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SECRET HOTELS DUBLIN

Secret Hotels DublinThe jewel in the Emerald Isle, Dublin, is the perfect city break destination in which to experience some world famous Irish charm and hospitality. Situated at the mouth of the River Liffey, Dublin enjoys its picturesque natural setting whilst relishing its status as a cosmopolitan international city. This Irish capital boasts world class architecture, entertainment venues, traditional Irish culture and of course, pubs! The ideal getaway destination for couples after a romantic break, families with young children and groups of friends after the vibrant nightlife, Dublin really has something to offer everyone. Make sure to book your trip to Dublin with Secret Hotels, for the finest accommodation at the most unbelievable prices!

Dublin enjoys a plethora of iconic landmarks and sights, from historic monuments and relics to achingly cool modern architecture and developments. For a taste of the city’s rich and colourful history pay a visit to Dublin Castle. Originally built for defensive purposes by the Normans the castle has had a variety of different uses since; from home to the stolen Irish Crown Jewels to hosting conferences of the European Council. From the old to the new, visitors can marvel at the spectacularly modern Spire of Dublin situated behind the statue of Jim Larkin. Another popular tourist destination is the internationally renowned Trinity College, mostly to pay a visit to the Book of Kells, a delicate illustrated manuscript crafted by monks in 800 AD.

With more green spaces than any other city in Europe, Dublin truly lives up to its nickname of the Green Isle. Its abundance of parks includes The Phoenix Park with its tree-lined avenues, herd of wild deer and Dublin Zoo which is situated in its grounds.

Of course, a trip to Dublin would be incomplete without sampling some of its most famous export, Guinness. Home to a vast array of charming pubs, alehouses and live music venues experience Irish tradition at its best. A musician’s paradise, Dublin is famously the home of such iconic bands as U2, the Dubliners and the Boomtown Rats.

Make the most of your city break to Dublin and book your accommodation with Secret Hotels. Browse from a handpicked list of the best rooms in the city at unrivalled prices; you won’t believe your eyes! From 5* traditional Victorian elegance with finely furnished rooms and exceptional customer service in a desirable city centre location to stylish designer boutiques nestled down quiet streets in the trendy parts of town, there is sure to be a hotel to suit your each and every need. Those on business can opt for modern hotels with excellent transport links and conference amenities whilst families with children can choose from child-friendly hotels set just outside the city centre enjoying unparalleled vistas of the stunning Irish countryside.

Executive rooms close to Croke Park – 3 star – Dublin

Situated close to the iconic Croke Park, this charming Secret Hotel is in a prime location for seeing the sights of Dublin and particularly ideal should you be catching a game at the stadium! These executive rooms close to Croke Park benefit from connecting rooms, so it’s a great option for families or groups of friends wanting to stick together. They’re all furnished with flat screen cable television, coffee and tea making facilities and extras such as a radio, make-up mirror and hairdryer. Take advantage of the free internet and catch up with work or research the local area. Staff are attentive and welcoming, offering babysitting services, car rental and laundry. Daily housekeeping of the guest rooms is also provided, so no matter how long you’re staying for, you’ll have a relaxing haven to return to at the end of each day.

Dublin is a sports fans paradise. With several first class golf courses to choose from, all with stunning views of rolling pastures, the famous Dublin Mountain range or the Irish coast, it’s the perfect destination for lads weekends or stag dos. Croke Park is of course the home of the Gaelic Games, and a tour round this iconic stadium is sure to be a memorable one. You can even try your hand at the Irish tradition of hurling in the museum section, as well as step out through the players tunnel and imagine how Irish heroes past and present must feel. Etihad Skyline Croke Park Tour is a new addition, and is one of the best ways to see views of the city as you walk out 44 metres above the ground. Leopardstown racecourse is also within easy reach, so be sure to check out the latest horse events during your stay. Hedge your bets on your favourite horse and enjoy the famous electric atmosphere of this popular course.

