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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!

Great hotel with super central location – 4 star – Dublin

Explore the exciting city of Dublin from the comfort of this contemporary four star Secret Hotel, ‘Great hotel with super central location – 4 star – Dublin’, located just off O’Connell Street. Relax in the sumptuous guest rooms, fully equipped with plush duvets, flat screen television and coffee and tea making facilities or why not sample some of the traditional delights of the onsite restaurant that uses only fresh produce. First class facilities include a beauty salon, fitness center and meeting rooms equipped with audio/visual equipment for business guests.

Shopaholics will be pleased to know that the shopping quarter starts near the hotel at O’Connell Street and runs down to Grafton Street. Pop into James Fox Cigar & Whiskey Store to find some unique gifts. The shop dates back to 1881, and became famous during WWII when they were the only place in northern Europe to stock Havana cigars consistently- although they’ve never revealed how they were able to do it! Duty free liquor and cigarettes at airports was also the bright idea of Fred Fox, the founder’s grandson. To find some bargains, Dublin Flea Market has a great selection of vintage clothing, retro furniture and second hand goods over its 60 stalls. There’s also a good selection of street food and live music to keep you jolly whilst you browse.

Sports enthusiasts should head to Leopardstown for a day at the races or indulge in local culture and watch Gaelic Games at Croke Park. For a day out with a difference, head into the Dublin Mountain Range for stunning views of the city and woodland walks through the magical forest. If you’re visiting with children, why not hire bicycles so you can see even more of the Irish scenery. For stag dos or lads weekends, Dublin is renowned for its first class selection of golf courses. Grange Castle Golf Club is perhaps one of the best pay and play courses in Ireland because it offers golfers a mixture of beginner and more challenging holes to play. With the Dublin Mountains in the background, it’s a truly magical place to enjoy the game.

Children will adore Dublin Zoo, set within 28 hectares of Phoenix Park. With over 400 animals from all over the globe, you’ll be able to get up close and personal to everything from rhinos to pythons, as well as learn how the zoo keepers take care of them, what they eat and what their natural habitat is like through the various talks throughout the day. The Sealion show is a highlight for many visitors, where you can watch them perform tricks like catching fish and jumping through the water.

City centre luxury at great rates – 4 star – Dublin

With recently refurbished guest rooms, this four star Secret Hotel offers you first class service with luxury amenities guaranteed to see you return again and again. Rooms include high speed internet connection, flat screen cable television and coffee and tea making facilities. The onsite restaurant offers a full buffet breakfast as well as lunch and dinner dishes whilst the bar is a great place to start your evening socialising with friends over a pint or two of Guinness. Staff are warm and friendly and will be more than happy to point you in the right direction for the local sights, but there is also a city map in the room for your added convenience, but with everything a stone’s through a way you’ll get your bearings in no time. Don’t miss city centre luxury at great rates!

Dublin is the home of Guinness and Jameson’s Whiskey, so at least one boozey tour should be on your list of things to do. The Guinness Storehouse tour will give you an insight into the famous Guinness family, whose legacy is evident throughout the city. The Church, now a café and restaurant, is where Arthur Guinness was married in the 18th century and Farmleigh House is where his grandson lived and collected an astonishing amount of rare books. The house and book collection was bought and donated respectively to the Irish government and you can now take a tour around this period property for free. The Jameson Distillery has a popular calendar of events alongside its standard tour, where visitors can enjoy a 4 course meal and evening entertainment during ‘Shindig Evenings’.

For a fun filled family day out, Butlers Chocolate Experience gives you a tour of the famous chocolate factory and a lesson on how we get the delicious bars and assortments today. Learn about your favourite chocolate bars humble beginnings as a bean in the rainforest and then become your very own chocolatier and decorate a tasty treat to take home with you. Make sure to go with an empty stomach so you have room for all the tastings!

In the heart of Dublin lies the city’s very own castle. Although a castle has stood on this site for hundreds of years, the current building dates back to the 18th century. Over the years it has been used a fortress and a royal residency but today is used for government functions. Take a tour of the state apartments to get to grips with Irish history and a chance to see beautiful period furniture and furnishings.

 

Hotel in the heart of the city centre – 4 star – Dublin

This secret hotel in the heart of the city centre boasts a range of services and facilities to suit even the most discerning of travellers. Let the staff help you organise city tours and theatre reservations whilst you relax on the rooftop terrace and lounge or enjoy French cuisine in the onsite Brasserie style restaurant. Spacious guest rooms benefit from the latest mod cons, such as climate control, plasma cable television and free internet access and are kept to a high standard throughout your stay with daily housekeeping and a turndown service. The fully equipped business centre includes meeting rooms, audio/visual equipment and translation services so you can ensure that whatever the purpose of your visit, you will be well catered for at this luxury hotel.

