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The Merrion Hotel

The Merrion Hotel Rating: 5.0 Pearls

The Merrion is Dublin's most exclusive luxury hotel, and has a convenient location across from the Government buildings in four 18th-century townhouses. It has fewer rooms than the nearby Shelbourne and feels more intimate and private, though its list of features is still extensive: The hotel has a full-service spa, lovely Roman-style indoor pool, and well-equipped fitness center. The impressive restaurant offering includes Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, the only restaurant in Ireland to receive two Michelin stars, as well as the casual and atmospheric Cellar Bar, housed in the original 18th century wine vaults. It's true that some rooms have unremarkable views of other buildings, the gym is a bit small, and not all rooms have iPod docks, but most will find little fault with this five-pearl gem.

The Shelbourne Dublin, A Renaissance Hotel

The Shelbourne Dublin, A Renaissance Hotel Rating: 4.5 Pearls

The 265-room Shelbourne, built in 1824, is one of Dublin's best-known luxury icons, with a grand entrance right on St. Stephen's Green and an impressive roster of famous past guests (Bill Clinton, Julia Roberts, and Liam Neeson have all stayed here, to name a few). Rooms have elegant traditional decor, though some are quite small and standard Queen Rooms lack bathtubs. Still, the ornate common spaces, hot spot bars and dining venues, luxury spa, and historic cachet combine to make this one of Dublin's premier options. Only The Merrion can compare.

The Gresham Hotel Dublin

The Gresham Hotel Dublin Rating: 4.0 Pearls

The Gresham Hotel is centrally located on the north side of the River Liffey in Dublin's city center. Dating back to 1817, the property has some refurbished areas, while others could use an update. The hotel is classic and warm with decent-size rooms featuring minibars, electronic safes, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi. While standard rooms could use refreshing, superior rooms and suites feature big bathrooms with separate walk-in showers and soaking tubs; the Elizabeth Taylor suite has a balcony. Hotel amenities include two restaurants, a casual bar and brasserie serving afternoon tea, and a lounge with street views. However, the fitness center is small and there's a fee for self-parking.

Schoolhouse Hotel

Schoolhouse Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls

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.

The Cliff Townhouse

The Cliff Townhouse Rating: 4.0 Pearls

The Cliff Townhouse is a quaint bed and breakfast with a prestigious address on St. Stephen's Green. This historic townhouse is better known for its upscale restaurant and bar than its 10 elegant, individually decorated rooms. The rooms are one of the best kept secrets in Dublin, with free Wi-Fi, soft furnishings, and lovely accents. An excellent breakfast is included in the nightly rate and many guests also take advantage of the fantastic in-house restaurant, complete with a fireplace. While there is no elevator that reaches all of the rooms and the lobby is very small, this historic boutique offers an incredible location and delicious dining.

Clontarf Castle Hotel

Clontarf Castle Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls

Clontarf Castle Hotel is a striking, historic property in a north Dublin suburb that expertly mixes old and new. The location will be a hit with those hoping to explore Dublin itself (a 10-minute scenic drive away) and the nearby countryside and coast. Contemporary flourishes bring a sense of fun and informality to the property, from the fine dining restaurant to the cozy bar to the chic lounge. Modern rooms are pretty and spotlessly clean; some have four-poster beds. While parking is ample, guests that are looking for cosmopolitan buzz should look closer to Dublin city center.

Hampton Hotel

Hampton Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls

The Hampton Hotel is a 24-room boutique in the pretty, residential neighborhood of Donnybrook. The exterior of the building is classic Georgian architecture, but the interior is contemporary. Rooms are spacious with a fun use of color and pattern along with flat-screen TVs, comfortable beds, and electric fireplaces. Big bathrooms are updated and some offer soaking tubs. The bar and bistro serves continental cuisine in a cozy environment, and room service is available. The bistro also offers al fresco dining during the warm months. Another highlight of the hotel is a nightclub, Vanilla, open on weekends. With a quiet location and free Wi-Fi, this hotel is a good pick for guests that don't need to be in the very heart of the city.

Ariel House

Ariel House Rating: 4.0 Pearls

Little effort has been spared in recreating an authentic Victorian experience in this quaint Ballsbridge hotel -- from handpicked antiques to meticulously maintained original features, you really get a sense of stepping into the 19th century. Rooms continue the theme, though some can appear a little dated, while the hotel's traditional afternoon tea is a real treat. Location is key -- it's perfect for the Aviva Stadium, and Dublin city center is about 20 minutes away on foot (transport links are also good). Rates are generally reasonable for the area, but if all this period feels a little passé, check out the modernized Sandymount Hotel just down the road.

Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa

Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa Rating: 4.0 Pearls

The Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa is located about half an hour northwest of Dublin's city center. The historic property -- an 18th-century castle turned Georgian house, turned convent, turned hotel -- sits on beautiful green grounds, making it a popular spot for weddings and events. The 145 rooms are spacious and modern, though lack any wow factor in the decor department. However, linens are crisp, there is free Wi-Fi, and the castle offers 24-hour room service. Additional room amenities include electric kettles and safes, and suites have luxurious soaking tubs. The biggest highlight here is the spa, with its serene hydrotherapy pool, outdoor hot tub, and variety of treatments. A lovely lobby has plush seating and a fireplace, and the fitness room is adequate. The location may be out of the way, but with a library, restaurant, three bars, and several golf courses nearby, there is plenty to keep guests entertained.

North Star Hotel - Premier Club Suites

North Star Hotel - Premier Club Suites Rating: 3.5 Pearls

The upper-middle-range North Star Hotel - Premier Club Suites is a deceptively large, 161-room hotel housed in a renovated Georgian property that's enough of a Dublin landmark to get a mention in James Joyce's book Ulysses. The location is very central, with the city's main train station across the road, which also means a lot of local hubbub -- some of which inevitably reaches the rooms. The cheapest rooms are a little bland, it may be worth upgrading for a fresher look and more space. Generally, though facilities are good, especially the sauna and a bar with a cozy outdoor beer garden. Rates are very reasonable for a city center stay.

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  • Basic Television
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