Culture vultures will love Dublin’s rich history displayed throughout the different periods of architecture and museums and galleries. Dublin Writers Museum can be found in a stunning 18th century mansion and houses photographs, letters, rare books and personal items from some of Dublin’s literary exports. There are also regular readings and theatrical performances held here, and a special area for children’s literature. The Irish Museum of Modern Art is also a popular cultural destination, housing 4,500 works from the 1940’s. There are regular exhibitions so be sure to check for upcoming events.

Enjoy your stay in the enchanting city of Dublin!

Stylish and sophisticated city centre hotel – 5 star – Dublin

With stylish décor and just a stone’s throw away from major attractions such as Temple Bar, Trinity college and the Guinness Storehouse, this five star stylish and sophisticated city centre hotel is a the perfect option to surprise a loved one and enjoy a taste of luxury. The property provides 24 hour security and concierge, whilst the onsite restaurants and bars offer both formal and more relaxed dining. Each guest room has its own climate control, and includes daily housekeeping, cable television and a butler service. There is also an onsite gym as well as a fully equipped business centre, so whatever your reason for travelling the hotel has it covered.

Ireland is famous for Guinness, so taking a tour of the Guinness Storehouse is a great way to celebrate this Irish export. Learn about the Guinness family legacy and the man responsible for it all: Arthur Guinness. The tour climaxes with a complimentary pint in the Gravity Bar, overlooking the city with unrivalled views. If you’re more of a whiskey drinker, then tours are also available for the Jameson Distillery. Let the expert guide teach you a thing or too about whiskey tasting, or why not come to one of the distillery’s famous evening Shindigs with live entertainment and a sit down dinner.

Listening to some live Irish music is another must during your stay. Just walk around the cultural quarter of Temple Bar and you’ll sure to be lured into a few Irish pubs with live acts. The Church is perhaps one of Dublin’s quirkiest venues. Like the name suggests, it was in fact once a church but today is a café, restaurant and bar with a dance floor. It’s still recognisably a place of worship with a crypt downstairs, stained glass windows and an organ that was once played by the likes of Handel, but it’s also a lively music venue where you can listen to some of Dublin’s best emerging and established acts.

Throughout the year there are many well loved Irish festivities, but if you can, try and time your visit with St Patrick’s Day held on March 17th. Get yourself dressed up in the traditional bright green associated with the Irish and join the parade. This all day drinking festival can leave you pretty tired out, so at the end of it all be sure to enjoy a hearty meal of Irish stew at one of the Victorian pubs.

 

Superb historic hotel in embassy quarter – 3 star – Dublin

This superb historic hotel in the embassy quarter is air-conditioned in public areas and benefits from underground parking, a luggage room and free internet in the lobby. The 24 hour reception are on hand to help with any requirements and offer services such as shoe shine, babysitting, laundry, banqueting facilities and currency exchange. Guest rooms have connecting rooms, which are ideal for groups of friends and families, and include plush duvets, cable flat screen television, high speed internet and coffee and tea making facilities. Business guests will also be pleased to know they have a work desk with lamp in their room, as well as access to meeting rooms, audio/visual equipment and a board room.

Aviva Stadium is just a stone’s throw away from this Secret Hotel, and a must visit for football and rugby fans. Enjoy a behind the scenes tour of the changing rooms, press room, the tunnel and the sports memorabilia collections as you learn more about the 130 years of sport played here. If the tour has put you in an active mood, why not book yourself in to Experience Gaelic Games. Learn the basics of Ireland’s most popular sports: Hurling and Football whilst you learn about Irish culture and tradition: a fun day out for all the family and children of all ages.

Dublin is a bookworms paradise, home to the oldest pubic library in Ireland Marsh’s Library, as well as the Dublin Writers Museum. For something more light hearted, why not embark on the Dublin Literary Pub Crawl. In each pub, you’ll be entertained by extracts from the works of Dublin’s famous writers performed by professional actors. There are also literary walking tours available where you can visit the places frequented by the likes of James Joyce and Jonathan Swift as well as an audio guided tour centered around the inspiration for Joyce’s book Dubliners. You can visit the places that feature in the Irish classic whilst listening to voice actors entertain you with extracts from the novel.

