So, the topic of ‘Dublin Airport hotels’ is one that annoys us here at The Irish Road Trip.
Here’s why: although you’d be led to believe that there are 10+ hotels in Dublin airport by certain websites, that just isn’t the case.
We’ve had so many emails over the years from people that have booked what they thought was a hotel in Dublin Airport, only to discover it was a 20-minute drive away…
There are two hotels in Dublin Airport (the Maldron Hotel and the Radisson BLU) and there are several nearby. Discover everything you need to know below.
Some important need-to-knows about the various hotels near Dublin Airport
Finding Dublin Airport accommodation should be easy, but as there’s a lot of competition, some hotels resort to leading people to believe they’re closer to the airport than they are. Here’s some handy info.
1. There are only two hotels in Dublin Airport
The only hotels in Dublin Airport are the Radisson BLU and the Maldron Hotel. These hotels are in the airport grounds (see them on this map) and are a short walk to both terminals.
2. Nearest hotel to Dublin Airport
The nearest hotel to Dublin Airport is a tie; both the Radisson BLU and the Maldron Hotel are a short walk away. Either of these are worth booking into.
3. There’s plenty of hotels near Dublin Airport
If you can’t book into one of the hotels in Dublin Airport itself, don’t worry – there’s plenty of Dublin Airport accommodation nearby, and many run shuttle services you can avail of. More below.
4. Beware of cheap Dublin Airport hotels
If you’re after cheap Dublin Airport hotels, it’s worth calculating how much taxi/transport will cost you, as many of them are a 15+ minute drive away. You’re often better off (from both a hassle and price perspective) spending a bit more to stay in the airport complex.
Hotels in Dublin Airport (actually within the grounds)
The first section of this guide gives you a speedy insight into the two hotels in Dublin Airport – the Maldron and the Radisson.
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1. Maldron Hotel Dublin Airport
Overlooking Terminal 2 and just a short stroll from the terminals, the Maldron Dublin Airport hotel is located within the airport complex. It even has a complimentary shuttle for those who need assistance with their luggage.
Modern bedrooms are fully soundproofed to ensure a dreamless night’s sleep before your flight or onward journey. Enjoy aperitifs in the bar, dine well in the Grain and Grill Restaurant and get your morning caffeine shot from the Red Bean Roastery.
The hotel also offers stay and park packages at competitive prices for those in need of airport parking. Now that’s what we call a proper airport hotel! This, along with the Radission, is the nearest hotel to Dublin Airport.
2. Radisson BLU Hotel Dublin Airport
Just 600 metres walk from Terminals 1 and 2, Radisson Blu Dublin Airport hotel is served by a 24-hour shuttle bus service. It has 229 upscale guest rooms and stylish suites that boast air-conditioning, luxury bathrooms, tea and coffee facilities and free Wi-fi.
Take advantage of the nearby ALSAA Leisure Complex with its running tracks, tennis courts, swimming pool, sauna, steam room, hot tub and fitness classes, all free to Radisson guests.
Dine well at the breakfast and lunch buffet or enjoy a la carte dining in the Collage Restaurant. You can also grab coffee, soup and sandwiches in the hotel’s private Departures Lounge. This, along with the Maldron, is the nearest hotel to Dublin Airport.
Accommodation and Hotels near Dublin Airport (that you can walk to)
Again, unfortunately, many travel sites state that there are many hotels near Dublin Airport that you can walk to, but, again, this is not the case.
There is, in-fact, only one hotel within a reasonable walking distance of Dublin Airport, and that’s the Carlton Dublin Airport Hotel on the Old Airport Road.
1. Carlton Hotel Old Airport Road (25-minute walk)
The Carlton Hotel is offers arguably some of the best Dublin Airport accommodation. This 4-star family-owned hotel is just 5 minutes by taxi from Dublin Airport or a reasonably handy 25-minute walk. It also has a 24-hour shuttle bus service for guests.
Spacious rooms have super-fast Wi-Fi, tea/coffee-making facilities and smart TVs with Netflix. They are tastefully furnished to ensure guests’ comfort. The Runway 28 Rooftop Bar and Terrace is a big plus with amazing views while sipping cocktails, wines or perhaps a Guinness or two.
The award-winning Mayfly Restaurant has cosy booths for enjoying intimate dining from the chef-prepared menu. Although this isn’t the nearest hotel to Dublin Airport, it’s some of the best.
Hotels near Dublin Airport (under a 12-minute drive)
The next section of our guide takes a look at hotels in Dublin that are a reasonable drive from the airport (under 15 minutes).
