Choosing from among the best hotels in Ballsbridge

Ballsbridge is one of Dublin's most fashionable districts. Its tree-lined streets are an excellent place for a walk to help you unwind. Being a residential area, it is generally quiet, which makes it ideal for getting a good night's rest. In fact, you may want to spend an entire vacation here if you need to get away from it all without getting too far from the city center. It's the perfect spot for a relaxing weekend.

That said, Ballsbridge is also quite a large neighborhood, so the hotel you choose may or may not be close to certain attractions. If you need to be close to the city center, so you can visit the best that Dublin has to offer easily and return to the quiet relaxing zone of Ballsbridge later, you can choose from Waterloo House, Roxford Lodge Hotel, or Schoolhouse Hotel. All of these offer great access to the city center. Other hotels, like the InterContinental Dublin, are a lot further away, so your travel time in getting around will go up significantly.

InterContinental Dublin

Luxury 5 star hotel

InterContinental Dublin is a well-known luxury hotel located amidst beautifully landscaped gardens in Ballsbridge. Nearby, one can find the embassies of several countries and various stately homes. The city center, however, is quite far off. This is an area renowned for its quiet tranquility. Late check-outs and early check-ins are available at the hotel, but under normal circumstances, check-in is at 3 pm and check-out is at 12 pm. The staff speak a wide range of languages, including Chinese, Croatian, Indonesian, Spanish, English, Lithuanian, and so on. Pets are welcome for no extra charge, so long as the hotel is advised of their arrival well in advance. However, pets cannot be heavier than 16lbs and cannot be left unattended in the room. They are not permitted to enter any public areas where food is served.

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WiFi is available in all rooms, public spaces, and the business center. Valet parking is available for a small surcharge, and disabled/wheelchair accessible parking spots are available as well. Public areas, guest rooms, and elevators all have various facilities for the handicapped. Views from the Classic guestroom's floor-to-ceiling windows may be of the landscaped gardens or the leafy Ballsbridge neighborhood, while the Executive rooms may overlook the courtyard beside the RDS show grounds. In the suites, gorgeous views of the neighborhood can be enjoyed from the bedrooms, bathrooms, and living areas.

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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 €

The Schoolhouse Hotel

Great value boutique hotel

Schoolhouse Hotel is located in what was once a schoolhouse (hence the name) on the Grand Canal, this four-star hotel is known as a hidden gem. With 31 boutique rooms on offer along with world-class service standards, this is an excellent base for those who want to live in the swank Ballsbridge area of the Georgian Quarter while remaining close to Dublin's best sights and sounds.

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The building has seen over two centuries worth of history, and the rooms are named for some of Ireland's most famous people. The on-site Bar and Restaurant are run by head chef Francois Grelet, who has lived in Ireland for seven years and applies French techniques to Irish favorites, making this establishment one of the trendiest spots in the area.

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The Schoolhouse Bar & Restaurant is typically frequented by theatre-goers, locals, and romantics. Guests can be seated for lunch until 2:30 pm every day, the restaurant and bar stay open until 10 pm.

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The hotel's 31 rooms are uniquely designed to ensure maximum comfort and a restful sleep. Luxury micro-fibre duvets, fluffy towels and power showers are all included. The rooms can feature either a king-sized canopy bed or deluxe twin beds. All rooms receive complimentary access to Wifi, coffee, tea, cookies, sparkling and still waters, ice, luxury bathrobes and toiletries, and car parking.

109 to 220 €
109 to 200 €
109 to 200 €

Roxford Lodge Hotel

Enjoyable stay on a small budget

Roxford Lodge Hotel is a laid-back boutique hotel found only a short distance away from Aviva Stadium, the RDS, the O2, National Museum, and Merrion Square. It offers luxury bedrooms as well as suites. Most of the rooms feature infrared saunas and Jacuzzi baths. Guests also receive free on-site car parking. Cable and WiFi Internet are available free of charge in all rooms.

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You can order wines or beers in your room or enjoy them in the lounge. Free tea and coffee are provided throughout the day. Transport is available in front of the hotel. Guests can choose between a traditional Irish or continental breakfast. Children's menus are also provided.

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Families or groups with more than four members who are open to experiencing something new can opt to stay in one of the Townhouses. These Townhouses are located just a few meters away from the hotel and come with three bedrooms.

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A variety of rooms are on offer at this hotel, depending on the needs of the guests. Guests can choose between standard or luxury single or double rooms, while twin and triple rooms are both defined as luxury rooms. The Luxury Triple, which features a double bed and two single beds or a total of three single beds, as well as the Family Room and the Executive Suite are all excellent options for families. The Family Room can accommodate two adults and two children. The Executive Suite offers a two-person Jacuzzi, a 3-4 person sauna, a fully equipped kitchen, a bar, a king-sized four-poster bed, a large flat-screen TV, a music system, a sitting area with a computer terminal, and a balcony with a breathtaking view of the Aviva Stadium. Guests who choose this suite will also receive a special surprise.

99 to 350 €
91 to 250 €
91 to 325 €

Waterloo House

Upscale B&B minutes away from the city centre

Waterloo House is an upscale B&B that is only minutes away from the city centre. Aviva Stadium and the RDS are right next door. From this 4-star boutique hotel, you can also reach the Grand Canal, Sandymount Strand, and a 32-acre public park called Herbert Park. High-quality restaurants, cafes, and bars are also found in this area. The B&B provides 19 comfortable rooms with all the modern conveniences.

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The reception is open 24 hours a day, and free WiFi is available throughout the hotel. Guests will also have access to free off-street parking, which is very difficult to get in this neighborhood.

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The houses here are beautiful, and the rooms are charming, the dining room looks out onto the garden, the location is quiet, peaceful, and green, the price is reasonable. On the other hand, the rooms are very modest in size, so check in advance if the room size suits you, but if you are not going to spend lots of time in the hotel and are travelling with little baggage, this might be a perfect spot in Dublin for you.

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There are 19 rooms on offer at Waterloo House, each decorated in the traditional Georgian style. Each en-suite has an HDTV flat screen, direct dial telephone, and tea/coffee-making facilities. An elevator makes all floors accessible to guests who have difficulty getting around. Arrangements can be made for disabled guests.

89 to 190 €
128 to 190 €
111 to 190 €
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Carolyn John, 2015

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