Leeson Street — Photo courtesy of dusi_bbg
Number 31 takes the idea of the quaint family guesthouse and transforms it into a stylish, luxury experience. Located just a five-minute walk from St. Stephen’s Green and Grafton Street, and in the heart of Georgian Dublin, Number 31 is one of the most interesting and exciting places to stay during your trip to Ireland.
Architect Sam Stephenson remodeled the mews on Leeson Street during the 1950s to create a modernist dream lounge complete with a sunken living room area and a peat-burning fireplace surrounded by open stone. The 21 bedrooms feature sumptuous mattresses and linens that reflect the homey and warm style of the guesthouse.
Proprietors Noel and Deirdre Comer also take huge pride in their home-cooked breakfast, which has won several awards and repeatedly received glowing praise from those who sample it. Breads and jams are made on site and fresh, organic, seasonal ingredients are always favored. Some of the morning delights include poached pears in vanilla syrup, cranberry nut loaf and a mushroom frittata, and enjoying these on the terrace make for the perfect start to your day.
Irish guesthouses are famed for their friendly hosts and great breakfasts, but Number 31 really takes it to the next level. If you want style and comfort paired with a welcoming attitude, then there is no better place to stay in the capital (if only for the breakfast alone).