Dublin, Ireland


Rates per night from$168.04

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR147.80), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.


Boudoir-chic Victorian townhouse


Foliage-rich city fringe

Don't let the muted Victorian of Dublin's Dylan hotel fool you; step through the impressive front door and find yourself surrounded by playfully contemporary, sexy decor. Hobnob with the city's fashionable set with a night in at the Dylan Bar, whose quirky aesthetic seems straight from the imaginations of David Lynch and Lewis Carroll. Should you venture out, all the hottest spot in this cool city are within walking distance of the hotel’s tree-lined location.

Smith Extra

Get this when you book through us:

Daily full Irish breakfast for two (worth €54), bottle of wine with dinner at Tavern (three-course à la carte menu), late check-out (if available)


Photos Dylan facilities

Need to know


44, with six suites.


Noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from $168.04 (€148), excluding tax at 9 per cent.

More details

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


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

Hotel closed

24–26 December inclusive.

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.

Packing tips

Leave the GHDs at home – if your locks are lacklustre, borrow the hotel’s GHDs to add polish.


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


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 and Drink

Photos Dylan food and drink

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.

Dress Code

Comfortable urban élan.

Hotel restaurant

In the Taverm Restaurant, a soft palette of neutrals, atmospheric chandelier lighting and Chesterfield-style padded walls set the tone for a stylish dining experience. In the kitchen, Mark Bodie applies an inspired spin to seasonal Irish ingredients in upmarket bistro dishes such as crab meat with citrus and pumpkin seeds and tender Silverhill duck breast with pak choi and soy broth.

Hotel bar

Dylan Bar is popular with in‑the‑know Dubliners for its decadent decor and killer cocktails; try a trademark ‘G & Tea’ cocktail (Beefeater gin, Early Grey tea, fresh mint and a dash of citrus-infused bitters) on a rococo velvet stool at the long pewter bar, or savour balmy evenings with champagne flutes on the terrace.

Last orders

Tavern Restaurant: Tuesday–Thursday, 10pm; Friday–Saturday, 10.30pm; Sunday, 9pm (closed on Mondays). Dylan Bar: 11pm; later at weekends.

Room service

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


Photos Dylan location
Eastmoreland Place


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


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.


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

Worth getting out of bed for

You’re only 750 metres from the shopping delights of Grafton Street – Damien Rice’s busking turf of choice before he hit the charts. On nearby South William Street, South Great George's Street and Drury Street, Dublin's creatives showcase their talent in art galleries, independent boutiques and top-notch culinary pit-stops.

Local restaurants

Run by husband-and-wife team John and Sandy Wyer, Forest Avenue (+353 (0)1 667 8337) offers a five-course tasting menu showcasing the couple's light, vibrant cuisine and scintillating Irish produce in laid-back surroundings. 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. Ross Lewis is at the helm at Chapter One (+353 (0)1 873 2266), whipping up tempting fare such as smoked loin of pork with a pata negra crust and Loch Neagh smoked eel with poached lobster. In the heart of Dublin's creative quarter, Drury Buildings serves northern Italian fare, heady cocktails and Irish craft beer (+353 (0)1 960 2095).

Local bars

Mexican-flavoured 777's low lighting, gleaming 12-foot tequila bar and exotic cocktail list attract Dublin's beautiful people (+353 (0)1 425 4052). For a late-night tipple, House's log-burning fires, colourful garden and velvet-clad wine room tick all the right boxes (+353 (0)1 905 9090). Decked out with gilded mirrors, polished dark wood and traditional snugs, the Long Hall (+323 (0)1 475 1590) is a classic spot for a traditional pint of the black stuff.


Photos Dylan reviews
Scott Manson

Anonymous review

By Scott Manson, Rock-star writer

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 or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Dylan’s Guestbook below.

We loved

We were upgraded and were given a contemporary room which was lovely. The bed was most comfortable and we slept well. The staff were excellent. We also enjoyed drinks in the courtyard.


Stayed on 9 Jul 2018

We loved

The room, the quiet location, the hotel bar for cocktails. Neighbourhood restaurant Forest Avenue is amazing and good value compared to a lot of the big name Dublin restaurants.

Don’t expect

To be in the centre of things – this is quite a walk from central Dublin but perfect if you don't need to be within falling distance of the nightlife!


Stayed on 27 Apr 2018

We loved

The staff, breakfast, room no. 201, the restaurants and the beds. 

Don’t expect

It to be super luxurious.


Stayed on 2 Jan 2018

We loved

The location. 

Don’t expect

Breakfast is mediocre.


Stayed on 28 Aug 2017

We loved

The decor, lovely rooms, good gin selection and breakfast in bed with a Bloody Mary – the perfect hangover cure.

Don’t expect

The hotel to get back to you if you request a specific room.


Stayed on 7 Jul 2017

We loved

Stellar. I loved this hotel soup to nuts. Impeccable service, resources (traveling alone so this was especially appreciated on a multitude of levels), accessibility to all "things" Dublin, hotel resturaunt had fabulous food...I would go back and stay at the Dylan in a heartbeat.


Stayed on 29 Jun 2017

We loved

The excellent service! We were staying during a heat wave in June and the air-conditioning was being a bit unpredictable; the staff went beyond what could have been expected to rectify the situation and left us very satisfied customers!

Don’t expect

Peace and quiet every night! There was clearly a reason for the extra earplugs in our room and we suspected it was probably quite noisy towards the weekend! However we didn't need to use them during our stay so we couldn't complain!


Stayed on 18 Jun 2017

We loved

The staff are fantastic and incredibly helpful. The bed was so comfy, you would never want to leave. Close to the canal which is perfect for a nice walk.

Don’t expect

Wifi that works. A gym or any leisure facilities. A view from the room. Help from the hotel prior to arriving, such poor customer service to help you get there.


Stayed on 5 Jun 2017

We loved

The decor, the ambiance, and the service were all wonderful! A great boutique hotel!! One stand out restaurant to go to for dinner is the Rustic Stone!


Stayed on 8 Apr 2017

We loved

The hotel is really nice, rooms are lovely has everything in them. The staff can't do enough for you..

Don’t expect

The restaurant isn't open on a Monday, you can eat in the bar .


Stayed on 13 Feb 2017

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