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From gorgeous Georgian luxury resorts to charming boutique hotels, you’ll be spoiled for choice when looking for a place to stay in Dublin. Forbes Travel Guide editors have done the footwork for you and narrowed it down to the best five:
1. The Shelbourne Hotel. In Dublin’s fair city, it doesn’t get much prettier than this luxurious gateway to St. Stephen’s Green and prime shopping on Grafton Street. The Shelbourne Hotel, now a Renaissance property, was built in 1824. A museum in the lobby commemorates notable historic events, including the drafting of the Irish constitution in 1922. Take advantage of the hotel’s Genealogy Butler, who can help you track down your family’s Irish roots in under an hour in the comfort of silk-covered walls and chandeliers.
2. The Westbury. If you’re looking for a luxe place to stay with modern design and amenities in central Dublin, you’ve found your spot. The 205-room resort is just off Grafton Street, smack dab between Trinity College and the Temple Bar nightlife. After the hotel’s recent renovations, rooms come decked out with Lissadell bed linens, Sealy beds and Aromatherapy Associates bath products. Head to the hotel’s restaurant Wilde for a bite to eat or spend some time in The Gallery for afternoon tea and a jaw-dropping view of Grafton Street.
3. The Merrion Hotel. This impeccably stylish hotel is Georgian Dublin at its finest. Just steps away from The National Gallery and The National Museum of Ireland, The Merrion comprises four connected Georgian townhouses. Consisting of 123 rooms and 19 suites, the interior design utilizes Irish antiques and fabrics to complement the original architecture. The hotel houses one of the city’s best private collections of 19th- and 20th-century art, which you can admire over afternoon tea. If you’d prefer to relax outside, the choice is yours between its two landscaped period gardens. P.S.: President Obama stayed here.
4. Dylan Hotel. For a chic, boutique Dublin experience, check out the 44-room Dylan Hotel in Dublin’s City Centre. The rooms are stocked with modern amenities such as Frette linens on Seventh Heaven beds, Etro bath products, Bang & Olufsen phones, Bose iPod docking stations and Philips LCD televisions. But the décor is from the past— take note of the Murano glass chandeliers and custom antique-style furnishings throughout. After soaking up the new-meets-old style, head to Dylan’s hip pewter bar for their signature cocktail — a mix of vanilla vodka, Galliano, dark crème de cacao and crème de banane topped with pineapple and grapefruit.
5. Four Seasons Hotel Dublin. Tucked in the chic residential neighborhood of Ballsbridge (home to most of Ireland’s embassies and consulates), the Four Seasons Hotel Dublin is a traditional hotel that’s a favorite with groups and business travelers. But with its spacious rooms, full-service spa, reliably polished service and traditional offerings like afternoon tea in the attractive antique-filled Lobby Lounge (if you’re more of a modernist, try a cocktail in the contemporary ICE bar), this full-service hotel is a good choice for any kind of traveler.