Hotel Highlights

  • Great Dublin location: away from the bustle but close to the action
  • Buzzing boho-boudoir bar serving killer cocktails
  • Bespoke Seventh Heaven beds you won't want to get out of

Overview

This boutique hotel in Dublin is Victorian on the outside and victorious on the inside; a rather austere exterior conceals playfully cool and modern interiors and beds you'll never want to get out of. The decadent Dylan Bar could have sprung from the combined imaginings of David Lynch and Lewis Carroll, and a night of cocktails here is a Dublin must-do. And from the Dylan's leafy residential location, Dublin's best bits are all within walking distance.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Dylan with us:

A full Irish breakfast (worth €54) on each morning of your stay, a free bottle of house wine when you dine at Dylan Restaurant, and late check-out (subject to availability)

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Dylan

Advance purchase City Escapes 20% off two-night stays

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

44, with six suites.

Check–out

Midday. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $226.81 (€164), excluding tax at 9 per cent.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast. (€27 for full Irish).

Also

Not all rooms have bath tubs, so if you love long hot soaks make sure you request one when you book.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, library. In rooms, iPod docks, plasma TVs, Frette sheets, Ren toiletries; bathrooms have underfloor heating.

Our favourite rooms

Corner rooms are lighter, with big windows. Experience suites have an additional TV in the bathroom (if you like to watch while you wash). Romantics should book room 201, which has a red Italian‑leather bed, large bathroom and walk‑in shower.

Also

Book an in‑room massage for the morning after the night before, to ease your Guinness hangover.

Children

Cots are available at no extra charge; babysitting, €10 an hour until 11pm, then €15 an hour, plus the cost of the sitter’s taxi home.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

The Dylan Restaurant offers a relaxed and stylish dining experience with an upmarket bistro-style experience with dining from Richard Carmody who applies an inspired spin to seasonal Irish ingredients.

Hotel Bar

Dylan Bar is popular with in‑the‑know Dubliners for its decadent decor and killer cocktails; savour a trademark ‘Dylan’ cocktail (aged rum infused with tobacco leaves and stirred with brown sugar and Angostura Bitters), on a peacock‑blue velvet stool at the bar, or flirt with champagne flutes in a scarlet‑clad nook.

Last orders

Dylan Restaurant: Tuesday–Wednesday, 10.30pm; Thursday–Saturday, 11pm; Sunday, 10pm (closed on Mondays). Dylan Bar: 11pm; later at weekends.

Room service

24 hours (fish of the day and roast‑beef sandwiches are good choices).

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Dress code

Comfortable urban élan.

Top table

By day, a table at the window for natural light and people‑watching; by night, a corner table with high‑backed chairs for intimacy.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

For lunch, try the relaxed trattoria‑style Town Bar and Grill on Kildare Street (+353 (0)1 662 4800); order osso bucco with saffron risotto and ask the knowledgable sommelier to choose you a suitable wine. Patrick Guilbaud at 21 Upper Merrion Street (+353 (0)1 676 4192) is a must‑book; the eponymous chef’s Michelin‑starred modern cuisine has made it Ireland’s top restaurant. Check out the city’s sexiest dining room at Balzac in the La Stampa hotel (+353 (0)1 677 8611), while you get your fill of tasty international dishes.

Local bars

The exotic-looking Zanzibar on Lower Ormond Street is big, busy and full of the beautiful people (+353 (0)1 878 7212). The Clarence hotel at 6 Wellington Quay is part-owned by U2, and houses the trendy Octagon Bar (+353 (0)1 407 0800), where bartenders will rustle you up a superior martini.

Local cafés

The Expresso Bar Café on St Mary’s Road (virtually opposite Dylan) is a grand place to start a day in Dublin, with good coffee and freshly squeezed juices (+353 (0)1 660 0585).

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Foliage-rich city fringe

Dylan

Eastmoreland Place, Dublin, 4

Planes

Dublin International Airport is 16.5 kilometres from the hotel; allow 25 minutes for the drive (www.dublinairport.com).

Trains

The closest station to the Dylan hotel is Tara, just under three kilometres away (12 minutes in a cab). There’s no direct rail service from the airport.

Automobiles

The E1 and the M50 are the main roads to the hotel. Hire cars are available at the airport.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Scott Manson , Rock-star writer

This review of the Dylan hotel in Dublin is taken from our latest guidebook, Mr & Mrs Smith: Hotel Collection – UK/Ireland Volume 2.

Dublin loves a tourist. I’ve never been to another city in the world where it’s so easy to partake of the local culture – by which I mean beer. A typical Dublin corne...

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Dylan

Anonymous review by Scott Manson, Rock-star writer

This review of the Dylan hotel in Dublin is taken from our latest guidebook, Mr & Mrs Smith: Hotel Collection – UK/Ireland Volume 2.

