Compact, carefree with a unique heart and soul, Dublin is the perfect spot for a rip-roaring, toe-tapping, Guinness-supping weekend city break. Now you’ll just need to find somewhere equally as fun to stay. From quirky boutiques to sleek and modern, here are my favorite Cool and Unique Hotels in Dublin, Ireland to help you on your way…
Our Top 3 Best Cool and Unusual Hotels
The Dean Dublin
If you love all things hip and fun then this is the place for you! Located in the heart of the Irish capital, rooms at the 4-star highly rated The Dean Hotel are kitted out with all the cool stuff a self-respecting hipster could wish for – Irish Modern Art, Marshall amps to connect your gadgets to, loads of vinyl to play on the very cool Rega turntables, Netflix, snacks, a Nespresso machine and a heap of designer goods to keep you both clean, comfortable and rested.
This unusual Dublin hotel is serious about food and drinks too, from delicious dinners to a tasty cocktail wrapped in a cosy blanket on the rooftop terrace, you can get it all here!
It also has the bonus of being the venue for one of Dublin’s coolest nights out as Sophie’s Rooftop Terrace hosts the super laid back ‘Highline’, bringing New York vibes to Dublin every Thursday to Saturday, 11 pm ’til late. Raise your glasses as the city twinkles beneath you and be prepared to never want to leave!
and ultra-hip design
Trendy DJ nights and fun atmosphere
Rooms may be small for big families
Can get slightly noisy
Not suitable for introverts
The 4-star exceptionally rated Number 31 is one of the most beloved boltholes in Georgian Dublin City Centre and gets many mentions in magazines and websites. Design and architecture buffs will love this ultra-friendly guesthouse which cleverly encompasses a classic Georgian townhouse and a stunning modernist mews by Sam Stephenson.
The rooms at this quirky Dublin boutique hotel have a cool classy 60’s feel combining bold colours and clean lines with the height of luxury and comfort. Guests can enjoy relaxing in the leafy courtyard and secluded garden or the famous sunken lounge (pictured above) and fortify themselves with what is said to be ‘the best breakfast in Dublin’ all organic of course!
All of this is further perfected by the old-style Irish charm and hospitality of the attentive staff! A gorgeous and unique Dublin accommodation option.
Unique Art-Deco inspired decor
Pubs and shopping malls within walking distance
Classical Georgian townhouse
Lack of rooms
Intimate vibe might not suit everyone
For exceptional and unique accommodation in the heart of Dublin, check out this beautiful 4-star industrial-chic hotel which was converted from an 1870 warehouse The Mayson Hotel offers first-class facilities with trendy and unique decor perfect for Instagram lovers. This trendy hotel located in the city center is part of the revitalization of the Dublin Docklands and was developed from two nineteenth-century buildings, a warehouse, and a townhouse.
This dual character is expressed in design touches like brick walls, floor-to-ceiling windows, exposed steel beams, and cozy coastal decor, all anchored by the solid comfort the Irish are so good at. Great restaurants, and a state-of-the-art gym with a sauna, steam room, and heated relaxation pool help guests unwind and recharge for what the next day will bring.
Mayson Hotel is a 6-minute walk from the Convention Centre Dublin and about 5 minutes from the 3Arena. It is also 10 minutes on foot from the Docklands train station. Hip rooms offer free WiFi and sound systems while upgraded rooms come with record players! Make sure you explore the cool rooftop restaurant, gym, and sauna before you leave!
Cool trendy and striking spot
Stunning Rooftop restaurant
Fitness Centre with a Sauna
Some rooms can be small
Parking can be tricky
Cocktails can be pricey
If you’re looking for a trendy, fun, and upbeat hotel with a fantastic vibe which matches the city itself then the popular Moxy Hotel Dublin City is a great choice. With colourful interiors, vibrant decor and a sociable atmosphere, this is a great choice for Millennials and Gen Zs. This hotel also has free Wi-Fi and floor-to-ceiling windows, offering excellent views of the city.
Also expect a breakfast buffet (with an extra charge) and a trendy restaurant that is open both day and night, every day. Also handily for these days, Moxy also provides contactless service and a flexible cancellation option.
