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Dublin has survived wars, famines and a devastating financial crisis, managing to reinvent itself with each and every tumble. Today, visitors will find the city writing a new chapter of innovation and creativity; in lifting itself out of such crises, this vibrant city has more to offer than its list of many historical luminaries.

Tech giants like Google, Foursquare, LinkedIn and Twitter have made the aptly named “Silicon Docks” neighbourhood their home. Restaurateurs, hoteliers and entrepreneurs are pushing through boundaries that had confined them for nearly a decade.

You will find that the ubiquitous kindness of Dubliners is unmarred by their struggles, and if anything it is fortified by the proud spark of a city renewing itself. Whether you’re in town for a night or a long weekend, it’s impossible not to be swept up in the resilient Irish “craic” – an infectious spirit which will stay with you long after you leave.

The Fitzwilliam

Designed by Sir Terence Conran (of the Conran Shop), The Fitzwilliam was one of the first Dublin hotels to discard the white gloves and red carpets and replace them with an unruffled approach to caring for guests. A perennially burning fireplace warms the sophisticated lobby, and rooms are comfortable, chic and functional. It’s worth spending a little extra for a deluxe room with a private balcony overlooking St. Stephen’s Green. Rooms from £244 per night.

Number 31

Number 31 is an oasis of modernity and style hidden behind an ivy-covered door off Leeson Street. It served as the home of one of Ireland’s leading architects, Sam Stephenson, who joined two mews together with a small garden, enabling guests to literally walk across the block. Spend afternoons relaxing on the famous sunken lounge next to the fireplace and enjoy delicious breakfasts served by Noel and Deirdre Comer, who are incredibly welcoming hosts. There are 21 rooms across the two buildings, and they differ drastically – rooms in the older Georgian house have high ceilings and large bathrooms while those off Leeson Street are more intimate. Rooms from £158 per night.

Cliff Townhouse

The Cliff Townhouse on St. Stephen’s Green is the perfect place to stay if you’re looking for a good meal and don’t want to walk more than a few metres to get to bed afterwards. Labelling itself as a restaurant with rooms, the townhouse has nine to choose from, all high-ceilinged and discreetly decorated with period furniture. Rooms from £134 per night.

The Marker

Rising up from Dublin’s docklands, The Marker hotel sits as an impressive relic of the past and future of the city. The Marker’s imposing checkerboard exterior and sleek interior positions itself at the forefront of Irish design. Stocked with Malin+Goetz toiletries, the rooms provide a haven from the busy city below, while the rooftop cocktail bar is an elegant means of escape from the endless pints of Guinness consumed earlier in the day. Rooms from £250 per night.

Dylan

Nestled into a cool residential neighbourhood on Eastmoreland Place just ten minutes from Temple Bar, this hotel attracts Dubliners-in-the-know who come here to drink Dylan cocktails (rum, tobacco leaves, brown sugar, angostura bitters) and gossip in the stylish bar. For visitors, the rooms in this boutique hotel are purposefully ornate and ostentatious (one of them has a mirror on the ceiling), and the beds are so comfortable that you might never want to climb out. Rooms from £182 per night.

Dean

Just around the corner from St Stephen’s Green is this gorgeous terraced house hotel which channels retro vibes thanks to record players and a library of LPs for guests to choose from. With fantastic options like the ‘punk bunk’ beds which are perfect for a quick weekend away with your pals, all rooms helpfully come equipped with Nespresso machines and hot water bottles.

The Alex

Located close to Dublin city’s Georgian squares, The Alex is the latest in a series of similarly positioned boutique hotels. With a style akin to the Ace and 180 The Strand in London, guests can expect to find bench workspaces and spacious rooms with retro furnishings in a mix of leather, velvet and wood. Orla Kiely textiles are trickled subtly across the premises, which has become something of a hotspot for locals.  Sample some of the best cocktails that the city has to offer and in the morning grab and go or sit and sip a coffee at Steam Cafe.

The Fitzwilliam

Number 31

Cliff Townhouse

The Marker

Dylan

Dean

The Alex

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