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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.

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.

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.

 

Stunning traditional hotel near Aviva stadium – 4 star – Dublin

Don’t miss this exclusive deal to stay in Dublin’s most prestigious hotel. Each luxurious guest room at this four star stunning traditional hotel near Aviva stadium comes with plush duvets, flat screen television and high speed internet. With a recently refurbished restaurant as well as a lounge and bar area, you won’t want to leave! Should you be visiting for business, rest assured that the facilities here are second to none, with meeting rooms, a banqueting centre and audio/visual equipment to boot.

Situated in one of Dublin’s most affluent suburbs, you’re in prime location for visiting the Aviva Stadium, the home of Irish Rugby and Football. This new stadium was built in 2010 on the grounds of what was once the oldest stadium in the world, the Lansdowne Road Stadium, dating back to 1872. If you’re lucky enough to secure tickets for a match here, you won’t be disappointed. For sports enthusiasts, take a tour round this magnificent venue, through the players changing rooms and tunnel to the gallery of memorabilia.

The city centre can be easily reached by car within minutes. Or why not make the 45 minute walk in to soak up the atmosphere and historic heritage of this beautiful city. For an alternative view of the city, book into Le Cool Walking Tours. You’ll be whisked off on a two hour tour of emerging music trends, street art, some historical points of interest and the latest on the Dublin literary scene. For literary enthusiasts, don’t miss a trip to the Dublin Writers Museum. Collections include personal items, letters, portraits and books of some of Dublins most famous writers, such as Jonathan Swift, James Joyce and Samuel Beckett. The James Joyce centre is also located a short walk away from here with more Joyce related memorabilia and information. Every year on June 16th, the Irish celebrate the work of this iconic author by dressing up in Edwardian costumes for the Bloomsday Festival. If you’re lucky enough to be visiting over this Irish festivity, make sure you check out the events and entertainment on offer.

Dublin is renowned for its seafood, and there are plenty of great restaurants on offer for you to indulge in some famous Dublin Bay prawns and other delicacies. For traditional fish and chips, Beshoff restaurant serves some of the best in the city whilst Brasserie Sixty 6 is the place to go for something more sophisticated. The fish and seafood on their menu is caught fresh daily so you’re guaranteed delicious dishes.

 

Fabulous trendy hotel close to oconnell street – 4 star – Dublin

This recently refurbished four star Secret Hotel, ‘Fabulous trendy hotel close to o?connell street – 4 star – Dublin’, offers guests the chance to explore central Dublin with ease, whilst having a deluxe base to return to at night. Guests love the friendly onsite bar and the convenient onsite restaurant serving up delicious cuisine but the real draw here has to be the fully equipped gym and relaxing sauna. For those travelling on business, the central location means you are well connected to the city via public transport, and the onsite business centre will ensure you are well looked after with conference rooms and fax and photocopying services.

Just a short walk from this hotel is Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest University founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I. This beautiful building is set within 40 acres of parks, gardens and cobbled squares and is well worth a visit just to admire it’s architecture and ancient heritage. Most visitors however beeline for the Long Room of the Old Library, which is full of treasures including 200,000 of the library’s oldest books. It also holds a harp from the 15th century, made from oak and willow and brass strings. The most coveted treasure of all though is the Book of Kells, a 680 page book written in 800AD in Latin by Irish monks of the four gospels. This sacred book welcomes half a million visitors a year, and is an intriguing national treasure.

Dublin is a great place for some retail therapy, with the central shopping area running from Grafton Street to O’Connell Street, conveniently close to this Secret Hotel. The Dolls Store Hospital and Museum is a must for families or those with an interest in childhood nostalgia. Marvel at the exhibitions of antique teddies and dolls in the Museum of Childhood section, pick up some beautiful accessories for your dollhouse from the shop or pick up some special gifts from the range of traditional toys on offer. If you have a teddy bear or doll in need of some TLC, then the dolls hospital here has been running since 1938 so repairs here are certain to meet your high standards.

For thrill seekers, why not spend the day at Dublin’s Ski centre. Try your hand at skiing or snowboarding, whether you’re a beginner or a pro, you’re sure to have a fun and memorable day out. There are two slopes, with mirrored walls so you can perfect your technique with the help of the experienced instructors. When you’re tired out, grab some pub grub in the cultural Quarter Temple Bar. The Oliver St John Gogarty has a fantastic lunchtime carvery and an award winning restaurant to boot. There’s also daily live traditional music, which will keep you there until the early hours!

Stay in a fine luxurious hotel close to Dublin – 5 star – Dublin

Situated within beautiful grounds, this historic five star Secret Hotel is just a few miles outside of Dublin, giving you the opportunity to enjoy some peace and tranquility with the action at arms length. Guest rooms are traditionally decorated, in keeping with the property, with all the luxurious finishings the discerning traveller has come to expect. With spacious connecting rooms, ideal for families, cable television and free high speed internet access there are also a range of leisure facilities onsite to keep you occupied. Work out in the fitness center, relax with a massage or unleash your competitive side with a game of snooker and in the evenings, you can sample delicious dishes in the elegant Italian restaurant. With free parking and brilliant connections to Dublin, this deluxe hotel is sure to make your stay unforgettable. We hope you enjoy your stay in a fine luxurious hotel close to Dublin.

