The best hotels in Dublin for every budget
Planning a city break to Dublin but haven't booked your accommodation? Don't panic, because we've rounded up the best options, whether you're a backpacker on a budget or a fan of five-star luxury.
Best budget hotels and hostels in Dublin
Dublin can be a rather expensive city for those on a budget, but backpackers can save some serious pennies by staying at this fantastic hostel. It’s located in a former Irish folk dance hall in the heart of the trendy Smithfield district, and it’s ideal for travellers keen to explore their temporary home. The hostel organises complimentary walking tours for guests and there are regular performances by local musicians. Don’t leave without squeezing in a visit to Jameson Whiskey Distillery, which the hostel backs onto. If you're a backpacker heading onto mainland Europe after your visit to Dublin, check out our guide to Europe's best hostels.
Smithfield, Dublin, Ireland
From £8* per bed per night
Premier Inn's Dublin hotel is just five miles from the city centre and a mere kilometre away from the airport. Kids eat for free at the hotel restaurant, and there’s a TGI Fridays next door. It’s the only Premier Inn in Dublin and it’s a popular base for weekend city breakers, as well as those on business, thanks to the regular shuttle bus service to Dublin city centre.
Smithfield, Dublin, Ireland
From £30 per room per night
This cosy, guesthouse is located in Howth Village, is a 25 minute drive from Dublin’s city centre (20 minutes from the airport), so it’s ideal for those who want to explore both the city and the spectacular countryside surrounding it. King Sitric was once just a restaurant, albeit an award-winning one, with a menu filled with locally sourced fish dishes. Now offering eight lighthouse themed rooms, the hotel and restaurant is located just a few metres from the harbour, has free WiFi and serves a full Irish breakfast (included in room rate). Short on time? Check out our guide for those spending 24 hours in Dublin.
E Pier, Howth, Co. Dublin, Ireland
From £85 per room per night
Mid-range and boutique hotels
This upmarket hotel is named after Trinity College, which is just a few metres away - you can even sign up for student-led guided tours. Beyond the hotel’s Georgian brick façade there are 195 spacious, luxuriously furnished rooms, some of which have separate living areas. Several are period-themed – check out the one with the sleigh-style bed – while others are fabulously cool, with exposed brick walls and plenty of tech. Make sure you enjoy in at least one dinner in the ornate dining room, with its huge chandelier, but we also recommend swinging by the bars and restaurants on nearby Grafton Street, including McDaids, a cosy pub which dates back to 1779. For more on Dublin's best bars a traditional pubs, here's our guide.
Pearse Street, Dublin 2
From £104 per room per night
Number 31 might not be Dublin’s most central hotel, but the benefits of staying slightly further out include minimal noise pollution and more space – in this case a beautiful garden with outdoor seating. Breakfasts are a serious business at Number 31, but guests who aren’t up to the challenge of a full Irish can chow down on kippers, porridge, frittata and freshly-baked bread. The friendly owners are very knowledgeable about the local area and the 21-room hotel has a cosy, homely feel which will have you booking a return visit even before you’ve checked out.
31 Leeson Cl, Dublin 2
From £146 per room per night
Head to this city centre, four-star hotel for the breathtaking views over the River Liffey - even the fitness suite, on the second floor, has great views. But the interior is just as easy on the eye; think funky lights, splashes of purple and lots of leather. There’s a grill and large bar, with regular live music courtesy of local talent. The hotel’s only suite is worth booking if it’s available, as perks include a large balcony, a Nespresso machine and a spacious living area.
Ormond Quay Lower, Dublin 1
From £139 per room per night
Luxury five-star hotels in Dublin
This luxurious hotel is ideal for those who want easy access to Dublin’s best bits without staying right in the city centre, which is still only a 30 minute walk away. There are 153 rooms, and guests who dine at the hotel’s Pavilion restaurant will enjoy magnificent views over nearby Herbert Park. The hotel is especially popular with sports fans, thanks to the close proximity of the Aviva Stadium. Hitting the road after your visit to Dublin? Here are five amazing road trips around Ireland to inspire you.**
Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin 4
From £105 per room per night
The five-star Merrion is housed inside what were once four, Grade one-listed, Georgian townhouses. Inside, there’s a huge collection of nineteenth and twentieth century Irish art. In fact, this is the ideal base for art lovers, as the National Gallery of Ireland (open seven days a week) is just around the corner. But we suspect that once you cross the threshold, you'll find it difficult to leave this luxury hotel. There are huge, wood-panelled drawing rooms warmed by traditional turf fires, a beautiful garden filled with fountains and a gorgeous spa offering an extensive list of treatments. Rooms are large and opulent, with Asprey toiletries and enormous bathrooms. If you're feeling flush, book the penthouse suite, which is not just one of Dublin's, but Ireland's largest suites and has its own private rooftop garden.
Merrion Street Upper, Dublin 2
From £229 per room per night
This gorgeous five-star hotel is located right in the city centre, at the top of Grafton Street. It was styled by renowned interior designer Sir Terence Conran, so expect plenty of bright colours and statement pieces of furniture. If you ask for a corner room on the fifth floor, you’ll get a balcony and great views over the city. If you can drag yourself away from your room, there’s the hotel’s Michelin-starred Thornton’s restaurant to dine in, along with a fantastic spa. The lively Temple Bar area is just five minute walk away, as is Trinity College and more of Dublin's main sightseeing spots - how many make it on to this list of Ireland's top attractions do you reckon?
St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2
From £147 per room per night
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*Prices correct at time of publication.