My husband and I stayed at this hotel during my spring break (I'm a grad student). We saved up for 5 years for this trip to Ireland, so we decided to splurge a little bit on the hotel in Dublin because we wanted a really comfortable place to stay that was convenient to everything we wanted to do, but also had breakfast included in the price. We absolutely loved our accommodations and were sad that we could only afford to stay 2 nights.
Before we really figured out the layout of Dublin, on the first day, we walked in directions that weren't really helpful to anything. However, once we got our bearings, we discovered Hotel 31 is about a 10 minute walk from most of the main districts, and maybe a 20-30 minute walk from Temple Bar. We were loathe to drive in Dublin, we only rented a car for when we went to Limerick after our 2 day stay--so we didn't mind the walking (not even at night). Even in March, and even though we're from Los Angeles, as long as you have a coat, we found it was warm enough and we always felt safe.
The room we stayed in was small, purple, and even though it was kind of sparsely decorated/furnished, it had a really plush and romantic vibe to it. The bathroom was updated with new fixtures and rain showerhead, and it seemed like a fine size to me (I'm 5'4") but my husband (6'2") found it a little small. That's not to suggest the sink and showerhead were oddly low or anything, it's more like, the space in the bathroom felt cramped to him.
A full Irish breakfast is built into the price of the room, and it is, by far, one of the best meals I've ever had (even in restaurant). The Eggs Benedict are amazing at Number 31. Also, the proprietors are so lovely and warm and friendly. The hotel is exceptionally quiet and I found it very beautiful in a retro shabby chic kind of way. The fireplace/pit when you first enter the establishment seems kind of odd at first, but it's really cozy and kind of beautiful. The courtyard we had to walk through to get our room, even though it was outside, didn't bother me at all because it was so lush and green.
There is also free parking. And free internet as well (since this stay at Number 31, I have traveled a lot for conferences and I will never take for granted reliable, free high speed internet again, most places charge, and if they don't, the internet service is spotty at best).
This is honestly one of my favorite hotels (the only competition being the Mercer Hall Inn in Stratford, Canada).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Number 31 is famed for its unique hospitality,excellent service and probably the best breakfast in Ireland.Number 31 is situated between a classical Georgian Townhouse and a stunning modern mews by Ireland's most famous architect. Each of the 21 en-suite bedrooms is fitted with luxurious Hastens beds and are individually furnished. Wifi available. The famous sunken conversation pit was the meeting place for Ireland's elite. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Number 31 Hotel Dublin
- Number 31 Dublin