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8 Coolest Hotels in Dublin: From a Boutique in Temple Bar to Cozy B&Bs and More

Fancy a cool boutique hotel or a cozy B&B during your stay in Dublin? We've got them both with different styles catering to different kinds of travelers.

This list of the coolest hotels in Dublin will help you plan your vacation with a twist. Make your trip one to remember by staying in a Victorian building on the serene banks of the River Liffey, or inspire your inner rock star with a few nights in a room with your own vinyl player or guitar amp.

Whether you’re looking for fine dining, easy access to Dublin’s legendary nightlife or a spa weekend spent lounging in the steam room and Jacuzzi, treat yourself to a stay in one of the most imaginative and elegant independent hotels in the city. Each one is individual, stylish and in a prime location for forays into the capital.

A Quirky Boutique Hotel in Dublin’s Vibrant Nightlife District

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When your room comes with its own vinyl player or Marshall guitar amp, you know you’re staying in a true trendsetter among boutique hotels. The Dean sits in the heart of Dublin’s energetic nightlife scene and offers a selection of rooms ranging from compact, chic pods right up to suites worthy of rock stars, with balconies, funky décor, and a fully loaded SMEG fridge.

You can experience some of the city’s legendary nightlife before you even step outside the hotel. Simply head to Sophie’s, the Dean’s rooftop cocktail lounge and restaurant. Also known as ‘The Vintage Cocktail Club’, it serves inventive mixes such as the Vulcano: watermelon syrup, Velvet Falernum, and Tanqueray Gin.

Take a walk through the tranquil Iveagh Gardens, just a few moments’ walk from the hotel, and marvel at the cascading waterfall which dates back to the 18th century. These gardens are often missed because of their location and are certainly one of the hidden secrets of the city. Camden Street Lower is also moments away. Discover the many varied restaurants, such as New York deli-style Doughboys or modern Indian Pickle, and the thriving local music scene at Whelan’s bar.

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The Dean

Dublin, 1.7 miles to 3Arena
8.3 Very good (632 reviews)
Excellent Service 8.9 / 10
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A Designer Boutique Hotel in Dublin Complete with its Own Spa

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With its in-house spa and health club, The Spencer is ideal if you’re looking to treat yourself with some much-deserved pampering during your city break. Stretch out in the fully equipped gym, unwind in the Jacuzzi, or reinvigorate yourself in the steam room and sauna. Treatments on offer include a hot stone massage and a lavender body scrub, with a range of decadent packages designed to complete your afternoon of bliss.

Like the spa, rooms simply ooze serenity–and they’re all equipped with indulgent rainforest showers and blackout curtains for undisturbed lazy mornings. If you’re looking for the ultimate in luxury, then the hotel also has a penthouse with outstretching views of the River Liffey.

At the hotel’s East Restaurant, you can sample the tantalizing, spicy flavors of Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, and Vietnam. Treat yourself to your very own bento box, which includes your pick of starter, main course, and dessert, or a relaxed dinner with a range of fragrant Asian flavors. The Spencer’s atmospheric cocktail bar is one of Dublin’s trendiest nightspots. Chat with your traveling companions over a few signature cocktails, or dance to the music courtesy of the resident DJs every weekend. The next day, indulge in some tranquility and spend some time reflecting in the hotel’s elegant zen garden.

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The Spencer

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Dublin, 0.7 miles to 3Arena
8.7 Excellent (2691 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.2 / 10
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A Boutique Dublin B&B in the Heart of the Action

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The 20 individually designed guestrooms here–each intricately decorated with 19th-century details–have made Butlers Townhouse a popular choice for visitors with an interest in history. Chandeliers drape from the high ceiling of the drawing room, verdant ivy hugs the red-brick exterior and elegant four-poster beds and plush armchairs decorate the individual bedrooms. Throw in complimentary tea and coffee throughout the day, and friendly, professional staff with plenty of insider tips for sightseeing excursions, and you have an ideal base for your adventure in the streets of Dublin.

Start by fuelling yourself for a long day out with a gourmet breakfast in the townhouse’s resplendent conservatory. You can go for the delicious cooked option or opt for the continental buffet, complete with freshly baked treats like French pastries and breads made on site. Breakfast in bed is a popular selection for couples or late risers (a surcharge applies).

On a low-key day, curl up in the drawing room with a book from the library or sip a warming drink in the conservatory. You can also stroll to St. Stephen’s Green, or the visit Guinness Storehouse for a brewery experience complete with rooftop bar.

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Butlers Townhouse

Top rated
Dublin, 0.9 miles to 3Arena
8.7 Excellent (1522 reviews)
Excellent Service 9.1 / 10
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A Sophisticated, Contemporary Boutique Hotel in Dublin's Temple Bar

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If you want to discover the historic side of Dublin, complete with its untouched cobbled streets and architecture, then The Morgan is the ideal place to stay. Not only is it located right in the center of the city’s cultural quarter, but you’ll also only be a short distance from a number of Dublin’s most famous locations and landmarks.

Rooms at the hotel are modern and bright. Brew a coffee with the Nespresso machine on arrival and in the evening settle back into luxurious Egyptian cotton bed linen. Suites are also available, where you’ll find Indonesian art-deco mirrors and freestanding deep baths. As a guest of the Morgan, you’re entitled to complimentary use of the nearby West Wood Club. Take a refreshing morning swim in the club’s saltwater pool or unwind in the sauna and steam room.

