The Dublin luxury hotels are worth a splurge. Most are housed in historic buildings and boast some of the best locations in the city; five star hotels in Dublin offer classy bars, award-winning restaurants, and are within walking distance to the top attractions in the city. The good news for travelers is that Dublin luxury accommodation has recently become a bit more affordable. Package deals and extras add value to a luxury splurge, and if you are traveling during the off-season or mid-week you are even more likely to find a deal. Luxury hotels in Dublin may tempt you to never leave your room, but be sure to get out and explore the city’s shopping, museums and restaurants, too.
There are two main choices for the best Dublin luxury hotel. The Shelbourne Hotel (pictured) is a five-star option right on St Stephen's Green, near Grafton Street and the Temple Bar. With one of the city’s most beautiful parks across the road, this hotel occupies a charming location. Built in 1824, the Shelbourne has been restored to maintain its history. Even if you aren’t staying at the Shelbourne, stop in for afternoon tea or grab a meal or a pint at the Horseshoe Bar or the Saddle Room. Of all the five star hotels in Dublin, the Shelbourne is the favorite of many Dubliners.
The other top choice among Dublin luxury hotels is the Merrion. Located just off St Stephens Green near the famous Merrion Square, the Merrion Hotel is also a five-star historic option. There are five different levels of rooms, and all highlight the elegant Georgian restoration of the property. This hotel is also home to a Michelin star restaurant, Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud. They also have an excellent bar called The Cellar Bar, where you actually dine downstairs in the former wine cellar. If you’re looking for a snack, stop in for tapas and a glass of wine from the wide selection of choices.
Not all Dublin luxury accommodation options are historic, however; the Dylan Hotel, also considered a boutique hotel, is a five-star option in the leafy Ballsbridge neighborhood. While its location is nowhere near as central as that of the Shelbourne or the Merrion, this fact also makes it a tucked away haven in a less-busy area of the city. The 44 rooms are all well-appointed and elegant, and there is also an on-site gallery. If you have already explored the main sights in Dublin and are looking for a more authentic experience in the city, staying in a boutique hotel outside of the center is a great choice.
Other five star hotels in Dublin include the Four Seasons and the Hilton Conrad Hotel, though these chain hotels might not offer the same authentic character as the other high-end choices. Dublin luxury hotels offer the best of amenities, including internet and flat-screen TVs. Don’t hesitate to ask the concierge at your Dublin luxury accommodation for recommendations of restaurants and attractions, as one of the benefits of splurging on a luxury hotel is having someone to help you personally tailor your experience of exploring Dublin. From nightlife to museums, the concierge at all the best hotels will deliver valuable inside information that will help make your Dublin vacation the best it can be.