Although Dublin is a city, it’s situated close to mountains and the beautiful Irish coast. This makes it a unique city break in that you can enjoy the best of both worlds and enjoy outdoor pursuits alongside great shopping, restaurants and entertainment. A trip to the Dublin Mountain range is unforgettable; hire mountain bikes, or simply indulge in a woodland walk on foot. For those with a tighter schedule, the National Botanic Gardens in the city spread over 19.5 hectares, and date back to 1795. With a large pond, arboretum and glasshouses the Gardens offer a range of interesting and unusual plant species such as the weeping Atlantic cedar and strawberry trees. Phoenix Park also makes a lovely day out, and features Ashtown Castle, which dates back to before the 17th century. If you’re travelling with children, you may also wish to visit Dublin Zoo, which is situated inside the park. As one of the oldest and largest zoos in Europe, it has a good range of exotic species as well as interactive displays and plenty of talks and feeds throughout the day to enjoy.

In the evenings, there’ll be plenty of traditional Irish pubs to keep you company, serving hearty food and plenty of Guinness, often to the sound of live bands and musicians. The Quays has a particularly good reputation for daily live music, which kicks off at 3pm and goes on until the early hours. It’s popularity has made it one of Dublin’s more lively venues. Alternatively, The Gaiety Theatre is a great place to watch concerts, plays and comedy acts, with the likes of Pavarotti and Joan Rivers having performed here. Check the box office for the latest events.

Luxury coastal golf hotel with beach location – 4 star – Dublin

The perfect balance between country and city breaks, this luxury four star Secret Hotel is the ideal compromise. For international visitors, the establishment is just a 15 minute drive from Dublin Airport, as well as just 30 minutes from Dublin city centre and 5 minutes from the beautiful village of Malahide. This deluxe hotel offers a range of outdoor activities, including golf, clay pigeon shooting, football and quad biking. For those looking to relax, there is also an onsite sauna, gym and massage service. Expect beautifully furnished guest rooms equipped with mini-bar, cable television and complimentary toiletries and attentive staff offering laundry and room service to ensure your stay is everything you hoped it to be and more. We hope you have a wonderful time at this luxury coastal golf hotel with beach location!

Malahide, once a Viking settlement, is a pretty costal town with a range of boutiques and pubs. It is most famous however for Malahide Castle. Dating back to the 12th century, it was inhabited by the Talbot family between 1185 and 1973, and is now open for public tours. With stunning gardens, period furniture and five resident ghosts, this ancient castle provides an interesting day out of Irish history and culture.

For gifts and souvenirs, Dublin has an eclectic mix of markets, selling everything from gourmet food to handmade jewellery and antiques. Designer Mart at Cow’s Lane is an outdoor market specialising in handicrafts made by Irish artists, so it’s a great opportunity to buy something unique to remember your stay with. For high street brands, head to Henry Street and for boutiques, the lanes in Temple Bar will not disappoint. For whiskey aficionados, The Celtic Whiskey Shop stocks a large collection and the friendly staff will be happy to help you select the perfect bottle.

Art lovers should set aside at least a morning for the National Gallery of Ireland, which dates back to 1864. With over 2,500 paintings from the great masters throughout Europe you can enjoy highlights such as Portrait of Doña Antonia Zárate by Goya, Still Life with a Mandolin by Picasso and Rooftops in Paris by Van Gogh. The Gallery also offers free tours and workshops to help you make the most of the exhibitions, as well as family packs and children’s audio guides. For history enthusiasts, the National Museum of Ireland has a range of fascinating archaeological exhibitions. Journey back in time to Medieval Ireland to discover more about its spectacular churches, cathedrals and castles, learn about Irish heritage in Celtic roots or explore the Age of the Vikings. With such as vast history, there’s something for everyone.

 

City centre hotel close to all attractions – 4 star – Dublin

This friendly four star Secret Hotel offers warm hospitality and first class facilities such as a business centre, currency exchange and parking. Guest rooms are fully equipped with flat screen television, radio and coffee and tea making facilities. The onsite bar is a great place to start your evening, with live music played at the weekends, whilst the elegant and recently renovated restaurant offers you the chance to try delicious Irish cuisine. With all major attractions just a stones throw away, this deluxe hotel really does have it all. This city centre hotel close to all attractions is a real bargain!

Dublin is the perfect balance for those looking for a city and country break. Right on your doorstep of this hotel you’ll find fantastic shopping, quaint pubs and lively bars but just a 20 minute journey outside of the centre will bring you to the beautiful mountains and charming coast. For golf enthusiasts, there are over 40 golf courses surrounded by picturesque landscapes. For groups of friends, why not book yourselves in at deer Park Golf Club which boasts two 18 hole courses, an 18 hole pitch and putt and 12 hole par 3. With views of the sea, this is one of the finest locations to enjoy your game.

