Situated on the Republic of Ireland's east coast, Dublin is a capital with tons to offer. It’s steeped in history, has a variety of brilliant pubs and restaurants, and titans of the music and sports worlds stop off at the stadium. Plus, it’s by the sea! But to take in all the city’s incredible things to do, you'll need a base to recharge, which is why we've compiled the capital’s very best Airbnb stays. From central locations to beachside properties and even an old whiskey distillery, here are 11 seriously cool Airbnb spots in Dublin.
The best Dublin Airbnbs
Part of a Georgian building that was constructed in 1800, this calming space is filled with decorative antique pieces that wouldn’t seem out of place in a manor house. It’s situated in a quiet area close to the centre of the city, with easy access to transport links (but if you’re bringing a car along for your getaway then no worries, guest parking is also available).
By wandering just 20 minutes from the centre of Dublin (and a mere 10 minutes from the airport) you can land yourself a grandiose 19th century home. Kileen Terrace may sound (and look) pricey - but trust us, it ain't. Since it sleeps up to five people (who you can share the cost with) this place is an absolute steal. When you're not exploring the wonders of the city or enjoying a mouthwatering dinner in the picturesque village of Malahide, pop on the fireplace and snuggle into the kingsize bed of your dreams.
Traditional bnb’s not cutting the mustard? Grab your family or a small group of friends and head over to this elegant, protected cottage. Built in 1832, Bayview is not only architecturally impressive but part of an equally lovable, vibrant neighbourhood. Sleeping four guests, this structure was constructed to offer a roof to a naval officer working in the customs house on the River Liffey and contains unique period features such as a marble fireplace, window shutters and high ceilings. The centre of town, the coast and the airport are only twenty minutes away.
Nestled nicely on the edge of Burrow Beach, this modern log cabin provides a relaxing seaside retreat for two. It's a 25-minute drive from Dublin airport and almost double that into the centre of the capital, but Howth village more than caters for anything you might need. A quick five-minute drive or 10-minute train will deliver you amongst cafes, restaurants, pubs, shops and a hurdy gurdy museum.
This quirky Georgian studio on a quiet street absolutely oozes charm. Built in 1792, the self-contained apartment lies at the top of the oval shaped part of the building, where there's a double bed on a mezzanine, kitchenette, lounge area and separate bathroom – the perfect amount of space for a couple. Nearby you'll find plenty of restaurants and cafés, as well as the Hugh Lane Gallery of Modern Art, Writers' Museum, Gate Theatre – all less than a ten-minute walk away.
A very quaint, nineteenth-century cottage beside the Grand Canal that can very comfortably sleep two. Its white exterior, sky blue door and pink roses reminds more of the Med than Ireland, but if the weather looks upon you that favourably, then the terrace makes for a lvoely place to enjoy it. Otherwise, head off to the nearby, lively Camden Street for a bite to eat and drink, or take a 20-minute stroll into the city centre.
If you've got a penchant for sophisticated interiors and get enlivened by bright design then this is the perfect place for a south-east Dublin stopover. Thanks to the crisp white walls and an abundance of windows, the chic space fills with sunlight during the day, making for an airy living space. When you'd rather feel the breeze, kick back and relax on the leafy terrace or lounge in the private garden. Don't forget to bring your friends along too, because this stylish home sleeps six and is just a hop skip and a jump away from some of Dublin's must-see attractions, such as the Aviva Stadium, Grand Canal, National Museums and St Stephen's Green.
A family-friendly Victorian five-bed that sleeps ten and offers clear views of Dublin Bay. It's close to Clontarf Castle, North Bull Island Nature Reserve and a couple of golf clubs, but is also easily accessible from the central Dublin. The bus stops right outside the house, while the train is a 15-minute walk.
Based in an area that's known as the Old Jewish Quarter – and the birthplace of George Bernard Shaw – this superb Georgian house provides room for up to six. There's a private leafy garden, free parking and the neighbourhood abutts the scenic Grand Canal. St Stephen's Green is nearby, as is the traditional beigel shop Bretzel and the tearoom Wall and Keogh, among many other shops, restaurants and tourist attractions.
If you want to be close to just about everything, you could do worse than staying in this cool Victorian red-brick. The spacious place overlooks bustling Exchequer Street, with numerous bars, resturants and shops surrounding the place. St Stephen's Green and the Little Museum of Dublin are only a ten-minute stroll, as is the River Liffrey in the other direction. The spacious place sleeps up to five people, has a drinks and games cupboard and a balcony.
Situated in south Dublin – just a short walk from the Windy Arbour tram stop – this cute little place sleep two and is a bargain to boot. It may not be in the heart of the action, but it has free parking, a garden and is close to the Dodder River, which provides a scenic walk east and west through the city.
Looking for a different type of stay?
As most notable hotels are located within a small radius (and walking distance from the city’s top attractions, bars and restaurants), location isn’t the key factor when picking a place. Instead, it’s the fine touches, impressive offerings or prominence in the city’s lore; here are the hotels that should be your first ports of call.