Top 20 Cool and Unusual Hotels in Dublin 2022

Dublin is the beautiful city of song and poetry and the inspiration to many an author over the years – Beckett, Yeats, Joyce, the list goes on. From the manicured St. Stephens Green and the beautiful architecture of Trinity College and Grafton Street to the vibrant nightlife of Temple Bar the eternally popular city still has plenty more to offer!

Compact, carefree with a unique heart and soul, Dublin is the perfect spot for a rip-roaring, toe-tapping, Guinness-supping weekend city break, and having spent a few years living in the Irish capital, here are the best cool, unusual and quirky hotels in Dublin (in no particular order) to help you on your way…

1. The Dean Hotel – hip retro-cool accommodation perfect for Millennials and Gen Z’s

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 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 drink 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, 11pm ’til late. Raise your glasses as the city twinkles beneath you and be prepared to never want to leave!

2. Trinity City Hotel – a unique, colourful and trendy place to stay in Dublin

Trendy hotel to stay in Dublin

Chic boutique hotel in Dublin

Hip boutique hotel in Dublin

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!

3. The Mayson – this trendy industrial-chic hotel is one of the best hotels in Dublin for Instagram lovers

Hipster hotel in Dublin

Boutique hotel in Dublin

Instagrammable hotel in Dublin

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. Mayson offers first-class facilities with trendy and unique decor perfect for Instagram lovers.

Mayson Hotel is a 6-minutes 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. 

4. Number 31 – a beautiful and unique modernist boutique style hotel

The 4-star exceptionally rated Number 31, is one of the most beloved boltholes in Georgian Dublin City Centre and always seems to top many a review list (including a near perfect rating on Google rating). 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 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.

5. Moxy Dublin City – a hip, fun and lively hotel perfect for those looking to party in the surrounding bars 

Trendy place to stay in Dublin

Cool and unique hotel in Dublin

Moxy Hotel Dublin City

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.

6. The Clarence – a fun themed and hip hotel located in the heart of Dublin

The Clarence Dublin

Fun and funky hotel in Dublin

Said to be Dublin’s original Rock ‘n’ Roll hotel The Clarence Dublin 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.

7. Devlin – a beautiful upscale retro-chic hotel set in the lively Ranelagh district

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Funky hotel in Dublin

The best hotels in Dublin

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 a urban touch offers quality and style as well as some seriously fantastic views.

The guest rooms at the Devlin Hotel Dublin 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 the Dublin Castle, 4 km from the Guinness storehouse, and about 5 minutes from the nearest tram. Check in for a truly exquisite treat! 

8. The Gibson Hotel – a trendy glass-clad modern design hotel

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!

9. The Dylan Hotel – an ultra-chic luxury 5 star hotel in a great central location

A top luxury hotel in Dublin, the 5-star exceptionally rated Dylan Hotel is located in the city centre only a few minutes from the Grand Canal, Aviva Stadium, and 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!

10. The Alex – Dublin’s newest hotel which has a beautiful trendy design and a central location

The Alex Hotel Dublin

Design hotel Dublin

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 a 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.

11. The Hendrick Smithfield – a cool hotel housed in a brick building near Smithfield Square

The Hendrick Smithfield Dublin

Industrial Chic Hotel Dublin

The Hendrick Smithfield is known for its cool brick building, its edgy style and 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.  

12. The Morgan – a chic boutique hotel located on the cobbled stones of Temple Square

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Small boutique hotel in Dublin

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 Morgan Hotel 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!

13. Temple Bar Inn – a stylish boutique hotel  in an iconic location

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.

Many popular tourist sites are close by to this Temple Bar located hotel including the Guinness Storehouse, the National Museum of Ireland, Trinity College, Grafton Street and Dublin Castle. 

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! 

14. Kelly’s Hotel – a unique urban boutique hotel in the heart of Dublin’s City Centre

Small but perfectly formed, this city centre highly-rated Dublin hotel offers visitors a unique ‘house guest experience’ – a cosy homely feel but with a trendy vibe. Stay in one of the 16 rooms at wonderfully eclectic Kelly’s Hotel, each individually designed with chic decor, exposed beams, and mod cons, and enjoy yourself as the city unfolds around you.

Situated above ‘Hogans Bar’, one of Dublin’s best and most fun nightspots, and with instant access to Dublin’s ultra-cool ‘Secret Bar’, Kelly’s is ideal for the traveller who enjoys a bit of fun and mystery!

Foodies will also love its close proximity to L’Gueuleton, one of the finest French restaurants in the city and party-goers will love that it’s only a 3-minute walk to Temple Bar. Casual meals are offered in a rustic French bistro and there’s also a third onsite cocktail lounge just to cover all bases!

15. The Schoolhouse Hotel – for those seeking somewhere truly different and elegant in Dublin

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!

16. The Marker Hotel – a trendy and modern upscale hotel perfect for Instagrammers

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 whilst 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…

17. The Beacon Hotel – romantic, fun and funky

The 4-star highly rated Beacon Hotel is housed in a striking stone and glass contemporary building in Sandyford, a suburb of Dublin just 10 kilometres away from Dublin Castle. The beautiful boutique hotel combines both design and style with a bit of romance thrown in with a collection of creatively designed rooms.

Each of the guest rooms make use of both space and light and showcase contemporary art and designer furniture complete with rainfall shower bathrooms and even super lush free-standing tubs feature in some of the upgraded rooms.

Dinner is served at the onsite My Thai Restaurant which comes with a pretty courtyard and offers a blend of Asian menu choices and there’s also a 24-hour gym and free parking. Weekends at this trendsetting Dublin hotel are never dull as it also has an in-house Crystal Bar where expert mixologists concoct delicious cocktails well into the evening.

18. The Morrison – a chic and unique luxury hotel which overlooks the River Liffey

This hip and unique 4-star exceptionally rated DoubleTree by Hilton Dublin 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!

19. Hampton Hotel – a chic hotel housed in an elegant Georgian building

Housed in a very elegant Georgian building, the 4-star highly rated and very popular Hampton Hotel offers stylish rooms with strong accents against white and black palettes. Each of the contemporary rooms feature a striking interior design and spacious bedrooms with comfy beds, a 42-inch flat screen TVs, WiFi, walk-in showers or trendy free-standing bathtubs. 

The onsite Bar Bistro with its heated terrace and regular live music is a popular spot and the cool and unique Dublin abode is only 2km from St.Stephen’s Green so its location is pretty fabulous too! 

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19 thoughts on “Top 20 Cool and Unusual Hotels in Dublin 2022”

  1. So lucky to call Dublin my home, it’s a wonderful city with a lot of very cool hotels so it seems! 🙂

  2. Dublin is such a great place to visit and so convenient to reach from London! Great selection of hotels – especially like the look of The Gibson!


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