Ireland: Where to stay in Dublin & other ‘need to knows’


So we’re all in agreement that Dublin is a little bit amazing right? As it’s just a hop, skip and a jump across the Irish Sea and packed full of craic it’s the perfect destination for a weekend away. Here’s what you need to know when planning your break:

Where to stay

Modern Classic – The Morrison Hotel is in a fantastic location along the Liffey, only a few steps away from the Ha’Penny bridge and all that Temple Bar has to offer. It’s part of a Hilton chain so you know you’re getting great quality; the breakfast selection is brilliant, thre’s both a hot and cold buffet AND an a la carte menu. The theme of the hotel is rock and roll, so while the decor is clean and modern you’ll also find that the rooms and the lifts are decorated with famous Irish song lyrics such as Damien Rice’s Cannonball.

Traditional – Buswells Hotel just off Dawson Street is a converted Georgian townhouse so think chandeliers, afternoon tea and floor to ceiling windows. This place is great if you want to shun the modern same old, same old, hotels in favour of staying in a slice of history. Dawson Street, Temple bar and St Stephens Green are all just a short walk away.

Cool – I was absolutely bowled over by The Dean Hotel on Harcourt Street and it’s definitely up there with my favourite hotels in the world. It only opened 6 months ago and it’s already a firm favourite with visitors to Dublin and it’s so easy to see why. So much care and attention has gone in to making the rooms gobsmackingly amazing. I stayed in the Devlin Suite and we walked round from room to room for about 15 minutes just going “wow!” “omg!” “have you seen this??” Smeg fridges and the best mini bar selection I’ve ever seen, coupled with uber trendy furniture and thoughtful design make this a place you won’t forget in a hurry. Sophie’s bar and restaurant (top floor of the hotel) does a great breakfast with 360 degree views of the city plus in the basement is a nightclub. The perfect place for a memorable weekend with the girls perhaps?

Bedroom in the Devlin Suite at The Dean

Minibar in a Smeg fridge

How boss is this minibar selection?

The hotel bar has swings!

This is even nicer than a fry up, swear down

What better way to while away the hours than sipping wine with a 360 degree view of Dublin?

Other essential info

  • If you want to know where to drink then you can read my article on Dublin’s secret bars,
  • A great place to eat is Bison BBQ on Wellington Quay (around the corner from Temple Bar), the food there is some of the tastiest I’ve ever had and it’s perfect to cure a hangover. It’s filled with animal heads so the guys who runs the Crap Taxidermy account on twitter would have a field day in there! The staff there are so lovely too! 
  • For your curly blows book into Archies Girls on Ushers Quay, I had my hair done there and it was still going strong 3 days later. No curl drop and she did it all with one brush – miracle worker for sure!

  • I stumbled upon a great place on Dawson Street called Designer Exchange where you can buy ‘pre-loved’ designer bags etc for a fraction of the cost of the original. All come with a certificate of authenticity and are is great condition and you can even trade in your own designer gear. If you can get a real Chanel for £700 instead of £2000 isn’t that reason enough to visit Dublin?

I also visited Dublin at New Year so if you’re hungry for even more tips you can check that out too.