The Most Unique Luxury Hotels in Dublin

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Junior Suite. Credit: The Merrion Hotel

Each of Dublin’s neighborhoods and suburbs are wonderfully unique and offer visitors a distinct perspective of Ireland‘s capital city. These luxury hotels are reflective of the diverse city and, like the place they are located, are one of a kind.

Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge

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Clayton’s Hotel Ballsbridge is located in the heart of Dublin’s business and embassy district and in the upscale neighborhood of Ballsbridge. The striking, 19th century building is set on gorgeous grounds and is within walking distance and easy access to several notable attractions in Dublin.

The hotel perfect for couples and families alike and offers interconnecting family rooms with modern amenities as well as superior and executive rooms, and suites. Room amenities include an iron and ironing board, tea and coffee making facilities, and bathrobes and slippers upon request in the superior and executive level rooms and suites. A 24-hour fitness center is available for guests.

Ample car parking is available onsite. Clayton’s Hotel Ballsbridge is conveniently located less than 25 minutes away from Dublin International Airport.

Nearby points of interest: Royal Dublin Society, Aviva Stadium, and Herbert Park.

Clontarf Castle Hotel

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Clontarf Castle Hotel is a boutique luxury hotel that exudes a unique Irish style blended with comfortable surroundings and the utmost attention to detail. This unique hotel in Dublin is located in the heart of Dublin City Centre and just 5 miles from Dublin Airport. This tranquil oasis is surrounded by beautiful golf courses and is near the serenity of the Irish Sea.

Each sophisticated bedroom is thoughtfully decorated with thoughtful touches in mind. These include USB chargers for US and European sockets, 55” interactive TV systems, laptop-friendly sages, complimentary mineral water and tea, 24-hour room serves, and more.

Clontarf Castle Hotel offers three F&B options: Fahrenheit Restaurant, Indigo Lounge, and Knights Bar. Each establishment focuses on European Irish cuisine with dishes including French Tart Aux Pomme from the Knights Bar gastropub, and Afternoon Tea served in their Atrium.

Nearby points of interest: Jameson Distillery, Trinity College, and Howth Market.

Marlin Hotel Dublin

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Marlin Hotel Dublin is a brand new and unique contemporary set in the heart of Dublin steps away from Stephen’s Green. This 300-room hotel is also a great overnight destination for ‘staycationers’ and business travelers.

Cosy king, executive, and superior rooms, as well as suites are available for booking. Amenities include luggage storage, Smart TV with Google Chromecast connectivity, automated blackout blinds, air conditioning, safe, and more.

The onsite Marlin Bar & Grill includes an outdoor terrace for enjoying light bites, cocktails, or dinner. Notable menu items include Ber Battered Haddock and Chips, Fried Chicken Burger, and Sticky Soy and Honey Wings. They also offer a children’s menu.

Nearby points of interest: St. Stephen’s Green, Oscar Wilde House, and Molly Malone Statue.

The Merrion Hotel

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The Merrion Hotel is perhaps one of if not the most iconic hotel in Dublin. For those looking to spend the night, this unique and luxurious hotel steps away from Georgian Dublin has rooms and suites in their main house as well as in the garden wing.

The Merrion is notably home to the 2-star Michelin Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud. Additional restaurants include The Cellar Bar, The Garden Room, and the intimate No. 23 Cocktail Bar.

For the perfect element of luxury, The Spa and Health Club at The Merrion Hotel is open 7 days a week. The spa offers a full range of wellness treatments as well as personal training sessions. They also have an extensive list of hair and beauty services. we offer the most innovative of gold-standard treatments, along with wholly restorative therapies.

The Merrion is also one of the most sustainable hotels in Ireland. Most interestingly, Executive Chef Ed Cooney was behind the idea for the first beehives on The Merrion’s rooftops. These beehives not only provide some delicious honey but help support pollination and biodiversity in their Dublin neighborhood. Other examples of sustainability at the hotel include the supply of 100% renewable electric energy, old furniture is donated to the Jack and Jill charity, and paperless meetings.

Nearby points of interest: Dublin Castle, Museum of Literature Ireland, and National Concert Hall.

Number 31

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Experience peace and tranquility in Georgian Dublin City Centre at Number 31. This unique hotel in Dublin is a popular place to stay for artists and design in enthusiasts with its mildly eccentric, laidback luxury vibe surrounded by a beautifully landscaped garden. Standout features of the garden include the beloved statue of Gloire Au Merite and a beautiful fire fountain as the garden’s centerpiece.

The garden is open for guests to enjoy peace in privacy whether it be reading a book, sipping a cocktail while taking in the natural and peaceful surroundings.

Guestrooms range from plush double to twin rooms fabulous double bedrooms and family rooms. All rooms include the following amenities: complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, Dyson cooling fans available upon request, VOYA Irish natural organic seaweed-based toiletries, personal security safe, iron & ironing board available on request, and more.

Breakfast is served daily from 7:30am-10am. Breakfast includes a selection of freshly baked breads, homemade preserves, and Delia’s famous and moreish cranberry and orange nut loaf. Other options include fresh berries, poached pears in vanilla syrup, homemade granola and muesli. Cooked to order dishes include Kippers, Eggs Benedict, mushroom frittata, and omelets.

Nearby points of interest: St Stephen’s Green, Swan Shopping Centre, and Fitzwilliam Square.

The Alex Hotel

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The Alex is conveniently located in Dublin City Centre. This unique hotel is set within walking distance of the capital’s top landmarks, shopping streets, and business districts, allowing visitors to Dublin the opportunity to make the most of their vacation experience.

The hotel’ stylish bedrooms and suites offer plush king beds and deluxe King Koil bedding. Start the morning with coffee from their in-house barista at Steam. Other dining destinations at The Alex include The Secret Garden, Dublin’s exciting new outdoor dining spot. Another restaurant is The Carriage Restaurant and Bar. The Carriage Restaurant exclusively serves breakfast for hotel residents from 7am. An all-day dining menu is available from 12-10pm daily.

The Alex is also home to an onsite gym. Core Fitness, located steps away from the hotel, exclusively welcomes guests from The Alex 24-hours a day.

Nearby points of interest: Grand Canal Dock, Grafton Street, and the National Gallery.

The Devlin

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The Devlin is regarded as one of Dublin’s most unique and notable boutique hotels. This modern, cozy hotel boasts 40 guestrooms, a rooftop restaurant, cocktail bar, and coffee bar in the lobby. Visitors will also find the 44-seater Stella Cinema, their own on-site subterranean luxury cinema.

Each guest room offers comfortable beds with crisp, white sheets, a bathroom filled with bath and body amenities, a Dyson hairdryer, and Smart TV, and a Munchies Box. The Munchies Box is filled to the brim with Irish treats and bottled cocktails.

Additional room amenities include a Smeg Mini Fridge, Nespresso Machine, an ensuite rainfall shower, access to a GHD hair straightener, and more.

Nearby points of interest: Marlay Park, Ballsbridge, and Camden Street.

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