Just a 10-minute walk from St. Stephen's Green, this mid-19th-century terraced guesthouse, with its elegant white facade and cozy sitting-room fire, will welcome you home at the end of a long day's sightseeing. With quotes from local boy Oscar Wilde dotted around the fireplace and even on the cushions, and a welcome Irish coffee, it's a good place to stay to get the local flavor of the city without paying crazy prices.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The guesthouse has no elevator because of its age, and there are lots of stairs, although staff will cheerfully help with bags.
Some of the guest rooms are quite basic, in cream and beige, but they are all airy and bright, and the richly patterned wallpaper and carpets and orthopedic beds (rather rare in Dublin guesthouses) give them a touch of class. In places they are a little tired, but that's part of a guesthouse's charm.
Bathrooms vary in size, as you would expect in a converted house, and some are quite small and a little dated. However, they are clean and functional.
The lobby area - really a desk and then a small lounge and spic and span breakfast room off to the left - is charming, with a sense of personality brought to life by the quotes and portraits of Irish luminaries dotted around among the rich floral textiles. The real charm, though, lies in the friendly staff, for whom nothing is too much trouble.
Breakfast is solid B&B fare, fresh, filling and tasty.
Check out the chandeliers while you breakfast - they are original Waterford crystal.
The B&B is close to most of the main attractions and staff otherwise are happy to advise on bus routes and taxis. There's parking too.
We've gone with the recommendations from the Kinsella family, the owners of the Kilronan guest house for the last decade, here. They suggest Peploes St Stephen's Green (12-minute walk) for a special occasion, a restaurant modelled on The Ivy in London which offers Irish classics. Or or a more relaxed meal, The Barge Pub (5-minute walk) is a lively local hostelry with good food at good prices.
Foley's Bar (11-minute walk) is their suggestion for a pint of Guinness, or for some Irish music, try O'Donoghues (11-minute walk). You could actually try both in one evening as they are pretty much opposite each other.
WHY WE LIKE IT
A straightforward, welcoming guesthouse with an Irish feel in the center of town with friendly staff, comfortable beds and a decent breakfast, all for reasonable prices. It's not the most swanky or up-to-the minute place, but that's not really the point of staying somewhere like the homey Kilronan.