Dublin loves a tourist. I’ve never been to another city in the world where it’s so easy to partake of the local culture – by which I mean beer. A typical Dublin corner consists of several buildings, one of which is a pub. Next to this there will usually be another pub, which is adjacent to several more pubs. Once in a while, there is a building that sells food, but it’s not compulsory. ‘Now this,’ says Mrs Smith on our arrival, ‘is my kind of city.’

We were there to visit the Dylan, the latest addition to the city’s burgeoning boutique hotel canon. Heading to the hotel down the pretty Georgian streets of Dublin 4, we are struck by the urbane tranquillity of this upmarket enclave. (If you need a reference point, imagine a swanky North London district such as St John’s Wood, but with better bars and cooler locals, and you’ve got yourself a flavour of Dylan’s setting.) Although the hotel is just 10 minutes from the club-filled party zone that is Temple Bar in the city centre, the genteel Dublin neighbourhood that Dylan resides in is a perfect spot for a stealth-wealth boutique hotel.

In a country where millionaires are multiplying by the day and the rise in house prices makes other capitals’ property booms seem like small potatoes, there’s a growing demand for high-end getaways. When Ireland’s beautiful people need a place to spend their many Euros, Dylan is the town’s hottest spot. Further proof, if it were needed, that this hideaway is utterly power-player-friendly comes from frequent media reports that its watering hole is a magnet for visiting dignitaries looking for a discreet drink or two. (And there’s nothing like a Dylan – the
bar’s delicious signature cocktail – to accompany some circumspect people-watching when perched on one of those oh-so-plush bar stools. So delicious, it distracts us entirely from scoping the joint for famous folk.)

It’s clear that the staff, nattily turned out in chic black uniforms by trendy Dublin designer Leigh Tucker, take pride in this newly converted building, because as soon as we get there they offer us a personal tour of the ground floor. From the recently re-styled elderberry, amethyst and metallic hued restaurant and patriotically elegant library to the bar, with its myriad candles, super-slick brushed-metal fireplace, handmade pewter counter and huge, comfy chairs, this 19th-century townhouse is a symphony of grand design. Even us poor ostracised smokers are mollycoddled by the provision of an impressive outdoor terrace on which we’re free to indulge our filthy habit: always packed with locals, its shiny mushroom-shaped heaters and huge parasols keep us warm and dry – very civilised.

Our bedroom is no less impressive, with a low-slung, leather-lined bed, clad in Frette linen and surrounded by fabulously ostentatious lights; and above, as pointed out by a grinning Mrs Smith, a cheekily placed mirror on the ceiling. Which our porter catches her clocking with a wink. Great – now he thinks she’s a nymphomaniac. Only moments after the blushing lad has left us to our own devices, steam is billowing from the bathroom: Mrs Smith has gone straight to work filling up the tub. On adding the Etro toiletries, a gorgeously sweet-smelling lather forms that’s the perfect complement to some luxuriant double dipping. This hip city sanctuary is clearly pure aphrodisiac.

Dinner at the Dylan Restaurant proves historic. Frankly, with food this good and a telephone book-sized wine list to choose from, any sense of fiscal responsibility goes right out of the window. They say it’s the best wine list in Ireland and, as we look around at the appreciative patrons poring over the choices like Talmudic scholars, it is clear that we are in Dublin’s high temple of gastronomy. To relate a blow-by-blow account of our eating would bore, but highlights include some stuffed pigs’ trotters with boudin noir (posh black pudding, for the uninitiated); a zingingly fresh piece of halibut with a lobster sauce; and an exquisite chocolate fondant that makes Mrs Smith angry. ‘What seems to be the problem?’ I enquire sweetly. ‘I just know I’ll never eat dessert this good again,’ she says. Women are complicated creatures, right enough.

We venture out briefly to Café en Seine on Dawson Street, a decadent three-floor art deco bar, full of punters frugging wildly to cheesy pop classics. We also stick our heads into the cooler Octagon Bar, part of U2’s Clarence Hotel on the quayside. But our hotel is calling to us like one of Homer’s sirens. Let’s face it. If you’ve got a fantastic room overlooking a quiet green, and the whole place is suffused with playful, mood-enhancing lighting; and if the iPod is playing soft, sweet music in the background, there’s an ‘adult games’ pack in the minibar, a customised memory-foam bed, and a bottle of Chablis chilling away in an ice bucket – the smart choice is to make the most of things. And, as for that telephone ringing the next day to let you know you’re an hour late for check-out… Surely the understanding staff at this fine hotel knows that dilly-dallying at Dylan is definitely de rigueur?

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Dylan's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on 8 Feb 2014

We loved

We really enjoyed our stay at the Dylan. It's quite informal, which is nice. We stayed in a Style room, which was perfect (I loved the heated floor in the bathroom, which was lovely on your feet!) Cocktails were scrummy, too.

Don’t expect

We visited during the Six Nations rugby when Ireland were playing Wales: the bar is open to the public and it was heaving. We loved the atmosphere but it may not be to everyone's expectations so that's worth bearing in mind!

