Part brick Victorian building and part modern stone extension, the 44-room boutique hotel perfectly suits the posh, tranquil community it’s located in. Once you enter its imposing doors, a mixture of plush crimson couches, winding staircases, and hospitable staff are there to greet you. The playful, contemporary glamour isn’t dialed down in the rooms, which are outfitted with brightly-coloured furniture, arty headboards, and metallic mirrors. Quiet, comfortable, and spacious, each one comes with hospitality trays, flat-screen TVs, and iPods pre-loaded with city-wide walking tours. Perhaps best of all, the stately, smart bathrooms have underfloor heating in addition to a host of Mark Buxton toiletries. Expect to see the Ballsbridge elite if you visit the quirky Dylan Bar or elegant Tavern restaurant, which specialises in seafood. The fitness room, front terrace, rear courtyard, and 24-hour room service only add to Dylan’s already noteworthy amenities.
Time Out tip: The Dylan has a special relationship with the Irish Museum of Modern Art, meaning you could score free private tours as well as discounted entrance to special exhibitions.
National Print Museum: For an in-depth look at printing traditions in Ireland
Forest Avenue: For a splurge-worthy tasting menu with five delectable courses
Searsons: For 1920s-themed debauchery