Guest post from Arliss, Managing Editor at Trekbible
Dublin is a vibrant city with a taste of both the old and new. If you're looking for lodging, you'll find everything from quaint bed & breakfast style manors to chic contemporary hotels. Where you stay in the city can make or break your trip sometimes. No one can enjoy a vacation when they're staying in a hotel with poor customer service and unkempt rooms. Here are the top 5 best places to stay in Dublin that will make your stay a joy.
1. Clontarf Castle
Take a trip back in time and stay at the Clontarf Castle for a unique lodging experience. First built in 1172, it is a place full of stories and Irish traditions. It was turned into a luxury 4-star hotel in the late 1990s. Each room feels like a little apartment with traditional Irish decor and modern amenities. The castle also has a restaurant, bar, lounge and fusion tea room for those in need of an afternoon cup and cakes. The castle hotel is located just ten minutes drive from the city center in the suburb of Clontarf.
2. Roganstown Hotel and Country Club
The Roganstown Hotel is located just a few minutes from the airport, but it still has that tranquil country setting. Nestled among green hills and towering trees, this is the right choice for people who want to visit the city but stay in a peaceful place on the outskirts. The country club has a golf course, luxury spa with steam baths, an indoor swimming pool, gym facilities and an award-winning restaurant with international flavors. The rooms are cozy and wi-fi is readily available. You'll wake with a breakfast buffet available out in the dining room. Be sure to take a stroll on the grounds, too. You may get lucky and spot a black swan on the lake.
3. Ariel House
Situated just a short walk from the center of the city, this charming guesthouse is located in Ballsbridge. The Ariel House is actually three separate houses. All of them were built in the Victorian era and have an elegant style with stained glass windows. If you enjoy rooms decked with antique furniture and crystal chandeliers that still have modern amenities, this is the right guesthouse for you. The city garden is right across the street. Many guests enjoy having their breakfast in bed and then take a stroll mid-day.
4. Portmarnock Hotel
Boasting to be one of the city's only coastal hotels, the Portmarnock is a luxury hotel with a golf course that sits right on the ocean. This lodging is another good option for visitors who want a taste of the city, but also want time to relax and unwind. The hotel is about 25 minutes from the city center and is famous as a romantic couples getaway. All of the rooms are spacious with great views of the ocean and/or countryside. The interior decor has a blend of antique styles meshed with a very modern and sleek style. Stay here is you want to lodge in class.
5. Pembroke Townhouse
Pembroke Townhouse is the place to stay if you want to be within walking distance to the city. It's located in Ballsbridge--just a ten minute walk from the center of Dublin and a few blocks away from the US and Irish Embassy. The Pembroke is known for its authentic Irish hospitality and cozy nature. You'll get to know some of the staff, enjoy homemade baked goods, and feel welcomed right away. Technically a guesthouse and not a hotel, the guests here are encouraged to make themselves at home and enjoy each other's company in the communal areas. If you're a social butterfly, this might be the perfect place for you.
Any of these top-rated lodging places will make your stay in the city an enjoyable time. Don't settle for less when you can make your trip to Ireland an unforgettable experience.