Discover the best hotel for your stay…
Housed in four gorgeous townhouses sharing a lovely garden in the centre of Dublin, the Merrion ex-udes elegance, from the graceful white marble reception through to suites and living rooms lavishly decorated with vintage furnishings and chic chandeliers. It’s also home to Ireland’s most decorated restaurant, two-Michelin star Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud.
Probably the cosiest of the lot, this award-winning small hotel – with just 21 guestrooms – is all natural tones, dark wood, sensual fabrics and soft lighting. Built by and formerly the home of Sam Stephen-son, a celebrated Irish architect who studied under Frank Lloyd Wright, Number 31 was always a glo-rious place to stay – Ted Kennedy and Grace Kelly were among the many house guests. After a small refurbishment, Number 31 now has a more contemporary feel, yet remains intimate and unpreten-tious, still more home than hotel. And if that wasn’t enough, they serve what many believe to be Ire-land’s best breakfast.
Among the hippest hotels in the city, once owned by Irish designer John Rocha and recently refur-bished by celebrated local architect Nikki O’Donnell, the Morrison brings a modernist edge to the old stone streets of Dublin. Clean white walls and bold furnishings give the Morrison some serious class, while the artwork – from intricate sculptures to colourful fabrics – comes from Ireland’s newest de-sign talent.
The Dylan opened in 2006 and has been winning fans ever since. Hidden away on a quiet residential street, the elegant façade of the former Royal Hospital Nurses’ Home – red brick, sandstone arches on one side, classic white Georgian on the other – conceals a decadent décor, where vivid lime green car-pets and hot-red wallpaper surround pitch black sofas and peacock velvets. Don’t forget to make a trip to the bar; the ‘Dylan’ cocktail, served with tobacco-infused rum, brown sugar and bitters is a perfect accompaniment to the colourful vibe of what is speedily becoming a Dublin institution.
The Fitzwilliam is super sleek, with five-star service, and an enviable central location on St Stephen’s Green. The hotel’s Michelin- starred restaurant, Thornton’s, is a local favourite, with a tempting menu including Roast Partridge with Ceps, Connemara Whiskey Sauce and Truffle Egg, and Bere Island King Scallop with Truffle Mousse. And the courtyard garden is seriously pretty.
The Marker Hotel
The new Marker Hotel, rising up from the urban cityscape of the emerging Dublin Docklands district, is at the forefront of Irish design with exceptional dining and service too. Featuring a stunning ground floor cocktail bar and brasserie, 187 bedrooms, a rooftop garden, as well as a wellness spa boasting an infinity pool, the hotel is just a 10-minute drive from Grafton Street and its buzzing promenade of shops, and walking distance from the National Gallery of Ireland.