Dublin was recently named a UNESCO city of literature, and there are plenty of literary based activities to do during your visit to help celebrate this new found title. The Book Of Kells is one of Ireland’s national treasures, and is housed in the Old Library of Trinity College. This ancient book dates back to 800 AD, when it was written by Irish monks and contains Latin script of the four gospels. The James Joyce Museum is housed in one of the Martello towers once used to defend an invasion by Napoleon. The tower is also the setting for Joyce’s first chapter of Ulysses. The collection here includes personal possessions of Joyce alongside letters, photographs and manuscripts of the author. There are also walking tours available dedicated to all things Joyce, so you can see all the places that inspired his works and indeed set some of his masterpieces.

For a unique evening of entertainment, The Irish House Party is an unforgettable Irish music and dance extravaganza. Enjoy a three course dinner of traditional home style Irish cooking before you go next door to the iconic Tivoli Theatre to watch the show, performed by All Ireland champion dancers, musicians and presenters. This unmissable evening is a great option for special occasions or catching up with friends and relatives.

Contemporary design hotel in Dublin – 4 star – Dublin

Spacious guest rooms at this contemporary design hotel in Dublin come with climate control, under floor heating, LCD cable television and an en-suite bathroom with complimentary toiletries and hair dryer. Rooms are kept to a high standard throughout your stay with daily housekeeping and room service should you need anything additionally. The property also offers free parking to guests alongside first class services such as dry cleaning, airport transfers and city tours. There is also an onsite restaurant and bar for your convenience, but with the hundreds of great restaurants and bars nearby you certainly won’t be limited to choice!

Children and adults alike will love the National Aquatic Centre, Europe’s largest indoor waterpark. Sail down the lazy river, play on the pirate ship and splash in the wave pool. If you’d prefer to be outside, then Dublin’s coast is just a 20 minute drive away from the city centre. There’s loads of rock pools to explore, as well as picturesque sand dunes for picnics, but if you’re feeling really adventurous, why not go out on a boat trip and try and spot some of the seals and dolphins than inhabit the waters.

This historic city makes the perfect romantic break. Explore the beautiful castles of Ardgillan and Malahide, stroll hand in hand around the Garden of Remembrance or take a hot air balloon ride for fantastic views of the Irish coast, whilst enjoying a flute of champagne. If the weather permits, why not spend some time in the great outdoors and enjoy a mountain bike or hike in the forests of Dublin Mountains.

For first timers, a tour is a great way to get your bearings of this vast city. Le Cool Walking Tours take you off the traditional trail and show you a more alternative side to this metropolis. Get to grips with street art, the latest fashions and emerging literature and music trends as well as learning about the history of this charming city. For something more run of the mill, the hop-on hop-off bus tours are a safe bet, and will ensure you don’t miss anything off your to do list. In the evenings, Hidden Dublin Walks offers a unique tour of the city’s dark and ghoulish past. Journey back to the horrors of the plague, hear scary stories about some of Dublin’s most haunted landmarks and finally end up on the mysterious Dublin Mountain range with nothing but a flashlight.

Enjoy your time in this diverse city!

Luxurious hotel in the heart of Dublin – 5 star – Dublin

You won’t be disappointed by the generous sized guest rooms and private bathrooms with bathtubs at this luxury five star luxurious hotel in the heart of Dublin. Rooms are fully equipped with cable television, CD player, bathrobes and complimentary toiletries and kept to a high standard through the daily housekeeping service. Situated close by to all major attractions, you’re sure to have a memorable trip.

First timers to this beautiful city may wish to embark on a tour to get their bearings. Walking tours will ensure you don’t miss a thing and can pop into shops and points of interest along the way, but the hop-on-hop-off buses will mean you have time to see everything, and is a good idea for those travelling with children. There are certainly a few must dos on anyone’s list to Dublin and this includes St. Patrick’s Cathedral, one of the only remaining medieval buildings left in the Irish capital and whose most famous Dean was none other than Jonathan Swift, the author of Gulliver’s Travels. For those wishing to attend a service, they are run regularly and there is no admission charge.

Children will find Dublin a fun and exciting city, with animal lovers in their element thanks to Dublin Zoo. Situated in central Dublin, within 70 acres of Phoenix Park, you’ll discover a range of rare and exotic species from all over the globe. Marvel at red pandas, listen to the monkeys chatter and gaze at the beautiful herd of Asian elephants. Throughout the day there is a host of talks and events, including the sealion show and feeding the rhinos. Conservation is key, and the zoo aims to help teach people about its breeding programs and protection of endangered species. Whether rain or shine, the National Aquatic Centre is a great family day out, as Europe’s biggest indoor water park. The centre includes some of the best and biggest water rides in Europe, with plenty of attractions for thrill seekers.

