Fodor's Expert Review Schoolhouse Hotel

2–8 Northumberland Rd., Dublin, Co. Dublin, Dublin 4, Ireland See on Map Fodor's Choice

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. It's comfortable, too, and located in a quiet, slightly out-of-the-way location that's still walkable for most of the central sights.

The building dates back to 1859, and has many stories - its school desks, for example, were used as barricades in the battle of Mount Street Bridge in 1916, and contained pieces of shrapnel for decades before the school was renovated in the '60s. It became a hotel in 1998.


Guest rooms—each named for a famous Irish writer and hung with a corresponding portrait—are old-school (again, excuse the pun) but comfortable, with thick rugs matching the quilted bedspreads, plus beautiful oak chairs and desks, and an array of historic edition William Morris-style wallpapers.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel's charm is its historic flavor, so don't expect the most modern feel in the rooms or bathrooms. However, there is air con and WiFi.


Bathrooms are a little small and slightly old-fashioned, with showers over baths, but clean and functional, with fluffy towels.


The hotel's reception desk is run by welcoming, competent staff, with the entrance at the side of the hotel, through the car park.


Guests can book in-room spa treatments to take the edge off after a hard day's shopping and sightseeing.


The headliner (the main assembly? No, you're right, we've pushed the school puns too far) here is the beautiful, light-filled former chapel, now home to a modern-Irish eatery set with snazzy modern chairs and topped off with an iron-work chandelier.


The adjacent classroom serves as the bar, and its a great spot for a drink - the leafy outside terrace is even lovelier.


Getting Around

The hotel has a car park but it's only about 15 minutes' walk into the center and there are bus routes and the Dart rail line nearby too.


Asador (6-minute walk) is a BBQ-concept restaurant, with a theatrical open kitchen, and it properly delivers on that charcoal smoky flavor. Or try The Pig's Ear (15-minute walk) for modern, accomplished Irish food accessed via a hot pink door.


Ely wine bar (16-minute walk) is one of Dublin's best bars, with a predictably good wine list, a classy feel, and tasty nibbles. Or the flower-bedecked The Bath Pub (7-minute walk) is a pleasant spot, with cocktails in jam jars, a pizza menu and an unbeatable atmosphere on match days (it's right by the Aviva stadium).


Unique and unexpected, the Schoolhouse Hotel is quirky, charming, and historic - plus, it's comfy and welcoming too. We love the fact that the old school has been so thoughtfully reclaimed, plus the restaurant and bar, and the terrace, are great.


Residential Area
Casual Chic


Phones: 01-667–5014

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