Whether you’re in town for a long weekend or an extended stay, it’s impossible not to be swept up in the Irish capital’s “craic”. From historic sites to the Silicon Docks (via Temple Bar), Dublin brings together heritage and hedonism.

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 Wilder Townhouse

This red-brick Georgian beauty was once a retirement home before being converted into an artist’s studio. Now it’s one of the city’s most aspirational hotels. It’s named after one of Dublin’s most eccentric former residents, the inimitable Oscar Wilde – though decor is more understated than you might expect. Their gin bar is not to be missed.

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.

 

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 sleeping quarters to choose from, all high-ceilinged and discreetly decorated with period furniture. 

 

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. With fantastic options including the “punk bunk” beds which are perfect for a quick weekend away with your pals, all rooms helpfully come equipped with Nespresso machines and big-brand gadgets.

 

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 Ace Hotel, it draws guests with airy workspaces and spacious rooms decked out 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. Get your caffeine fix at Steam café or sample Irish-brewed beers and spirits in the hotel bar.

 

The Mayson

This warehouse conversion in the Docklands area – not far from 3Arena – is a pretty tantalising option for those visiting the city for concerts or gigs. You’ll find a record player in your room and vinyl library in the lobby. It’s a bit of a schlep out of the city centre, but even if you’re in the area, go for cocktails at its rooftop bar-restaurant.

The Devlin

In well-heeled Ranelagh, The Devlin ensures you have everything you need (and nothing you don’t). Only, at The Devlin “essentials” include an on-site cinema, Layla’s (a stylish rooftop restaurant) and ground-floor American-inspired cocktail bar. So, just the basics then. While their ModPods err on the side of teensy, their larger rooms are sure to beguile guests – we’d recommend checking in to the TriPods (which include a double, a single and a bunk bed). With good links to the city centre, venture away from Stephen’s Green and live it up in the D6 suburb most Dublin-based millennials wish they could call home.

The Fitzwilliam

Number 31

Cliff Townhouse

The Marker

Dylan

Dean

The Alex

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