Dublin Hotels 101

Prior to meeting our group and heading to County Donegal, we spent two full days in Dublin checking in on our favorite hotels. If our clients are looking for a 5-star property, the great news is that there are five excellent options to consider. We also found a great 4-star option in a prime location!

Enjoy one of the great cities in Europe!

-Mike & Kristene Fitzgerald

The Merrion Hotel
The privately owned 142-bedroom and suite hotel is as welcoming as it is stylish. An impeccable restoration of four Georgian townhouses, The Merrion is a marriage of exquisite comfort, relaxed elegance and advanced guest facilities, including free Wi-Fi, a pool, spa and gym. The Merrion is also home to the 2-star Michelin Restaurant, Patrick Guilbaud. It had been eight years since we last stayed there and it was better than ever!

  • Five-stars
  • Our Description: “Elegant, but not stuffy!  Still one of our favorites on the British Isles!”
  • Member: The Leading Hotels of the World
  • Location Grade: A
  • Hotel Hint: The hotel has an awesome, but quiet location!
  • Must Do: Have a nightcap in the stylish Cellar Bar and then head across the street to O’Donoghue’s to listen to live Irish music.

The Shelbourne Dublin, A Marriott Renaissance Hotel
Boasting a picture-perfect location overlooking St. Stephen’s Green, just moments from some of Dublin’s most famous historic landmarks, The Shelbourne successfully blends traditional splendor and contemporary convenience. For our clients looking for a grand European hotel, the Shelbourne fits the bill – dating back to 1824 with about 260 rooms and suites.

  • Five-stars
  • Our Description: “Historic, grand, traditional and lively!”
  • Member:  The Leading Hotels of the World
  • Location: A
  • Hotel Hint: We suggest the Heritage Park View rooms on higher floors for a great view of St. Stephen’s Green.
  • Must Do: Enjoy the best oysters in Dublin at the No. 27 Bar.  Happy Hour is extremely lively and the people watching is epic!

The Fitzwilliam Hotel Dublin
Experience the best of both worlds when staying at this elegant haven – to one side, the tranquility and calm of St Stephen’s Green and to the other, Grafton Street, Dublin’s finest shopping avenue. We loved this privately owned 138-room hotel; and among the 5-star properties, it’s a great value! Considered by foodies to be Dublin’s finest restaurant, Thornton’s has a Michelin star. Since its opening, it has won every major accolade including being listed as Number 25 in the Top 50 Restaurants of the World.

  • Five-stars
  • Our Description: “Contemporary and chic, but still very full of Irish charm!”
  • Member: Preferred Hotels & Resorts
  • Location: A+
  • Hotel Hint:  Book a deluxe premium room with the veranda overlooking the park.  The connecting balconies are great for family groups and golfers!
  • Must Do:  Have a world-class dinner at Thorton’s and then head out the door onto Grafton Street for a pub crawl.

The Westbury Hotel Dublin
Situated just off Dublin’s Grafton St, between Trinity College and St Stephen’s Green, The Westbury Hotel, part of the Doyle Collection, is perfectly located to explore the city’s most fashionable retail and cultural quarter. Designer stores, cool cafés and traditional bars abound, while Dublin’s premier theatres, museums and art galleries are all within easy walking distance. The grand hotel has 205 rooms.

  • Five-stars
  • Our Description: “A very pleasant find in the heart of the Grafton Street area!”
  • Member: The Leading Hotels of the World
  • Location: A+
  • Hotel Hint: This hotel is in the heart of Dublin’s nightlife.  Ask for a room on the quiet side of the hotel.
  • Must Do:  The first floor Gallery Lounge has been described as Dublin’s grandest Drawing Room.  Be sure to enjoy the famous Westbury Afternoon Tea!

The Four Seasons Dublin
In the city’s best neighborhood, Four Seasons Dublin is a beautiful 20-minute stroll from Trinity College and Grafton Street, and is a short walk to Aviva Stadium to experience the thrill of championship rugby. It’s also very convenient to the harbor. The 197 guest rooms and suites are some of Dublin’s most spacious, and look out over leafy cityscapes and lush, landscaped greenery.

  • Five-stars
  • Our Description: “A marvelous purpose-built hotel with some of the most spacious rooms in Dublin!”
  • Location: B
  • Hotel Hint: Frontiers is a Four Seasons Preferred Partner. By booking through us, our clients will receive complimentary breakfast, a space available room upgrade and $100 spa credit.
  • Must Do:  Have a whiskey tasting! The Whiskey Bar presents over 100 Irish whiskey labels – one of the world’s most sizeable collections. Also, stop by The Tiny Gift Shop, featuring a sophisticated, curated collection of modern Irish design and craft items that have been carefully sourced for their strong emphasis on luxury, quality, design and materials.

Brooks Hotel

Situated only minutes from Grafton Street in the fashionable heart of Dublin, Brooks Hotel is the perfect place to stay, whether for business or pleasure.

  • Four-stars
  • Our Description: “A delightful 100-room hotel that is ideally located and terrific value!”
  • Member: Small Luxury Hotels of the World
  • Location: A
  • Hotel Hint: Rooms are +/- $250 less expensive per night compared to some of its 5-star neighbors. That’s a lot of extra spending cash walking Grafton Street!
  • Must Do: Check out the hotel’s private 26-seat state-of-the-art cinema where classic movies are shown every other Thursday. Grafton Street and a myriad of Dublin’s finest sites are just outside the door!
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