Two gorgeous Victorian buildings - red brick and white - are united by a modern glass frontage, signalling this boutique hotel's intent to deliver "Victorian contemporary fusion" right from the outset. Just off the main street, it's a quiet spot but the hotel is hardly the shy and retiring type: throughout, its style is bold and funky, from the bordello brocades to the spray-painted silver furnishings, from the goat horn chair to the red spiky glass features. A racy addition to Dublin's somewhat staid hotel scene.
Individually designed bedrooms have cheeky design features that include leather padded walls, flamboyant bedheads and mirrored or patterned ceilings, combined with the hotel's historical touches, like sash windows. But comfort has not been sacrificed - the beds in particular are very snug.
Some rooms have double-sized showers, others separate baths. All can be gently lit, with Italian marble, underfloor heating and lush cosmetics.
The hotel's lobby is more of a small reception desk, but staff are generally welcoming enough and you get an instant sense of the quirky feel of the property.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Service can be a little patchy - while some of the staff are exceptional, others seem a bit more disinterested.
The Tavern restaurant continues the lush decor with a lavish 1930s look and seasonal, delicious food.
Try breakfast served in your room for a properly fancy treat.
The hotel is a little out-of-the- way, but still only around 20 minutes on foot into the city center. Alternatively, lots of buses run from the main street just a few steps from the hotel.
Go upscale at Restaurant Patrick Guilbard (15-minute walk) for some out-of-this-world Michelin starred dining. Or closer to home try stylish Bloom Brasserie (4-minute walk).
House Dublin (14-minute walk) is a cool drinking den set over two Victorian townhouses. Or Searsons (2-minute walk) is a good traditional Irish pub very close to the hotel that has a great atmosphere on match days.
WHY WE LIKE IT
If you fancy something a bit unusual but still luxurious and comfortable, the Dylan Hotel could be for you. Quirky but cool, the hotel's rooms are large and cozy while the bar and restaurant are destinations in themselves. It's a little out of town but then if it was in the center every Tom, Dick and Harry would be staying here - and we wouldn't want that, would we?