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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

See the Contemporary Side of Dublin

The era of the Celtic Tiger may be over, but the city’s vibrant cultural and dining scenes still offer much more than well-worn pubs and shepherd’s pie.


1. Where to Stay

A modernist bedroom at Number 31.  

Sink into a deep soaking tub at the 44-room Dylan Hotel (from $216), located in the affluent, leafy Ballsbridge neighborhood. It’s a family-run property that features five-star design accents like Murano glass lighting, ornate mirrors, and striking photographs of the city.

Skip the better-known boutique hotels and open the gate to Number 31 (from $192), a modern guesthouse designed by Sam Stephenson, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright. The spot had its heyday in the sixties when actors and politicians regularly gathered around the peat-burning fireplace; now it boasts 21 rooms and a complimentary breakfast that’s won awards from Irish foodie organization Georgina Campbell Guides. Book a room in the adjacent Georgian house for a quieter stay.

Admire views of the twinkling River Liffey from your balcony at the Clarence Hotel (from $155), owned by U2’s Bono and the Edge, where a three-night stay gets you 15 percent off the total bill. If you’re looking for a rock star experience, book the duplex penthouse suite (from $1,564) with a baby grand piano, private terrace, and outdoor hot tub—it’s where Bono stays when he’s in town.

Published on Aug 11, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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