Funky hotel with a fun and youthful vibe
Vibrant creative decor
Onsite bar and lounge
Drinks can be expensive
Bathrooms can be small
This opulent but quirky Dublin hotel offers a luxurious oasis in the very heart of the city just opposite the historic Trinity College. The 4-star very highly regarded Trinity City Hotel prides itself on its modern chic versus magical vintage feel and its unarguably impeccable and striking design.
This marrying of the old and the new is reflected in the hotel’s restaurant which offers traditional dishes with a contemporary twist in a choice of beautiful surroundings. The front lounge has panoramic views over Pearse Street, the attractive courtyard garden is a leafy oasis in the middle of the city, perfect for a romantic al fresco meal, and the piano lounge is a great place for a relaxed lunch with friends or business colleagues. Easily one of the trendiest and most interesting hotels in Dublin!
Trendy and unique centrally-located boutique
Offers an exquisite and sophisticated experience
Great central location
No swimming pool or spa
Can be noisy at weekends
Said to be Dublin’s original Rock ‘n’ Roll hotel The Clarence is a great choice if you’re looking for a fun but stylish break in the Irish capital. Set along the Liffey River, it is about 12 minutes from St. Patrick’s Cathedral and 8 minutes from the Ilac Shopping Centre on foot.
Outside, this classy hotel offers breathtaking views of the river. Inside, you get access to 24-hour room service, two active bars, and a 24-hour lounge with food and drinks. Also expect gorgeous shaker oak furniture set amongst vibrant décor and facilities such as tea and coffee-making equipment, flat-screen TVs, and Wi-Fi.
Hip and trendy boutique hotel with a Rock 'n' Roll theme
Beautiful river views
Trendy vibrant interiors
Individually designed rooms
The Temple Bar area can be noisy
Drinks can be pricey
Ranelagh is a lively and fun area and set amongst all the great bars is one of Dublin’s newest and coolest hotels. This community-focused 4-star boutique hotel with an urban touch offers quality and style as well as some seriously fantastic views. The guest rooms at the Devlin Hotel are unique and intimate with colourful art, flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi, Nespresso machines, and mini-fridges. Other hotel highlights include the incredible rooftop bar, a coffee shop, a hip cocktail lounge, and even a cinema.
The Clarence is 3 km from Dublin Castle, 4 km from the Guinness storehouse, and about 5 minutes from the nearest tram. Check in for a truly exquisite treat!
Sleek retro-modern design hotel
Fun rooftop bar and restaurant
Hotel has its own cinema
Close to important sites
Not for the budget-friendly crowd
Limited parking spaces
Some rooms can be small
The Schoolhouse Hotel
The walls of this beautiful historic boutique hotel in Dublin (located an 11-minute walk from Merrion Square) have many a story to tell. Once a Victorian School, from its inception in 1859 the unique building has witnessed many an important event unfold, including the 1916 Easter Rising.
Each of the 31 individually designed boutique rooms at the highly rated and much loved 4-star Schoolhouse Hotel is dedicated to one of Ireland’s most influential figures.
The warm and romantic ambience, as well as the fine cuisine in The Schoolhouse Restaurant, draws travellers from both near and far and the whole hotel benefits from sympathetic design and attention to detail to make your stay as unique and relaxing as can be. Want to step it up a gear at this chic Dublin hotel? Their lively onsite bar which features a vaulted ceiling and an outdoor terrace will not disappoint!
Very unique boutique hotel
Gardens located in a former historic Victorian school
Perfect for couples
Quaint decor might not be everyone’s tastes
No luggage room
Shower water pressure can be low
The newly-refurbished Grafton Hotel is a modern Art Deco hotel in the heart of Dublin, next to St. Stephen’s Green and the Gaiety theatre, and near Trinity College, Grafton Street, the Guinness Storehouse and the city’s creative and tech energy. Listed by the Irish Independent as one of Ireland’s FAB 50 Best Places to Stay, it recreates the glamor and luxury of the Roaring ‘20s.
The rooms offer classic comfort and stunning views of the Dublin skyline from the floor-to-ceiling windows. The family rooms have bunk beds and the deluxe suites come with their own private balconies. Along with a gym and fitness centre, the amenities include Bartley’s Bar & Restaurant, a Dublin hot spot, and The Terrace for coffee, tea and pastries.
