Georgian sophistication meets a modern, homely sensibility in this charming townhouse set in leafy Ballsbridge, making it ideal for those who want respite from Dublin's frenetic centre. The stately 18th-century exterior gives way to a more relaxed atmosphere - pitch up by the hearth of the communal drawing room, coffee (or pinot) in hand. The 49 rooms are an understatedly elegant affair. Those in the modern extension are on the small side; if your budget can stretch, check in to one of the original rooms with high ceilings and sash windows. There's no restaurant here (staff have plenty of local recommendations), but the full Irish breakfast is very good. Plus there's a well-stocked larder free for guests to raid 24/7 - house-baked biscuits are a favourite.
88 Pembroke Road D04 TF72