Not strictly a hotel, but architecture or history buffs should not miss the chance to check in to Henrietta Suites. Although these days it might not be the fashionable part of town, in its 18th-century heyday this was Dublin’s most stately residential street. The fashionable decamped south of the River Liffey and by the 1970s Number 3 had become a run-down, overcrowded tenement. Now you can have it almost to yourself, as it was rescued from ruin to preserve this precious piece of Dublin’s architectural story. There are just eight suites oozing aristocratic appeal, although it has to be said the traditional-style decor does not exactly wow. But you are here for the Georgian grandeur and that does not disappoint – you can lie in the four-poster bed of the King Suite and marvel at the ravishing, Rococo stucco-work ceiling far above your head.
Address: No3, Henrietta St, Dublin, D01 PW74, Ireland
A serene retreat just 10 minutes from the city centre, The InterContinental is the only purpose-built hotel on this list. Its generous proportions are a testament to that. Public spaces are airy and bright, but the Lobby Lounge adjoining the entrance has cosy leather booths for more intimate dining. Two acres of gardens make this place feel somewhat pastoral while still being close enough to the hum of the city. The decadent spa has a 14-metre swimming pool, hot tub and relaxation room plus a courtyard garden. In the summer months, don’t miss dining on The Terrace, while in winter we heartily recommend exploring the 100 whiskeys – 69 of which are Irish – at the Whiskey Bar. The bar even has a Whiskey Sommelier who offers guided tastings.
Address: Simmonscourt Rd, Dublin, D04 A9K8, Ireland