Dublin is the small capital in Ireland with a big personality. Dating back to the 9th century, Dublin boasts 18th-century Georgian architecture displayed in medieval castles and cathedrals, where visitors will find a collection of museums, eateries and of course, historic pubs. Explore diverse landscapes and stroll through charming cobblestone streets and you’ll be met with trendy hotels, cafes and gregarious locals in their favourite bar.
With over 400 million visitors per year to HotelsCombined, we’ve highlighted the top hotels in three popular areas of Dublin, including Grafton Street, Trinity College and Temple Bar. We’ve also highlighted other top areas in Dublin that travellers can stay and will surely want to explore.
These hotels boast a convenient location to the top museums, restaurants and bars, a relaxing ambience in the midst of the bustling city and are excellent value for your money. Organised by the most popular areas in Dublin, let us help you discover which hotel meets all your Irish travel needs.
Hotels Near Grafton Street
Grafton Street is Dublin’s premier shopping district. During the day, wander around the cobblestone streets and side lanes, exploring a mix of cafes, vintage shops, local boutiques and international stores. Save a few of your coins for buskers and street performers who frequent the area, who mix traditional Irish performances with more modern tunes.
Only 5 minutes’ stroll from Grafton Street, Fitzwilliam Hotel Dublin boasts Irish hospitality in a stylish setting. Overlooking St. Stephen’s Green in the centre of the city, visitors can choose from the standard Executive to the posh Penthouse and enjoy amenities such as complimentary toiletries, duck down duvets and sunflower showers.
Here guests can unwind from a day of adventure at the on-site spa with a body treatment or stay fit at the full-service gym. Boasting three restaurants, guests can refuel with Irish, French and Mediterranean cuisine. Visitors can explore St. Stephen’s Green, Christ Church Cathedral and Trinity College in less than a 15-minute walk.
A 5-star hotel in Dublin’s city centre, The Westbury Hotel is tucked away in a corner just off the famous Grafton Street, where visitors are within walking distance to all the major attractions. Choose between 205 spacious rooms and suites beautifully designed with neutral colours and plush furniture.
The hotel features a full-size Nespresso machine in each room, an on-site pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and a full-service gym. Guests will find afternoon tea served in the hotel’s lobby and upscale dining in the on-site restaurant, Wilde. The hotel also features a cocktail bar and casual New York style deli.
A five-minute walk to the heart of Dublin, The Shelbourne is a historic 5-star hotel. Here guests are steps from Grafton Street, Trinity College and the National Museum. The Shelbourne Dublin A Renaissance Hotel A Marriott Luxury & Lifestyle Hotel boasts 265 guest rooms and suites with pillowtop mattresses, 24-hour in-room dining and elegant marble bathrooms. Guests can pamper themselves with the hotel’s leisure club, indoor pool and 5-star dining at The Saddle Room and Lord May’s Lounge.
Business travellers will find the high-speed Wi-Fi, spacious work areas, and coffee makers perfect for getting things done and holidaymakers will appreciate the stunning views of St. Stephen’s Green. Book a massage or facial at the hotel’s signature spa and salon or grab a cocktail from the No. 27 Bar & Lounge.
Hotels Near Trinity College
Located in the heart of the capital, Trinity College is an example of 18th-century architecture and landscaping, where cobblestone streets and green squares sit amongst the city’s sightseeing and retail areas. Visitors who stay near Trinity College will be located within walking distance of other attraction areas such as Grafton Street, O’Connell Street and the National Gallery of Ireland.
A two-minute walk to Trinity College, Westin Dublin offers 5-star luxury in a prime location. Dating back to the 1800s, this hotel offers 163 rooms and suites that are generous in space and feature a signature Heavenly Bed. Guests can indulge in a variety of dining options in The Exchange restaurant, in addition to the five-storey Atrium Lounge and intimate Atrium Parlour.
Guests are welcomed with a concierge team, while in-room spa treatments and on-site Mint Bar are popular features. Exploring Dublin is ideal from Westin Dublin, as guests are within an easy walking distance from the popular Grafton Street, Dublin Castle and International Financial Services Centre.
Brooks Hotel is less than a 10-minute walk from Trinity College and Dublin’s sights. Guests at Brooks Hotel are welcomed with classic interiors, friendly staff and luxury touches. Each room at Brooks Hotel comes with its own personality where guests will find vibrant decor, king-size beds and a pillow menu.