For a unique date, take a loved one on the Liffey River Cruise. The 45 minute sail comes with a full commentary and will give you a good introduction to the city and its history and folklore. Alternatively, enjoy a romantic dinner for two at Dublin’s Floating Restaurant and Bar, MV Cill Airne. With beautiful waterfront views you can reflect on your stay on this beautiful city in style.

Ideally located hotel at Dublin airport – 4 star – Dublin

If you’re looking for a luxury hotel, ideally located hotel at Dublin airport, then look no further than this four star gem. Located at the airport, with free airport transfers to terminals, long term parking and wake up calls, you can enjoy extra time in bed before an early flight or avoid travelling late at night after an evening flight. This deluxe hotel is popular with business guests, because it features a fully equipped business centre with audio/visual equipment, conference rooms and courier services. Guest rooms are comfortable and furnished to a high standard, with a private bathroom and bathtub, coffee and tea facilities and a dining area. They also benefit from free internet access, cable television and daily housekeeping you don’t have to lift a finger.

The sights of Dublin and surrounding areas are within easy reach of Dublin airport. Spend the day in Dublin’s city centre and explore the maze of boutique shops, quaint pubs and historic landmarks. Trinity College, founded in 1592 with the help of Queen Elizabeth, is located on College Green and is a must see for first timers. Take a tour of this historic academic institute, and be sure not to miss the 19th century Old Library which welcomes over half a million visitors annually. The main attraction here is the ancient Book of Kells, which was written in 800AD by Irish monks. It details the four gospels in Latin and is an Irish national treasure with great historic and religious significance.

Whether you’re visiting for work or leisure, if you can escape for some time at the beautiful Irish coast, you won’t regret it. Adrenaline seekers should head to Dollymount Strand for lessons in kite surfing, whilst Balcarrick Beach is the place to go for scenic walks and romantic strolls. Alternatively, the Dublin Mountains make a fantastic family destination where you can hike or cycle the forests and woodland trails. If you decide to stay within the city, then there’re plenty of outdoor places to enjoy there too. Phoenix Park is renowned for being one of Europe’s most beautiful parks and is also home to Dublin Zoo. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to entertain the children or take a loved one, this well established zoo has a range of exotic species and informative daily talks.

However you decide to spend your time in this enchanting city, make sure you enjoy an evening out in the Culture Quarter. The Irish are known for their ‘shindigs’, so grab a pint of Guinness and catch one of the live Irish music shows at the great selection of historic pubs!

Centrally located hotel with fantastic rates – 3 star – Dublin

If you’re looking for a fantastic deal in the centre of the Irish capital, then this fabulous Secret Hotel is for you. Guest rooms have been recently refurbished and are all ensuite with a bathtub and complimentary toiletries. They also benefit from a high speed internet connection, cable television and coffee and tea making facilities. In the mornings, indulge in a full Irish buffet breakfast in the restaurant and in the evenings relax in the contemporary Irish pub style bar area, which features an extensive food and drink menu. Should you need any help planning your itinerary, the friendly staff will be more than happy to impart their local knowledge. For those travelling by rail, the Pearse Dart Station is just a ten minute walk from this Secret Hotel. Don’t miss out on this centrally located hotel with fantastic rates!

Located near to Dublin’s cultural quarter, Temple Bar, you’ll have a wealth of lively evening venues to choose from. This pretty area south of the River Liffey has still retained its Medieval cobbled streets and a walking tour of this historic area is highly recommended. If you’re visiting during a Saturday, be sure to check out the food market at Meeting House Square. Chat with the food experts, buy local produce and enjoy Irish delicacies such as freshly baked soda bread and barmbrack loaves. Popular stalls include Morrin O’Rourke Farm Foods which sells delicious Chicken and Ham pies and John McInerney who specialises in Atlantic West Clare Oysters. It’s a great place to pick up some souvenirs, or grab some lunch inbetween sight seeing.

