Dublin, Ireland

Dylan

Rates from (inc tax)$235.69

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 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21EUR), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Boudoir-chic Victorian townhouse

Setting

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 décor. 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:

A full Irish breakfast for two each morning (worth €54), a free bottle of house wine when you dine at Tavern Restaurant (three-course à la carte menu only), and late check-out (subject to availability)

Facilities

Photos

Need to know

Rooms

44, with six suites.

Check–Out

Midday. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $235.69 (€210), excluding tax at 9 per cent.

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 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR229.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

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.

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.

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 and Drink

Photos Dylan hotel – Dublin – Ireland

At the hotel

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.

At the 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).

Location

Photos Dylan hotel – Dublin – Ireland
Address
Dylan
Eastmoreland Place
4
Dublin
Ireland

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.

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.

Reviews

Photos Dylan hotel – Dublin – Ireland

Anonymous review

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.

We loved

The attention. Tried their best in every way to make us happy. We were able to walk to Aviva Stadium and watch a game. Super close to the stadium. Maybe a 5 min walk.

Don’t expect

To be disappointed.

Rating

Stayed on 30 Jul 2016

We loved

The Dylan hotel is the perfect location for a city break. While it's about a 10 min walk to the centre, it is also pretty quiet and peaceful. The staff were very friendly and accommodating. The bedroom was furnished to a high standard. The hotel also arranged a very nice surprise for my husband's birthday - sparkling wine, fruit and cakes.

Don’t expect

.

Rating

Stayed on 15 Jul 2016

We loved

Comfy beds, great service, cocktail bar and location. Recommend Eathos cafe Searsons Bar Millers Italian. 

Don’t expect

Great Breakfast

Rating

Stayed on 19 May 2016

We loved

The property, staff, room, everything! Visit St Stephens green and grafton St only 15-20mins walk. 25-35 euros in taxi from airport.

Don’t expect

Entertainment for children and cheap food or drink.

Rating

Stayed on 15 Apr 2016

We loved

Loved the hotel - Beautifully decorated and well located. Our room 314 was roomy, impeccably furnished. Loved the fact the there was an ipod with various albums stored on it for our use and pleasure. The concierge and reception were very helpful with all our requests and queries. Food and drink either in the Tavern or in-room dining were both well presented and tasted great too. We would definitely come back and recommend it to friends and family.

Don’t expect

Noise or Rowdiness. Do expect peace, tranquil respite from whatever activities/events outside the hotel day and night.

Rating

Stayed on 24 Mar 2016

We loved

Location, service, decor. 10/10. Loved Fig and Barrow cafe up Baggot Street

Rating

Stayed on 24 Mar 2016

We loved

The intimacy of the hotel, first impressions of decor and features in room, and the breakfasts. Small pizzeria round corner from hotel was a nice little restaurant to eat at (freshly made pizzas etc)

Don’t expect

Further outside main city area than initially expected so you have to become quite familiar with bus routes/taxi's if you don't want a big walk to go sight seeing. The air conditioning and one of tv's in room weren't working on the first night- but this was reported to reception and was rectified by hotel staff. 

Rating

Stayed on 25 Feb 2016

We loved

The service and the style. Local Malaysian restaurant Langkawi is very enjoyable. 

Don’t expect

To be in the heart of the visitor areas of Dublin - it's a good walk to St Stephen's Green - not a problem so long as you like walking, it's dry and you aren't in a hurry.

Rating

Stayed on 25 Feb 2016

We loved

The intimate atmosphere that only a boutique hotel delivers, the fabulous staff who are always attentive, and comfy beds!

Don’t expect

To be in the middle of the city: it's a good 20 minute walk, however that suited us as we like to walk everywhere.

Rating

Stayed on 5 Feb 2016

We loved

The cocktails, friendly staff and fantastic breakfasts.

Don’t expect

To be in the centre of the action, although it's only a 10 min walk and even better for being a little out.

Rating

Stayed on 20 Nov 2015

We loved

The room, the overall service and the quality of the food. We went to The Gate Theatre (an Arthur Miller play) and it was great. Had dinner in Brookwood and in L'Ecrivain, both were great.

Rating

Stayed on 18 Oct 2015

We loved

The vibe of the hotel, the heated bathroom floors, full bottles of water bedside with turndown service, our own wifi passcode.......everything! Just far enough away from Dublin City Centre to be relaxed but close enough to walk and be there in less than 10 minutes. Perfect.

Don’t expect

A hurried environment, everything was quite relaxing and laid back.

Rating

Stayed on 2 Oct 2015

We loved

Great location, glamorous decor, large rooms.

Don’t expect

May have been an off day but I thought the breakfast seemed very poor after waiting half an hour for cooked option, it was a disappointing effort… worst scrambled egg i have ever seen, basically an omelette folded over!

Rating

Stayed on 18 Aug 2015

We loved

The level of service, design look and feel, the attention to detail in all aspects of this hotel is a different level. A true representation of value for money, it's not cheep but is worth it. Sarah Jessica Parker was staying here when we visited, it's a small hotel with only 12 rooms so we all had breakfast together #celebhangout.

Don’t expect

Do be disappointed. You won't be.

Rating

Stayed on 8 Mar 2015

We loved

Lovely rooms. Great food. Service impeccable.

Don’t expect

A/C didn't seem to be quite right but wasn't a problem.

Rating

Stayed on 8 Jan 2015

We loved

Staff were very friendly, chatty helpful. Bar was pretty nice. Drinks good. Ordered breakfast very good. iPod in bedroom good. Enjoyed tv in bath!

Don’t expect

The buffet bit of breakfast is a little lacking - order from the menu. Some of the design in the lobby the room feels very last decade. I don't mean to be offensive, it was all well maintained, just not as focused as everything else we encountered.

Rating

Stayed on 31 Dec 2014

We loved

Rooms were very spacious and beautifully decorated with lots of added extras! Very attentive customer service.

Don’t expect

Go for room not over the bar area as it's quieter.

Rating

Stayed on 28 Nov 2014

We loved

Stylish rooms.

Rating

Stayed on 22 Nov 2014

We loved

The attention to detail in the hotel, the excellent attention received from all the staff and the beautiful hotel.

Rating

Stayed on 13 Oct 2014

You’ll also find Dylan in: