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The most romantic hotels in Dublin for a loved-up weekend

Irish travel blogger Grace (The Idyll) shares her favourite romantic hotels in Dublin for a couple's weekend in the capital city.

When you think of romantic cities in Europe, Dublin might not immediately spring to mind. But Ireland’s culture-filled capital has romance running through its veins.

Leafy parks bring calm to the busiest areas, creative restaurant menus make date nights fun, and snug bars line the narrow back streets.

It’s easy to make a romantic weekend in Dublin special. You could wander through the buzz of Temple Bar, sip cocktails in hidden speakeasies, or snuggle up in some of Ireland’s most luxurious hotels.

But to make it even easier for you to plan the perfect trip, I’ve rounded up the best places to stay, eat, and explore around the capital.

A luxury romantic hotel in the heart of Dublin

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If your idea of a romantic weekend includes next-level luxury, The Merrion will suit you perfectly. Right in the heart of Dublin city centre, The Merrion is one of Ireland’s most celebrated five-star hotels. Sparkling chandeliers hang from stucco ceilings and open turf fires crackle in marble fireplaces. The Merrion is a beautiful blend of elegance, romance, and comfort.

Every couple can expect special treatment at The Merrion. From the moment you step through its Georgian townhouse doors, thoughtful staff members will take care of everything. All you’ll need to think about is which spa treatments to book and which cocktails to order in Bar No 23. Set in a secluded part of the hotel, Bar No 23 is an intimate setting for drinks with your partner.

The romance of the Georgian interior continues in the bedrooms. There are spacious King Koil beds in every room and the 24-hour room service means you don’t have to leave your room all weekend. But if you do venture out, dining at The Merrion is truly special. Ireland’s only two-starred Michelin restaurant, Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, overlooks the hotel’s courtyard garden. So if you’re in the mood to splurge, it’s the ultimate setting for an extravagant date night.

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A romantic weekend in Dublin wouldn’t be complete without a stroll through St. Stephen’s Green. Just a short walk from The Merrion, St. Stephen’s Green is an oasis of calm in a buzzy area. Wander hand-in-hand along the park’s leafy paths and take a picnic if the sun shows up. Or on a chilly day, wander over to the cosy Library Bar in the Central Hotel. One of my favourite bars in the city, the Library Bar is a blazing fire and oversized armchairs kind of place. Grab a sofa, snuggle up with your partner, and sip hot whiskies for a dreamy finish to your day.

The Merrion Hotel

Top rated
Dublin, 1.9 km to 3Arena
9.6 Excellent (1828 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.7 / 10
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A romantic 12th-century castle hotel by Dublin Bay

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Is there anything more romantic than spending a night in an Irish castle? Clontarf Castle Hotel is a real 12th-century castle, complete with turrets and lanterns. But don’t let the thought of draughty corridors and stone floors put you off, because Clontarf Castle is all about luxury. Each of the 111 bedrooms has been newly refurbished, ranging from comfy deluxe rooms to extravagant suites with four-poster beds.

You’ll find more romance within the castle walls if you have dinner in the hotel’s Fahrenheit Restaurant. With Fahrenheit’s stained glass windows and majestic wooden beams, there’s nowhere else quite like it. If you’re celebrating an anniversary, be sure to let the team know when you book. The Fahrenheit is a restaurant that loves love, so you might be treated to rose petals scattered across your table.

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Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the area because Clontarf is one of Dublin’s most relaxed seaside towns. The hotel is a just a five-minute walk from Dublin Bay, so you can wander hand in hand along the local beaches. The Clontarf Promenade is a pretty place to stroll at sunset and the nearby Bull Island Nature Reserve is a tranquil escape from the city.

Clontarf Castle Hotel

Top rated
Dublin, 2.4 km to 3Arena
8.9 Excellent (3515 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.3 / 10
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Cosy Victorian elegance at a romantic hotel in Dublin

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Dublin is a notoriously expensive city but it’s definitely possible to enjoy a romantic weekend on a budget. Ariel House offers elegant rooms at affordable prices in Ballsbridge, a leafy Dublin suburb. Made up of three refurbished Victorian buildings, Ariel House is full of old-world charm. At the heart of the guest house is the Drawing Room, where you and your partner can snuggle up in front of the fire with glasses of wine.

All of the bedrooms at Ariel House are tastefully decorated. If you’re celebrating a birthday or anniversary and feel like splashing out, book the Junior Suite. With a four-poster bed and classic Victorian features, the suite is ideal for a special date night. Or for a more affordable option, book a Garden View Double Room. With large windows overlooking leafy gardens, the Garden View Doubles are perfect if you’re looking for a peaceful space to cuddle up together.

Away from the crowds and noise of the city centre, Ballsbridge is an ideal base for a stress-free weekend. But it’s still an easy walk to the city centre when it’s time for dinner or drinks. Leave the peace of the suburbs behind you to explore Temple Bar – the vibrant centre of Dublin culture. I never get tired of wandering the cobblestone streets of Temple Bar, past its shops, bars, and quirky cafés. And if you visit on a Saturday, the two of you can pick up lunch or delicious snacks from the Temple Bar Food Market.