Beautiful and elegant boutique. It is in fabulous central location
It is known for its luxury style inspired by the Roaring 1920s
No swimming pool
Some rooms can be small
Wren Urban Nest
Wren Urban Nest in the heart of Dublin sits on land that is steeped in history, but it was built using the newest sustainable technologies, showcasing Irish design and creativity. With its great location, Wren is close to everything including St. Stephen’s Green, the National Library and National Museum, Grogan’s Pub, St. John’s Lane Church and much else.
The rooms are nests of comfort in warm, earthy colours, with bed linens in natural fabrics and specially crafted rugs. They come equipped with everything you could need, such as air conditioning, Irish coffee, Chromecast, and free Wi-Fi and phone calls to anywhere in the world. The ALT restaurant serves up meals with fresh, local ingredients, organic wines, artisanal cocktails and live music on Wednesdays.
Cool and contemporary central hotel
They offer a tasty daily breakfast with vegan options
Rooms can be on the small side
Not ideal for longer stays
Located in central Dublin right next to the Ha’Penny Bridge, Zanzibar Locke studio apartments and suites have all the comforts of home and the style of a hipster boutique hotel, plus views of the River Liffey.
The aparthotel was made over from four classic Georgian townhouses, one of which used to be the Zanzibar pub and club. It’s right on the tram line and within walking distance of all the fun in the Temple Bar area and just about everything else you want to see in Dublin. The rooms have plenty of space, and wood floors and potted plants add a cheery homely touch.
The post-industrial chic decor in natural and earth colours, with exposed brick walls, is a restful counterpoint to the busy city life outside. You can wash your laundry, go out pub hopping at some of Dublin’s best, cook dinner in the fully-equipped kitchen, or take your current project to the co-working space.
There’s a gym and fitness centre with yoga classes and grab-and-go breakfasts at North Seven. When you want a drink or a delicious meal, just head downstairs to the bar or to sample some great international comfort foods at the Baraza restaurant.
Gorgeous design aparthotel in a great central location
Trendy decor with ooden floors and green potted plants
Perfect for families or longer stays
No swimming pool
Lift can be unreliable
No hotel service
When you want to take a walk on the wild side or be treated like rock royalty with a by-request Fender Stratocaster, amp and headphones in your (soundproofed) room, Hard Rock Hotel is the obvious choice. Facing City Hall, the location is perfect for ventures into Temple Bar, Cow’s Lane and other places in town.
The 4-star hotel is famous for its collection of rock music memorabilia, and work by Irish artists including Jim Fitzpatrick, Duda, Helen O’Higgins and Neil Powell. The rooms feature seriously comfortable beds with cushioned headboards and guitars embroidered on the pillowcases, rock-inspired artwork, Ulster carpets and views of the city or Dublin Castle.
Amenities include the Rock Om soundtrack for yoga, the Rock Shop with all kinds of rock souvenirs, and the Zampas bar and restaurant which serves Peruvian dishes with the freshest local ingredients.
Unique upscale hotel
It is known for its upbeat rock star and rock and roll theme
Great central location
Modern decor and fun vibe
Theme might not suit everyone
Some rooms have interior courtyard view
Temple Bar Inn
A stylish mid-range boutique hotel nestled in the beating heart of Dublin City – literally in the centre of all the action – the exceptionally rated Temple Bar Inn offers 101 bespoke en-suite rooms ideal for anyone looking for a family trip to shopping adventures and romantic breaks.
The rooms at this contemporary Dublin abode offer a good standard of decor and mods cons such as free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and well-stocked mini-fridges to give your Dublin break a good head start! There’s also an onsite funky and colourful restaurant and free access to a nearby gym with an indoor swimming pool. A great choice for an ultra-central hotel!
Chic and trendy boutique hotel located in the world-famous location of Temple Bar
Carefully-curated cocktails and beer on tap
Modern and warm ambiance
Onsight gym and restaurant
Limited parking availability
Limited scenic views
Location can be noisy
This ultra-modern, glass-clad and exceptionally rated 4-star hotel comes complete with a bamboo-shaded courtyard, legendary gourmet food whipped up from fresh local ingredients and arguably the most important, a chic cocktail bar drawing on some cool Asian-inspired design.
