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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went there with my mum she had a very good time the food is very nice we had some cocktails the waiting staff were prompt and efficient but we didn't see them when we wanted to pay the bill the view was very good beautiful fresh air we would recommend going there at night the view is probably spectacular
We were very excited to stay at this hip hotel. Checking in, the staff was very friendly and helpful. We dined at the restaurant, Sophia. Food was great. View was amazing. As for the room, we expected small, but it was so small that all of our things were either on the floor or on the bottom bed. The bottom bed is padded on three sides which reduces the noise impact from the clubs on both sides of the hotel, but the top bunk is exposed and loud even with the earplugs the hotel provides. Everything looked very cool, but the paint was scuffed, the fixtures felt cheap and wobbly. I would not stay at this hotel again.
This is one seriously cool place, quirky, different but friendly and inviting at the same time. From walking in the door on our arrival to (reluctantly) leaving a couple of nights later we were treated like long lost friends. Check-in was a delight, we got lots of tips on where to eat and things to see, and we got upgraded too!
The room (314) was a special place, comfortable bed, great decor and styling plus a bathroom to die for and a big bonus... a record player and supply of cool vinyl to play.
Nothing was too much trouble for the delightful staff. The bars were great and the breakfasts a real treat.
If there is a downside, it can get noisy at night, you're slap bang in the most trendy/clubby part of the city and there is inevitably a good deal of noise from the clubs (although we only heard it on the first night). The Dean has done what it can to mitigate this by triple glazing, using thick curtains and even supplying ear plugs. If you're young and trendy, go and join in... If, like us, you're more fond of your sleep, use the earplugs!
We would very definitely stay at The Dean in future, we absolutely love the place!
We decided to book this hotel because we had read some good reviews on major magazines and newspapers.
We knew about the “noise”, but we wanted to try it the same!
So, let me start saying one big thing: this hotel is NOT for everybody, children, aged couples, people with sleep disorder...
The hotel itself is very centrally located with walking distance from famed attractions and sites of Dublin: Temple Bar, The Castle, Trinity College, St. Stephen’s Green...
We never took a bus or taxi, we just walked everywhere.
As for the interior, the lobby is great and perfectly balanced between the modern ‘cool’ and the old time charm.
Corridors, carpets, elevators: great architectural and designer choice.
Rooms: ours was a 26 sqm, funtional post-industrial furniture, beautiful and colorful carpet, with a mix of wood and iron with a funny and quirk touch.
We enjoyed the big TV with all channels from Europe, France, Italy, Germany, CNN...
We liked the fridge which is the focal point of the whole ‘thing’ and we used it, actually it was one of the factors which made us choose this hotel.
Bathroom: spacious, with a very strong water pressure shower (sooooo good).
The only cons were a worn and yellowish stained vanity which was definitely NOT attractive, and the difficulty to use toiletries properly. The dispensers are not efficient at all and do not work properly, even if we loved the concept.
The noise? We slept like innocent babies, it didn’t bother us at all.
We must admit that we had previously asked the superfrienly concierge to give us a room on the rear.
We liked our stay at The Dean and, you never know, in case destiny gives us another chance to return to Dublin, we definitely will choose this hotel again.
I had recently read an article in a travel magazine about The Dean so I was keen to try it. Best for singles and couples. Party hotel down to the signs instructing housekeeping to Feck off (it’s version of DND). Service was great.