Fodor's Expert Review Hilton Dublin Kilmainham

Kilmainham, Dublin, Co. Dublin, 8, Ireland See on Map

While the exterior of this no-nonsense chain hotel in the historic Kilmainham district is distinctly functional, the higher-floor rooms have some of the most stunning panoramas in the whole city. The beautiful grounds of the Irish Museum of Modern Art are so close they could be your private garden, and there are other sights nearby, although it's a bit of a schlep to the city center. It's family-friendly, too, and good for differently abled guests.

room

The rooms are also generally large by Dublin standards, with balconies an added attraction on a select few. The decor does have a bit of a chain feel, but then there are positives to that: reliable air-con in summer and heating in winter, for example, which a surprisingly large quota of Dublin hotels lack.

Make sure you ask for a room with a view, ideally one with floor to ceiling windows, and sit back and take in Dublin from an angle most visitors never get to enjoy.

bathroom

Bathrooms are similarly functional, clean, and reasonably sized, but nothing to write home about.

lobby

The hotel lobby is bright, thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows, and staff are friendly and competent.

pool

The hotel has a hydrotherapy pool and jacuzzi as part of a well-stocked fitness offer.

spa

There's a sauna and steam room.

gym

There's a good fitness room.

dining

The hotel has a decent restaurant, and breakfast is excellent and comprehensive.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Some guests have reported issues with service in the restaurant, from speed to politeness. But on our visit staff were friendly and punctual enough.

drinking

The Hilton's lively bar has a lovely terrace for lounging on long summer nights.

LOCATION

Getting Around

The hotel isn't in the city center, but it is close to other sights, including the historic Kilmainham Gaol and the Guinness Brewery. Public transport links to town are good, though.

Restaurants

Union8 (2-minute walk) is a decent Scandi-style bistro very nearby. Or a bit further away, L'Oliva (13-minute walk) offers well-cooked Italian favourites with a neighborhood feel.

Bars

It would be rude not to: the Guinness Storehouse (21-minute walk), the home of the black stuff, is a fun trip, with a brewery tour, tastings and a rooftop bar. The Patriots Inn (2-minute walk) is a large, decent local, with live music.

WHY WE LIKE IT

It's not in the city center, but for some that might be part of its appeal, as could the reliable chain-feel of the accommodation. And while it's not central, the locale is both pleasantly leafy and historic, and the hotel itself offers good facilities for business and leisure travellers alike. And did we mention the views?

QUICK FACTS

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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 01-420–1800

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