Situated in the cultural heart of the city the Gibson Hotel prides itself on innovative design to maximise relaxation potential, including Japanese copper baths and gorgeous views over the Wicklow mountains.
The trendy Dublin hotel offers a number of inclusive deals under its “eat, sleep, play, explore” initiative enabling guests to make the most of the delicious pan Asian cuisine and enviable breakfast spreads. For a hip weekend in one of Europe’s most vibrant cities, you can’t go wrong with The Gibson, definitely one of the coolest hotels in Dublin!
Cool and trendy large design hotel renowned for its unique design
Great views from terrace
Pan Asian cuisine
Scenic views of Wicklow mountains
Not budget friendly
Some guests might find it too large
Breakfast can be pricey
A top luxury hotel in Dublin, the 5-star exceptionally rated The Dylan Hotel is located in the city centre only a few minutes from the Grand Canal, Aviva Stadium, and the National Museum of Dublin. The rooms at this hip and trendy Dublin accommodation are lavish and feature a blend of contemporary and traditional furnishings in keeping with its beautiful Victorian façade.
The spacious rooms feature sumptuous beds with top-quality linens, free Wi-Fi, Bose iPod docks, flat-screen TVs, and even iPods loaded with city walking tours. Opt for an upgrade and expect truly gorgeous Italian hand-carved beds, balconies, and opulent marble bathrooms.
Foot spas are available on request. Other hotel highlights include a fitness room, an ornate Irish restaurant complete with gilded decor, and a hip cocktail bar – a perfect place to treat yourself or a loved one!
Chic upscale boutique providing a central location and a luxurious stay with ‘the celebrity treatment
Mix of modern and traditional decor
Aviva Stadium and the National Museum are nearby
Water in mini-bar is charged
Parking is on the street
No fitness center or gym
If you are looking for a classy hotel in the Dublin City centre with stylish décor, a unique design, polished rooms, and exquisite hospitality, The Alex Hotel fits the bill! The one-bedroom designer suites offer separate living rooms with 50-inch flat-screen TVs and Nespresso machines and free Wi-Fi. Other amenities include breakfast, laundry service, and paid parking.
The hotel is 2 km and 3 km from Dublin Castle and Guinness Storehouse. It’s also located about a 1-minute walking distance from the Pearse train station.
New trendy boutique design
A great central location
Close to public transport
Refined and upscaled atmosphere
Restaurant with locally sourced ingredients
Limited outdoor space and activities
Sometimes low water pressure in shower
The Hendrick Smithfield
The Hendrick Smithfield is known for its cool brick building, its edgy style and its fantastic cocktail bar. The hotel is situated in a lively location on Hendrick Street, and bustling Smithfield Square is only about 4 minutes away.
The hip accommodation offers trendy industrial-chic decor, a lobby lounge and a popular onsite bar which serves up cocktails and beer. Guest rooms offer power showers, unique decor and flat-screen TVs and free ‘lightening fast’ Wi-Fi.
Located in a lively and central area of Dublin
Reasonable room rates
Unique brick-built exterior
Onsite cocktail bar
Situated in a location with great cultural attractions
Standard rooms can be small
Bar not open late mid-week
No parking on the property
This deluxe boutique beauty is a central city centre gem situated on Fleet Street just inches away from the buzzing nightlife of Temple Bar. The chic urban suites at the highly rated 4-star The Morgan will please any self-respecting glamour puss with their designer twist on comfort.
Before heading out on the town it’s worth sampling the comprehensive cocktail menu in the popular Morgan Bar, including the signature cocktail ‘Morgan Bubbles’. You can enjoy tasty food too and listen to some brilliant live music sessions as well as going full party mode if you stay during one of the club’s special events. If you’re after a legendary and beautiful Irish weekend then this is almost certainly the hip Dublin hotel for you!
Chic and modern boutique-style Morgan hotel known for its warm welcome
Modern onsite dining
Location in the 'cultural quarter'
Expresso machines and Suite Pad in rooms
Slightly noisy location
Parking not included
Rising from the heart of Dublin’s urban docklands and drawing on the elemental nature of the Irish landscape the exceptionally rated 5-star The Marker Hotel is a luxurious retreat for the modern-minded.
