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
If like us you've booked this hotel without reading any reviews first, then you have my sympathy. It's 4am and I've been laying awake since midnight listening to the pounding incessant music coming from all directions.
I'm on page 17 of the reviews, and I'm convinced the good ones must be written by staff or a PR compamy.
Food & view in Sophies
Bed is very comfortable
Decor (see cons)
Nice decor but its actually a bit scuffed/worn once you look closely
Mouldy tiles in batbroom
In all seriousness...I'm not a fussy person, but...
If you're reading the good reviews thinking "that's ok there's loads of good ones so the noise can't be that bad", think again.
First things first, yes the noise is definitely a thing. We requested quiet rooms on a friend’s advice, but unfortunately they weren’t able to accommodate this. They did upgrade us to apologise, which was great. Went to bed about 11pm a Sunday and wondered how bad this noise could be... yeah, pretty bad. However, once I had my earplugs in and set up the white noise app that I use for sleep anyway, I was honestly fine. Slept great! If you’re a light sleeper, it might be more of a problem, but I was OK once I was all set up.
The rooms and whole hotel are gorgeous. Lovely fittings and attention to detail and everything cosy and welcoming. The duvet and bed in particular were amazing.
Location fab, easy to get everywhere. Also loved the rooftop restaurant which was brilliant... still thinking about my pasta a few days on...
Cannot praise the staff highly enough – they were all FANTASTIC! So friendly and helpful and genuine. Brilliant team!
Only negative I can think of (noise aside) is that it would be great to have a robe/blinds. The big windows looking out are great, but the only options currently are open curtains and everything in the room on display, or closed curtains and no daylight!
Considering how lovely and fancy everything else is, a robe feels like an addition they could do.
I really loved the hotel decor, ambience and staff. Yes the noise is a lot, but it is manageable. Get yourself a white noise app for the night and the rest of your bedtimes to be honest, I’ve never looked back with mine!
The hotel is boutique, glam, on trend and in the heart of the hippest district in Dublin. If you're a single or a group looking to party then this is the hotel for you. Cool lobby cafe and bar and gorgeous rooftop bar and restaurant with great good and hipster staff looking to serve you the latest cocktail or a fresh pint of Guinness. BUT, and it's a big but, you are right on top of several nightclubs and if you're looking for a good night's sleep this is not the place to be.
To be fair the hotel makes no secret of it. In fact, on check in the first thing you'll notice is a pair of earplugs on each bedside table. It's noisy and they are fully aware.
Top tip, book a room on a higher floor at the very end of the furtherest part of the hotel. Literally as far as you can go. I was lucky enough to get one of those rooms and whilst I could still hear the whoop whoop of the clubs below it wasn't enough to disturb. Others in my team of 20 weren't so lucky and being there on business they were constantly moving rooms like Russian Roulette. Definitely impacted the quality of the stay.
Only other downside no Fitness centre or pool facilities.
Rooms were cool, modern, spacious and spotless. Business or families probably not the one but if you're there to party its definitely the place to be.
Myself and my boyfriend stayed here for my birthday last Friday night and it was a great experience from start to finish. The staff were lovely and as it was my birthday we were upgraded to one of the penthouse suites which was a lovely surprise! I regularly go to Sophie’s for dinner and drinks but this was my first time spending the night at the dean and it didn’t disappoint. The room was fab! Loads of room and a great mini bar! We also had a stereo in the room which was handy when trying to drown out the music of coppers underneath us. The bed was extremely comfy and the decor was so trendy! Loved the orange smeg fridge and the Great shower!
If you are looking for a relaxing nights sleep you won’t get it here as the music from coppers lasts well into the early hours.
What a fantastic hotel! Myself and my wife went on a city break to Dublin and stayed here. The staff were amazing they were so helpful and friendly especially the people on reception as were keen to recommend places to visit which was really useful. whoever was on the bar on Wednesday evening was also great as recommended us drinks which we really enjoyed. The facilities are also second to none blown away by everything provided my wife was in particularly pleased to have a Nespresso machine which supplied decaf pods! If we ever visit Dublin again we will be staying here! Thank you for a very enjoyable stay.