Dublin is one of Europe’s greatest and most convenient cities to visit. With a lively nightlife, friendly populace, and rich and storied history, there are no shortage of activities to do or restaurants to try. And what better way to see this modern gem than by staying in one of its many unique hotels. Here are a few of the most distinctive places to stay in Dublin.

The Shelbourne Dublin was founded in 1824 and is one of Ireland’s oldest hotels. It is also host to a myriad of exceptional amenities. If you’re looking for a classic slice of Irish heritage you can’t go wrong with this venue that combines the city’s fascinating past with modern luxury:

  • A Genealogy Butler on premises who will help you research your ancestral links in Ireland.
  • Luxurious rooms, spa and restaurants that are high in class but won’t break your pocketbook.
  • An on-site history museum, detailing the hotel’s role in Irish history through the ages, including the 1922 drafting of the Irish Constitution in one of the hotel’s rooms.
  • A central location within easy walking distance of St. Stephen’s Green, Temple Bar and Trinity College, home of the Book of Kells.

Another hotel with a central location in Dublin is the Camden Court Hotel, a modestly priced, 3 star hotel. Dubbed as a family friendly place to stay, there are many features that make the Camden Court Hotel a must see venue.

  • Along with comforts such as a 16 meter pool, a beauty salon and a sports massage center, the hotel also boasts a children’s movie night as well as raffles and drawing competitions.
  • The hotel is conveniently located around many attractions such as the Dublin Zoo, the Wax Museum, the shopping area Grafton Street, Christ Church Cathedral, and the Children’s Cultural Centre located in Temple Bar.
  • Other useful accommodations include free WiFi access, affordable valet parking and an upscale restaurant and accompanying late night bar.

La Stampa Hotel is a renovated Georgian townhouse from the 19th Century which has become one of Dublin’s premiere boutique hotels. With it’s use of Eastern influences in every aspect of your stay you will be delighted by it’s exotic flair. Amenities include:

  • Two luxurious restaurants featuring an award winning chef, plus a hip after hours bar with a visually striking atmosphere.
  • An ornate exterior facade and equally dazzling interior, with inspirations from Morocco, Thailand and Bali. The decor doesn’t stop in the lobby though, as your bedroom is also lavishly adorned with colorful Asian detail.
  • The Mandala Spa, an authentic Eastern influenced spa center with various types of massage and body work treatments. La Stampa’s spa is also home to a staff of masseurs directly from Asia.

So if you are planning a trip to Dublin, whether for business or pleasure, make sure to include these hot spots on your list of places to stay if you want a one of a kind experience in this culturally rich city.