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The 8 best Airbnbs in Dublin

Stay in the Irish capital in style at one of the best Dublin Airbnbs

Written by
Danielle Goldstein
&
Rhys Thomas
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Found on the Republic of Ireland’s east coast, Dublin is a capital city jam-packed with fun. It's soaked in history, and host to endless glorious pubs and many restaurants. Whether you fancy a food and drink holiday or going to of the many gigs and watching sport at the Aviva Stadium, you'll never be short on things to do. Plus, it’s by the sea! You cannot beat the sea. But to take in all the city’s incredible things to do (and there’s a lot), you’ll need a spot to recharge your batteries at night (or early in the morning), which is why we’ve gathered the capital’s very best Airbnb rentals. From central locations to beautiful beach-side homes, and even an old whiskey distillery (hey, it is Ireland), here are 8 seriously cool Airbnb spots in Dublin. 

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The best Dublin Airbnbs

By wandering just 20 minutes from the centre of Dublin (and a mere ten minutes from the airport), you can land yourself a grandiose nineteenth-century home. It's a townhouse that used to be a ribbon factory, and more recently an all girls' school. Killeen Terrace may sound (and look) pricey – but given it sleeps up to five people (who you can split 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, get the fireplace (and aga) going and snuggle into the kingsize bed of your dreams. Or enjoy the spacious patio. There's parking so that you can get to Dublin in no time. 

 

Coastal Cabin, Howth

Nestled on the edge of Burrow Beach, this modern log cabin provides a relaxing seaside retreat for two. It's a nippy 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 ten-minute train ride and you'll be among some wonderful cafés, restaurants, pubs, shops and a hurdy-gurdy museum. Not to mention the beach, so close by that you have seaside views from your own lawn. Perfect for sunsets. 

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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 – it's a perfect amount of space for a couple. Nearb, you’ll find plenty of restaurants and cafés, as well as the Hugh Lane Gallery of Modern Art, Writers’ Museum, and Gate Theatre – all less than a ten-minute walk away. This is opulent living in the very heart of the city, a perfect place for a couple's getaway. 

Romantic artisan cottage, Portobello

This quaint nineteenth-century cottage beside the Grand Canal sleeps two with ease. Its white exterior, sky blue door, and pink roses remind you more of the Med than Ireland, but even a glimmer of sunlight on the terrace makes for a delightful place to be staying. Otherwise, head off to nearby Camden Street for a bite to eat and drink, or take a 20-minute stroll into the city centre. Airy, chic, and on Dublin center's doorstep, truly little more you could need! 

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Stunning seaview home, Clontarf Promenade

This family-friendly Victorian five-bed 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, meaning walks (and the golf kind of driving a-plenty) but is also a mere 5km from the city. The city-bound bus stops right outside the house too, so it's easy. For the express option, the train station is a 15-minute walk away. Oh yeah, and the space – it is luxurious and beautiful. We're talking arched door frames, a lovely conservatory, modern kitchen and more. 

Georgian townhouse, Portobello

Based in an area that’s known as the 'Old Jewish Quarter' this superb Georgian house (it's known as an excellent example of a Regency/Late Georgian house) provides room for up to six, across its three stories. There’s a private leafy garden, free parking and the neighbourhood abuts 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. George Bernard Shaw was born here too, for a bit of history. Portobello is also one of Dublin's fashionable neighbourhoods too, so you have your dishwasher, coffee machine and all the rest. Ideal. 

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Loft apartment, central Dublin

If you want to be close to just about everything Dublin has to offer, this Victorian red-brick is worth taking a look at. This elegant four-bed overlooks the bustling Exchequer Street, host to numerous bars, restaurants and shops. Should you manage to leave the street, St. Stephen's Green and the Little Museum of Dublin are only a ten-minute stroll, as is the River Liffey in the other direction. When you're done buzzing around the core of Dublin, unwind on the balcony by helping yourself to the drinks and games cupboard.  

Cosy suite, Windy Arbour

This one bed in South Dublin is a short walk from the Windy Arbour tram stop, and is truly 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. Inside you have minimal and relaxed surroundings, nothing you don't need – truly a place for optimal winding down after all of your city escapades.

Looking for a different type of stay?

  • Hotels

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.

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