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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.

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!

Top central Dublin hotel – 5 star – Dublin

A boutique five star top central Dublin hotel on an exclusive Victorian street in central Dublin- what more could you ask for? This exclusive hotel is sure to tick all your boxes, with an onsite bar renowned for its cocktails, a hotel restaurant serving up contemporary Irish dishes, a library with a cosy fireplace and a fitness center with spa treatments. Each guest room is finished to a high standard, and you’ll even have your own butler service and daily housekeeping to ensure you have the relaxing stay that you deserve. There are also a range of services to take advantage of, including limousine hire, city tours and concierge whilst business facilities include courier services, meeting rooms and a secretarial service. You’ll be hard pushed to find a hotel like it!

St Patrick’s Day is Ireland’s best known festivity, and if you’re lucky enough to be in Dublin during the celebrations there are a whole host of things to get involved with. Expect entertainment and carnivals from the locals who are keen to show off their skills and traditions. Grab yourself a green hat and a shamrock t-shirt and be prepared to drink a lot of Guinness! But rest assured that whenever you visit this vibrant city, you won’t be short of entertainment, with many live music venues and friendly watering holes littered about. For nightlife with a difference, head to The Church, a converted former place of worship with a unique historic atmosphere and memorable live music.

In 2010, Dublin was declared a UNESCO City of literature. James Joyce is the city’s most famous export, author of Ulysses and the Irish classic Dubliners. Wonderland Productions now offers a Dubliners audio walking tour, allowing you to visit the buildings and streets that Joyce set his short stories in. You’ll hear these classic stories told and performed by a fantastic cast including Barry McGovern, the critically acclaimed Joycean actor.

Kilmainham Gaol, is one of the biggest unoccupied jails in the world, and this historic place of punishment, dating back to 1796 is now open for guided tours. Through the exhibitions and expert guides, you’ll learn about the villains of Irish history and the leaders of the various rebellions that were housed here. Discover what it was like for prisoners here and how they were punished. Afterwards, head to one of Dublin’s historic pubs for a traditional steak and ale pie or Irish stew. Farringtons is over 120 years old, with a comfortable lounge area- the perfect place to reflect on your day with friends or family.

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!

Prestigious Dublin hotel – 4 star – Dublin

This prestigious Dublin hotel is the perfect retreat to make happy and unforgettable memories with your family and loved ones. This exclusive establishment has a team of attentive staff on hand to help make your stay as stress free and enjoyable as possible. Services include theatre reservations, laundry, concierge and room service. Business guests can also make full use of the business centre which is fully equipped with meeting rooms, audio/visual equipment and an executive lounge. The hotel also offers courier and secretarial services. There are also two onsite restaurants with both buffet meals and fine dining options as well as two bars where you can relax before checking out the evening entertainment provided.

For a spot of shopping, the Georges Street Arcade was the first Victorian shopping centre built in Dublin, and today offers over 50 shops and stalls selling antiques, clothing, beauty products and crafts. This unique venue even plays host to fortune tellers as well as plenty of cafes and eateries where you can refuel. If you’re looking for that special gift or souvenir, Celtic Jewellers on Grafton Street has been a family jewellers for forty years, specialising in traditional Celtic weave patterns and classic Irish designs such as Claddagh Rings.

Dublin has a rich and complex history, dating back to when it was a Viking settlement to it’s days as the second largest city of the British Empire during the 18th century. It’s long and varied history has ensured that Dublin has continued to be of great architectural importance and there are countless opportunities to explore some of it’s gems. The Bank of Ireland, on College Green, is the former residence of the Irish Houses of Parliament, designed by Edward Lovett Pearce in 1729, and was the first purpose built dual chamber parliament building in the world. In contrast, Dublin Castle dates back over 800 years and has been witness to key moments in Ireland’s history. The impressive Bermingham Tower and adjoining buildings were once the dungeon block of Dublin castle. The tower is named after Sir William Bermingham who was hanged for treason after being tortured and imprisoned here back in the 14th century. You can explore the grounds of this fascinating landmark for free, but tickets must be purchased for the guided tour of the State Apartments.

For an evening with a difference, the Brazen Head is Dublin’s oldest pub and offers its guests ‘An Evening of Food, Folklore and Fairies’. Enjoy delicious Irish food whilst the animated storytellers enchant you with stories of folklore and myth that will keep you intrigued and entertained.

Enjoy your stay in Ireland’s historic capital!