Start the day with fresh homemade Irish bread and coffee before exploring all the top attractions on foot. Come evening, and guests can dine on International and Irish cuisine served at Francesca’s Restaurant, made from ingredients grown in the hotel’s herb garden, or book a private screening at the private on-site cinema. Guests can end their day at the on-site Jasmine Bar and sample one of a hundred whiskies.
Less than 3 minutes’ walk from Trinity College, Trinity City Hotel boasts top attractions at your doorstep, including the popular shopping, restaurants and sightseeing areas of Grafton Street, Temple Bar and O’Connell Street. Guests can choose from 198 modern rooms that feature coffee makers, satellite TV channels and complimentary toiletries.
Leisurely bites can be found at the on-site Trinity City Restaurant, while the lounge offers a quiet space and stunning panoramic views overlooking Pearse Street. Business travellers are in walking distance to International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) and entertainment at Bord Gais Energy Theatre and 3Arena.
Hotels Near Temple Bar
Located on the south bank of the River Liffey, Temple Bar is packed full of bars, clubs, music, and restaurants with captivating buskers, street artists, open-air markets and cultural events. A prime location to explore the rest of the city, visitors who stay here are less than a 15-minute walk to the Guinness Storehouse, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Dublin Castle.
Barnacles Temple Bar House is a budget-friendly hostel with comfortable beds and welcoming staff. Barnacles boasts a 24-hour reception and a full-service kitchen in addition to a laundry service, complimentary breakfast and walking tours of the city.
Guests are a one-minute walk away from the Temple Bar nightlife and will find hotel features that include a foosball table, movie nights and a DVD collection. The Old Jameson Distillery, Dublin Castle and Christchurch Cathedral are only a short stroll away and the hostel also offer discounts to many of the top attractions, making it an ideal choice for those on a budget.
A 3-star hotel in Dublin’s city centre, Temple Bar Inn is in the lively area of Temple Bar. Only a four-minute walk to Trinity College, here guests will find 101 ensuite bohemian-style rooms with easy access to National Museum of Ireland, the Guinness Storehouse and Grafton Street where you’ll find live music, famous pubs and other top attractions.
Ranging from single to quadruple, spacious rooms come equipped with a fully stocked mini fridge, dedicated work space, and tea and coffee making facilities. Privacy and technology are a primary focus at Temple Bar Inn with secure key card entrances, laptop-size safes, flat screen TVs and interactive in-room phones.
While Grafton Street, Trinity College, and Temple Bar are all popular areas to stay, Dublin has so much more to offer. Check out this list of alternative areas with their own distinct personalities while providing easy access to Dublin’s top attractions.
The Old City is a historic part of Dublin that boasts remnants of Viking and medieval times. The city’s original walls wrap around cobblestone streets where visitors can explore 13th-century architecture at the Dublin Castle, Christ Church and St. Patrick’s Cathedral lined with hip boutiques and local designers.
St. Stephen’s Green
St. Stephen’s Green is filled with popular hotels, restaurants and shops. The area boasts 22 acres of landscaped gardens in St. Stephen’s Green park, a variety of shopping at St. Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre and the bustling energy of Grafton Street nearby.
International Financial Services Centre
The IFSC is a hive of activity where travellers will find modern hotels that overlook the River Liffey. Only a 10-minute walk to the city centre, in IFSC you’ll find trendy cafes, restaurants and bars. The area is also near the 3Arena, Convention Centre and Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.
O’Connell Street is a central thoroughfare lined with upscale hotels, contemporary shops and top-rated restaurants. Accommodation here is located near four of Dublin’s theatres in addition to Henry Street, one of the main shopping streets and is where visitors will find historic monuments and statues of Dublin’s most notable leaders.
The Liberties district is where visitors will find Ireland’s most famous attraction, the Guinness Storehouse. It’s also home to a colourful district brimming with history and heritage where travellers will find affordable accommodation amongst the Thomas Street and Meath Street markets, Dublin’s oldest library, and a 125-year-old whisky distillery.
Ballsbridge has a plethora of hotels and restaurants in addition to the city’s Embassy Row. Ballsbridge is also a fashionable area with top shops and home to the popular Herbert Park. This area is in walking distance from catching a Leinster Rugby game at the RDS Arena or a Republic of Ireland football match at the Aviva Stadium.
Fitzwilliam & Merrion Square
Merrion and Fitzwilliam Squares are appealing to travellers who want to be within walking distance from Dublin’s top attractions but away from the bustling crowds. The Fitzwilliam and Merrion Squares are less than a 10-minute stroll from The National Museum of Natural History, St. Stephen’s Green and the National Gallery of Ireland.