfort.
There’s a huge variety of options on the breakfast menu that is a treat from start to finish and if you’re around for lunch or dinner, try the courtyard setting.
The hotel doesn’t have its own gym, but it has use of the Trinity College sports centre and pool across the road. If you’re driving, there’s valet parking on site.
3. The Morgan
Both residents and casual visitors rave about two things at the Morgan. The staff and the cocktails! Located in Temple Bar, you’ll find the hotel buzzing with good cheer at any time of year.
You can work off a hangover or a late night with complimentary access to the Westwood Club Gym and Pool, and as you’re within walking distance of all Dublin has to offer, you won’t be short of entertainment.
There are 168 bedrooms, but the hotel remains very much a boutique-style hotel. Allow the staff to cater to you, they’re really very good at it! This is one of our favourite hotels in Temple Bar for good reason.
4. The Mont
The Mont Hotel is classy, comfortable, quiet, and a great destination for locals and overseas visitors alike. It’s only steps away from the National Gallery, and many Dublin attractions are within a few minutes walking distance.
It’s an excellent choice for corporate guests as the hotel prides itself on having SuperFast Broadband. If you’re a dog person, you’ll fall in love with the well-behaved resident pooch, Monty.
The rooms are a good size with large screen TVs, the food is excellent, and the cocktails get good reviews too. In fact, it’s an all-round great hotel with wonderful staff.
5. The Marker
They believe in spoiling their guests, so expect complimentary orange juice in the Spa relaxation area, chocolates in your bedroom, and staff who can’t do enough for you.
Whether you’re dining or getting married on the Rooftop Terrace, it’s a beautiful experience, and the views are fabulous. The spacious gym is highly rated by serious athletes. You might need it because the pizza is fantastic and very more(ish!).
6. The Marlin Hotel
You feel like you’re getting more for your money at The Marlin. The bedrooms are tastefully designed and reflect their philosophy of just the right space: everything in its place. It’s a sizeable 300-bed hotel, but the quality is not sacrificed for quantity.
The beds are big, the TV is big (and Smart), and you’re provided with complimentary toiletries and water. The bar stocks organic wines, local craft brews and Irish spirits.
There’s a fabulous indoor garden space that you can book for private use, and if you’re travelling for work, their workspace set-up is all you’ll need. The Marlin is one of the newest boutique hotels Dublin has to offer and the reviews are excellent.
Boutique hotels Dublin: Where have we missed?
I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some brilliant Dublin boutique 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! Or, browse some of our other Dublin accommodation guides below:
- 11 of the best rated B&Bs 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
FAQs about the most unique Dublin boutique hotels
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything ‘What are the newest Dublin boutique hotels?’ to ‘Which are the fanciest?’.
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 coolest boutique hotels Dublin has to offer?
The Alex, The Cliff Townhouse, Number 31 and The Dean are some of the quirkiest boutique hotels in Dublin.
What Dublin boutique hotels are the fanciest?
The Marker, one of the city’s most popular 5 stars, is arguably the fanciest of the many boutique hotels in Dublin.
Norah is a writer and self-publisher of fiction and non-fiction. She adores the excitement of unknown places and together with several locations in Ireland, has, over 21 years, made her home in London, The Hague and New Zealand, returning to Ireland with her Kiwi rescue dog Barney, in tow.