Whether you’re planning a long weekend of shopping in the Irish capital, exploring the endlessly pretty countryside just a short distance away, or letting your hair down and sampling the Black stuff at the Guinness Storehouse, a Dublin break can be exhausting stuff. Which is just why finding the perfect hotel is absolutely essential; after a little digging around, here’s my handy little guide to five of the best and most popular Dublin hotels on offer.
Modern, spacious and perfectly located, the four star luxury of the Ashling Hotel is understandably very popular. With easy access to Dublin’s city centre, the hotel also benefits from being set away from the hustle and bustle which characterises the Irish capital; but after a twenty minute walk, or just five minutes on the Luas Tram, and you’ll be right in thick of it. Overlooking a pretty stretch of the River Liffey, the hotel is a mere stone’s throw from the gorgeous Phoenix Park and Dublin’s excellent zoo. The Guinness Storehouse and The Old Jameson Distillery – another two well-established Dublin institutions – are also handily within stumbling distance of the Ashling Hotel.
Arlington Hotel O’Connell Bridge
And now for something completely different… if you happen to love hustle and bustle and being right in the thick of it, then the Arlington Hotel at O’Connell Bridge may just be the ideal hotel for you. Set beside Dublin’s most famous bridge, and just across the Liffey from the lively Temple Bar area, the Arlington Hotel offers spacious and comfy accommodation, great for retreating to after a long day shopping or a long night on the tiles. A great place to meet friends, the hotel’s very own medieval-themed Knightsbridge Bar (well-known for the quality of its Guinness) is a great place to kick off a fine Dublin evening.
DoubleTree by Hilton Dublin
Set in the leafy south side of Dublin, the DoubleTree by Hilton Dublin’s four star luxury accommodation is the epitome of contemporary style and comfort. Wonderfully spacious, and with fantastic amenities, this effortlessly elegant hotel is great for treating yourself when in the Irish capital. The impressive 24 Hour fitness centre is worthy of a visit, as is the impeccably chic B Bar – with its delicious mixologist-made cocktails, get a taste of 21st Century Ireland before discovering the more traditional culture in Dublin’s centre come evening.
Situated on Dublin’s main drag – right across from the famous Gate Theatre and the distinctive and pretty Garden of Remembrance – Cassidy’s Hotel is something of a gem. Warm and inviting, the hotel’s accommodation has a homely quality, and the public areas a real old world charm; the superb atmosphere of the hotel’s Bar and Bistro offers a great place for a pre-theatre drink. Surrounded by the city’s best shopping, and just down the road from Temple Bar and Trinity College, the best of the city is at your feet at Cassidy’s.
Plaza Hotel Tallaght
A genuinely impressive four star hotel, the Plaza in Tallaght is an excellent cheaper option when getting away to Dublin for less. A simple 30 minute trip on the Luas Tram will take you into the city centre and the benefit of being a little further out isn’t merely getting away from the crowds; with terrific views of the Dublin Mountains, the Plaza Hotel makes for the perfect gateway to exploring the gorgeous Irish countryside. Otherwise, experience the terrific shopping in The Square Shopping Centre nearby, and be sure to check out the hotel’s very own Vista Bar for incredible panoramic views.
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