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
Lovely hotel, great location, very friendly and helpful staff but it isn’t for anyone looking for an uninterrupted sleep.
As mentioned in other reviews, the noise from the nightclubs either side is incessant until 5am.
Maybe more suitable for younger people or even older people who want to party all night!! We spent a weekend break there, it might be quieter during the week. I’d go back fir a midweek visit if that was the case but never for a weekend
When they say it's noisy they aren't kidding. On any night of the week this hotel is liable to have serious music/bass until 4 or 5 am.
You do get some good stuff in return.
-Rooms are stylish, record player is cool
-Hotel staff is friendly
-There are good bars/restaurants/room service at the property
-Since it's cheap
Areas for improvement
-Water bottles are teeny tiny, not sure why they don't make bigger
-Weird the mini-bar doesn't have a beer in it
-I would have a white noise machine. The earplugs are OK, but still helpful to have noise to block out the base
-I think maybe they should go to 3M earplugs. I am not an ear plug expert, but I feel like I've had better earplugs (specifically the ear plug one)
Writing this review at 2.50am from my matchbox size bedroom in the Dean and yes there’s 16 of us staying and all rooms are the same... tiny. Going to give you all one piece of advice.... NEVER EVER stay here unless u plan on not actually sleeping then it’s perfect for you. When a hotel leaves earplugs beside your bed you know just how much sleep your getting and that’s ZERO. With nightclubs banging from either side it’s impossible to get to sleep. Anyways I don’t ever leave reviews but this time it was a must!
There’s plenty of hotels in the city we’re u can party and sleep without coming to the Dean. STAY CLEAR!
I came to Dublin with my two sisters and brother and my father as part of his 90th birthday celebrations. The staff at the hotel couldn’t have been more helpful and friendly especially when we asked for any assistance with my father who is less mobile and partially sighted. They were all amazing and nothing was too much trouble. The hotel generally, plus Sophie’s restaurant was fabulous and the food there was delicious. And everywhere had a wonderful atmosphere. The rooms were quirky and very comfortable - one even had a record player! All in all we thoroughly enjoyed our all too brief stay but will definitely return for a longer visit next time. Thank you to everyone for making it such a memorable visit.
This hotel has great interiors, a hip vibe and has been decorated very well. Basically it looks great!
I’ve stayed here before and really enjoyed it, but there are a few things that they haven’t got quite right.
The rooms are fabulous and look funky. The bed is comfy.
You could Only drink tiiiiiny little bottles of water from the mini bar - so we got though about 5 when we could of had one or two big ones and not used so much plastic.
Basics: for the type of hotel is is, the pillows should be better and not floppy and flat. Our bathroom sink was blocked and wouldn’t drain which was a bit rank. And the NOISE: last time I stayed it was bad - but this time it was unbearable!
Blaring music outside our window until 5am- is nuts. To be fair it was a Friday and we were informed about noise but if we knew it would go on that long - there’s no way we would have stayed! Or at least changed rooms. I had ear plugs and pillows on either side of my head and I still couldn’t sleep.
Miscommunication but I hope it doesn’t happen to anyone else who wants a cosy night sleep!
Sophie’s bar upstairs has great panoramic views of Dublin - I would recommend going here for this even if you don’t stay.
We were offered a free coffee because of the noise issues which was something - thank you.