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For dinner, book a table at Pichet, a French/Mediterranean bistro with plush chairs and exceptional food. Or stroll across the iconic Ha’penny Bridge to The Winding Stair. Taking its name from a Yeats’ poem, The Winding Stair is all about romance. There’s a downstairs bookshop, where I sometimes lose all track of time, and an upstairs restaurant. Dating back to the 1970s, The Winding Stair was once a meeting place for artists, poets, and writers. Today, it’s a relaxed restaurant with an extensive wine list and nourishing, home-cooked food. If you enjoy laid-back date nights, you’re in for a treat.

Ariel House

Top rated
Dublin, 1.5 km to 3Arena
9.0 Excellent (2129 reviews)
Excellent Service 9.4 / 10
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A historic romantic hotel in Dublin’s city centre

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If you’re looking for classic luxury with contemporary style, then the five-star Shelbourne hotel should be on your list. One of the most iconic landmarks in Dublin, the Shelbourne overlooks St. Stephen’s Green. Within walking distance of some of the city’s most intimate bars and high-end restaurants, it’s an exceptional base for a romantic weekend in the capital.

Over the two centuries of its existence, The Shelbourne has played an important role in the artistic, cultural, political history of Ireland. But the interior of this historic hotel has been brought up to date in the most tasteful way. Expect art-lined walls, marble bathrooms, and glittering chandeliers, alongside a contemporary spa and creative dining.

All rooms are elegantly furnished and range from luxurious standard rooms to opulent suites. Treat yourselves to a Balcony Guest Room, where you’ll both have plenty of space in relax in the king-size bed. To up the indulgence of your romantic weekend, treat yourselves to an afternoon at The Spa Shelbourne. There are seven treatment rooms altogether, but the couples’ treatment suite was designed for side by side massages, restorative facials, and invigorating scrubs.

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For a night of culture with your loved one, pre-book tickets to the Abbey Theatre. As Ireland’s national theatre, the Abbey is a much-loved treasure of Dublin’s cultural scene. Treat yourself to a pre-theatre cocktail at the Blind Pig Speakeasy, just a short walk from The Shelbourne. One of my favourite cocktail bars in Dublin, the Blind Pig is a candlelit delight with an exciting menu. And in true prohibition style, it’s underground with exposed brick walls.

The Shelbourne Dublin

Top rated
Dublin, 2.1 km to 3Arena
9.4 Excellent (6613 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.6 / 10
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An affordable romantic hotel in Dublin with old-world charm

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In the exclusive neighbourhood of Ballsbridge, you’ll also find Roxford Lodge. A boutique-style hotel, Roxford Lodge is a refurbished Victorian townhouse with affordably priced rooms. Each room is individually designed, combining modern comforts with old world charm. Stained glass windows, wood panelled walls, and jacuzzis in the ensuites make the rooms ideal for a special weekend away. And if you really want to treat yourself, the larger Executive Suite is fresh and spacious.

At Roxford Lodge, you can expect only the warmest service. This hotel prides itself on making guests as comfortable as possible. If you’re celebrating a special occasion with your partner, it’s worth telling the team so they can help make your weekend romantic as possible. You won’t even need to leave in search of bars, because Roxford Lodge offers a selection of drinks. So for the ultimate cosy night in, curl up in the guest lounge with a glass of wine, as close to the marble fireplace as you can get.

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Although Roxford Lodge is on a quiet street, it’s well-connected to some of Dublin’s most vibrant spots. Take a tour through the historic grounds of Trinity College Dublin, where the combination of art and architecture will add a cultural layer to your special weekend.

Roxford Lodge Hotel

Top rated
Dublin, 1.5 km to 3Arena
8.9 Excellent (1630 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.3 / 10
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Rainy day romance in Dublin

If it rains it Dublin, which it does fairly regularly, don’t let it dampen your spirits. Just look at it as the perfect opportunity for a romantic rainy day date.

Rainy day romance in Dublin

Rainy day brunch in Dublin

When it comes to breakfast or brunch, Brother Hubbard is one of the best spots in Dublin. There are two branches, one in North Dublin and one in South, so you can easily fit it into a day of sightseeing. Delicious brunch dishes include the Halloumi Sabiche and the Vegan Avo Special. And if you’re just looking for a quick bite, the fruit and ginger scones are delicious.

Rainy day date ideas in Dublin

For a quirky twist on the classic dinner and movie date, combine your meal with a trip to The Light House. Just a short walk from Brother Hubbard North, The Light House is one of Dublin’s best art cinemas. Enjoy a pre-film drink at the cinema bar, before spending a cosy hour or two watching a film.

Rainy day drinks in Dublin

On your way back, stop off for dinner and cocktails at Peruke & Periwig. With plush velvet chairs, chunky candles, and old paintings, Peruke is full of character. As well as carefully crafted cocktails, you can also have dinner here, as long as you book ahead. Or stop at Le Bon Crubeen, a contemporary Irish restaurant that’s known for its great food and good value. Located on historic Talbot Street, Le Bon Crubeen is both stylish and friendly, making it the perfect place to spend an evening with your other half.

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Grace is an Irish travel blogger with a passion for wellness and adventure. When she’s not writing, Grace is usually on the hunt for new yoga studios and plant-based restaurants. Her site, The Idyll, explores all of the ways that travel can make us happier and healthier.


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