With so many possibilities to choose from, finding the best Dublin hotels can seem daunting. From budget backpacker hostels to five star gems, Dublin is blessed with so many fine hotels!
For the best Dublin experience, we recommend choosing a hotel in the city center as Dublin is such a walkable city. There is no need to rent a car or take too many taxis or other transports. If your plans take you outside of Dublin, rent the car on the way out of town, or return upon arrival.
Best Dublin Hotels - City Center
The Camden Court Hotel is a delightful four-star gem located in Dublin's city center easy walking distance to many activities and attractions including t. Stephen's Green, Trinity College, and the many high-end shops and pubs of Grafton Street. Besides the standard twin and double type rooms, Camden Court also offers family rooms which can accommodate two adults and up to four children (under 12 yo.). Family rooms sell out quickly during the busy summer months and other holidays so booking early is recommended.
Situated along the River Liffey at Ormond Quay, right beside the Ha'penny Bridge, The Morrison offers a superb location with easy walking access to many attractions on both sides of the Liffey. Nearby the Morrison, you can easily walk to Temple Bar, O'Connell Street and the GPO, the Four Courts, Custom House and Epic Emigration Museum, Dublin Castle, Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College and more!
Hotel St. George
The Hotel Saint George is one of our favorite little hidden gems. This lovely boutique hotel is located at the far end of O'Connell Street off of Parnell Square. The GPO, Henry Street shops, pubs, and Temple Bar are all within easy walking distance. Besides the standard, singles and doubles, this hotel offers triple and quad rooms that can easily accommodate four adults, or a family.
The Shelbourne Hotel on St. Stephen's Green offers sheer elegance as well as a bit of history. The Shelbourne Hotel became a takeover spot for British forces beginning on Easter Monday during the 1916 uprising which afforded a vantage point over the rebels defending St. Stephen's Green. This five-star hotel is a 5 minutes' walk from Dublin's famous attractions, such as Trinity College, Grafton Street and the National Gallery, National Museum and National Library. The Shelbourne features an exclusive Health Club and Spa, and a Salon offering a range of premium hairdressing and beauty services.
Temple Bar Hotel
For visitors looking to be right in the center of Dublin's Temple Bar pub scene, the Temple Bar Hotel is our hands down favorite. The area can be busy and noise at night, but for visitors hoping to be nearby to experience Dublin's nightlife, the Temple Bar Hotel delivers. The hotel is easy walking distance to other attractions as well including Dublin Castle, O'Connell Street, Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College, Marion Square and Trinity College.
Staunton's on The Green
This elegant, boutique hotel has a prime location on St. Stephen's Green. A short 10 minute walk to the shops and pubs of Grafton Street, and 15 minutes from Trinity College Dublin, makes choosing Staunton's on The Green an ideal choice. Plus, the splendor and serenity of St. Stephen's Green is directly across the street. The hotel offers standard twin, doubles as well as family rooms. This hotel quickly sells out so book early!
Best Dublin Hotels - Dublin Airport
Travelers flying to the USA are advised to arrive at Dublin Airport three hours and sometimes more ahead of their flight during the busy seasons. This is because of the need to go through normal airport check-in and security, as well as an additional security check with US Customs and Immigrations before boarding USA bound flights. For this reason, many visitors prefer to stay close to the airport the night prior to departure to take some of the stress out of the airport experience.
While airport hotels are not the same experience as the nicer hotels in the city center, here are a few we've stayed at that are nice, comfortable, and convenient for airport departures.
Location, location, location! No need to wait for the 24-hour shuttle, (Unless you want to!) The four-star Radisson Blu is easy walking distance to all terminals. Free WiFi, a free Grab-and-Run breakfast and free express check-in/check-out seal the deal.
Also a three-minute walk to the terminals, the 4-star Maldron hotel operates a free 24-hour shuttle service to and from the airport terminal for guests. Enjoy casual dining and light refreshments in The Bar, or visit the Grain & Grill Restaurant serving European food in contemporary surroundings. A full buffet breakfast and à la carte dinner menu are available as is a grab-and-go breakfast for those in a hurry.
Offering spacious, luxurious rooms with runway views the 4-star Clayton Hotel is located next to Dublin Airport. In addition to a free shuttle, secure car parking is available for visitors not returning rental cars until just prior to departure. Guests can dine in the restaurant with a menu of Irish and international cuisine and dishes are made from fresh, local produce, and a hand-picked wine selection is available. FreeWiFi is available for all guests.
Hilton Dublin Airport
Located in a somewhat quieter area off the airport grounds, The Hilton Dublin Airport is convenient shuttle ride to the terminals, and near public transportation for those wishing to run into the city center for one last night before departure. The onsite restaurant offer traditional and Irish pub food as well as a full selection of adult beverages, including Irish whiskies.