The best hotels in Dublin city center

A great many travelers want to spend time in the city center of Dublin - and why not? It's filled with attractions, great dining options to suit a wide range of tastes, world-class events, and so on. Dublin truly comes alive in winter and summer, with numerous concerts and local events taking place in public spaces. From the heart of the city, you can get a true sense of the place. In fact, each city in any given country has a unique vibe that is especially evident in the center of town.

All these benefits aside, it can be difficult to get a great hotel for a reasonable price in the middle of a popular city. Your choices are usually restricted to overcrowded areas and/or uncomfortable, overpriced hotels.

For those having difficulty choosing a hotel in Dublin's city center, we’ve picked a few of the very best hotels that the area has to offer. We will start with the most luxurious and costly hotels and move towards the more affordable options.

The Merrion Hotel

The No. 1 hotel in Dublin

The Merrion leaves no stone unturned in providing the best guest experience possible. The entire hotel is beautifully appointed with stylish furnishings, art, and decor, the public spaces feature beautiful peat-fired fireplaces and plush furniture. The Merrion Hotel is often touted as the very best hotel in Dublin.

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Located in the Georgian section of Dublin, the 5-star luxury hotel is only a short distance from St. Stephen's Green and St. Patrick's Cathedral. On site, apart from beautifully appointed rooms, you'll also find the 2-star Michelin restaurant Patrick Guilbaud. Nearby, you can find Grafton Street, which is filled with shops and more dining establishments, the IFSC, Dublin Convention Centre, several government buildings, galleries, and an assortment of museums.

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Two-star Michelin Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, No. 23 Cocktail Bar, and The Cellar Bar and Restaurant provide cocktails, snacks, and fine dining meals for both guests of the hotel and walk-in customers.

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The hotel offers access to Tethra Spa, the therapists here have won awards for their treatments and are available throughout the week. Tethra Spa features an 18-meter-long swimming pool as well as a steam room bedecked with Italian marble. The gym includes cardiovascular machines, free weights, and audiovisual equipment. A personal trainer can be hired to assist with fitness routines.

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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 Morgan Hotel

Modern-looking hotel, located right in the center of Dublin's nightlife

The Morgan hotel is chic and modern, offering guests a good sense of the vibe of contemporary Dublin. Visitors looking for a fun place to stay and who will likely be out partying until all hours of the night, chalking up special, wild memories of the city, will enjoy their time in this hotel.

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While the hotel itself is called "quirky and stylish," it is also within easy reach of most of Dublin's hottest attractions. For this reason, among its many special offers and packages, you can also find packages based around shopping excursions and local events. Tickets are not provided in the events package, but it does provide pre-show cocktails and tapas, among other things. Likewise the shopping break packages don't offer shopping discounts but are more of a no-frills option that lets you focus on activities outside the hotel, which is only 5 minutes away from the shopping district on O'Connell Street.

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Design-wise, it features clean lines, white interiors, plenty of natural light and natural elements, wide spaces, grand chandeliers, leather and oak features, furniture designed by Philippe Starke, and commissioned art and furniture.

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The Morgan Bar is where it all happens at this hotel. Serving up innovative cocktails as well as a variety of meals from brunch or lunch to tapas, residents and visitors alike flock to this hip venue. This trendy bar dishes out cocktails that can be either classic favorites or creatively inspired. The design is hip and funky to match the clientele and follows the concept of "cool, crazy, and curious."

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The unique guestrooms feature custom-designed wardrobes, hand-carved Italian beds, deep baths, power showers, White Company toiletries, slippers, pashminas, umbrellas, and a mini bar. The rooms are deliberately uncluttered to create a greater sense of space.

