What We Love
- Feeling like you stepped into a '50s episode of Dr. Who in the funky sunken living room
- Starting the day with a free full-blown Irish breakfast or a fluffy omelet with poached pears on the side
- Enjoying luxe touches like Matteo linens and organic toiletries from Ireland’s own VOYA-brand
What To Know
- If your hotel wishlist includes a spa, swimming pool, or fitness center, you’d better book elsewhere
- Rooms are big on style but short on mod-cons: there’s free WiFi but no minibars or air conditioners
- There's no elevator (this is a historic townhouse, after all) but staff can help with luggage
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Modernism meets classic Georgian style at this design boutique in the heart of Dublin
Sam Stephenson, one of Ireland’s most controversial architects, turned tradition on its head in the 1950s when he renovated his Dublin residence by combining an elegant Georgian townhouse with an iconoclastic Modernist coach house. Now a 21-room boutique hotel, guests have the choice of staying in either. Linked by a serene secret garden, the former features original elements like ornate cornices and moldings while the latter has rough whitewashed stone walls and a minimalist aesthetic. Downstairs, it’s the common areas that truly shine. The reception lounge features a sunken fireplace-facing living room complete with a supersized black leather sectional, bold abstract art, and an honor bar covered in mirrored tiles that, once avant garde, now looks like a time capsule of mid-century design. Upstairs, the cheery dining area (with both indoor and outdoor seating) is another draw thanks to a made-to-order complimentary breakfast that’s been dubbed the best in Dublin. Go “full Irish” or opt for something lighter, like scrambled egg with smoked salmon or sublime poached pears in vanilla syrup.
In the Area
“Urban oasis” may be an overused term, but this hotel, located on a side street and shielded by a tall creeper-capped wall, genuinely feels like one. Nevertheless, its address in the heart of Georgian Dublin puts guests within a two-minute walk of the Grand Canal and a five-minute walk of St. Stephen’s Green, a popular park that has its own LUAS tram stop. Adjacent to the green is Grafton Street, arguably Dublin’s top shopping destination (the surrounding pubs and cafés are an added bonus). If sightseeing is more on your itinerary, you can hit Merrion Square’s big-name museums and galleries on foot in under 15 minutes instead.
How to Get There
I enjoyed my stay at Number 31, the casual atmosphere, helpful, kind staff, nicely refurbished news room. Interaction with staff was particularly good, and the breakfast room is perfect, set up for friendly. conversation with other guests.
My room was overall very comfortable. But it lacked surface space, so nowhere to make a real/coffee, even though this facility was provided (hidden in the cupboard).
The bathroom was very unfortunate, and after ten days I was glad to leave it behind. Bad planning made it almost impossible to get into the shower recess, don't book this room if you're a large person, and the shower head sprayed water everywhere except where needed. It's hard to understand how this could happen in what appeared to be a recent renovation, I put it down to quirky Irish thinking.
I stayed in July and paid 312 euros for a standard double room, an astonishing amount.
Despite this I recommend Number 31, but stay in the non tourist season if you don't want to pay through the nose.
Number 31 is the perfect hidden-away gem in Dublin. It is beyond cozy, but still chic and elegant. We stayed here on our honeymoon in April and could not have been more pleased. Centrally-located with friendly staff and a beautiful courtyard, it was a perfect home while we explored the city. And you absolutely won't find a better breakfast!
Have stayed here twice. Location is fantastic, easy 15 minute walk to Trinity College through St Stephen's Green. Staff friendly, helpful and accommodating, with good tips for eating and drinking. The sunken lounge, courtyard and buiding are all lovely but the glory of the place is the excellent breakfast in the conservatory on a sunny morning. Enjoyed our stay again.