Splashing out: top 4 Dublin hotels with a pool

While few people would go to Dublin just for the experience of swimming in a pool, unless they were championship swimmers in training perhaps, one must admit that the convenience of an indoor pool at the hotel is a huge benefit.

Some days, you just don't want to travel around town and would prefer to spend the day lying by the pool. Alternatively, some use the pool early in the morning for a quick refreshing dip to build up their energy to start the day. Still others use the pool to relax after spending the whole day sightseeing. There are many great hotels that offer a beautiful pool as well as an excellent spa and terrific dining facilities. At these venues, you may want to have an indulgent vacation within the walls of the hotel itself.

Dublin has a nice selection of hotels that offer a wonderful experience with a gorgeous pool area that is perfect for relaxing in.

The Merrion Hotel

The No. 1 hotel in Dublin

The Merrion Hotel offers a full-fledged spa experience throughout the week, from morning to evening. The gym features advanced fitness equipment and a steam room. There is also a large 18-metre-long infinity swimming pool.

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In the private treatment rooms, guests can enjoy beauty treatments and massages with ESPA and Darphin products.

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The Merrion is one of the top five star hotels in Dublin and has received a number of awards over the years in recognition for the fantastic service that the hotel provides its guests.

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The hotel offers 123 rooms in total. Each of these is designed to make best use of subtle colors and natural light. In the Garden Wing, guests can choose between the standard queen room, with its city view, and the superior king room, with its view of the gardens, and in the Main House, they can choose the deluxe king room, which may overlook the city's government buildings or the hotel's period gardens. Rooms range in size from 30 to 40 square meters and are all non smoking.

250 to 650 €
330 to 650 €
271 to 650 €

The Marker Hotel

Chic and stylish hotel with luxury design

The Marker offers a pool that can take your breath away. The infinity pool stretches 23 meters long and is 1.2 meters deep. Children have specially assigned swim times. Two retro cocoon-like spaces are available for relaxing in; these are suspended from the ceiling for a hammock sensation. The oversized Jacuzzi is the perfect place to end the day with friends or family as it can seat up 10 people. A skylight pours natural daylight into the warm quiet interiors filled with dark charcoal Kirkstone cladding and brightens it up. Polished walnut floors add a touch of luxury to the environment.

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Five treatment rooms including a couples room are available at the spa, along with a team of expert therapists, and the fitness centre is fully equipped. The spa has several packages and treatment options on offer. A sauna and steam room are also available in the relaxation area. At the gym, one can find advanced cardiovascular equipment, with the ability to sync your smartphone. It also has a reading rack or holder for an iPad. Membership options are available.

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A range of rooms and suites are on offer, with marble bathrooms. The14 corner suites offer terrific views from both sides of the building. There are also four luxury suites and two single-bedroom suites, the crowning glory is the presidential suite.

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Featuring floor to ceiling windows that let in plenty of natural light, Superior rooms are spacious and comfortable. Deluxe rooms have the same amenities as Superior rooms, with a bird's eye view of the Grand Canal Square and the city. Corner suites are perfect for work as well as rest and relaxation. Besides the usual amenities found in the other rooms, they also have dual aspect views, bespoke armchairs, sofas, and footstools. The luxury one-bedroom suites are found on the 6th floor in the exterior wings, they feature, among other things, a private dining area for 6 people and a separate living room.

173 to 450 €
173 to 420 €
173 to 450 €

The Spencer Hotel

Top-notch hotel

The Spencer Hotel has its own health club, which features an 18-metre-long indoor heated swimming pool. It is practical for swimmers of all levels of skill. Swimming hats are mandatory, and the pool showers close about a half hour before the pool closes. The pool is open throughout the week and on all bank holidays, morning to evening. Children must be accompanied by an adult and have special pool times.

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Also at the Spencer's health club, one can find a steam room and a sauna as well as a Jacuzzi. Flexible membership options are available for those who would like to visit the spa and pool even without staying at the hotel. Over 25 group exercise classes are available at the gym throughout the week. A range of treatments and therapies, including acupuncture, body wraps, and reflexology, are available at the French Beauty Spa, which is open every day except Monday.

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The Spencer Hotel boasts a beautiful interior. The staff provide excellent service, the food is delicious, and the rooms are spacious. You’ll need to walk along the River Liffey for about 10-15 minutes to reach the traditional tourist center, but I don't view this as a disadvantage. Be sure to ask for a room with a balcony and a river view for a first-class experience.

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The boutique-style contemporary rooms bear an urban chic decor. Mood lighting is employed to accentuate the ambiance. Windows extend from floor to ceiling and blackout curtains provide both privacy and comfort for naps during the day. Each room includes a Respa bed, fluffy bathrobes, digital TV, tea/coffee-making facilities, rainforest power shower. Deluxe rooms and suites have the added bonus of access to a private balcony, as well as a media hub. Suites offer luxury accommodations, some are designated family suites, while business executives may prefer the penthouse.

153 to 590 €
165 to 590 €
164 to 330 €

InterContinental Dublin

Luxury 5 star hotel

The InterContinental Dublin features a long lap pool and a paddle pool, a sauna, steam rooms, a fully equipped 24-hour gym exclusively for resident guests, 5 treatment rooms, single-gender relaxation rooms, and an expert team of spa therapists. There's also a couple's suite for added privacy.

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A range of ESPA skin and body treatments are on offer. The health club and pool are open throughout the week, morning to evening, as is the spa. The pool does not have a lifeguard, so children below the age of 16 must be with an adult. Children also have special hours assigned at the pool.

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The InterContinental Dublin is a great choice for travellers seeking excellent facilities or a little pampering; and families with children come here in search of space and comfort.

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The hotel offers 197 guest rooms and suites, some of these are wheelchair-accessible. The rooms are about 41-51 square metres wide, the view from the picture windows is usually of the courtyard or the surrounding neighborhood. The hotel offers different types of hotel suites, of which there are a total of 48. Sizes range from 53 square metres to 250 square metres, the view is typically of the landscaped grounds or the cityscape or roofscape of Dublin.

169 to 500 €
170 to 590 €
170 to 590 €

Apart from these, there are a number of good hotels that don't have an in-house pool, but they do offer free access to spas and gyms nearby. The Morgan Hotel and Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Dublin are two examples of very nice hotels that do not manage a full-fledged spa on its own property. The off-site spas are excellent properties, but nothing really beats the convenience of an on-site pool, allowing you to walk from your room to the spa in your bathrobe, rather than getting dressed up to walk through town for the same experience.

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Carolyn John, 2015

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