Treat Yourself to a Little Extra in One of Dublin's Luxury Hotels

There are times when you need nothing more than to splash out and enjoy the best that a hotel has to offer. Dublin's best luxury hotels combine a mixture of old-school glamour and opulence, such as The Shelbourne and Bewley's Hotel, with more modern, boutique hotels that offer unique experiences and décor such as The Dylan or The Clarence. Establishments such as the Four Seasons, meanwhile, have an extensive art collection to delight your eyes while you enjoy a cocktail. The Radisson Blu Hotel has majestic grounds to enjoy while the Conrad Hilton and the Fitzwilliam sit beside the idyllic Stephen's Green where you can wander and enjoy the city's own grounds. Each of these 5 star hotels are dedicated to catering to both business and pleasure travellers who are seeking the top services and amenities for their stay and the interiors and facilities on offer reflect this. Whether it be spas, unique surroundings or great food that come top of your list you can be certain that the attention to detail and great locations make these hotels the top places to stay in the capital.


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The Conrad is part of the Hilton chain of hotels and its interior and services reflect the brands attention to detail and luxury hotels. The hotel itself overlooks St. Stephen's Green and is handily located right in the centre of the city opposite the National Concert Hall. The hotel itself is geared more towards the business traveller but due to its excellent location it is also well suited for those looking for convenience combined with excellent standards. The fitness center provides a variety of cardio machines and weights and there are also jogging routes for Stephen's Green provided for those looking to get outdoors and combine their fitness regime with some sightseeing.

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Fifteen minutes outside the city centre by car but offering the surroundings of something more suited to a huge country manor, the Radisson Blu is the former residence of Sir Thomas Cooley MP. Cooley had the mansion built overlooking Dublin Bay as a place to entertain the nobility and gentry of Ireland in 1750. The hotel is elegant and historic with beautifully kept gardens and an impressive conservatory bar. You get a real sense of luxury in St. Helen's and there is a real attention to detail. Stay here if you want to feel a million miles away from the city but require its nearby amenities.

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Situated in a restored 19th Century Masonic school, Bewley's Hotel is surrounded by charming grounds in the leafy suburb of Ballsbridge beside one of the city's main events arenas. The main attraction, particularly for businesses and weddings, is the Thomas Prior Hall, a restored period room seating up to 300 with oak panels, high ceilings, stained glass windows and original mosaic tiling to provide a stylish and historic venue for a myriad of occasions. The hotel also provides shuttle buses to the nearby Aviva Stadium and also the O2 arena for those taking in a match or a concert during their stay.

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If an emphasis on family is at the forefront of your mind then look no further than The Merrion Hotel. The surroundings are luxurious but homely, with roaring turf fires and plush couches. The hotel has made a point of being child-friendly and even offers a babysitting service and child-tailored room service menu. If your little ones go down to the pool for a dip they will be treated to pint-sized bathrobes and the bartenders have a selection of 'mocktails' to make them feel all grown up. If you want the hotel to do the hard work for you then make this your first stop.

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This hotel is next level in its attention to detail and ability to create an 'experience'. The Dylan is a trendy and stylish, pet-friendly (in particular dogs) and goes the extra mile for children and business-oriented clients as well. You have the choice of a room with iPod speakers and in-bathroom entertainment; an opulent private dining room for high-powered meetings or specially crafted pet beds and treats to ensure your pooch is catered for. The hotel is handily located near to the Aviva Stadium so this would be a perfect choice is you plan to catch a rugby game in style.

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With its prime location just off Stephen's Green and a rooftop garden courtyard, the Fitzwilliam Hotel Dublin is both wonderfully accessible and yet provides a place to retreat from the city. Take a long soak in their deep bath tubs or relax on the queen size beds amongst the retro d├ęcor. This hotel is perfect if you want a convenient but luxurious resting place after a long day of shopping or sightseeing on Dublin's busy streets. If you really want to treat yourself then opt for the penthouse suite where you can avail of a 24 hour butler and bartender.

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You can't get any closer to the centre of Dublin in The Westbury Hotel. Take a right at the top of Grafton Street and you'll be transported into five-star opulence with the plush couches and grand piano of The Gallery Lounge. The location is perfect for a day of sight seeing on foot and the high tea served in The Gallery Lounge is unbeatable. Coupled with spacious and comfortable rooms The Westbury the usual expectations of very centrally located hotels, instead providing a service and interior that you would expect of a hotel with sprawling grounds.

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Overlooking the River Liffey, The Clarence is a quintessential boutique hotel that embodies timelessness and contemporary opulence. The hotel is owned by Bono and The Edge of U2 and it reflects their personal preferences of a place to stay. The newly re-opened Octagon Bar contains a stunning octagon shaped atrium and original Art Deco flooring so you can sip an award-winning cocktail in style. There is a 2nd floor gym for those wishing to avail of it meanwhile the 'Therapy' section of the hotel is devoted to a wide range of massages to help you to relax and unwind. For dining in exceptional surroundings head to the Tea Room which is renowned for its delicious fare in a fantastical ballroom with a 20ft covered ceiling.

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The Shelbourne is a Dublin institution. Dating back to 1824, the Irish Constitution was drafted in its 122th room in 1922 and its old school glamour and grandeur is still as pervasive as ever. Overlooking St. Stephen's Green and a common haunt for Ireland's rich and famous you can never be sure who you might catch sight of in its Saddle Room. The views of the park are fantastic if you can manage to get a room facing the green and the hotel accepts pets with a small charge. Be sure to try the full Irish breakfast before heading out to explore the city.

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As tends to be the way with Four Seasons hotels the interiors, surroundings and facilities are immaculate in the Ballsbridge branch. Located five minutes from the city centre in the leafy suburb this hotel sports Dublin's only full-service spa and fitness centre. Not only this but it also has an extremely impressive art collection including works by Louis Le Brocquy and Sean Scully that's estimated to be worth over $500,000, enjoy it while relishing a cocktail in the ICE bar, renowned as one of the cities most exclusive drinking spots. This hotel is also extremely child-friendly and will accomodate any extras you require to make your stay easier.

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