Dublin’s hippest hotel, The Dean is an urban sanctuary for creative types. With its industrial chic style and James Earley-curated modern art collection, locals outnumber residents in its rooftop restaurant and late-night bar. Rooms range from ‘punk bunks’, to suites where all-back-to-mine parties are welcomed – as demonstrated by the fully-stocked Smeg fridge and Marshall speakers. The helpful features of The Dean go on forever, but it’s the funky, friendly atmosphere that gives its lasting impression.
Both a leisure capital and a European business hub, Dublin is bubbling with hotels for all manner of guests, united only by the warm hospitality that the Irish stereotype gets right. The catch? Dublin has the highest occupancy rate among comparable European cities, so even modest rooms come at eye-wateringly expensive prices, and the better ones are often fully booked weeks in advance. In this regard, it’s a city that rewards the well-organised.
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.