Schoolhouse Hotel

2–8 Northumberland Rd., Dublin, Co. Dublin, Dublin 4, Ireland

Excuse the pun, but this converted Victorian parochial school just off the Grand Canal really is A-plus—set in a gorgeous example of 19th-century architecture complete with turrets and soaring nave (now the setting for the restaurant), this may be the most uniquely up-cycled hotel in Ireland. The headliner here is the beautiful, light-filled former chapel, now home to a classy, modern-Irish eatery set with snazzy modern chairs and topped off with an iron-work chandelier. Guest rooms—each named for a famous Irish writer and hung with a corresponding portrait—are very old-school (again, excuse the pun) luxury, with thick rugs matching the quilted bedspreads, plus beautiful oak chairs and desks, and an array of historic edition wallpapers. Enjoy the in-room spa treatments to take the edge off after a hard day's shopping.

PROS

  • unique building
  • top-class Irish restaurant
  • in-room spa treatments

CONS

  • a trip to the city center
  • fills up quickly
  • no minibars
  • no elevator

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 01-667–5014

HOTEL DETAILS

31 rooms
Rate Includes: No meals

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