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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DISASTROUS stay at #TheDeanHotelDublin @dean_dublin! So sad as with my health I have to be so cautious of hygiene issues due to picking up any germs/bugs! Well I think these pics tell a story #Filthy! Unfortunately the hotel don’t want to know because we didn’t report immediately as I was too unwell!
an easy accessible hotel form the airport (line 757) and city centre (green line tram). rooms ok but a little bit small. anything needed was available at the room. no breakfast provided. a little noisy area (a few night clubs in a close vicinity)...
They told me ahead of time The Dean is 'the fun hotel.' Honestly, entering, it felt a little subdued--but this, I think, is by design. In fact, this is what fun looks like when it's incognito. Hang back, chill, and a greeting from staff that may as well have met you before. This is a 'how're y' doin'?' kind of a place--yet respectful (after all, it's your fun--or business; but staff seem to feel at home in this interesting space: dark mod hallways, lounge-like sitting room). By far the best feature is Sophie's restaurant. Something about the light (three sides glass) and wood (above your head) & I felt I was in a comfortable urban treehouse, once a diner. My in-room HiFi gave me U2, Sinead, Van. I was happy! It is loud at night (clubs next door) but use the vibration to your advantage. Hats off to you, Dean staff. You became my friends.
This hotel is really cool. We were excited when we arrived, the lobby seemed fun and the rooms were nice and spacious. I noticed the earplugs next to the bed but didn't think of it. I know I've seen other reviews where people were told when they checked in that the ear plugs are provided due to the clubs, we were not informed of this and had no idea. When we got back from dinner and drinks we noticed the music but again, didn't think anything of it initially. And then the music got louder and louder, I could almost feel it reverberating in my chest. The earplugs helped my husband, they did nothing for me. It doesn't help that the first floor is directly over one of the smoking areas for one of the clubs. I wish we realized before we booked otherwise we would not have even considered it. I took ample cold medicine hoping it would knock me out but with no luck. Again, if you plan to go to the clubs or are a night owl, definitely consider it. Also, they tout having Netflix to access in the room, once it was like 9/9:30 our Netflix stopped working. Someone came and tried to make it work by accessing a different netflix account but with no luck. Not sure if they have too many people trying to share Netflix accounts.
The Dean is my favourite hotel ever. I’ve stayed here twice and can only praise the staff for their attention to detail, friendly and professional manner. The rooms are out of this world and if you’re looking for a chic hotel in the centre of Dublin, then this is it! Just 2 minutes walk from St. Stephen’s Green, the Dean is just a stones throw away from all of Dublin’s amenities.