Dublin, Ireland

The Mont

Price per night from$159.56

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 (EUR136.56), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

The Wilde side

Setting

Merry Merrion Square

If nothing quite says Fáilte like a pampered pup mascot, Dublin’s The Mont hotel is spot on for warm welcomes. A boutique hotel at the corner of city-central Merrion Square, it has mid-century-meets-industrial rooms, an on-trend Italian eatery dishing out wood-fired pizzas and a cosy copper-coloured bar with an inventive menu of craft cocktails, screens showing the latest sport and, of course, Ireland’s best-known malty drink on tap. Explore the city – you’re right at the heart of it – by day and settle in for pints in the bar’s winter garden as night creeps in. Another drink? Ah, you will, you will…

Smith Extra

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A selection of truffles on arrival and a cocktail each at the bar (once during your stay)

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

96, including six suites.

Check–Out

Noon. Earliest check-in, 2pm. Both times are flexible, for €10 an hour, subject to availability.

Prices

Double rooms from £140.00 (€155), including tax at 13.5 per cent.

More details

Rates don’t include breakfast, but you can tuck into the buffet spread of hot and cold breakfast favourites for €17.50 a person.

Also

The unusually large (for a city-centre stay) gym is open 24 hours a day and is fully kitted out with cardio machines, functional trainers, free weights and HIIT equipment. It’s solely for use by guests of the Mont and sister hotel the Alex.

Hotel closed

The hotel is closed annually for Christmas – from 21 to 26 December, inclusive.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV with Chromecast, tea-making kit, air-conditioning; suites also have a Nespresso coffee machine.

Our favourite rooms

The spacious suites have stretching room for longer stays and the rooms facing the street have large Georgian windows. Monty recommends the dog-friendly rooms, of course.

Packing tips

Bring your well-worn The Importance of Being Earnest paperback and leave room in your checked bag for a bottle or two of Ireland’s finest.

Also

Due to the historic nature of the building, The Mont is not wheelchair accessible.

Pet‐friendly

Pups up to 20kg are welcome for €100 a night; beds, bowls, treats and blankets will be ready for them. Contact the hotel when booking to ensure a dog-friendly room is available. See more pet-friendly hotels in Dublin.

Children

All ages are welcome, but not catered to. Suites have sofa beds that can sleep up to two children and cots for babies can be added to some rooms on request.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Grab a table by the window if you fancy a spot of people watching (Wilde would approve) or snag a family-style table by the chef’s window to watch the pizza-making magic happen.

Dress Code

No need to dress to the nines for trendy Speranza or the Sin Bin Bar, but we’d recommend leaving your Guinness souvenir shirt for home use.

Hotel restaurant

A slice of Italy in Dublin’s city centre, restaurant Speranza dishes out antipasti, home-made pasta and wood-fired Neapolitan pies. Start with sharing plates of fluffy focaccia, burrata with heirloom tomatoes or thinly sliced beef carpaccio. Spice up your day with a ’nduja or Sriracha chicken pizza or feel smugly health-conscious with a kale and butternut-squash-topped pesto one. For dessert, there’s coffee-soaked tiramisu, zingy limoncello trifle and hazelnut-sprinkled brownies.
The breakfast buffet – a spread of pastries, jams, fresh fruits, meats and cheeses, cereals and fruit-filled smoothies – is also served in Speranza. Hot breakfast favourites can be made to order and zippy teas and coffees are on offer as well.

Hotel bar

The Sin Bin Bar pours out craft beers, signature cocktails – love a Moscow Mule? Try its rum-based cousin, a Jerry Loves Ginger – and classic spirits. Unwind in the greenhouse-inspired winter garden, or catch a game of Gaelic football on the big screens (you’ll want burgers to go with the latter, of course). 

Last orders

Speranza is open daily from 7am to 10pm.

Location

Photos The Mont location
Address
The Mont
1-4 Merrion Street Lower
Dublin
D02 H525
Ireland

The Mont is next to Merrion Square in Dublin’s city centre, under 10 minutes from St Stephen’s Green and Grafton Street.

Planes

Dublin airport is half an hour’s drive from the hotel.

Trains

Hop on Dart trains to travel outside of the city to Bray, Howth and other seaside towns; trains pull into nearby Pearse Station, a four-minute walk from The Mont.