Kilmainham Gaol, a former prison from 1798 until the 1980’s, is now run as a museum by the Irish government. Once upon a time, this historic venue housed some of Ireland’s most dangerous criminals, including leaders of the frequent rebellions throughout Irish history, such as Robert Emmet and Charles Stewart Parnell. Take a guided tour to learn about the poor conditions, public hangings and how prison life changed through the expert guides and informative exhibitions.

For romance, or a fun girls weekend, why not book yourself in for dance classes at Dance Theatre of Ireland. Try your hand at belly dancing for a hen do, waltz with your loved one in ballroom dancing or take your little ones to child and parent modern dance. With daytime and evening classes available, it’s a memorable activity where you might even pick up a few new skills!

Enjoy your stay in this diverse and exciting city!

Great Gateway Hotel off M50 – Dublin 4*

Situated within easy access of Dublin’s city centre, this four star luxury Secret Hotel, ‘Great Gateway Hotel off M50 – Dublin 4*’, offers up comfortable guest rooms furnished to a high standard with cable LCD television, coffee and tea making facilities and a separate hanging closet. In the evenings, there are three restaurants to choose from and even a nightclub to save on taxi fares going out. The business centre offers translation and secretarial services, as well as having both meeting and conference rooms. Other highlights include free parking, 24 hour concierge and 24 hour security as well as theatre reservations, laundry and babysitting services.

Liffey Valley Shopping Centre is one of Ireland’s largest shopping and leisure centres. Indulge in some retail therapy at the likes of Coast, Benetton and Miss Selfridge or treat the family to an evening at the cinema. The VUE 14 screen multiplex shows all the latest blockbusters with a choice of VIP seats and there are plenty of eateries like GBK, KFC and Harry Ramsden to head to after to discuss your favourite bits of the film. If you’ve got little ones, why not pop along to the Thursday Kids Club, where they’ll be entertained with music and magic shows.

Being so close to Dublin city centre, make sure you manage to squeeze in as many sights as possible. If you’re pushed for time, try the hop-on hop-off bus tour which stops at all the main attractions such as St Patricks Cathedral, Dublin Zoo and The National Gallery of Ireland. For Guinness lovers, make sure you take a tour of the Guinness Storehouse in St James’ Gate Brewery. After learning about the history of this iconic drink and its founder Arthur Guinness, you’ll finish at the Gravity Bar with a complimentary pint of the black stuff and panoramic views of the city. Of course, the best place to enjoy this Irish tipple is in one of the many historic pubs in the cultural quarter of Temple Bar. Fitzgerlads Bar is an Irish pub in a nutshell, with a Victorian style bar and cosy seating. Expect lively locals, good grub and lashings of Guinness.

The Irish coastline is absolutely breathtaking, so a day at the seaside is highly recommended for those visiting this magical city. Sandycove boasts some of the best ice creams, and is therefore a popular destination for families. It is also home to the Martello Tower, in which James Joyce wrote his first chapter of his classic Ulysses. Dollymount Strand is another good option, with Bull island nature reserve now a UNESCO biosphere reserve. It’s the place to go for nature lovers and bird watchers, but also adrenaline junkies, as the beach is also known for kite surfing.

Great rates at this leading Dublin airport hotel – 3 star – Dublin

An ideal option for those travelling by air, with the convenience of being close to Dublin’s leading airport. This Secret Hotel comes with parking and a fully equipped gymnasium, as well as offering free wifi in the lobby and a currency exchange service. Guest rooms are plush and comfortable, with coffee and tea making facilities, an en-suite bathroom and a television. Children are also catered for, with both cots and high chairs available. Should you be travelling on business, rest assured that the business centre is second to none, with audio/visual equipment, meeting rooms and a board room where you can rendezvous with clients or simply catch up with work outside the office. Don’t forget to snap up these great rates at this leading Dublin airport hotel!

