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.
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On first impressions this is a fantastic hotel.....friendly staff, hip bar, lovely comfy rooms with all the mod cons. Nice personal touches to all the rooms.
Just be warned, you will find sleep almost Impossible here unless you're in town to party yourself. The night club next door might as well be under your bed. In fairness they do warn of this noise at reception but it's far worse than one would expect. Just know what you're booking
This is a cute hotel in a central district in the city. Rooms vary in size - but storage and counter space are limited (and in some rooms, non-existent. Staff is very friendly and helpful (but beware of the security staff who are working the doors...aggressive and don't really care that you may be a guest of the hotel that is just trying to get back to your room!). This hotel is ideal for partiers and those who can sleep through anything as it is LOUD! Music from both the lobby and bars nearby blare until 5am - and no amount of white noise or ear plugs will help. If they figure out some better solutions for noise pollution, this could be a fantastic spot to stay!
We stayed at the Dean for 2 nights for a city break to celebrate my boyfriends birthday.
When we checked in, the member of staff was very transparent that it would be loud in the evening due to the location of the hotel being in the nightclub district, but there would be ear plugs in the room if we needed them. (There wasn’t any ear plugs in the room after all). However this didn’t faze us; as I had seen other people’s reviews with relation to the loud music til late and with us planning to have a few pints of guiness, we expected this would help us sleep.
Unfortunately, this plan did not work out and we were kept awake until nearly 5am.
Additionally the room itself was pretty small (we stayed in a mod pod), but it had everything we needed.
The hotel itself has very cool interiors, and the terrace bar was really impressive also.
Overall, I wouldn’t stay at the dean again, purely because we didn’t get much sleep which didn’t help with the hangovers we were nursing the next day. If there was more sound proofing, I would consider staying again. To be brutally honest, I think it was quite overpriced, even for Dublin.