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The 11 very best Airbnbs in Dublin

Stay in the Irish capital in style at one of these ace Airbnb venues
Check out the very best Airbnbs in Dublin, Ireland
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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

Best Airbnbs Dublin- Charming period house

Charming period house, Rathmines

This exquisite Victorian home is so visually exciting that it was featured on the cover of ’Ireland’s Homes Interiors and Living’. Up to two people can stay here and the Airbnb part is self-contained, but you can have a nose round the rest of the place too, including the neat little walled garden. It’s situated close to the centre of the city, near the Grand Canal and lively Camden and Grafton Street areas.

Best Airbnbs Dublin- Eighteenth-century mansion

Eighteenth-century mansion, Malahide

By wandering just 20 minutes from the centre of Dublin (and a mere 10 minutes from the airport) you can land yourself a mansion on a private estate. We know it sounds pricey - but trust us, it ain't. Since it sleeps up to 12 people (who you can share the cost with) this place is an absolute steal. When you're not exploring the wonders of the city, you can play pool or a spot of tennis on the floodlit court, or take a stroll through the 27 acres of glorious woodland, followed up by dinner in the picturesque village of Malahide.

Best Airbnbs Dublin- Luxury penthouse

Luxury penthouse, Drumcondra

Traditional bnb's not cutting the mustard? Grab a coach-load of friends and head over to this luxury penthouse in Drumcondra, where something a little different lies behind a distillery's doors. Firstly it's absolutely huge - the bnb sleeps up to ten people, has a pool table and a pretty roomy balcony with gas barbecue (for making the most of those long summer nights). Look over the railings and you'll catch a glimpse of the glistening Tolka River, or (when you fancy a wander) shlepp it to Croke Park where you can catch sports and events. Even better? Stroll further south and you'll find yourself in the heart of Dublin. 

Best Airbnbs Dublin- Coastal Cabin

Coastal Cabin, Howth

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.

Best Airbnbs Dublin- Historic oval studio

Historic oval studio, central Dublin

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.

Best Airbnbs Dublin- Romantic artisan cottage

Romantic artisan cottage, Portobello

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.

Best Airbnbs Dublin- Bright midcentury modern home

Bright midcentury-modern home, Ballsbridge

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.

Best Airbnbs Dublin- Stunning seaview home

Stunning seaview home, Clontarf Promenade

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.

Best Airbnbs Dublin- Georgian townhouse

Georgian townhouse, Portobello

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.

Best Airbnbs Dublin- Loft apartment

Loft apartment, central Dublin

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.

Best Airbnbs Dublin- Cosy suite

Cosy suite, Windy Arbour

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.

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The Dean is one of the best hotels in Dublin, Ireland
Photograph: Leo Byrne, courtesy the Dean Hotel

The 11 best hotels in Dublin

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.