Dublin city centre is easily reached from this Secret Hotel, as well as other nearby attractions such as the beautiful beaches, impressive mountains and pretty seaside towns. Dublin has recently been made a UNESCO City of Literature, so for the bookworms among us, be sure to pay a visit to highlights such as the James Joyce Museum, Marsh’s Library and the Oliver Goldsmith Statue. Number 1 Merrion Square was the former home of Oscar Wilde’s family between 1855 and 1879 and you can now take a tour of this impressive Georgian home, in which the first two floors have been restored to how they would have looked during Oscar’s day. The Oscar Wilde statue is also located over the road, gazing at his former home. This iconic memorial to the great writer took nearly three years to complete and the sculptor Danny Osborne even used the novelist’s grandson as the model.

For a daytrip outside the city, Howth Village is just 5 miles from Dublin airport and is full of pretty restaurants and bars as well as a scenic harbour where you can go sailing and fishing. For golf enthusiasts, there are some spectacular courses here too overlooking the Irish coast and rolling pastures. Malahide is another stunning seaside destination, and home to the impressive Malahide castle! Wander round the 250 acres of park land that this former grand home of the Talbot family sits on and take a tour to find out more about the ghosts that are said to roam the grounds, the mix of architectural styles and the Irish portraits that hang on the walls.

However you decide to spend your time in this glorious part of Ireland, they’ll be something new and exciting around every corner to fill you with happy memories that last a lifetime.

Modern hotel right beside the airport – 4 star – Dublin

An ideal option for those flying into the city for short breaks, this modern hotel right beside the airport benefits from easy access to Dublin city centre and surrounding areas, such as the pretty costal town of Malahide via the M1 and M50 motorways. Guest rooms are furnished with plush duvets for a comfortable and relaxing nights sleep, and benefit from free internet access, cable television and coffee and tea making facilities. The hotel also offers free airport transfers, as well as laundry, currency exchange and postal and fax services. Friendly staff at the 24 hour reception will be more than happy to help you make the most out of your stay whether travelling for business or leisure.

Enjoy a day at the seaside in Malahide. This stunning costal town just outside of Dublin is a great place to enjoy the local Gaelic culture, through the quaint pubs and boutique shops. Malahide Castle dates back to the 12th century, when Henry II was accompanied to Ireland by a knight called Richard Talbot. Talbot was later given the ‘lands and harbour of Malahide’, and thus the Talbot family legacy began. In fact, it was only in 1973 that the castle was sold to the Irish state. A tour of this fascinating building is highly recommended, where you can learn more about the Talbot family through exhibitions, paintings and the period furniture. At the back of the castle, in the courtyard, is the new Avoca Store and Café. Here you can enjoy seasonal produce whilst looking out over the stunning gardens.

Dublin is a unique city because it offers a coveted blend of old and new to suit all types of travellers. In the cultural quarter of Temple Bar, you’ll wander down cobbled alleys and past medieval buildings as you make your way to the various antique shops, Victorian pubs and quirky cafes. You’ll feel like you’ve journeyed back to a bygone era. And yet, just round the corner you’ll have an array of high street and designer shops at your finger tips, as well as nightclubs such as Club M, Madison Nightclub and Alchemy Club & Venue.

If you’re keen to stretch your legs, then Dublin is also home to some beautiful parks. Phoenix Park stretches over 707 hectares, and is known throughout the world as one of Europe’s most beautiful city parks. This picturesque slice of heaven has been a sanctuary for Fallow Deer, since the Duke of Ormond introduced them here in the 1660’s. If you’re visiting with children, Dublin Zoo is also located here.

Weekend winner at this Dublin south city hotel – 3 star – Dublin

An ideal choice for both leisure and business guests, this three star Secret Hotel has a wealth of facilities that are sure to impress. Meeting, conference and board rooms are equipped with audio/visual equipment, internet and fax and photocopying services, whilst the onsite gym is the perfect place to blow off some steam. You’re guaranteed a weekend winner at this Dublin south city hotel, and if you’re travelling by car, the property has underground parking to keep your vehicle safe, and the welcoming staff also offer dry cleaning services, currency exchange and a luggage room for your convenience. Parents can also take advantage of the babysitting services on offer, as well as high chairs and cots available on request. Indulge in the sumptuous guest rooms, benefitting from connecting rooms for groups or families, free internet access and daily housekeeping to ensure the high standard is retained throughout your stay.