Rating: 9/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on 31 Jan 2014

We loved

I loved the beautifully appointed large rooms, superb breakfasts and attentive and helpful staff.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 25 Oct 2013

We loved

I liked the very welcoming and friendly staff. It was very helpful that there was flexibility with our check-out time. The room was great with some nice touches, such as an iPod and speakers.

Don’t expect

Breakfast could've been better – the milk for cereal was left out and so was at room temperature.

Rating: 9/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on 18 Oct 2013

We loved

Our lovely suite had a very comfortable bed and a relaxing lounge area. Watching TV in the shower is certainly a unique experience.

Don’t expect

As Dublin is a party city, a later breakfast would be appreciated.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 11 Oct 2013

We loved

From start to finish, my partner and I had a wonderful time; the decor was amazing, the rooms fab, the food gorgeous and the beds difficult to leave! The Dylan is a beautiful hotel and well positioned, and the staff second to none, very friendly and helpful. We will definitely be coming back.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on 11 Oct 2013

We loved

After driving through Dublin in the dark we were greeted by Michael, the concierge, who organised parking and whisked our luggage to our room as we checked in; we were being treated like Mr & Mrs Smith royalty! Our room was upgraded and we were reminded that as Mr & Mrs Smith members we had breakfast included and if we wished to dine in the hotel a bottle of wine was also included. We couldn't let that pass, so once we sorted our room we were straight back down to the dining room for an excellent dinner. Replete, we retired to our room to the most comfortable bed you can imagine! Breakfast lived up to the standard of dinner. Having been out all day and going out in the evening we called back to the hotel for sustenance and ate in the bar where there was a good choice, and after our concert we came back to complete our dinner with divine desserts and a sample of cocktails. Next morning we again sampled the delights of the excellent breakfast choices before reluctantly checking out, but the process was made easier by exchanging a few words with a world famous pop star! You can't get better! Excellent service, excellent food and the most comfortable room – complete with iPod fully charged with what else but U2!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 3 Sep 2013

We loved

Service was very attentative, warm and friendly.

Rating: 9/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on 24 Aug 2013

We loved

Our second stay at the Dylan was just as good as our first. We look forward to many more stays. Again, they upgraded us to a bigger room, and this one had a lovely walk-in wardrobe with 360-degree mirrors. We asked for hair straighteners and a DVD player (you'll need to bring your own DVDs), which were put in our room and set up within half an hour. As well as the fantastic staff who go out of their way to help, the highlight really is the restaurant. Breakfast is delicious, and there's all you can drink chilled prosecco (though admittedly we didn't partake) as well as all sorts of home-baked breads, including gluten-free. Again, we made use of our Mr & Mrs Smith perk – a free bottle of wine with – and it's well worth it, as the food is sensational and the set menu is very reasonable.

Don’t expect

The hairdryers, while nice and powerful (unlike normal hotel hairdryers), have a habit of sucking your hair in, and then it gets stuck in the propeller. Mr Smith was forced to come to the rescue and detangle me, twice!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 22 Jun 2013

We loved

This boutique hotel is not large in scale but is very intimate. The concierge has been very helpful with all my inquiries (including city trip recommendations, movie ticket arrangements...) The breakfast provided daily was mouth-watering and the Irish breakfast was impressive. My room in the corner was very quiet and spacious.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 28 Mar 2013

We loved

The service was consistently outstanding. All members of staff were extremly helpful, friendly and attentive throughout our stay in the hotel and in the restraunt. The food was excellent and we would recommend that anyone staying in the hotel should indulge themselves with a dinner in the restraunt. The lavish interiors really define luxury, I couldn't fault any aspect of this hotel and will definitely return here in the future.

Don’t expect

Nothing.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 25 Aug 2012

We loved

The little touches: when they turn down the bed they leave you chocolates on the pillows and a big bottle of chilled water; plenty of REN toiletries in the bathroom; hair straighteners (on request); lovely staff who go the extra mile (they went out to buy me soya milk for breakfast!); and naughty treats in the mini bar! We ate in the hotel restaurant on the Sunday night, when they do a very reasonable set menu: three courses for £26 with a free bottle of house wine for Mr & Mrs Smith members. The bill (for two) came to £70, including service. The food was stunning, particularly the dessert which I can only describe as like eating a vanilla, mascarpone and blueberry cloud!

Don’t expect

I can't really fault anything. We were made to feel so welcome.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 24 Aug 2012

We loved

Modern, well-decorated rooms, and a really good dining experience. Staff were very helpful and knowledgeable, both in the restaurant and on the desk. Hotel is in a quiet spot, about a 20-minute walk into centre of Dublin for shops and tourist attractions.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 17 Aug 2012

We loved

As I was staying there pre- and post wedding, it was great to be able to get GHDs and curling tongs sent up. The staff were fabulous and very helpful in sorting taxis for myself and the girls. Breakfast is scrumptious, I highly recommend the omelettes!

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 7 Jul 2012

We loved

Everything!! Very helpful lady receptionist in particular... but everybody!

Don’t expect

Nothing!!

Rating: 8/10 stars