Looking for Dublin hotels with charm and character? Some of our Dublin hotels have interesting histories, while others are housed in historic buildings. Read on for more…
· Gresham Hotel
The Gresham Hotel is a top 4 star Dublin hotel with a superb location on O’Connell Street, Dublin’s main street.
You’ll have no problem recognising the hotels historic up-lighted façade with a row of flags over the entrance. Once you step into the lobby you’ll know you are somewhere special with its magnificent chandeliers and marble floors.
The hotel has been welcoming guests in the heart of Dublin for over 200 years so it claims to be one of the oldest hotels in Ireland!
It’s called after a Mr.Thoman Gresham, who bought the building in 1817, when O’Connell Street was known as Sackville Street.
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· Clontarf Castle Hotel
This exclusive 4 star Dublin hotel is located in Clontarf about a 10 minute drive from the city centre.
This is a magnificent castle hotel so it’s a really special place to stay as it’s steeped in history. The first castle at this site is said to have dated back to 1172, but the building today dates back as far as 1837.
The Clontarf area is famous as being the location of the Battle of Clontarf which took place in 1014.
The hotel has all the luxuries of a 4 star hotel but still retains all the ancient character of the castle with a magnificent entrance hall, hanging tapestries, mysterious doorways, eye-catching antiques and roaring fires.
It really has a setting fit for a King!
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· Radisson SAS St. Helen’s Hotel
This Radisson is an opulent 5 star hotel located in Stillorgan on the south side of Dublin city.
The hotel is a fantastic retreat surrounded by beautiful gardens and overlooking Dublin Bay in the distance.
This restored mansion was at one time one of the most important historic houses in Ireland.
The original house was built for a local barrister and member of parliament by the name of Thomas Cooley back in 1750. It was later purchased in 1851 by Viscount Hugh Gough and renamed St. Helen’s.
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· Merrion Hotel
This elegant 5 star hotel can be found in a beautiful part of Georgian Dublin – Merrion Square, right in the heart of the city centre.
The main building of this hotel is actually comprised of four beautifully restored Grade I Georgian townhouses. These Georgian townhouses were built by Lord Monck back in the 1760′s. One of these houses was leased to the Earl of Mornington and as well as that it was also the birthplace of the Duke of Wellington.
Down through the years, the hotel has been sympathetically restored with beautifully detailed plasterwork ceilings. It is the epitome of luxury and grandeur with crackling fires, marble floor, chandeliers and antiques.
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· Camden de Luxe
This 2 star Dublin hotel is located on Camden Street not far from St. Stephen’s Green in Dublin city centre.
The Camden de Luxe is a listed building which was once home to the Theatre de Luxe. The theatre closed back in 1957 and its façade and much of its features have remained intact. The hotel’s nightclub was once the theatre’s auditorium and was also featured in Alan Parker’s film ‘The Commitments’.
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· School House Hotel
The stylish 4 star School House Hotel is located on Northumberland Road in Ballsbridge.
As the name suggest, this building was once home to St.Stephen’s Parochial School which opened its doors in 1861 and for 100 years it served the teaching needs of the surrounding areas.
The school eventually closed in 1969 and re-opened as a hotel in 1998. It truly is one of the most unique and luxurious hotels in Dublin. It retains many of its original features and charm with two former classrooms now home to the hotel’s award winning bar and restaurant.
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· George Frederic Handel Hotel
This 2 star Dublin hotel is located right at the heart of Temple Bar in the city centre. Temple Bar is the hub of Dublin’s nightlife.
The hotel stands on the grounds of the once famous Music Hall where Handel performed the “Messiah” for the very first time back in 1742.
Fishamble Street is the name of the street the hotel is located on and it’s said that it is one of the oldest streets in Dublin city!
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