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The unique guestrooms feature custom-designed wardrobes, hand-carved Italian beds, deep baths, power showers, White Company toiletries, slippers, pashminas, umbrellas, and a mini bar. Even the artwork is deliberately chosen for its style and color and carefully positioned in each room. The Morgan offers 14 luxury suites that feature natural elements and wood features. The bed, lit from below, has no legs and is only attached to the wall to create the appearance of a bed floating on air. The junior penthouse features a ground level living area and a bedroom on the upper floor. The Penthouse Suite is designed for its wow factor, parties are often hosted here, including events managed by the hotel.

137 to 380 €
137 to 380 €
137 to 380 €

Radisson BLU Royal Hotel Dublin

Perfect business class hotel, a stone's throw from Dublin Castle

The Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Dublin is ideal for discerning guests seeking uncompromised quality of service in addition to a convenient base from which they can discover Dublin. From here, you can spend all day exploring the city center and come home to a guaranteed good nights’ sleep and an excellent breakfast the next day. Apart from offering stylish quarters, it is generally comfortable.

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Despite its perfect location in the center of town, you will not be disturbed by noise late at night, which is an excellent bonus.

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With Radisson's spotless quality, central location, spacious rooms and suites, luxurious baths and showers, it is sure to please. The hotel is clean, quiet, and unobtrusive. The rooftop terrace is very charming. The only disadvantage is that there is no spa or fitness area in the hotel, to make up for this, guests are given free access to a gym center nearby.

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The hotel offers 150 rooms and suites, all of which are non-smoking. Guests with disabilities can request an accessible room to ease their stay. Each room looks out upon the bustling city of Dublin or the hotel's own lush terrace. They each include the usual amenities such as tea and coffee making facilities, a laptop safe, and a minibar. The Standard rooms come decorated in either of two styles and are approximately 28 square meters wide. The Business Class rooms are 30 square meters wide, in addition to the standard amenities, they offer a Nespresso coffee machine. The hotel offers junior suites, 40 square meters wide, and one-bedroom suites, 80-100 square meters wide.

143 to 410 €
143 to 420 €

The Merchant House

Historic apartments in Dublin city center

The Merchant House makes the perfect accommodation for a couple, especially as a honeymoon destination. Although it's a bit up-market, the prices are lower than those you'd expect to find at top hotels in the area.

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Children are not welcomed though, so this is not the right hotel for families. Within easy reach of the hotel are museums, theatres, galleries, cathedrals, dining options, and Dublin Castle. The Merchant House features beautiful suites with free in-house refreshments, a private entrance, low-cost parking nearby, and a range of facilities in the rooms.

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Since demand is high, it’s not easy to book these apartments, but it's worth a try.

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The Merchant House provides four different rooms and suites plus a Georgian townhouse. Each is elegantly appointed with a comfortable, cozy charm. They include a full bathroom, a safe, a work desk, a TV and DVD player, and free WiFi Internet. Each room has been sound-proofed, so the noise of the bustling city doesn't filter indoors. In-house refreshments are provided free of charge on arrival, in addition to chocolates. The suites have a private entrance, and breakfast is included in the price.

149 to 260 €

The Harding Hotel

Reasonable prices, warm attitude, and great service

The Harding hotel is also a great option for those who need to be in the center of town but can't afford a high-end hotel. If you're on a tight budget, this is the right hotel for you. Even though the prices are low, the rooms are large and clean. It can be found in a convenient part of Old Dublin, a very short walk away from Dublin Castle, Temple Bar, and Christchurch Cathedral. Since it's on one of the quiet streets, you won't be disturbed by the hustle and bustle of the main parts of town.

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The Harding is a great option for those who need to be in the center of town but can't afford a high-end hotel. If you're on a tight budget, this is the right hotel for you.

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All of the hotel's 52 rooms feature artwork by Liam O'Neill. They also come with fresh linens, fluffy towels, and comfortable beds. All rooms have a TV, fridge, tea and coffee-making facilities, a telephone, free WiFi, and an iron with an ironing board. Single, double, twin and triple rooms are on offer. They are all private en-suites and have powerful showers.

50 to 180 €
50 to 180 €
50 to 180 €
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Carolyn John, 2015

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