What We Love
- Four-star Dublin stay in a hip city-centre boutique hotel with rooftop bar - includes breakfast
- Hanging out in a hip new hotel minutes from the shopping paradise that is Grafton Street
- Lingering over delicious dinners and long drinks on the rooftop restaurant
- Feeling a bit retro by playing LPs on old-style record players
What To Know
- There are two nightclubs next door, but the hotel provides earplugs for the noise
- Central location near Dublin’s shops, restaurants and pubs
- Trendy design with retro touches like SMEG mini fridges, rotary dial phones and vinyl record players
What was Dublin’s most hotly anticipated hotel opening in 2014 has proven to be one of the most buzzed-about crash pads in the city, mostly for its design flair, central location and all-out quirkiness. Housed in part of a terrace of Georgian townhouses near Grafton Street and Camden Street, it’s exactly what you’d expect from the people behind U2’s Clarence Hotel: urban chic with a rocking spirit.
Spread over several floors, the décor theme in the 52 rooms and suites is decidedly playful. Expect Samsung Smart TVs, fully-stocked mini SMEG fridges, ‘munchie trays’ with Irish goodies and coffee-makers, Grafton Barber bath products, Marshall amps, and lots more fun stuff. There’s also great wining and dining options, including the fantastic glasshouse rooftop restaurant and bar that serves New York-Italian-Irish fare.
When you’re not busy downing cocktails, champagne, draft pints, craft bottles, spirits and wine or spinning LPs on the hotel’s old-style record players, many of Dublin’s delights are on your doorstep. Don’t dare leave without taking a guided tour of the Old Jameson Distillery, marvelling at St Patrick’s Cathedral, bar-hopping in Temple Bar, and nursing a pint of the black stuff in the Guinness Storehouse – a Disneyland for beer lovers.
For all-out quirkiness, the 52 rooms and suites vary in size, design and layout. All accommodation types have fully-stocked mini SMEG fridges, Samsung Smart TVs, Marshall amps, and ‘munchie trays’ with Irish goodies and coffee-makers. Bathrooms have bathrooms with power showers and Grafton Barber bath products. The small but super-comfy Mod Pod Room has a double bed while the larger SupeRoom has either a double bed or two twins. Please note that all rooms are double-glazed, but not 100 per cent soundproofed.
Overlooking the city, flagship rooftop restaurant and bar Sophie’s is the all-glass jewel in The Dean’s crown. Open daily for breakfast, lunch (brunch on weekends) and dinner, you can kick-start the day with Clement & Pekoe coffee, teas, cold pressed fresh juices and home-baked pastries before progressing to delicious New York-Italian-Irish culinary offerings. Alternatively, hit The Dean Bar for the signature Rotisserie Lunch and all-day menu, or The Lobby for cocktails, champagne, draft pints, craft bottles, and more. Expect live music and DJs sets at the weekend.
You’ll be smack bang in the heart of the vibrant nightlife district, just a five-minute stroll from Grafton Street, and close to both the Camden Street strip and Iveagh Gardens. Don’t dare leave without nursing a pint of the black stuff in the Guinness Storehouse, taking a guided tour of the Old Jameson Distillery, seeking out endangered Asian lions and Sumatran tigers at Dublin Zoo, and marvelling at St Patrick’s Cathedral that was built in honour of Ireland’s patron saint. Further thrills including experiencing Dublin’s iconic nightlife in Temple Bar, seeking out masterpieces at the National Gallery of Ireland in Merrion Square, and learning about one of the country’s most celebrated writers at the James Joyce Centre. The Dean is a 40-minute drive from Dublin Airport.
How to Get There
1. The wifi is good, so you can log into your Spotify account and listen to it all night, although full volume on your device will be required
2. At night you can switch on the TV as loud as you like and nobody will complain
3. There is a strong possibility you will not be able to sleep after 10pm, giving you time to write your Trip Advisor reviews or if you are feeling energetic swing a cat (although I don't think pets are allowed)
4. If you do not want to try any of the above, then close your eyes and experience the Ibiza clubing scene from the luxury of your bedroom
5. I have stayed in this area of Dublin for business almost every week for the last 18 months, I now appreciate all the other hotels I have stayed in (I will get some time tomorrow around 2am to write some reviews on these as I am here another night)
6. Funky bar
7. Shower is good
8. Friendly staff
1. The hotel is above a nightclub so a tad noisy. I would say ask for the 15th floor when you check in, to distance yourself from the noice, but unfortunately they only have 5 floors
2. Very difficult to open the bathroom door from the inside, needs some strength
3. Very expensive for what you get
Over & out from The Dean, 2.46am, Sep 19 ????
The location is perfect in the heart of Dublin and close to St Stephen’s Green.
The hotel is a real one-off - we had a good room with a large comfortable bed and nice touches like a record deck and discs. Light & airy and well presented. Great walk in shower too.
There’s a quiet ground floor bar area and a fantastic roof top bar and restaurant, both giving a skyline view across Dublin.
Not without its faults or it would be a ‘five’ from me - the outside roof bar had private parties both nights we were there. These took up two thirds of the area plus there’s a smoking area which left almost nothing for non-smoking guests.
We gave up on that both nights sadly. I mentioned it in the restaurant when we had dinner but it got no response. That was simply not good enough in my book.
Plus a very noisy club next door till 3.30am on our two nights. They give ear plugs but it didn’t really keep me awake ( but it certainly did our fellow travellers).
We had dinner one night in Sophie’s Restaurant and it was excellent - a great space, very good cooking (wood-fired pizza, sea trout, gnocchi, battered chilli prawns etc - all very good) and a good bar in the middle for a pre-dinner cocktail ( really good bar staff and waiters ).
Finally - there’s no parking but you get a discount on a multi-storey car park 5 to 10 minutes walk away.
Overall very pleased and would definitely stay again but would want a room that was quieter, perhaps facing the street in front and I would expect to benefit from the roof top bar.
Extremely disappointing. Despite a lovely bar/shared area, the rooms are dirty and not up to standard for a four star hotel. We paid almost £500 for two nights and as you can see from the photos, it wasn't worth it. We complained at the time and were moved to another room which still had the same issues particularly dust, dirt and grime in the bathroom.
We complained to the hotel on our return but havent got anywhere.
We weren’t particularly fazed by the noise but I do think morally there is a difference between being advertised in a busy/noisy road and on arrival being told there are nine nightclubs in the road, two of which are underneath and close at 4.00am.
Would recommend staying a basic hotel which will get the basics like cleanliness right and for a 1/3 of the cost.