Sunday 22 April 2018

Review: Kelly's Hotel, Dublin

If you're looking for a buzzy city break in Dublin, this 16-room boutique beauty could be the perfect choice.

The penthouse in Kellys Hotel
The penthouse in Kellys Hotel
Chic: The lobby in Kellys Hotel
Artwork, Kellys Hotel

Kelly's Hotel may only have 16 rooms, but it's got a reputation as a hipster hotel that punches way above its weight... we checked in to check it out.

Why: If you're looking for a buzzing city break in the heart of Dublin, then Kellys Hotel is the perfect choice. Perched above South Great George's Street, this boutique bolthole is a stylish and funky spot, in a building which dates back to the 1870s. Inside, the hotel is a twisting warren of just 16 rooms, linked to reception by an interior bridge lined with stained glass and weathered walls. The rooms vary in size, but all are sleek, minimalist and decorated with unique artwork.

Highlights: It's hard to beat the location, with some of Dublin's best restaurants just steps away. Step out onto George's Street with an empty belly, and enjoy some Mexican at 777, pulled pork at Pitt Bros BBQ, or tapas at Fade Street Social. For a pint, you only have to walk downstairs to find Hogans, and you needn't leave the hotel at all for entry into The Bar With No Name. You also have the Candle Bar (pictured above) which is snug, chic and for residents only. The prices are another bonus – you can often get a room for as little as €69 midweek.

Lowlights: With its position on such a busy street, as well as noise from the bars, this isn't the spot for a peaceful night away. There are a few quieter rooms, but this is a hotel for night owls who want to be part of the action. Best for those looking to enjoy Dublin's nightlife.

Concierge's Choice: Staff recommend a cocktail just around the corner in the new Drury Buildings (another venture of Declan O'Regan's).

Ask for room number: If your budget can stretch to it, the penthouse is an amazing option. Sleeping up to four, it's airy, plush and one of the most stylish suites in Dublin. If a quiet room is important, ask if one is available when booking.

Guests of honour: You'll often find hotshots from Silicon Valley paying a visit, and it's also a favourite with those in the fashion business. The quirky interior makes it a favoured location for TV and magazine shoots, too.

Rates: Rooms are usually around €109, but can be found cheaper midweek and off season. The penthouse starts from around €180 midweek. All rates include a continental breakfast, with excellent pastries and coffee, which is taken in L'Gueuleton just downstairs (sit at the airy terrace on a sunny day).

Contact: 01 648 0010

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