Below, you’ll find everywhere from the Premier Inn and the Crowne Plaza to the Holiday Inn and more.
1. Holiday Inn Dublin Airport
Holiday Inn Dublin Airport is a contemporary chain hotel with a free shuttle service to the airport. The soundproof, air-conditioned bedrooms include a comfy Hypnos mattress and pillow menu. You’ll definitely sleep well before or after your flight.
Rooms include a desk, safe, tea and coffee facilities and a fridge/mini bar as well as Wi-Fi. Highly recommended by past guests, it has everything you need for your stay.
There are modern well-furnished lounge areas, a fitness room and a lobby serving Starbucks coffee and snacks 24/7. This is some of the most popular Dublin Airport accommodation for good reason.
2. Crowne Plaza Dublin Airport
If you’re looking for slightly more upscale Dublin Airport accommodation, the Crowne Plaza Dublin in Northwood Park is worth check out. It offers a free airport shuttle service for guests’ convenience. This hotel has tastefully appointed rooms with premium bedding.
It even provides an aromatherapy kit to help you unwind. Opt for a room in the Quiet Zone and you’ll be uninterrupted so you can relax and sleep soundly despite any jet lag.
Work out in the fully-equipped fitness room before tucking into breakfast at Touzai, one of two restaurants onsite. Casual dining, wine and snacks are served at Cinnabar including sandwiches, salads, burgers and sweet treats.
3. Holiday Inn Express Dublin Airport
Another down-to-earth hotel near Dublin Airport is the Holiday Inn Express. Rooms are simply furnished with contemporary bed linens, a desk, free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, tea/coffee, heat/air-conditioning controls and modern ensuite bathrooms.
Located at Northwood Park, it is 3km from the airport and has a complimentary shuttle bus. The Park, Stay and Go package includes parking and transfers.
Best of all, room rates include a tasty buffet breakfast with hot breakfast dishes. Later in the day, the Express Bar serves drinks and pizza while the sleek restaurant offers more substantial fare.
4. Premier Inn Dublin Airport hotel
The Premier Inn Dublin Airport Hotel is just a 5-8-minute drive from Dublin Airport, and it’s located inside Airside Business Park in Swords. There’s a taxi rank outside the hotel (€12 one way to the airport) and a bus stop nearby.
The hotel has excellent reviews from past guests. Lift access and free overnight parking (but no long-stay parking) and are just some of the extras you can expect. Air-conditioned rooms are comfortable and spacious.
They include a luxury Hypnos bed, Freeview TV, tea/coffee facilities and a power shower in the chic ensuite bathroom. If you’re looking for comfy, no-fuss Dublin Airport accommodation with great reviews, check this place out.
5. Travelodge Dublin Airport North Swords
If you’re after cheap Dublin Airport hotels, it’s worth checking out the the Travelodge Dublin Airport Hotel near Airside Industrial Estate.
This is a mid-range hotel with everything you need for a comfortable stay at an affordable price. It’s just 1.5 miles from the airport check-in. Bedrooms include a comfy king-size bed (twin and family rooms are available) and parking attracts a €5 fee per day.
Rooms are furnished with a desk area, Freeview TV, tea and coffee making facilities and Wi-Fi (free for 30 minutes).
6. Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport
Last but not least, Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport is the largest in County Dublin. It’s just 4km (10 minutes) from the airport and 15 minutes from Dublin City Centre, so a good choice. It offers long-term parking if required and a free shuttle bus 24/7.
It has 310 deluxe rooms all tastefully furnished with a contemporary vibe. Make use of the free fitness centre, tea/coffee making facilities, safe and trouser press.
When it comes to food and drink, the hotel has a relaxed Playwright Bar, a Brasserie and an Italian Kitchen restaurant. There’s also a Coffee Dock in the lobby with sweet and savoury pastries. Something for everyone!
Dublin Airport accommodation: Where have we missed?
I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some brilliant Dublin Airport accommodation 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 hotels near Dublin Airport
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything ‘What is the nearest hotel to Dublin Airport?’ to ‘Are there any cheap Dublin Airport hotels?’.
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 nearest hotel to Dublin Airport?
The nearest hotel to Dublin Airport is either the Maldron Hotel or the Radisson BLU, both of which are the only hotels in Dublin Airport itself.
What are the best hotels near Dublin Airport?
The best Dublin Airport accommodation is the Maldron Hotel, the Radisson BLU and the Carlton. All the hotels near Dublin Airport above are all worth checking out, though.
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.