Dublin, Ireland

Wilder Townhouse

Rates per night from$153.76

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 (EUR137.75), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

National velvet

Setting

Steps from St Stephen’s

The craic is great at Wilder Townhouse, a dreamy Dublin hotel on a serene street, a stroll out of the city centre (Temple Bar is within stumbling distance). Built during the Victorian era, its name nods to a time when Oscar Wilde once resided in the Irish capital. The 42 rooms range from cosy and cute to spacious suites with fireplaces, wood-panelled walls and vintage Ottomans. At the Gin & Tea Rooms, polished parquet floors, jewel-coloured velvet chairs, botanical-print wallpaper and, most importantly, an elaborate array of Irish gins and whiskeys await. Perfect for practising those erudite Wilde quotes.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

42, including four suites.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm, also flexible.

Rates

Double rooms from $153.76 (€138), excluding tax at 13.5 per cent.

More details

Rates don’t usually include breakfast (from €14.50 a person).

Also

The Wilder’s original incarnation, when it was built in the 19th century, was as a home for retired governesses; you can still sense the air of erudition and enlightenment.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, air-conditioning, free bottled water, Nespresso coffee machine, tea-making kit and Replica by Maison Margiela bath products.

Our favourite rooms

It won’t come as a surprise to learn that the Shoebox rooms are somewhat snug, but if you travel light, there are worse places to rest your head. For a bit more cat-swinging space, go for a Popular, which will be roomier and have an original fireplace, walnut-panelled walls and a vintage silk ottoman.

Packing tips

Stuff your suitcase with first-edition Oscar Wildes and James Joyces, and don’t forget an appetite for Guinness.

Also

All common areas are accessible for wheelchair users and there are specially adapted rooms available.

Children

All ages are welcome, but this one’s better suited to fully grown Smiths.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Sequester a table on the terrace if there’s no Irish rain, or choose your favourite colour seat (teal, mustard, slate).

Dress Code

Dapper dandy and literary heroine.

Hotel restaurant

There’s no restaurant at the hotel, but you can grab a bite in the bar, and breakfast is served in the Garden Room every morning. There’s a choice of breads, scones and muffins, along with some cooked options, including smashed avocado with poached eggs, buttermilk pancakes and full Irish breakfasts.

Hotel bar

The residents-only Gin & Tea Rooms has red-brick walls, botanical-print wallpaper, parquet floors, deco lighting and jewel-toned velvet chairs. That may sound nice, but the most impressive thing is the extensive gin and whiskey selection. Staff will be able to fetch cheese and charcuterie boards, soups and sandwiches to help soak it all up.

Last orders

Breakfast hours are 7am to 11am. The Gin & Tea Rooms are open all day, from 7am until 11pm.

Location

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Address
Wilder Townhouse
22 Adelaide Road
Dublin
D02 ET61
Ireland

The Wilder Townhouse is on Adelaide Street, a short stroll from the centre of Dublin, between Camden Street, St Stephen’s Green and the canal.

Planes

Dublin’s airport is a 45-minute drive away; the hotel can pre-book you a taxi.

Trains

The hotel is close to two of the city’s main rail hubs: it’s a 20-minute drive from Heuston Station and 10 minutes from Pearse Street. Staff will gladly pre-book you a cab.

Automobiles

The townhouse has a handful of free parking spaces (available first come, first served). Nearby street parking is also free between 7pm and 7am, and on Sundays. The hotel is perfectly placed slightly away from the action (we’re looking at you, Temple Bar), but within a five-to-10-minute walk of the centre.

Other

Ferries call in at Dublin’s port from Holyhead and Liverpool; it’s a little over 20 minutes by car from the port to the townhouse.

Worth getting out of bed for

Once you’ve worked your way through the Wilder’s gin collection, enjoyed a charcuterie board out on the lantern-lit terrace and read all of Ulysses (good luck with that), the centre of Dublin awaits, a 10-minute walk away. The shops of Grafton Street and buzzy brasseries of Camden Street are all within strolling distance. If you’re taking the James Joyce literary-holiday thing seriously, book a walking tour that pays homage to the writer and the city he loved to write about. Ditto if you’re going down the Oscar Wilde route: plot a voyage around Dublin in tribute to its famous son. Contemporary-art lovers will lose hours at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, on 48 acres of land in the city centre, on the site of the 17th-century Royal Hospital Kilmainham. It may be crowded with hen and stag dos, but Ireland’s most-visited tourist attraction is number one for a reason, and you’re bound to have fun when there’s pint after pint of Guinness involved: get yourself to the Guinness Storehouse.

Local restaurants

For coffee and croissants, duck into Network, a boutique brunch spot on Aungier Street. For the trendiest Thai in town, try Saba on Baggot Street, near the canal. Over on Camden Street, Pickle serves up Indian dishes that are almost too pretty to eat. On the same street, Delahunt is in another Victorian building, almost as fabulous as the Wilder’s, with a menu that focuses on seasonal local produce, with a whole lot of curing and smoking done on site; expect dishes such as roast chicken with sweetcorn orzo and wild mushrooms, and house-made black pudding with apple and quail’s egg. And if that sounds good, don’t miss Delahunt’s sister property Frank’s down the same road. The Wilder’s owners’ favourite Dublin haunt is Roly’s on Ballsbridge Terrace, where you can eat hearty homegrown fare (aged Irish beef, fresh Irish seafood).

Local bars

If you like your cocktails whiskey-based, head to Bar 1661 on Green Street; if you don’t, you’ll need the luck of the Irish to get through that list. And we shouldn’t really be telling you about it, but The Blind Pig is a (ssh) not-so-secret speakeasy manned by an award-winning mixologist.

Reviews

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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 first-edition folios, 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 Wilder Townhouse in Dublin

Away from the Temple Bar drag but within swift strolling distance for when the Guinness calls, the Wilder Townhouse is the sort of place Oscar Wilde would have loved to call home. The stylish sanctuary near St Stephen’s Green is in a listed red-brick Victorian building, originally intended as a home for retired governesses. There’s no one making you do your homework today, though: just in-the-know staff who will impart insider information about their beloved city. Bountiful breakfasts will equip budding flâneurs for enlightening strides around the streets in the manner of Leopold Bloom, and the Gin & Tea Rooms are a welcoming retreat to return to. It won’t come as a surprise to hear that they serve lots of gin, but its whiskey selection is something to settle in for, too. There’s no restaurant, but cheese boards and charcuterie platters are served amid the parquet floors, botanical wallpaper and velvet chairs of the bar, or out on the lantern-lit terrace. It’ll be a top morning after a night here.

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