10 Fleet Street, the hotel’s restaurant, offers a menu crowned with a selection of fresh seafood and a variety of expertly cooked steaks. Spend an hour after dinner at the recently renovated bar tasting some of the exclusive wines on offer, or sampling the evening’s selection of hors d’oeuvres with an aperitif.

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The Morgan

Dublin, 1.4 miles to 3Arena
8.0 Very good (2819 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.2 / 10
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An Award-winning Five-star Boutique Hotel in Dublin

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Traditional Irish hospitality taken to a five-star level is at the heart of everything at the Fitzwilliam. Friendly staff serve up foaming pints of Guinness or tailor a cocktail to your mood at the Inn on the Green bar, while next door at Glovers Alley, restaurateur Andy McFadden demonstrates why he is one of Europe’s youngest Michelin-starred chefs. The inventive menu draws on local favorites such as seafood from Clogerhead and international flavors like dashi, chorizo, and XO cognac.

Elegant rooms range from the signature, which feature colorful décor, Murdock toiletries, and fresh orchids, to the impeccable Penthouse. The latter comes ready-stocked with a selection of films, wines, and snacks tailored to your taste, as well as sweeping views of Dublin. For a real touch of luxury, your very own private butler will be on hand to chauffeur you around the city or book a massage for you.

The hotel is located just across the road from the tranquil St Stephen’s Green Park, where you can relax with a picnic by the lake or see the grand Fusilier’s Arch. The Fitzwilliam has created its own walking tour podcast just for guests so you can wander the scenic streets while learning about their fascinating history.

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The Fitzwilliam

Top rated
Dublin, 1.5 miles to 3Arena
8.9 Excellent (3273 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.6 / 10
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A Peaceful Boutique Hotel in Dublin with its Own Courtyard Garden

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The Trinity City hotel’s contemporary Courtyard Restaurant provides both indoor and outdoor dining, so you can treat yourself to a sumptuous cooked Irish breakfast, delicate salad, or delectable pan-seared seafood dinner – all while enjoying the sweeping views of Pearse Street. The hotel is also a favorite among locals for Sunday brunch, with a comprehensive menu ranging from treats like cinnamon pancakes to healthy roasted vegetable salads.

Located right next to Trinity College, the Trinity City Hotel is a peaceful retreat in an enviable central location. The stonework of the ancient university provides an inspiring backdrop to your stay. Take the kids to visit the neighboring National Museum of Ireland, which has a number of free exhibits on archaeology, arts, and nature.

Rooms are both relaxing and stylish, with deep velvet chairs to sink into and subway tiled bathrooms to freshen up in. Executive rooms are located in an old fire station and feature exposed original brickwork for a truly atmospheric retreat. Family rooms can be adapted with extra beds to suit your needs, whether you’re traveling with little ones, grandparents or the whole clan.

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Trinity City

Dublin, 1.1 miles to 3Arena
8.2 Very good (4924 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.1 / 10
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A Modern Boutique Hotel in Dublin a Short Walk from the Riverside

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A seamless blending of the old and the new, the Dylan Hotel is situated in an early 20th-century Victorian building a short walk from the banks of the River Liffey. Modern print designs and carpets are punctuated by ornate mirrors and luxurious sofas, giving the hotel’s public spaces a distinctive and stylish atmosphere.

You can take time to appreciate the décor in full over a refreshing afternoon tea or a refined evening meal in the hotel’s Tavern Restaurant, which serves an à la carte menu packed with sumptuous Irish meats and seafood, including dishes such as Irish venison carpaccio with truffle salt. The photogenic chrome-covered bar is the place to learn how to mix your own irresistible cocktails courtesy of one of the hotel’s master classes.

A stay at the Dylan is a novel experience thanks to the individually styled rooms. Watch the world go by from the sash window of a luxury Queen Room while pouring yourself an Irish whiskey from the mini bar. Signature suites are also available, designed to bring out the original Victorian features in each space.

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Dylan Hotel

Top rated
Dublin, 1.1 miles to 3Arena
8.8 Excellent (891 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.3 / 10
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A Model Georgian B&B in Dublin

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Offering everything from budget-friendly single rooms to triple and family-friendly rooms for larger groups, Amberley House is a flexible choice for travelers. Set within a historic Georgian building, each of the 24 guestrooms here has soft, white linen sheets to sink into at the end of the day, allowing you to relax and rejuvenate before hitting the streets for more sightseeing adventures.

Tucking into the iconic full Irish fry up is a hearty way to start an active day out, and it doesn’t have to be the end of your culinary tour in the capital. Guests at Amberley house can take advantage of discounts at local bars and restaurants, simply by mentioning their booking or showing their room key on arrival. You can try some of the area’s trendiest eateries or sample a world-renowned brew at one of the city’s classic pubs.

These same discounts apply for some city tours, so why not take the opportunity to explore Ireland’s vibrant capital in greater depth? Amberley House is also located in a handy position for exploring on foot. Several urban landmarks, such as the 3 Arena – which lights up at night – and Croke Park are within walking distance of the front door.

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Amberley House by theKeyCollections

Dublin, 1.5 miles to 3Arena
8.0 Very good (532 reviews)
Excellent Service 8.6 / 10
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