If you are planning a getaway to Dublin and are looking for a luxurious high-end hotel to complete your perfect Irish experience, we have a list of five of the very best to recommend to our Shamrock Club members.
Indisputably Ireland’s most famous hotel, The Shelbourne is an elegant and historic beauty opened in 1824. It boasts grand chandeliers and open fireplaces creating atmosphere of grandeur. Ireland’s five-star version of New York's amed Plaza Hotel in New York is an important part of Irish history, having hosted many famous celebrities and historic Irish events. Recently refurbished, the Shelbourne is centrally located near Dublin’s major attractions. Rates start at 298$ a night depending when you book.
Conveniently located across the street from popular Dublin sites such as Trinity College and Westmoreland street, this five-star hotel houses the stellar Atrium, a multi-storied tea room and bar under a glass room offering some of the best views of Dublin at night. Immerse yourself in the grand Irish literary tradition by staying one of the Westin’s writers rooms including the Bram Stoker, the Flann O’Brien, the Jonathan Swift, and the Edmund Burke to name a few. Rates start as low as $241 per night.
This grand, classic hotel is found just off Dublin’s premier retail and cultural center, Grafton Street, and a short stroll to the city's central and bucolic park, St. Stephen’s Green. The bedrooms are traditional in style. The Westbury makes for a great place for traditional Irish tea in the hotel’s Gallery. It also boasts two top notch restaurants: Wilde, and Café Novo. This premiere Dublin hotel offers rates as low as $220.
This iconic hotel is the place to rub shoulders with Irish politicians and the Irish elite among crackling fires and Georgian drawing rooms. The Merrion’s Cellar bar is a perfest spot for that cold, frosty pint and a place to meet the locals. This Dublin gem was voted as the most popular hotel in Ireland by Conde Nast Traveler for 2012. The rooms are notoriously quiet and elegant outfitted with comfortable beds. From November to February book standard queen room at a rate of $162 dollars per person per night.
For a unique lodging experience in the capital city consider a stay at a hotel that has been in operation since 1882 and is actually five Georgian townhouses. Conveniently located across the street from the Irish seat of government, the Dail, Bushwells also features one of the most popular pubs in the city. This cozy spot has limited availability with only 65 rooms, each with a very refined and relaxed atmosphere. Book 31 days in advance to get the best rates well below $200 per night.