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Schoolhouse Hotel 4.0

Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Dublin

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  • Historic hotel in a former schoolhouse in Ballsbridge
  • Cozy, boutique option where each room is named after an Irish writer
  • Classic rooms with antiques, floral prints, and canopy beds
  • Rooms have modern touches such as flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi
  • Bathrooms have quirky, historic wallpaper (but are snug)
  • Striking beamed cathedral ceilings in the restaurant and bar
  • Schoolhouse Bar has a fireplace and outdoor seating
  • Little street noise yet walking distance to major Dublin sights


  • No safes in rooms
  • Bathrooms are snug
  • No in-house gym (discounted rate at gym down the street)
  • Parking is limited (but free)

Bottom Line

The Schoolhouse is a charming, historic hotel located in the leafy Ballsbridge neighborhood. The building housed a school from 1859 through 1969, and underwent a restoration in 1997 that preserved its historic character. The result is a traditional, cozy boutique hotel unlike any other in Dublin. All rooms are named after a famous Irish writer and have classic decor including floral prints and antiques. Rooms do have modern touches as well, including flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and fluffy duvets. Bathrooms have historic charm, but are a little snug. The architecture of the hotel is most striking in the on-site restaurant and bar which share a beamed cathedral ceiling. The vibrant neighborhood bar has a fireplace, outdoor seating, and screens to show all the big sports matches. The quiet location, excellent food, and history of this hotel make it one of Dublin's best affordable picks.

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In the leafy, Ballsbridge neighborhood near local restaurants and the Grand Canal

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The Schoolhouse Hotel is located in Ballsbridge, away from the commotion of the city center but within walking distance of sights and restaurants. The location is convenient for visitors attending a match or concert at the Aviva Stadium. The hotel is also right on the Grand Canal and a short walk away from the pub and restaurant action of Baggot Street. Ballsbridge is one of Dublin's most desirable neighborhoods to live in, and is full of locals and young professionals. The Schoolhouse Bar is a neighborhood favorite.

Dublin has changed dramatically in the last 15 years. First there was the boom of the Celtic Tiger that brought great development and growth to the city. As a result of this wave of wealth, the city now has a cosmopolitan feel that it never had before. Since the economic bust, restaurants and hotels have generally retained the same quality, but the city is less expensive. Dublin has beautiful gardens, museums, and theaters, but it is the everyday things in the Irish capital -- like sitting in a local pub and having a pint -- that are a high point for many visitors.

  • 22-minute drive to Dublin Airport
  • 5-minute walk to Baggot Street, home to pubs and restaurants
  • 8-minute walk to Merrion Square
  • 10-minute walk to Aviva
  • 15-minute walk to St. Stephen's Green
  • 5-minute drive to Trinity College
  • 7-minute drive to Christ Church Cathedral
  • 8-minute drive to St. Patrick's Cathedral
  • 10-minute drive to Moore Street food Market
  • 11-minute drive to Guinness Storehouse
  • 13-minute drive National Botanic Gardens
  • 13-minute drive to Glasnevin Cemetery
  • 14-minute drive to Irish Museum of Modern Art
  • 15-minute drive Kilmainham Gaol, a former prison now museum
  • 2-hour drive to Belfast

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2 - 8 Northumberland Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin, Province of Leinster 4, Ireland

Room Types

  • Deluxe King
  • Deluxe Twin
  • Executive Canopy

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