The visually arresting spaces at this trendsetting Dublin stay include a rooftop terrace with views beyond the urban cityscape and out across the wild mountains and the sea, an infinity pool, 187 flawless rooms of a unique geometric design and a stunning cocktail bar and brasserie.
Foodies can enjoy delicious award-winning dishes at this hip and chic Dublin abode with a local focus followed by drinks up on the rooftop terrace while taking in the buzz of the city and the peace of the landscape beyond. All this before retiring to a comfortable impeccably designed room with everything you need provided for you and then some…
One of the ‘Leading hotels of the World
It has has a sleek and sexy design with amazing amenities including an award-winning spa
Gym and infinity pool
Unique geometric exterior
Fabulous Rooftop bar
Not for the budget-friendly crowd
Breakfast not included
This hip and unique 4-star boutique hotel is situated on the banks of the River Liffey in Dublin city centre. It’s a popular spot and known throughout Ireland for its chic design and celebrity clientele.
As well as beautiful contemporary interiors, you can easily ‘spend all your money on whiskey and beer’ as the Morrison Hotel is close to both the Guinness Brewery and the Jameson distillery and its award-winning Quay 14 bar offers a comprehensive range of whiskeys, craft beers and Irish music-themed cocktails in meticulously designed surroundings.
The food on offer in The Morrison Grill takes its inspiration from local culture and stories and uses only the best fresh, homegrown ingredients. For a touch of luxury in the heart of Dublin, this cool hotel is at the top of its game!
Trendy upscale boutique hotel with award-winning dining
Unique modern interiors
Three great eateries/restaurants
Mattresses can be a little hard
Might be too busy for some
Some rooms can be small
All Hotels Compared
Here is a table of the top 20 cool and unique hotels in Dublin. The table includes essential information such as details like its location, fitness amenities, price range, proximity to attractions, and nearby dining options. You have the flexibility to sort the table according to your preferences.
Hotel Name Location Fitness Facilities Price Range (per night) Distance to Attractions (km) Nearby Restaurants
The Dean 33 Harcourt Street No $228-$548 0.8 1
Number 31 31 Leeson Close Yes $217-$326 0.75 3
The Mayson 81 – 82 North Wall Quay No $250-$543 1.2 1
Moxy 1-5 Sackville Place No $240-$390 0.55 3
Trinity City Pearse Street No $211-$434 0.5 3
The Clarence 6-8 Wellington Qua No $325-$651 0.5 2
Devlin The Devlin, Ranelagh 117 Ranelagh No $249-$284 1.4 2
The Schoolhouse Hotel 2 - 8 Northumberland Road No $271-$315 1.1 2
The Grafton 31/32 Stephen's Street Lower Johnsons Place No $271-$955 0.55 2
Wren Urban Nest Dublin Andrews Lane Yes $217-$282 0.55 1
Zanzibar Locke 34 Ormond Quay Lower No $283 0.45 3
Hard Rock Dublin 2 18 Exchange Street Upper No $249-$419 0.6 3
Temple Bar Inn 40-47 Fleet Street No $238-$458 0.55 1
The Gibson The Point Village Yes $207-$354 1.3 1
The Dylan Eastmoreland Place Yes $424-$467 1.1 2
The Alex 41-47 Fenian Street No $316-$419 0.6 2
The Hendrick Smithfield Smithfield Hendrick Street No $184-$256 1.1 1
The Morgan 10 Fleet Street Yes $222-$538 0.55 3
The Marker Grand Canal Square Yes $414-$1112 0.85 1
The Morrison Ormond Quay Lower No $278-$442 0.45 2
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Beth Pinches – writer and photographer
Beth was born under a wandering star, with drama in her veins and ink in her pen. After stints studying theatre in Dublin and Utrecht she used her creative streak to see as much of the world as she could on as little money. She toured Italian Schools with a children’s theatre troop, lived as an au-pair in both Rome and Washington DC, explored the British countryside, worked her way through much of Europe, Salsa danced in Cuba and road tripped down America’s west coast where she discovered her spiritual home; Portland, Oregon. Other places she loves include Croatia, Finland, Japan and India. In between adventures, travel writing and performing she resides peacefully with her family, cats and ukulele. Find Beth on Linkedin or Facebook.