If you’re looking to indulge in a spot of shopping during your stay, then the Dundrum shopping centre is the perfect destination. This award winning centre boasts over 120 shops including Harvey Nichols, Next and Hugo Boss. It’s not just the shopping that has helped it win over 20 national and international awards however. Families and friends come to Dundrum for the entertainment and great choice of over 30 restaurants. Enjoy an evenings at the bars here, before winding up the nightclub or if you fancy something low key, check what’s showing at the Mill theatre and 12 screen cinema.

No matter how many times you’ve been to Dublin before, there’s always something new to discover. First timers should make sure they see St Patrick’s Cathedral, Trinity College and the Guinness Storehouse. These top three attractions are essential for all newbies, and can normally all been done through tour operators or the hop-on, hop-off bus if you’re short for time. Otherwise, grab a map and set off on foot- it’s the best way to get to grips with the city and stumble across hidden gems. For those who think they’ve seen it all however, Le Cool Walking tours offers the chance to see current cultural movements. The two hour tour will open your eyes to the latest art, fashion and music trends as well as show you lesser known pop up shops and venues of interest. If you happen to be visiting over Halloween, or want to be spooked at any time of the year, then Hidden Dublin Walks will take you on a terrifying journey through Dublin’s spooky past. Not for the faint hearted!

Experience a weekend winner at this Dublin south city hotel!

Great deals close to Croke Park, airport and city – 3 star – Dublin

Do not miss out on this exclusive deal, within easy access of the airport, Dublin city centre and Croke Park. Guests will adore the friendly restaurant serving both Irish and International dishes, as well as the onsite destination bar that continues to be a hit with the locals. You might even be able to pick up some sightseeing tips! Children are also well catered for, as the property boasts a children’s play area and pool as well as offering a children’s menu in the restaurant, cots and high chairs and babysitting services. For some R&R, treat yourself to a treatment in the beauty salon, or relax with a loved one in the health club and spa. Expect plush guest rooms with all the trimmings you would expect and more, such as a make-up mirror, free internet access and a separate hanging closet. Don’t miss these great deals close to Croke Park, airport and city.

Croke Park is the home of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), best known for Gaelic football and the traditional Irish sport of hurling. To discover more about the heritage of the games and their heroes, pop into the GAA museum where you can watch footage from some of the stadiums highlights and even try your hand at hurling in the interactive games area. The stadium tour is also a must for fans of the Gaelic Games: walk through the player’s dressing rooms, check out the VIP suites and walk out through the player’s tunnel. The stadium has also recently opened the Etihad Skyline Croke Park Tour, where you can see spectacular views of the city from a walkway 44 metres above the ground.

Dublin offers some great family days out for children of all ages. For the chocoholics among us, Butlers Chocolate Experience makes a fantastic memorable day out. The expert guides will show you how to make this delicious delicacy in all its favourite forms, from fudge to hot chocolate drink. You’ll be able to have a nose at the machinery and factory workers, and even try your hand at decorating your very own chocolate treat! Through the interactive displays and videos you’ll be a chocolatier expert in no time!

If the weather permits, spending the day at one of Dublin’s famous beaches is always a winner. Take a romantic costal walk with a loved one at Claremont Beach in the pretty town of Howth or spend the day with the family in Skerries South Beach, which has a popular children’s playground and ample parking. The Dublin Mountain range and spectacular costal towns make the area one of the most beautiful places to enjoy a game of golf. Enjoy stunning views from the likes of Deer Park Golf Course, Newlands Golf Club and Stackstown Golf Club.

With so much to see and do, you’ll want to book another trip!