This year will see thousands of tourists and history aficionados descend on Dublin, as the capital prepares to mark the centenary anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising with an array of cultural events.
With all eyes firmly focused on Ireland and especially Dublin in 2016, we’ve decided to delve into our history books and find out more about our favourite historic Dublin hotels.
Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2
Reputed to be the birthplace of the Duke of Wellington and originally constructed as four exquisite townhouses, The Merrion hotel continues to embrace its noble beginnings and has become one of Ireland’s most luxurious hotels.
The 5-star property is found in the epicenter of Dublin’s Georgian quarter and boasts all the opulent splendor you’d expect from such a highly rated hotel. Guests can expect to wine and dine in the hotel’s charming old-world bar, Bar No. 23, which has the cosy and exclusive atmosphere of a private members club. The Merrion’s guestrooms also offer exceptional views of Dublin city, as well as views over the hotel’s private gardens.
23-27 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2
Step back in time and relive Georgian grandeur at Buswells Hotel. A hidden gem buried in the heart of the city, guests will be treated to a relaxing stay as they unwind in the hotel’s opulent yet homely surroundings.
In the 1800’s the building formerly housed The Queen’s Institute for the Training and Employment of Educated Women, which was the first school of its kind in Europe. Buswells Hotel again showed its prowess for forward-thinking by being one of the first hotels in Dublin to get central heating – they even beat The Shelbourne to the punch.
O’Callaghan Davenport Hotel
8-10 Merrion Street Lower, Dublin 2
Steeped in history and dating back to the 17th century, the O’Callaghan Davenport Hotel is housed in a former prayer house which used to cater for up to 3000 worshippers each week. Now the building’s impressive façade and newly-decorated interior is home to one of Dublin’s most luxurious hotels.
A stone’s throw from Merrion Square and St. Stephen’s Green, The Davenport is ideally suited for those looking for a city-centre location. All of the 103 rooms and suites are designed in a traditional Irish style and boast large comfortable beds, tea and coffee making facilities and breath-taking views of Dublin city.
23 O’Connell Street, Dublin 1
The hotel was badly damaged during the 1916 Easter Rising but was completely renovated in the following years. Since 2013, The Gresham has undergone a full refurbishment and now boasts all the modern luxuries one would expect from a four-star hotel.
The beautiful Elizabeth Taylor Suite is sumptuously decorated and features a four-poster bed, lush soft-furnishings and a spacious seating area.Situated in the heart of O’Connell Street, The Gresham is one of Ireland’s most iconic hotels and has featured consistently in high society circles since the 19th century – having played host to celebrities, dignitaries, Lords and Ladies from across the globe.
35-39 Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1
Very few Dublin hotels have played such a pivotal a role in Ireland’s fight for independence as Wynn’s. The hotel is noted for being the location where the Irish Volunteers were formed as well as being remembered for its famous rebel patrons including Pádraig Pearse and Seán MacDiarmada, who years later would grace the pages of Irish history books.
Situated opposite the GPO, the hotel is ideally positioned for those who want to explore all the sights and sounds of the Northside. Following a recent renovation all of the rooms have been refurbished to the highest standard and boast a relaxing homely ambience. The hotel’s chic restaurant, The Playwright, is definitely worth a mention as guests can enjoy top-notch Irish cooking in striking historical surroundings.
27 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2
The Shelbourne overlooks the idyllic St. Stephen’s Green and is conveniently located close to some of Dublin’s most famous landmarks. The hotel reopened in 2007 after extensive renovations and now boasts a luxurious and elegant interior reminiscent of its Georgian past.
The Constitution Room is a splendid setting for a private dinner party. This grandiose dining room is imposing – not just because of its impeccable design, with lavish chandeliers, striking gold curtains and statement emerald green wallpaper – but also for the role it’s played in Irish history. In 1922, under the leadership of Michael Collins, the Irish Constitution was drafted in this very room. During this centenary year, The Shelbourne is definitely worth a visit for any history fan.
2-8 Northumberland Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Before its transformation into a top hotel and restaurant, the old schoolhouse was the site of one of the fiercest battles between Irish Volunteers and the British Army during the Easter Rising.
The Schoolhouse Hotel has been completely renovated since its days as a school but retains all of the charm and character of its former function. The hotel’s boutique rooms are individually designed and fitted with a Super King-size bed that ensures guests will have a relaxing night’s sleep. For those who enjoy a nightcap or two, why not drop by The Schoolhouse Bar and enjoy a refreshing glass of wine?
44 Lansdowne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Butlers Townhouse is an ideal retreat for those looking to enjoy a relaxing city break and with only 20 beautifully-appointed bedrooms, guests are sure to enjoy some peace and quiet. The Victorian townhouse was recently lovingly restored to its former glory and retains many of its original features like the wonderful high-ceilings and white marble open fireplaces.
Following the mantra of “We offer our home to you, while you are away from yours”, the boutique hotel ensures all guests will feel right at home and enjoy the dedicated personalised service.
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