Automobiles

There’s no need for a car in Dublin – walking and public transport are the best ways to get around – but if you’re exploring more of the Emerald Isle, you can park at the Alexander Court car park – two minutes’ walk from the hotel – at a reduced rate.

Other

The Airlink airport bus has a stop adjacent to the hotel. It runs every 20 minutes and costs €7 each way (or €12 for a return ticket).

Worth getting out of bed for

If it’s not a holiday without a spot of shopping, you’re in luck: buzzing Grafton Street and Powerscourt shopping centre are within walking distance of the hotel; the latter houses on-trend boutiques, vintage shops and cafés. Bibliophiles, history buffs and architecture fanatics take note: Trinity College is a short stroll away; cross the cobblestoned central square to the impressive Old Library and visit the Book of Kells

Fancy a hit of fresh air? Hop on a Dart train from Dublin and set off along the coast for an amble along the Bray to Greystones cliff walk; you’ll need a lunch break at veggie-laden The Happy Pear café, of course. The hills of nearby harbour town of Howth turn bright pink with blooms in spring; wander through the forested trails then swing by the waterfront for a fortifying ice-cream cone.

You’ll not be the only pair to do so, but when in Dublin… traipse through the brightly coloured lanes of Temple Bar to the Guinness Storehouse for a pint-sized tour through brewing history that ends with a draught and a bird’s-eye view of the city. For an authentic-feeling pull of Guinness, sidle up to the bar at Grogan’s Castle Lounge, a few steps from the George’s Street Market arcade.

Local restaurants

Wake up with leisurely breakfasts (and rich cups of coffee) or decadent Saturday brunches at Meet Me in the Morning; order plates of nut-butter-topped toast, pumpkin fritters with poached eggs and halloumi, fruit-laden overnight oats and challah French toast topped with spiced plum compote. More of a pastry connoisseur? Head bright and early to Bread 41 for the freshest of freshly baked morning buns, almond croissants and sausage rolls. A sourdough-centric bakery, Bread 41’s also a good bet for fluffy Friday night pizzas. For lunch, head to The Fumbally and order falafel with minty tzatziki and flatbread or ciabatta sandwiches packed with pulled porchetta. Gastro pub Fade Street Social dishes out a mean tapas menu of blistered Padrón peppers, citrus-glazed duck and miso-drizzled sesame soft-shell crab; budget room for the praline doughnuts with white coffee ice-cream (you’re welcome). Modern Mexican restaurant 777 serves up duck carnitas with plum adobo salsa, roast monkfish al pastor, sweet potato tempura and slow-stewed chicken tinga with crispy tostadas. Delahunt focuses on traditional Irish dishes with a modern twist – go all in with cauliflower soup with lovage and Guinness bread, followed by roast rump with potato and beef-cheek dumplings. Still hungry? Go on now: there’s ice-cream-topped strawberry and almond tart waiting. 

Local bars

Saunter over to George Street (name-dropped by James Joyce, no less) to fin-de-siècle pharmacy turned craft-cocktail bar The Chelsea Drugstore, which’ll cure what ails you. It’s former employees researched the healing power of cocoa (we buy that), but the current bartenders shake up creme-de-cocoa-laced whiskey cocktails and coffee-infused rum-based Negronis. Vintage-style Peruke & Periwig in Temple Bar themes its cocktails around well-known tunes, so don’t be surprised if you feel more musical after a Little Red Corvette French martini or a whiskey-based Roe-ing on the River Old Fashioned. 

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Ireland and unpacked their Donegal jumper and bottle of locally distilled whiskey, a full account of their city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside The Mont in Dublin…

Boutique city-centre hotel The Mont sits at the corner of Dublin’s Merrion Square, a gentle jaunt from the liveliest streets in the city, around the corner from Oscar Wilde’s former family home. Stays start off auspiciously with greetings from Monty, the dapper-as-can-be resident dog, whose hospitality would make an Irish mammy proud. Rooms are decorated in mid-century-mod style with pillow-topped beds that would crank Joyce’s letter-writing brain into gear and large Georgian windows that peer out across the square; downstairs there’s an on-trend Italian eatery that serves up wood-fired pizzas (fortifying fare for heady nights out) and a sporty pub with a cosy, greenhouse-like winter garden. We’re ready to toast sláinte to that…

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