Whiskey fans will be in their element in Dublin, and a trip to one of the distilleries is a must for couples or groups of friends. The Old Jameson Distillery is found in Smithfield, Dublin and offers a range of whiskey inspired events that make a fun day out. A tour of this famous distillery will take you back to the 18th century when John Jameson first started this famous tipple. There will also be a short whiskey tasting session before you finish at the Jameson Discovery Bar to receive your complimentary glass of Jameson whiskey with your mixer. Look out for the Irish nights on selected days, where you can combine the tour with dinner and a live show.

If you’re visiting during the racing season, then spend the day at Leopardstown Racecourse, hosting both Flat and National Hunt horse racing. It’s a chance to get dressed up and hedge your bets on some of the top performing horses and jockeys in the world whilst enjoying the bustling ambiance of this popular sport. There’ll be plenty of opportunity for a pint of Guinness or two and some tasty food from the likes of Fillies Bar and Restaurant as well as stands selling the latest in equestrienne fashion.

For those visiting with children, Dublin offers plenty of options to keep your little ones entertained. Dublin Zoo is of course a popular destination for families. It is one of the world’s oldest zoos, first opening in 1831 and today features a wealth of exotic and rare animals in its 28 hectares of beautiful habitats. Watch the hippos play in water, check out the cheeky monkeys and get up close to dangerous reptiles and beautifully coloured birds as you learn fascinating facts about their diets, behaviour and the conservation projects in place to protect and look after them.

 

Contemporary hotel with luxurious pool and gym – 4 star – Dublin

This stunning modern four star Secret Hotel is a relaxing retreat benefitting from a wealth of leisure facilities to leave you feeling reenergised and revitalised. Guests return time and time again to enjoy the steam room, jacuzzi, sauna, fully equipped gym and deluxe hydrotherapy swimming pool whilst foodies are equally satisfied with the elegant onsite restaurant, serving modern international cuisine and traditional Irish fare. The hotel bar and terrace area is also a fine place to start your evening, with a traditional pint of Guinness, whiskey or cocktail. Expect contemporary guest rooms with all the mod-cons you would expect from a hotel of this high caliber such as cable television and a mini-bar as well as first class services such as babysitting, room service and dry cleaning. This luxury hotel ticks all the boxes and more!

Dublin is a charming city, bursting with a mix of traditional and contemporary culture waiting to be explored. The Irish Museum of Modern Art is found in a stunning 17th century Royal Hospital building, and showcases modern works in a range of media. Tours and workshops are available for those after expert knowledge, but with free entry it’s a must for all art lovers.

Literary lovers will be in their element in the city that gave them James Joyce and William Yeats and for anyone wishing to discover more about these iconic authors, then the National Library of Ireland is the place to go. The venue holds free public tours of the Yeats Exhibition, which celebrates his legacy and aims to shed light on his works. As well as this, the library holds over eight million items in total, including photographs, music, newspapers, maps and manuscripts from Irish heritage. Literary tours of the city are also available, with Dubliners by James Joyce being a particular favourite. Listen to extracts from Joyce’s classic whilst visiting the locations and inspiration behind his scenes and characters.

In the evening, continue your literary fix with Dublin’s oldest pub The Brazen Head. You’ll be served traditional Irish fare by candlelight whilst the resident storytellers entertain you with folklore and mysterious tales from a bygone era interspersed with live Irish music. Alternatively Dublin offers a good choice of bars and nightclubs as well as several casinos. The Colossus Casino Club is the city’s oldest club, and is open 24 hours with the usual games such as Blackjack and Roulette.

However you decide to spend your time in Dublin, we hope you enjoy this contemporary hotel with luxurious pool and gym!

Modern & stylish hotel in Dublin – 4 star – Dublin

Situated in the historic city of Dublin, this contemporary four star Secret Hotel, ‘Modern & stylish hotel in Dublin – 4 star – Dublin’, is the ideal bolt hole for couples and families. Staff are conscientious and attentive, offering room service and laundry services as well as daily housekeeping of guest rooms. You’ll find your room at this luxury establishment to be fitted with all necessities such as a separate hanging closet, a work desk with lamp and coffee and tea making facilities. There is also a high speed internet connection and telephone to keep you connected whether you’re away for business or leisure.

If it’s your first time to Dublin, then a tour is highly recommended to ensure you don’t miss any of the main attractions. The hop-on hop-off tour buses are particularly popular for those with reduced mobility or if you’re travelling with young children. The open air top deck ensures you’re still close to the attractions but will save you time so you can see even more during your stay. Walking tours however will take you off the more well trodden tourist route and allow you to focus on your personal interests. The James Joyce walking tour will give you an insight into this iconic author’s inspiration behind classics such as Dubliners whilst the ghost walks will help you uncover the mysterious and dark past of Ireland’s capital.

For a girls weekend, hen do or a couples day out, there’s nothing more relaxing than a day at the spa. Asia Spa, in Dublin 2, offers natural and healing treatments to leave you relaxed and stress free to enjoy your getaway. Alternatively, Cooks Academy, situated in the city centre, offers some great courses from everything to wine tasting to gourmet meals. This hands on experience makes for a memorable day out, and you might even learn a thing or two!

In the evenings, you’ll be spoilt for choice with Dublin’s lively pub atmosphere, the many contemporary bars and of course some first class nightclubs. For something more cultural, why not book tickets to the theatre. The Gaiety Theatre, just off Grafton Street, has been home to some of the most memorable performances in opera, musicals, drama and comedy for over 138 years. The likes of Julie Andrews, Pavarotti and Spike Milligan have all performed here so be sure to check the box office for the latest shows. Previous events have included the critically acclaimed Riverdance, Cabaret and The Nutcracker.

Enjoy your stay in magical Dublin!