The National Gallery of Ireland first opened its doors in 1864, and continues to be popular with both locals and visitors. With free entry, you can peruse the 2,500 paintings by the likes of Picasso, Vermeer, Van Gogh and Monet at your leisure. The Gallery also offers free talks and workshops for families and keen artists so it’s worth calling up before hand should you wish to book yourself in.

Enjoy your stay in the magical city of Dublin!

Truly luxurious hotel with prime location – 5 star – Dublin

Worth every bit of its five star rating, this Secret Hotel, ‘Truly luxurious hotel with prime location – 5 star – Dublin’, is situated a stones throw away from Trinity College, the Cultural Quarter and the shops of Grafton Street. Enter into this luxurious historical establishment and let the friendly staff cater to your every need, from a limousine service to concierge and valet parking. Relax in the in-room spa, flop in front of cable television or sample the delights from one of the three restaurants onsite. There’s even a gym if you’re feeling active, and meeting rooms for anyone needing to catch up on business during their stay.

Shop in style in nearby Grafton Street. This beautiful street offers both Irish and International fashion stores where you are sure to find something special. The Powerscourt Townhouse Centre is also located here, home to specialist shops including antique jewelry and galleries. The city is also famous for its eclectic markets, and with Temple Bar just round the corner from your hotel, you’d be silly to miss out on their Night Market. With live music, you can pick up a one off canvas or stock up on more suitcase friendly souvenirs such as handcrafted soaps, candles and jewellery. When you’re feeling peckish, Dublin boasts over 1000 pubs: the perfect place to have a pint of Guinness and some traditional Irish fare. Bewley’s Café has been open since 1927 and serves the best breakfast in the city as well as a Mediterranean menu in the evenings.

This historic city dates back 1,000 years to when the Vikings walked the planet and it’s for this reason that Dublin offers an array of historical buildings of interest. Malahide Castle makes a fascinating day trip, set within 250 acres on the picturesque seaside town of Malahide. This stunning castle was the home of the Talbot family from 1185 until 1973 and the Great Hall offers an exhibition into their history and their own perceptions of Ireland during their contemporaries. Wander round and admire the period furniture and Irish paintings but don’t get spooked by the five ghosts said to inhabit it.

To discover more about the history of Ireland, head to the National museum of Ireland, where you can learn about its Celtic roots and see impressive displays of Irish Silver, ancient currency and Irish Country Furniture. Admission to the museum is free and tours are available at a surcharge. Alongside the permanent exhibitions, there are also some fascinating temporary ones, so be sure to check the calendar of events before you visit.

Luxury contemporary hotel in Dublin’s city centre – 5 star – Dublin

With stylishly decorated guest rooms, this luxury contemporary hotel in Dublin’s city centre is the perfect sanctuary to relax in after a long days sightseeing. Treat yourself to a massage, work out in the fully equipped gym or pop into the onsite hair and beauty salon to get spruced up before an evening out. Guest rooms contain all the amenities one would expect from a hotel of this caliber, including a CD library, cable television and a private bathroom with bathrobes and a makeup mirror. Staff are on hand to help organise theatre reservations, city tours and dry cleaning whilst business customers are also looked after with first class facilities including conference rooms and courier services.

When you think of Ireland, you’re sure to think of Guinness and Dublin is where this famous beer originated, thanks to Arthur Guinness. St James’ Gate Brewery has been the home of Guinness since 1759 and it’s here you’ll find the Guinness Storehouse, modeled in the shape of a pint of the black stuff, it stands seven stories high and offers visitors a comprehensive guide into Guinness making, and the history of the man behind it. At the end of the tour, you can enjoy a complimentary pint of Guinness whilst admiring the 360 degree view across the Irish capital. A great day out for couples, or groups of friends.

The Church, as the name would suggest, was once a place of worship in the 17th century, and where Arthur Guinness himself married. It has now been converted into a much loved café, bar, restaurant and nightclub with live Irish music and a beer garden. This unique venue is steeped in history: the organ was once played by Handel whilst the stained glass windows add to the stunning atmosphere and the crypt in the basement adds an eerie element to your visit.

For thrill seekers, Hidden Dublin Walks offers a unique way to experience the capital. You’ll board the Hellfire Express as you’re scared silly listening to ghoulish tales about some of the city’s most famous landmarks, including St Patrick’s Cathedral, Kilakee House and Rathfarnham Castle. If you’re still craving more, the National Leprechaun Museum dedicates itself to Irish myth and folklore. Listen to enchanting stories and fairytales and see what it would be like to be as small as a leprechaun with interactive displays and exhibits; a magical day out for children and adults alike!