I’ll be honest, Dublin was never at the top of my list. But when I received an email from my favorite band in the entire world announcing a five-night show at the Vicar Street in their hometown of Dublin, two tickets got booked almost instantly. Next, all I needed was a place to stay. After searching around and seeing what my Irish options were, I couldn’t keep my eyes off The Dean, as it looked like the most Instagrammable hotel in Dublin. However, what I experienced was so much more. Introducing The Dean Dublin: cozy meets contemporary.
The Dean was the perfect haven for our initial touch down in Dublin. It was a snowy Monday morning and we were not prepared at all for snow in March. I literally couldn’t get inside the hotel any faster. Walking in, I was hit with a gust of warmth on my face that felt so good. A handfull of candles were burning and the entire place smelled like a cozy cabin.
Immediately I noticed the cute and totally Instagrammable sign-age they had going on at the front desk. From there, my eyes wandered to the large table in the center, fitted with retro desk lamps and a few people working from their laptops. Once we checked in, we turned around to a huge bar in the lobby, which would eventually serve us many drinks during our stay.
One of the first things that stole my heart was the helpfulness of the staff. They got our bags up to our room and even found us at brunch to tell us that our room was ready. We encountered nothing but nice staff at The Dean. If you’re looking for someplace that truly treats you like family, then you will love this place!
The room was one of my favorite parts of The Dean Dublin. It was so spacious, so cozy, and so contemporary. There were two things that really sold me about this place. One of them was the room decor, and more specifically the cute marble hexagon side table. And the second was the Nespresso maker. Both made for really great photos.
The amount of room in our room was so insane. It was definitely an upgrade from the hotels I was used to staying at, where you’re constantly tripping over your suitcase. The bathroom was no exception either. It was spacious with an extra large shower, and ample room for whatever else you need to do in a bathroom. “So many activities!” (name that movie)
Most of the accessories in the room had a retro touch, including the lamp, record player, and mini orange Smeg fridge. Another one of my favorite parts was the mini bar! They had the cutest mini bar that was actually stocked with things you’d need (toothbrush, outlet converter, condoms, gum, etc.), and items you’d want to eat after a night of one too many gins. I recommend not passing up the traditional Irish candy tub! So good. I dragged that thing out over four nights… #noregrets
The bed was my least favorite part. The pillows weren’t as fluffy as I was expecting and the bed wasn’t as comfortable as other hotels I’ve stayed at. If you’re American, do be aware that most ‘queen’ size beds in the UK are merely just two twin beds pushed together. Definitely forgot about that before we left! All in all, the bed was nice, but not the absolute best. That leaves some potential for the team at The Dean to really up their game. No hotel is perfect out of the gate and better beds could be a game changer.
Another impressive thing about our stay at The Dean was their rooftop restaurant: Sophie’s. We first ate at Sophie’s for breakfast after our snowy debacle. Since we couldn’t really venture outside that day, we decided a little brunch would help us kick off our relaxing day inside.
I ordered the eggs benedict, which was literally one of the best I’ve ever had. I think I ate it three times during our stay. They also had fresh squeezed OJ that I couldn’t pass up. Sophie’s was a lively place that boasted 360 views of Dublin, and it did not disappoint. I enjoyed seeing the views of downtown Dublin during breakfasts and dinners.
We were here a few times for dinner and it was just as good as breakfast. Almost everything we had at Sophie’s was good. One of my favorite items was their gin and tonic with peppercorns, strawberries, and cucumber. I must have had three every night. There is also a ‘late night’ menu in the rooms that have several items to choose from, so you never go hungry.
The Dean Dublin had everything we wanted in a hotel. The location was amazing, the decor was cozy and contemporary, and the staff was super friendly and accommodating. I would highly recommend a stay here if you’re ever in Dublin. It’s definitely one of the most Instagrammable hotels compared to others in Dublin. Plus, there’s nothing like cozy and contemporary to help set the Irish mood.
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A huge thank you to The Dean Dublin for welcoming us, despite the holiday and low availability. I cannot say enough good things about this charming gem, and from here on out, it’s the only hotel for us in Dublin.