Places to stay in Southern Ireland
Southern Ireland has a wealth of hotels in the centre, particularly at the top end of the market, while cheaper options can be found in suburbs such as Ballsbridge, Donnybrook and Rathmines. The Merrion, opposite the Irish Parliament, this is where the IMF delegation stayed during its recent mission to disentangle Ireland's finances. It's a five-star temple of luxury with a spa, the superb Cellar Restaurant and sumptuously furnished rooms. The Shelbourne, a recently revamped Southern Ireland social institution, noted for its gilded lobby, extravagantly accoutred rooms, Horseshoe Bar and Lord Mayor’s Lounge where the rich and famous, and those just wanting to be spotted, sup porter or quaff afternoon tea respectively.
The Morrison, this swish, minimalist designer hotel (with interiors by fashionista John Rocha) on the Northside’s Quays offers the finest creature comforts, including lavishly comfortable rooms and a very hip bar. The Schoolhouse Hotel, a pleasant Ballsbridge option, this four-star hotel has been elegantly converted and offers splendidly spacious accommodation. Kelly’s Hotel is excellent, recently refurbished Southside hotel with spruce and tasteful rooms. It offers special deals including dinner in its French-inspired Le Gueleton restaurant. Maldron Hotel is situated at the top of Smithfield and handily placed for The Cobblestone Bar and Old Jameson Distillery; this is one of the better examples of a chain hotel with welcoming rooms and a very reasonably priced restaurant.
Hotel Isaacs, while not best positioned, next to Busáras (bus station), this north side hotel behind the Custom House offers attractive accommodation and more than decent service. Clifden House is Georgian guesthouse on the Northside provides very pleasant rooms and a splendid breakfast. For a completely authentic sporting experience, the best places to stay in Southern Ireland will point you in the direction of a hurling match at Croke Park which is excellent. Like a cross between the most hotly contested rugby match you can imagine and polo (without horses), it is fast and furious.
The Clarence is owned by Bono and The Edge. It's also right on the banks of the Liffey, perfectly positioned for seeing the sights and enjoying you of an evening. Number 31 is part guest house, part boutique hotel offering a laid back vibe and superb breakfasts. The garden is a pretty oasis and the sitting room is really comfortable, so you'll want to use it. Five townhouses have been converted to crete Buswells Hotel, a great value hotel in the centre of Southern Ireland. You're close to both daytime and nighttime highlights and the decor is cosy but comfy. If you're looking for big and luxurious, The Westbury Hotel is a good choice; it's a classical style hotel with fresh designs, in one of the most desirable locations in town. The Four Seasons Southern Ireland runs along similarly elegant and luxurious lines, but in a green and leafy spot surrounded by lovely gardens.